If you live in a property that benefits from the luxury of a garden, rear yard or small courtyard it is essential that adequate security precautions are taken so that the space remains well protected from criminals and trespassers whilst providing privacy for the property owner as this will ensure the maximum benefit and enjoyment can be gained from the space.
As such an excellent option is to install gates and fencing as they offer many benefits at an affordable price. With this in mind here we will take a closer look at each option in a bid to give advice to property owners in need of additional privacy and security without them having to compromise on the aesthetic appeal of the garden.
As the boundary of the garden will pose the biggest threat in terms of security and privacy (not to mention the fact it will also involve the biggest outlay in terms of expense and effort involved during the installation process) it makes sense to get this right as mistakes can prove costly in terms of visual appeal, effectiveness and ability to meet your requirements. With many options being available on the market ranging from a simple chain link fence (ideal where a low security risk is posed and will be more of a visual deterrent) through to 7ft high metal fence panels fitted with spear top finials that are constructed from strong and robust solid steel components (more commonly used on prestigious properties where privacy is not an issue but security is a priority) the choice can seem a little daunting and confusing.
However, in essence choosing the best fencing design for your garden will involve nothing more than you working out what your specific needs are (in terms of privacy, security and appearance), deciding on your budget and then sourcing an appropriate fence that will meet these needs without too much compromise on material, aesthetic appeal or durability.
If your garden has a boundary wall that is either too low to offer any real level of security or you are concerned about somebody climbing over it one really effective solution is to install a set of high quality metal railings to the top. Available in a large selection of styles (including ones with spear top finials) and sizes to suit the needs of most residential property owners the additional height created by the railings will make scaling the wall much harder and will therefore reduce the threat of unauthorised access. In addition to this the imposing appearance will create a strong visual deterrent and as a result will deter most opportunistic criminals and at the very worst slow down the antics of the more determined criminal, vandal or trespasser.
On the negative side of fitting railings, due to the nature of construction (they have gaps between the bars) the level of privacy they can achieve is not great therefore may not be the best option for all properties.
In addition to securing the main boundary of the garden it is also important to add a layer of protection to the pedestrian access points (be it to a create physical or simply to act as a visual deterrent). As such an appropriately specified gate is an absolute must. In fact with hundreds of options readily available on the market and prices starting at well under £100 there really is no excuse to negate to invest in such an effective physical security solution.
Depending on the space that needs securing will influence the gate design required. For example a side or rear access point will benefit from a tall gate (say around 6-7ft in height) as this will make scaling it difficult. For any internal pedestrian access points (such as that leading from the driveway to the back garden) lower gates of around 3ft in height will be sufficient.
In closing, investing in a set of high quality gates, railings or fencing is an excellent investment for any property that has a garden as it will allow the maximum level of enjoyment to be had from the space without risking the safety, privacy and security of the homeowner or occupant.