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Wonderful Wire Fencing

by Jon Nunan

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A picket fence might look nice, and a ranch style fence might keep the cows in, but when it comes to flat out functionality, a wire fence is the way to go. Wire fencing is durable, low maintenance, and comparatively inexpensive. They are a great way to mark property lines, as well as keep pets and stray animals in (or out).

Wire Fence Cost Effectiveness
A wire fence is one of the least expensive types of fencing available. They are cheaper to install and take care of than wood and often create a superior barrier. Due to their cost, they are widely used in commercial settings, but many homeowners have also caught on to their many selling points.

Wire Fencing Benefits
Aside from being inexpensive, a wire fence is extremely easy to maintain. Basically, once they are put in, there's not much else to do. When a wire fence gets dirty, you can either hose it down or wait for rain. Heat and cold have virtually no effect on their performance.

The gaps in wire fences are generally much too small for anything larger than a potato to fit through. Rabbits, stray dogs, and other garden and property undesirables will be kept out, while the family pooch will stay in.

Wire fencing is available in many different styles for use in many different situations. There are very inexpensive, do-it-yourself fences that can be put around small gardens in a few hours to keep rodents out. There are high-quality, heavy-gauge wire fences that can be used for security (these types of fences are often put up in places where rigid security is a must, like drug enforcement cages in police stations and other controlled access areas). The list goes on and on.

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Drawbacks of Wire Fences
For most people, the biggest reason to not install a wire fence is the aesthetic appearance. Most likely due to their popularity in commercial and industrial settings, the look of these fences is often associated with less than homey feelings. Beauty is, if nothing else, always in the eye of the beholder. For many homeowners, the convenience and durability of a wire fence is beautiful enough.

Another downfall of wire fencing is that, while it certainly makes an excellent barrier, it really doesn't provide any privacy from those wishing to look in. Unlike other types of fencing, everything that happens on one side of the fence is easily visible from the other side, unless some modifications are made.

Two Birds with One Stone
Some creative and well-planned planting has solved both of these drawbacks. Ivy, grapes, and other vines find wire fences very easy to latch onto and grow up on. By putting in some of these plants, you can have a very good-looking fence that is also a good privacy screen. The process can take a while, but the end result is worth the wait.

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.