Fence Trends To Make Your Property Stand Apart

We understand: in most cases, people want or need a fence to fulfill a particular practical need. Maybe it's keeping pets from running off, or keeping kids in your yard where it's safe. Maybe it's providing privacy or minimizing noise, or adding security. Regardless of why, you undoubtedly need your fence for a reason.

However, just because your fence serves a function doesn't mean it can't, or shouldn't, look great and stylish. In fact, there are a variety of popular fence trends that can help your fence not only serve a useful purpose but also be one of the most stylish elements in your yard.

Which of these styles is right for your yard? Check out these fence trends and decide for yourself:

Mixed Material Fences

One of the first choices you'll typically make when installing a fence is what type of material you want to use. Wood, vinyl, and aluminum are some of the most popular choices. Recently though, creative homeowners and builders have started creating some visibly striking fences by using multiple materials.

In addition to being stylish, some of these material combinations can provide additional uses for your fence as well. For example, using both wood and aluminum, for example, can give your fence a modern look with a classic sensibility, and the metal slats can provide more privacy and sound protection than wood alone. Or using a cinderblock base beneath wood can keep critters from crawling underneath your fence while maintaining the more elegant aesthetic appeal of wood.

Painted Wood Fences

If you're seeking a visually striking and creative option without the additional cost that mixed materials can accrue, consider painting a traditional wood fence. Adding a vibrant and unexpected color can add an element of whimsy and fun to an otherwise typical fence.

Of course, though this trend is relatively easy, it does require a fair amount of maintenance to keep it looking its best. Especially given the weather conditions in the Piedmont Triad area, you might need to repaint fairly often to cover up chipping or discoloration. Still, if you are fickle, that can be a good reason to try out different color ideas to change the character of your fence without the costs of a whole new installation.

Outdoor Lighting

Another way to spruce up a more traditional fence is by installing outdoor lighting. Attaching lights to your fence—such as a row of lights pointing up—can add a striking visual element that increases the dramatic appeal of your fence. Adding lighting can also serve a value function, adding more light to your yard and providing a boost in security and visibility.

Of course, adding lighting requires skill in wiring and electronics, which means it isn't always the best project for a DIYer.

Horizontal Slat Fencing

One of the most popular—and visually striking—trends is to build your fence with horizontal slats. As described by the name, in this style, slats and poles are installed side by side for the length of the fence, as opposed to vertically. This gives the fence a clean, eye-catching looking that is distinctly urban and modern. Installed along a property line, the horizontal slats can also draw attention to the length and scope of a yard, adding to the visual impact of your property.

Beyond the obvious visual appeal, horizontal slat fencing also offers enhanced privacy. On a horizontal fence, the slats are placed with minimal or sometimes no space between each other, completely blocking the view from outside the fence. This tightly woven design style also offers enhanced security (those horizontal clusters of slats are rock solid and hard to break) and block more sound and noise pollution. That makes horizontal fences a great choice for backyards or pools where you want privacy or solitude.

Tried and True

Chasing trends isn't for everyone. Sometimes the boldest statement you can make is to go a more traditional route. A classic fence will serve its purpose and look excellent on your property for years to come, regardless of what trends come and go.

This is an especially good option if you have a lot of area to cover with your fence and want a low-maintenance material option, like vinyl. Simply have your fence installed, then sit back and relax. What could be more on-trend than that?

Get Expert Assistance Building Your Custom Fence

Whether you want to embrace one of these trends or think outside the box and start your own, a sturdy and expertly constructed fence is a must. At Diversified Fence Builders, Inc., we can work with you to design, build, and install a custom slat fence that will wow your friends and neighbors. Our expert craftspeople will use the best quality materials and employ expert workmanship to create a fence for you that's truly special.

To begin exploring your options, check out our fence estimator, or contact us. Forget the traditional picket fence: with Diversified, you can a modern, striking fence that will make your property—and you—truly stand apart.

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