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Privacy Fencing Options

Last Updated Jun 21, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

Your fencing should make you feel safe and secure as well as highlight your home but another important function of fencing is privacy – blocking your neighbours’ view as well as well as that of passersby so that you can enjoy your gardens peacefully. But what exactly is available in the world of privacy fencing?  Read on to find out!

What is Privacy Fencing?

Privacy fencing is simply any type of fencing that allows you to have a feeling of privacy in your garden or your home.  It is a solid type of fencing that is usually built quite high, so that people cannot see through it or over it.  while this type of fencing is excellent for creating a secluded, private feel, it also has the added benefit of being a secure type of fencing, as these fences are usually difficult to climb over or squeeze through undetected.

Types of Privacy Fencing Available

There are several different types of privacy fencing that you can choose from, so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with something that you don’t really like, just so you don’t have neighbours or passersby peering into your property.  Most types of privacy fencing are available in different sizes and colours, so that you can choose one that perfectly fits in with the style of your home and garden. Some of the most popular types of privacy fences include:
  • Colorbond Fencing – Colorbond fencing is one of the most popular options as it is available in so many different colours. You can choose to use all one colour or to have contrasting trims if you wish. Colorbond fencing is solid with no gaps, and it can be installed at the exact height that you wish.
  • Wooden Fencing – wooden fencing is still one of the most popular privacy fences and it usually comes in the form of high pickets or palings, or in timber panels.  The beauty of timber as a privacy fence is that you can choose to leave the timber as is, or paint or stain it to the colour of your choice.
  • Vinyl Fencing – vinyl privacy fencing looks just like high wooden fencing but it has the benefit of being virtually no maintenance. You don’t have to worry about it rotting or warping, or termites getting into the wood, and it never needs to be painted or stained. All you have to do is clean it occasionally.
  • Brush/Reed Fencing – brush and reed fencing are perfect for privacy as they are tightly woven together. They are installed on a frame and can be placed as a new fence, or attached to your existing fence, if you don’t want to go to the time and expense of installing a whole new fence.  They give you a beautiful, natural feel to the garden.
  • Stone Fencing – this is one of the more expensive options but you cannot go past the classic and elegant look of natural stone.  Once your fence has been built, it will last for a lifetime, making t the only fence that you will ever need.
  • Concrete Fencing – precast concrete panels are ideal for privacy fencing as they can be placed as needed and finished to suit. You can have a smooth concrete finish or opt for an imitation wood or stone finish as you choose.
  • Living Walls – if you really want to get back to nature, there is nothing like the look of a living wall as a privacy fence. You can create this by growing hedges that are suitable to your climate and keeping them well clipped so that they grow bushy and dense.
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