Why do you have a fence on your property?
Maybe you are thinking of installing one and are thinking of the options; grow hedging, build a wall or put up that fence?
A look at the history of the fence makes interesting reading and may inform your thinking.
The humble fence quite often performs more than one duty, which makes it such a useful product on the property.
We often get questions on whether the fence is a security device or merely a decoration for the backyard?
Our answers differ, and an explanation of the history of the fence may help our clients.
Any history of the fence would include the following points:
- Early times it was definitely for security
- Marking boundaries becomes important
- Separating public from private
- Decoration adds style
- Security AND decoration are possible too
Let’s take a closer look at each item in the history of the fence.
Early times it was definitely for security
Before the advent of building walls and digging ditches, the simple fence provided security for families.
By cutting, chopping and shaping tree branches they were able to weave quality, secure fencing to surround their homes.
What little they had they could enclose at night, protecting their smallholding from thieves and predators.
The fence would keep chickens, cows, sheep, and pigs from roaming or being attacked by wolves.
A strong element of security still exists in modern farm fencing.
Making boundaries becomes important
In the USA as settlers spread north, east, south and west the only way to mark your land was to fence it.
Land was so plentiful that whatever area you could surround with fencing, became your property.
It was your job to clear the land and make it provide for your family.
“Don’t Fence Me In” may be a popular song for cowboys, but building fences was the only way to mark boundaries in the early days of the USA.
Separating public from private
In due course it became necessary to mark the boundaries between public and private land.
You could not let your livestock graze or wander on public land. There was also the problem of protecting public land from the damage caused by farm animals.
In all states now you must fence in your land, according to clearly indicated lines on the map.
You are also obliged to maintain and repair your fence and only use certain materials in some areas.
The idea of keeping private property separate from public and the rights you get from doing so, is powerful in the USA.
Decoration adds style
When fencing became popular in towns and cities, it became a way of adding style to your home.
Walk down any older street of townhouses, and you will see some beautiful examples of iron and steel fencing.
Ornate designs, crafted by skilled artisans, can draw the eye to a building and reflect the owner’s tastes or those of previous ones.
The decoration of the fence is also popular on ranches with different style horse rails.
The addition of accessories such as lights and fence post caps can highlight the property too.
Security AND decoration are possible too
Just because a fence looks very stylish and colorful does not mean it cannot provide security.
An iron or steel fence is difficult to break through, and the spikes in the design make it difficult to climb over.
Modern fencing materials such as vinyl have impact inhibitors embedded during the manufacturing process.
Heat processed wood will not rot easily and will protect your animals from attack.
A privacy fence will keep people off your property and give you control over access.
The decorative fence can also be a secure one.
At Fence Supply Online we know a lot about fencing.
The history of the fence shows how it can be decorative and secure.
Our Draw It & Quote It software will help you plan the project.
Call us today with all your fencing needs.