Know your fences

A fence’s main function is to create a boundary that prevents and restricts movement. They differ from walls in that they are lighter in construction and there is great versatility in materials whether using metal fencing or wooden garden fencing. Fences tend to be widely used in the farming industry to keep livestock in and predators outside. They also give privacy and stop trespassers from entering the land and can also be used to improve the look of the grounds or property.

Popular materials for industrial fencing are barbed wire, aluminium, chain links, chicken wire and even electrically charged wire. Areas that benefit from wire fencing and metal fencing are railway lines, areas where high voltage equipment is stored, explosive factories, dangerous equipment, airfields, military grounds, zoos and animal parks, prisons, land containing livestock, swimming pools and green areas where a fee is charged to enter.

In domestic situations fencing is governed by strict laws as it can be an area of contention if disagreement arises between neighbours. Disputes can surface regarding the repairs, type of fence or the height of the fence. Garden fencing is becoming higher with six foot fences popular due to the privacy they afford. It’s no longer the classic scene to see two housewives having a good natter over a low garden fence.

Fences can be handy if you own a pet particularly when you have a dog. When choosing garden fencing think about two factors – durability and privacy. Garden fences made of cedar wood are considered to be the most robust against rotting and warping. If you want complete privacy opt for a fence that is solid and meets the ground with no gaps. Pressure treated woods are likely to last the longest.

Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd are experts in the manufacture of unfinished fencing panels, temporary fencing panels, industrial mesh and many other wire products.

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