Your home's front fence not only defines the property boundary but also offers things such as privacy, security, and decorative appeal. Thus, you have various facets to consider when choosing a fence. Here are some considerations.


Visually framing your house, the front fence plays a large role in how it looks. Your choices in styles will be influenced by its architectural style. Some fences complement modern buildings, while others suit heritage homes. You should check the local council regulations. Some councils have specific rules that apply to heritage homes, and they may have height restrictions for all houses.

Front fences come in various designs. Metal tubular barriers can be ornately carved or minimalist and modern. Picket fences are charming and unobtrusive and suit many heritage-style houses. Metal slat fences give your home a straightforward and modern appearance. Alternatively, you could opt for a beautifully stained timber style.


An important aspect to consider with fencing is the privacy it affords. Many traditional fences, from picket to woven wire, are built at a low height, and they were designed to show off the house and front garden. However, if you want privacy, you have other options. You could choose a tall fence using metal slats. These give you the advantage of creating the exact level of privacy you want as the slats can be set at different widths. Metal panel fences, such as colourbond, provide continuous cover. You can use contrasting colours for the metal sheets and the posts for visual interest. Opaque timber barriers may be another possibility, or you could build a tall, solid fence with bricks, sandstone, or rendered cement.


Security can mean keeping burglars out and keeping children and pets in. To block trespassers, the fence height is important, as taller fences take more effort to scale. Also important is the lack of footholds that they can use. Solid fences don't have footholds, nor do tubular metal designs. Metal railings can also feature pointy spearheads to deter people from climbing the fence. Low brick fences and picket designs are less effective for this purpose.

As far as keeping pets and kids safely contained, the fence needs to be high enough that they can't jump over it and not have gaps they can squeeze through. If your property is on a slope, ensure that the design you choose closely follows the lay of the land. Some stacked fences leave gaps at different spots that make them less secure as a containment barrier.

For more information, contact a fencing company near you.