People build fences for all kinds of reasons: for security, for privacy, to block sound and wind, to define boundaries, or to meet various other safety objectives. The question though is whether residential fences, commercial fences, privacy fences, and security fences are different to each other in any particular way.
The answer is both yes and no. Some fences are suitable for both a residential and a commercial environment, while others quite simply aren’t.
The Question of Suitability
While some types of fencing are suitable for privacy and security needs in both residential and commercial environments, the design of either type must be fit for purpose. For instance, a privacy fence should shield people and property from view and a security fence should prevent access. A good security fence should also be a deterrent to possible intruders.
Whether you are installing residential fences or commercial fences, the first step is to identify your needs. Once you have done this you can choose the most suitable materials and design elements, including height. Of course, budget will also be a factor.
Different Types of Fences
This list starts with materials:
- Wooden fences are available in a wide range of types and styles from the quintessential painted picket fence to rustic, range-style post and rail fences, and more solid fences made from board. Privacy fences need to be reasonably solid to prevent visual access, so stockade and board-on-board fences are usually the most suitable types. Security fences should be high enough to prevent anyone climbing over them – which can be a problem with wood designs that are often relatively low. For this reason, wood is more commonly used for residential fences than commercial fences. Wood is, though, used in some commercial and industrial settings for dumpster enclosures that don’t have to be high.
- Metal fences may be made from aluminum or steel and may be decorative or utilitarian in appearance. They are popular for security fences and may also be used for pool enclosures, to create pet-friendly areas, and to simply enclose gardens and backyards. Depending on the design, metal fences are suitable for both residential and commercial environments.
- Vinyl and PVC fences are similar to wooden fences in terms of design, style, and function. Great for privacy fences, they are more commonly used as residential fences or for smaller commercial properties.
- Chain link fences are often chosen as commercial fences because they make good security fences that can be as high as you like (within reason). People with pets often use them as residential fences because they provide a particularly cost-effective option. When combined with other fencing materials they can make attractive residential designs and dumpster enclosures.
Ultimately, while residential fences and commercial fences may be constructed using the same or similar materials, design details are usually quite different.
The Georgia-based Natural Enclosures Fence Company specializes in both residential and commercial fencing. Contact us to see how we can help meet your needs.