Choose A New Fence That Increases Your Home's Security

30 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you want to put up a fence to increase your home's security, you have several different materials to choose from. You have to think about what you're trying to protect as well as how big your budget is for the project. Here are some things to consider.

Privacy Fences

A privacy fence makes your home more secure because people can't see what you have in your backyard, so they aren't tempted to steal it. You could keep a boat, valuable lawn equipment, a garden, or a pool in your backyard, and people passing on the street wouldn't know it. A privacy fence also allows your kids to play in the yard unseen, so you don't have to worry about strangers watching them play. One of these fences may help your dog stay calmer too, since it blocks the view of neighbors and cars moving around.

In some cases, you may not want a privacy fence because you feel more secure if neighbors can see in your yard. If an intruder climbs over your fence, he or she can break into your shed or home, and work unseen since the fence blocks neighbors from seeing what's going on. If you don't have kids or pets, and don't plan to store valuables in the open in your backyard, then you may want a fence you can see through such as a chain link or aluminum fence.

Fences That Are Hard To Climb Or Kick Down

If your neighborhood has a problem with theft or vandalism, your main concern may be putting up a fence that keeps people out of your yard. A metal fence might be the best choice. Wood might be easy to kick down, especially if it is an older fence and worn from age and weather. Wood fences also have rails that provide footholds that make it easy for intruders to climb over.

Metal fences are nearly impossible to kick down. If you have your fencing contractor install the right kind of fence toppers, you can even keep people from climbing over your fence. You can choose pointed spears for the top of your fence or even barbed wire if it is allowed by your city code. The top of the fence could even be slanted outward, which makes it very hard to climb over.

Fences That Look Good Too

While security is important, you probably don't want an industrial fence around your backyard because of the way it looks. You can get a chain link fence that is coated in colored vinyl, so it actually looks attractive and blends in well with your property. You can even get privacy plus metal for the ultimate in security by inserting privacy strips in a chain link fence or by adding panels to an aluminum fence. If you prefer a more traditional look, and decide to go with a wood fence, be sure to keep it in good repair, so the fence stays strong.