Fences are an interesting and important component of any home’s architectural design. They’re the first thing that you see when you arrive and the last that you see when you leave. They come in every shape and size imaginable, and are increasingly becoming more of a work of art than a functional element. That being said, their storied history lies in their necessity. They served as a catalyst for multi-country wars, and kept other countries safe from harm. That’s why, today, Baxton Property Management is partnering with Taylor Fencing to discuss the best fences for security.
There are a couple of general rules of thumb:
- Height is important. 8 feet is ideal, but the taller the better.
- Secure your fence into the ground with concrete or something similar.
- Make sure that the gate built into your fence is secure as well.
- Ensure that the fence completely lines the perimeter of your property with no gaps.
Now let’s get into some bonus benefits. We live in a day and age where technology reigns supreme. It’s integrated into everything that we do, sometimes for the better, and sometimes not so much. When it comes to fences, it’s a huge benefit. Now, when you venture home, you can open your gate with the touch of a button, sometimes even from the safety of your car. So, electronic fences are a top-notch choice if you’re looking for security. You can even up the ante with extra premium features. Add an access code or even set-up voice activation so that only a select group are able to open and close the gate.
Lighting is also an important element. Prowlers are far less likely to attempt to infiltrate the property with a floodlight shining down on them. Motion activated lights are great because they catch intruders by surprise; again, ensuring your home is safe and sound.
If you’re looking just for strength and fortitude, wrought iron or steel provide great options for fence security. These are examples of fences that will not only resist outside visitors, but also good old Mother Nature. You need have no fear about rain, snow, sleet or sun, because of the durability of the materials. Just make sure that you’re getting the real deal. Unfortunately, the market can be saturated with off-brand options that look the same, but don’t hold up their end of the deal.
We also want to call out notable examples of fencing styles that we strongly recommend against. Though they may be visually appealing, picket fences should not be on the top of your list if you’re looking for a fence for security purposes. The wood is flimsy, and the design means that if intruders really wanted to, they could slip between pickets.
So be sure to keep the following criteria in mind:
- Is the fence hard to climb over?
- Can it be easily bypassed?
- Does it provide any hiding places?
If you can answer yes to any of the above, it’s time to rethink your fencing solution.
Questions? Comments? Feel free to give the Baxton team a shout. And be sure to check out the Taylor Fencing site for more helpful information on your ideal fencing choice.
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