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There are many different fencing materials and styles to choose from today. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. The good news is that you can find the exact fence that will suit your needs. The bad news is that you have much more research to do before you can choose the correct fence. But there is no need to worry because the decision of choosing a fence can be made easier. Before you begin shopping for a fence, there are a few basic items that you should consider. By considering these items, you can save a lot of time. Furthermore, you will be less frustrated in the end.

The first thing you should consider when looking at fencing material is to determine what the purpose of the fence is. The following reasons are some of the most popular reasons for fences.

• To protect against trespassers and burglars
• To create a boundary line
• For decoration
• To keep pets and children in the yard
• To stop animals from intruding
• For climbing plants
• For privacy

Once you determine the purpose of your fence, you will need to determine what type of fencing material you need or want. The following is a list of various types of fence materials that are available:

• Chain link
• Barbwire
• Iron fence
• Picket fence
• Wooden fence
• Small garden fences
• Electric fences
• Invisible fence

Now that you know several of the reasons why fences are used, you should also know what reason or reasons you want a fence for. You now also know some of the materials for fences. Now it is time for you to decide which fence is right for you. To make that decision, you need to know which types of fences are good for what purpose. In addition, you need to know which fences will be most practical in case you choose a fence for more that one reason.

For example, a chain link fence can keep pets or children in a yard, and it can also keep out trespassers and burglars. A second example would be the use of the barbwire fence. This fence marks the boundary line of a property, but it is not very good at keeping children or pets in the yard. Although a barbwire fence is useful for deterring trespassers. Similar to a chain link fence, a wooden fence can keep pets and children in the yard. However, it is a little different than the chain link fence. The difference is that a wooden fence is more attractive looking than a chain link fence and also offers some degree of privacy. Hence, it serves more than one purpose, as most fences do.

Now, you know some of the purposes of the barb wire, chain link, and large wooden fence. The other types of fences serve a similar purpose as those three. For example, the picket fence is much like the use of a wooden fence, only smaller and without the privacy feature. It also is more decorative than the chain link fence. However, it does not do much for protecting a yard from trespassers. Picket fences are usually only about three feet high. There are also small picket fences that can be placed close to shrubs, flowers, or gardens. This is to stop small animals such as squirrels, mice, rabbits, and chipmunks from intruding. They might run into the fence, and then turn around and go the other way.

Other small garden fences can be placed around tomato and bean plants for a similar reason as the picket fence. These also serve something for the plants to climb on. Also, smaller versions of the chain link fence serve to keep animal intruders out of your garden.

Another type of fence is the electric fence. An electric fence usually consists of a thin wire through which a electric current flows. If a person or animal bumps into the fence then they will get a shock. Then, they know not to cross that line. Most people know how to climb over it though. The main use of the electric fence is to block animals from digging under the other types of fences.

A more modern of the electric fence is a fence that actually is invisible. It serves a similar purpose, and has the same affect on a person or animal as the electric fence. The only difference is that it is literally invisible. A variation of this type of fence is found in Jewelry stores. The invisible fence usually surrounds valuable jewelry locked up in a display case. Also, it is attached to an alarm that goes off when the burglar crosses the invisible beam.

There you are. You know all about fences now-or at least more than you did before you read this article. Keep this information handy to help you make a wise choice in choosing a fence.

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