If you're building a front fence, it's important to consider what you want to achieve with it. Is your aim to stop your dog from wandering the streets, or is it to let your lush front garden be in full view? One priority that may trump all others is that the fence needs to offer privacy. In a secluded front yard, you can lounge around and read, treating the area as additional living space. If that's what you want for your front garden, here are three fence styles that may appeal.

Slat Fences

A slat fence style is constructed with horizontal metal or timber slats, which create a screening effect without a closed-in feel. Slat barriers are slim, light and airy rather than imposing, though you can mount slats between brick or cement pillars for a more substantial structure. You can adjust the privacy offered by these fences. The slats come in diverse widths, and you can build the fence with larger or smaller gaps between each one. Plus, you have a wide array of colours to pick from. These fences tend to look more modern or rustic than heritage style unless the slats are combined with other fence materials.

Metal Panel Fences

If you want the absolute privacy provided by an opaque fence with no gaps, you could opt for a metal panel fence consisting of corrugated steel (such as Colorbond). These fences have a classic look, as the metal panels are often mounted between traditional posts with caps. You can create appealing looks by contrasting the panel and post hues: pairing red and beige, for example.

If you want a modern or edgy appearance, you could use other posts. Even though the main component of these fences is steel, they have a friendly feel with their corrugated profile. If a fence were built with smooth metal, it would appear much colder. Plus, the grooved sheets come in earthy shades like sand, green and grey, giving them a natural feel.

Brick Or Cement Render Fence

Instead of slim profiles that use slats and metal panels, you could consider building a fence using bricks or concrete blocks covered in cement render. These kinds of fences have a chunky aesthetic, and they can thus feel like an extension of the house.

The advantage of a custom fence installation is that you can give it any proportions that appeal to you, so long as they don't breach local council regulations. You can choose brick or cement renderings that harmonise with your house. You might even choose the same colour, which can give a property a polished look. On the other hand, a contrasting but complementary colour can add visual interest and banish blandness. A denser front fence will also block more noise than one constructed with slim metal slats or panels. If you live on the main road, blocking noise may be a priority for you, second only to privacy.

Speak to a fence installation service to learn more.