Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

If I asked you to picture a fence, you’d likely envision a white painted picket fence or a silver chain link fence, the ones we see most often.  With just a little imagination we can truly make fences beautiful neighbors. Keep these in mind when you’re considering your new fence options.

corrugated galvanized steel fenceGalvanized corrugated steel panels are a sleek modern economical fence.  They are durable and virtually maintenance free.

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redwood fenceThe natural oils in redwood make it inherently resistant to insects, fire, warping, and twisting.  Redwood’s density makes it withstand weather conditions better than other woods, increasing its life span and reducing the maintenance required.  Purchase redwood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that it has been grown and harvested responsibly. This fence combines new and reclaimed redwood.

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Cor-Ten steel fenceAnd my all time favorite material….Cor-Ten steel. Also known generically as weathering steel, its specific alloys produce a stable rust layer that becomes a protective coating. It’s durability in appropriate applications is unmatched, and its patina improves with age. This stunning fence is crafted from individually laser cut steel blades.  Use full size Cor-Ten panels for an economical, show stopping, no fuss fence.

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cedar and fir fenceRed cedar, much like redwood, is naturally resistant to insects, fire, rot, and decay. It’s hard to compete with the allure of beauty, durability, and low maintenance. Show your personality by crafting a unique pattern with different board widths.

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perforated copper panelsCopper panels create one-of-a-kind modern yet timeless fences.  When they’re perforated as in this installation, air and light can pass through.  The patina that untreated copper develops with time and exposure makes it more elegant with age. Perforated panels are available in other metals to suit your taste and budget.

What’s your favorite of these? Mine is the perforated copper. Be sure to share the good fence info with your neighbors and friends!

Imagine the possibilities,


11 thoughts on “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

  1. Love thebgalvanized, corrugated. Built one, one of my neighbors doesn’t like it and filed a complaint with code enforcement. It is structurally sound, built within the boundaries, height is up to code. He just does not care for the look. They asked me to take it down by July 18th or they will fine me $500 a day. I found 4 more fences like mine within a 2 mile radius of my house. Took pictures which we took to the building department, they had a meeting yesterday and today in regards to this. Don’t know yet what the outcome is, but I am sure I am not taking it down. I will call a meeting with the city if I have to. Has anybody else had issues with this?

    • I’m so sorry for your trouble. If you’re in compliance with zoning then your neighbor is fenced in and a fine is out of order. Perhaps you can find common ground through a friendly chat and tall plant suggestions. I’m not making light of your situation, yet your neighbor could focus on real issues. I can help with plants.

  2. My favorite is the Cor-Ten fence although all of them are gorgeous! I live in the pine forest north of GR so I’m all set!

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