A fence around your yard has always been a nice bit of protection from the outside world, but what fences are the best for giving that added security you’re looking for?
The first thing to consider is the height. A taller fence will first be harder to see inside of and this less likely to be chosen by an intruder as they have no clue what that are even walking into. The second benefit though is the act of actually having to climb the fence itself. The harder it is to climb and the higher it is the less likely an intruder is to pick your house and yard.
Those means a good quality fence that’s 8ft tall or higher is a really good choice for security. If they can’t see in, they don’t know if it’s worth climbing and the height makes it harder to climb. This means a tall wooden or vinyl fence can do the job quite well.
Though height is important it isn’t the most important thing. What is at the top of the fence is almost equally as important, if not more. If it’s flat on top it’s much less threatening to climb. A fence that is not flat on top can make even a shorter fence much harder to climb over.
Thus, if you choose a wooden or vinyl fence choose one that isn’t flat on top but instead are pointed tips so that it becomes much harder for an intruder to climb. This will be a cheaper option compared to the ones listed below but not quite as secure.
One of the reasons taller fences aren’t as secure is if the intruder decides to climb the taller fence without the ability to scout the house first. The tall fencing actually becomes a protecting for the intruder as no one outside the fence can possibly see them lurking inside. So clear visibility inside and out is also of great importance for security when it comes to choosing fences.
Ornamental fences are hard to climb because they curve outward at the top. The tall steel bars also make it hard to even begin the climbing process much less making it over the curved-in top.
Another great choice is the ornamental fences that can have pointed or jagged designs at the top which make them incredibly hard and very painful to attempt to climb over. The ornate designs can make them almost impossible to climb up and the pointed tipped tops make a threatening deterrent to potential intruders.
While those two options are both some of the best security fences available, they can be a little more on the expensive side. If you’re looking for an option that offers security and visibility for cheap, then chain link is your best choice. Although not as elegant and beautiful as the other choices, it is strong and when choosing a residential chain link that’s tall it can be quite hard to climb while also offering visibility in and out of the property.
The key things to remember when choosing a fence for security reasons are both psychological and physical. The right fence can inform intruders that this is the wrong house or yard to try to enter and a hard to climb fence makes even the “bravest” of intruders second guess their choice, if not prevent them completely. Get a fence that’s taller, hard to climb, with something on the top of the fence that makes getting over it harder if not impossible. Don’t forget visibility as well because all intruders fear being spotted.