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Types of Fences and Their Best Uses

Posted on by Harrow Fencing Team

All fences provide additional security, privacy and protection to a property. In addition, you can paint all types of fences to add your own decorative touch to your property, too.

However, each type of fence holds its own unique characteristics, making some more suited to specific circumstances than others. Here, we’re going to look at each type of fence and where they’re best used.

The main uses of fences include:
protection, security, privacy, stop wind, stop noise, decoration, support for climber plants, separation.

Harrow Fencing Infographic - Types of fences and their uses

Residential Fences

Wooden Fences – Practical and decorative.

Traditional Fencing Panels 
Good for privacy and stopping wind & noise due to the lack of holes/ gaps.
        privacy
        stop wind
        stop noise
        separation

Trellis Fencing
Brilliant to use by itself or on top of other types of fences as decoration. Ideal for climbing plants.
       decoration
       support for climber plants
       separation

Continental Fencing 
Combines the best of Traditional Fencing Panels and Trellis in a single structure.
privacy
       stop wind
       stop noise
       separation
       decoration
       support for climber plants

Close Board Fencing 
Tough wooden fence. Provides a high degree of protection and privacy and great to stop
winds as it has few holes/gaps. Therefore it’s great for protecting things inside the fence such as plants.
       protection
       security
       privacy
       stop wind
       stop noise
       separation

Ranch Fencing 
Sturdy and durable. Often used in farms and ranches to keep animals (that can’t or don’t jump at all) inside. Also particularly decorative.
      decoration
      separation

Metal Fences – Very sturdy, and as such excellent for extra security.

Steel Palisade Fencing 
For premises requiring a high level of security. Protects the property and, due to the sharp, pointed ends, prevents people entering by jumping over.
     protection
     security
     separation

Wire Mesh Fencing 
Strong security measure and vandal deterrent. Due to its multiple holes it is good to look through (to keep an eye on animals or children inside the fence) and allow climbing plants to crawl up and lean on it.
     protection
     security
     separation
     support for climber plants

Bow Top Railings
Good for anywhere where children are, as the rounded edges will avoid hurting children.
      protection
      security
      separation
      decoration

Commercial Fences

Our wooden and metal fences above can be used for commercial premises.

Wooden Fences

Traditional Fencing Panels
New block of houses or on land areas surrounding large companies
privacy
      stop wind
      stop noise
      separation

Trellis Fencing
Between gardens in a new block of houses to allow neighbours to socialise and climber plants to grow
       decoration
       support for climber plants
       separation

Continental Fencing
New block of houses close to a park
     privacy
     stop wind
     stop noise
     separation
     decoration
     support for climber plants

Close Board Fencing
New block of houses close to a road
       protection
       security
       privacy
       stop wind
       stop noise
       separation

Ranch Fencing
Farms, Ranches
     decoration
     separation

Metal Fences

Steel Palisade Fencing – Jails/ Prisons
     protection
     security
     separation

Wire Mesh Fencing – Schools, Parks, Festivals
protection
      security
      separation
      support for climber plants

Bow Top Railings – Schools, Children’s Playgrounds, Swimming Pools, Parks
      protection
      security
      separation
      decoration

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