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Should you go with a post and rail or privacy fence for your yard? It is a question we hear a lot and there are a few answers, depending on your situation. What may be the perfect solution for one person’s garden may not work at all in another neighbor’s yard.

Post and rail has plenty of good points about it, but so does a privacy fence. The pluses and minuses of each option make a lot of sense. At Fence Supply Online callers ask about the two, and we try to tell them what we think works best.

Our team of experts put their heads together over morning coffee one day recently and came up with a few suggestions. It is a long list of ideas, so we took the best ones for this post.

Included on the list of choosing between post and rail or privacy fence are:

  • What do you want the fence to do?
  • A post and rail fence looks great in a rustic garden
  • Modern privacy fences are of top quality
  • Have a look at the local laws

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

What do you want the fence to do?

It may be a simple question, but it can solve many problems.

Take a look at the garden and where you want to put the fence. Do you have neighbors who can look into your yard? The privacy fence option may keep them looking elsewhere. How about a garden that gets a lot of wind damage? Again a privacy fence may keep it under control.

The post and rail fence may look very elegant in a garden. If you want something to mark the boundaries but not block out the light and fresh air, then the post and rail is the answer. The fence style is also perfect for keeping wildlife out of the garden.

Consider the uses of the fence before making up your mind.

A post and rail fence looks great in a rustic garden

Do you live in a rural town or maybe a suburb with a lot of trees and grass areas? The post and rail fence will look great in your garden and keep you in touch with the neighbors.

Think of how well the length of fence around the back garden will look. The two or four rail fence is a perfect place to rest your foot while watching the sun do down.

If you have a long driveway up to the house, then the post and rail fence will look perfect beside it.

Modern vinyl privacy fences are of top quality

It surprises many people when we suggest a privacy fence, and that it is made of vinyl. Modern vinyl is of the highest quality and will not let you down during the many years of service.

American-made vinyl fencing will not fade or buckle under the summer heat. The impact inhibitors prevent damage, and the vinyl will not crack or split under pressure.

The range of choice in vinyl fencing will make you think more about installing one. The finishes and styles of vinyl privacy fences only add to the look of your yard.

Have a look at the local laws

There is not any point in erecting a fence only to find it has to come down again. It happens to our clients from time to time, usually because they ignore the local planning and building laws.

There is strict guidance on the style of fence you can have beside a busy street, and usually, and a privacy fence is not an option.

Ask your local Home Owners Association for guidance on this tricky subject.

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