Concrete Fences
Concrete Fences

Concrete represents a popular choice worldwide as a fencing material. It offers homeowners many advantages in durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and relative cost. Many people regard it as the ideal material for perimeter barriers.

Components

Some concrete fences may consist of a single-component wall or sections with posts. In the latter case, sections are available as modular elements which connect to the posts. Posts are reinforced with steel rebar, while the sections are reinforced with steel mesh. Some modular-style fences may also include decorative panels. Typically, a fence may stand about eight feet tall, but may reach as much as ten feet. Some people prefer low fences, at about three feet tall, but these fences contribute little more than aesthetic value.

Security

Like most kinds of perimeter barriers, a concrete fence may help to prevent access by intruders and provide containment for pets and small children. Security depends on the height and ability to discourage climbing. However you should carefully weigh the different aspects of your wall. For example, certain artistic patterns may enhance a property's aesthetic qualities and provide more visual permeability, however they also may facilitate scaling the fence.

Durability

Concrete is one of the most durable products available. It does not rust, rot, nor corrode, is not affected by temperature extremes, resists fire and termites, and is able to withstand even strong weather conditions. It can withstand tremendous pressure, typically at 6,000 pounds per square inch. Simply put, after constructing a concrete fence or wall, one usually must intentionally demolish it for removal. Moreover, because of its durability concrete does not require periodic maintenance as other fencing materials, such as wood or chain link. After building the fence, the owner need not worry about it again.

Aesthetics

Concrete may be cast into a myriad of shapes and sizes. The homeowner may easily tailor a concrete fence according to his/her preferences. Thus, it serves as a versatile element to any landscaping project. A decorative concrete fence featuring an artistic pattern may lend a dramatic backdrop to a garden or landscaped yard. The material also readily accepts paint, adding to its aesthetic versatility. In addition, since concrete may also be cast as a solid wall, it effectively hides unsightly elements, like dumpsters. For those who prefer other materials, concrete can be made to appear as another material, such as brick or even wood. Some people combine concrete with other materials, such as wrought iron. Also, as a heavier and denser material, concrete more effectively blocks noise than most other materials, such as wood. It thereby may preserve the tranquility of the home.

Additional Features

Concrete fences can be modified to support other features, such as lighting fixtures or security implements like cameras. Some companies that manufacture modular fences offer posts with special conduits for additional fixtures.

Cost

Although a concrete fence may be more expensive to construct, its lack of a need for maintenance saves homeowners money long term. Other products, such as wood, require periodic maintenance such as sealing to prevent rot and termite infestation. Metal fences may require special sealants or paints to prevent rust. Since concrete does not require these products a homeowner does not need to purchase anything further.