The following are some patio fencing ideas that will not only mark the boundaries of the patio but can protect the patio users from the effects of winds and provide a degree of privacy, or even screen a disagreeable view from the patio users.
Whichever style of fence you might decide to install it must be adequately supported to withstand the pressure of high winds, if not people leaning against it. Timber posts that are either 50mm square or round ones 100mm in diameter will support most fences. However, if the patio to be fenced is in a particularly exposed position then you should consider using concrete posts instead.
If privacy and protection from the wind are not serious concerns then three types of open fences would make particularly good patio fences. First of all there’s a simple wire mesh fence fixed with staples onto timber posts.
Relatively cheap and quick to install, this fence will suffice if you need to quickly fence your patio so that young children playing on it can’t wander off. However, in all truth this is not a very aesthetic fence unless you have plants climbing up it, which will take several years to mature.
As an alternative you could fit panels of a rustic wood lattice between the timber posts. Although more expensive than the wire mesh this will create a more aesthetically pleasing fence which will not look quite as ‘stark’ as a wire mesh one.
Finally of course there is the classic picket fence. Whilst you could construct an entirely custom made picket fence, crafting the posts and rails individually, it would be much quicker to buy picket fence panels and fix them to posts at regular intervals.
You should consider closed fencing if, as stated above, the patio is prone to strong winds or you require a degree of privacy. Depending on your preference, you can construct a closed fence to any height you want by custom building it. However, generally speaking buying and fitting closed fence panels will be quicker and quite probably less expensive; such panels are usually available at heights of around two or one 2 meter.
Again you’ll have three options in closed fence panels; interwoven wood, close-boarded or lapped ones and again each of these three options could create a different ambience on the patio.
An interwoven wood fence will probably be the lowest cost option to fit if budgeting is important. However, a close-boarded fence will provide the strongest protection and privacy, along with creating a geometric and ordered appearance.
Alternatively a lapped fence will provide both protection and privacy whilst also adding a rustic feel to the fence. This could be important if the patio leads out onto a garden or lawn area, creating a softer and more natural division between the two distinct areas.
It may or may not be important to have a gate in your patio fence, if you should decide to add one then you can again either buy one from your DIY store or, as a DIY/home enthusiast, you should be able to easily construct a picket gate.
Among other patio ideas you could incorporate an arch into the gate, allowing plants to climb up it creating a transition from the formal patio area out to the garden or lawn. If you don’t want a fence at all, having an arch without a gate will still create the same sense of transition.
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