Types Of Fences

The different types of fences are built for various purposes and can be made from different materials. A fence is conventionally a structure that is built away from the main property to delineate the boundary, as well as to restrict movement across this property line.

Even in ancient times, the instinct to protect what is ours, as well as to tell others the extent of what we own, has always been there. Back when there were no contracts and land titles, the early settlers used fences to mark their territory. This practice, of course, became obsolete as soon as a system of land distribution was set up by the early forms of government. However, the practice of using different types of fences stuck and every house nowadays has a fence of some sort around it. This time, though, the fence does more than just delineate the boundary of your property, it also serves to protect what you have in your property, like your family, car and house.

Agricultural fences are meant for farmsteads and agricultural land meant for growing crops and animals. These fences are protective structures that dissuade predators from getting too close to harm cattle or steal food. Some agricultural fences are built deep into the ground to prevent voles living in nearby forest areas from burrowing into the ground and destroying the crops. Fences that keep off predators usually have spikes or are reinforced by brambles. These types of fences not only keep predators and pests away but also keep the farm animals from escaping. Agricultural fences usually have openings that can be secured by a padlock. Some have posts located at intervals to provide lighting for the animals and crops. In small gardens, agricultural fences also serve as trellises where the vines can climb.

Materials used for building these types of fences can comprise a mixture of wood and metal. The locks are made of metal, while the main structure can be made of logs. Some fences are composed of a series of wooden logs with barbed wire installed on top. Some are metal wires intertwined to create chain links.

Temporary fences are those that are built around an area that is meant to be used for building homes. There is no need for much protection as no one lives there and there are no arable areas to protect. The fences are simply installed to demarcate the property line, and people who plan on squatting on the land enclosed by the fence are dissuaded from doing so. Temporary fences are also sturdy because they need to stay in place even when the owners are not around. While it is difficult to monitor who comes in and out of the property during the days when the owners are away, the temporary fence line can be the basis for legal action in case the owners want to sue the invaders for trespassing into their land.

Child and pet fences are built around playgrounds to prevent the kids and pets from wandering out. While these fences are meant to keep toddlers away, they are low enough for adults to come in and out of. Generally, these types of fences are made up of horizontal metal bars boarded up in the lower parts by wooden planks to prevent pets from escaping.