When you’re choosing a garden fence, one of the questions you might find yourself asking is what are the strongest fencing materials available? You might be debating about whether or not the typical wood fences are for you, or if you want to go for something stronger.
For those looking for stronger fencing materials, here’s some tips from Fence Forge with everything you need to know.
Why do you need a durable fence?
When you’re thinking about getting strong fences put up on your property, it is important to consider how strong your fences need to be.
If you’ve got a specific reason to desire stronger fences; say you’ve got horses, many large dogs, or you’re really interested in privacy, then you may be more suited to certain types of durable fence.
It is always useful to bare this in mind when looking for fence panels that have some extra durability.
Consider concrete fence posts
One way to instantly strengthen your garden fence is to use concrete fence posts. For around £25 per post, you can use concrete fence posts to strengthen wooden and vinyl fences.
Simply place the posts along the line of the fence as well as a concrete gravel board, and you should be able to slip the fence panels in between.
Using concrete posts ensures that you are providing adequate support to the fence panels, and makes them less likely to wobble or warp.
Vinyl fences are considered to be quite strong, and as a result, are one of the most popular choices out there. As with any fencing material, vinyl fencing has its pros and cons.
Pros of vinyl fences
- Vinyl is available in a huge range of colours
- Vinyl can come in a wide range of designs
- Vinyl fence panels will maintain their colour for many years
- Vinyl fence panels can be great for privacy
- Vinyl fencing is very low maintenance
- Vinyl fence panels are considered to be sturdy and have reasonable levels of durability
Cons of vinyl fences
- Vinyl fencing can be hard to repair
- Vinyl fencing can be costly
Chain link fence panels
This type of fencing is not as popular as vinyl fencing, but it is still commonplace across the UK. As with any fencing material, it has its pros and cons.
Pros of chain link fence panels
- Chain link fence panels are really lightweight
- Chain fencing can be great at stopping pets from escaping
- This type of fence panels are low maintenance
- Chain fencing options are durable
Cons of chain link fence panels
- Chain metal fences offer very little privacy
- This type of fence is not particularly attractive
Aluminium fences are bold, attractive fence solutions that have their own set of pros and cons, just like any other fence installation.
Pros of aluminium fence panels
- With aluminium fence materials you can have pointed caps for security
- Aluminium fencing is very cost-effective
- Aluminium fencing boasts corrosion resistance
- Installing aluminium fence panels is simple as it is a lightweight construction
- Aluminium fence panels will last well
Cons of aluminium fencing
- Aluminium fence panels offer no privacy
- Aluminium fences are not very tall
Another type of metal fence, these metal fences are heavy duty and have their own range of pros and cons.
Pros of steel fences
- Steel fence panels are very durable
- Galvanised steel bars are rust resistant
- Steel fence panels are corrosion resistant
- Steel fence panels can last very well
- Steel fence panels are very good for security and protection
Cons of steel fences
- Steel fencing is incredibly heavy duty, making it hard work to install
- Steel fence panels are sometimes considered boring to look at
Wrought iron fences
Wrought iron fences are also pretty common, and are definitely stronger than things like wood fences. However, they do still have both pros and cons.
Pros of wrought iron fences
- Wrought iron fencing is long lasting
- Wrought iron is great aesthetically, matching retro properties very well
- Wrought iron is great as a pest resistant option
- Wrought iron fence installation is not too strenuous
- Wrought iron fencing is great for property value
Cons of wrought iron fences
- Wrought iron fences are not great for privacy
- Wrought iron fences are not the best fence for security
Composite wood fences
Composite fencing is another popular choice, it is a material primarily constructed from wood and recycled plastic, and it is very common in the UK.
Pros of composite fences
- Composite fencing is eco friendly
- A composite fence looks like real wood
- Composite fencing are durable and flexible
- A composite fence can come in all the colours of a traditional wooden fence
Cons of a composite fence
- Composite fencing has a singular design, it comes with horizontal panels running from post to post
So which is strongest?
Wrought iron and aluminium fencing are considered the strongest fencing materials. When installed correctly, these fences are unlikely to move much, even under harsh weather conditions.
That being said, they are both low privacy options, as the fencing is not solid, but in fact slatted fencing. For optimum coverage and strength, a composite fence or perhaps a vinyl fence would be suitable.