Tackling security concerns in a residential area can be tricky. While you want to protect your home, property, and family, you likely want to avoid installing a fence that is effective but ugly. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to design a high-security fence for your home that will blend in with or even enhance your property’s landscaping and architecture. While specialty materials like anti-climb fencing, razor wire, and crash-rated fencing can be used to provide unparalleled protection, there are a few ways that you can maximize the security of a fence that looks more suited to residential use. Here are a few tips to help you create a high-security fence that will look great with your home.
1. Create a Solid Perimeter
A fence is only as strong as its weakest point. The first step to installing an effective high-security fence is to establish a secure perimeter, which includes installing a gate. Determine where your fence will go and what uneven spots in the terrain, flower beds, or any other obstacles you will have to work around. Remember: the tallest, most intimidating high-security fence means nothing if intruders can just walk around it.
2. Utilize Spikes and Height
From the most simple picket fence to intricate and artistic works of wrought iron, many fences utilize some form of spike. Whether or not it was conceived as an aesthetic choice, spikes are one way to beef up the deterrent factor of your home’s high-security fence. Aluminum, wood, and iron fences all have the ability to have spikes at the top of their posts. These spikes can be simple or decorative. In addition to spikes, prohibitively tall fences are sure to give intruders second thoughts. In many areas, the maximum height of your fence is determined by your HOA or local building codes, so be sure to research your local fence height restrictions.
3. Keep Horizontal Rails to a Minimum
Another way to deter people from climbing over your fence is to choose a design with few horizontal rails. Think about it: horizontal rails and slats give potential intruders ample footholds for scaling your fence. Wrought iron fences are a great option in this regard because they can have very few horizontal rails, while many vinyl fences have none at all. Remember that fence etiquette blog we published a few weeks back? Well, installing your wood fence so that the finished side is out is not only polite, but it also makes it so that trespassers cannot utilize the horizontal beams as a ladder.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.