Choosing residential fencing for your home and property will present you with more choices than you might expect. First, you’ll have to consider the purpose of your fence: is it for privacy, security, or simple decoration? Next, you have to consider material, a decision influenced heavily by the purpose. Most homeowners opt for wood or vinyl for privacy fences, while ornamental fences are typically metal. Assuming that you want a decorative, ornamental fence for your home, you still have to choose the right kind, and that begins by knowing your options.
What Is Ornamental Fencing?
Ornamental fencing is primarily intended to look nice and improve the curb appeal of your home. For this reason, it is often designed not to obstruct views of the home, property, and landscaping. Usually, the very design of the fence is supposed to be decorative, including the use of finials, scrolls, and rails that are pretty and eye-catching.
Can Ornamental Fencing Offer Privacy?
The most common style of ornamental residential fencing is the picket style. In ornamental fencing, the pickets are not the wide slabs that you’d find on a wooden picket fence. Instead, they are often thinner metal rails that might be bent of wrought in a decorative way. The style of this type of fence is intended to complement the architecture of the home and improve the beauty of the property. Does this mean that privacy is out as a concern? Not at all. Ornamental privacy fences are definitely an option. Ornamental privacy fences combine the best of both worlds, using metal to achieve a decorative look in a pattern that obscures some or most of the immediate view of the yard. Often this means that the metal panels will use a lattice or herringbone pattern, but there are other custom options available as well.
What Materials Are Available?
Steel and iron are the more traditional materials used for residential fencing, but aluminum is quickly gaining popularity. Iron and steel both offer incredible strength and durability, providing a fence for a lifetime with little maintenance. Aluminum tends to be far less expensive and it is very resistant to corrosion. Aluminum is also a “green” choice since it is 100% recyclable and often aluminum fencing uses a lot of recycled material.
Choose Hercules Fence Northern Virginia for All of Your Fencing Needs
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.