Blown Away -- How To Build A Privacy Fence While Battling A Windy Climate
Living in an area that regularly suffers from high winds can make landscaping and hardscaping a challenge. Constant wind can damage privacy barriers, making the search for a backyard haven even more difficult. But there are some ways to build a privacy fence that will stand up to the elements. Here are a few tips for any yard.
Go Semi-Solid. Contrary to popular belief, simply building a solid wooden fence may not be the best solution to protect against wind. A solid fence with no gaps can be damaged by the air flow or force wind up over the top. Instead, opt for a so-called "shadow box" or "board-on-board" fence. This type of fencing has staggered pickets on either side of the fence. Because they are mostly solid, they provide nice privacy but still allow some air to get through in order to prevent strain on the fence.
Add Greenery. If you don't want (or can't afford) a solid picket fence, you can still add privacy with an open wire or metal fence. The trick is to add greenery to fill in the empty spaces in the fence. Climbing vines such as potato vines or flava trumpet vines hold up well in the wind, look beautiful, and add a welcome privacy barrier as they fill in.
Install Solid Posts. The strength of the fence will largely be determined by the strength of its posts. A fence for any high wind location should feature wide posts sunk deeply (perhaps 2 to 3 feet deep) into concrete or crushed angular gravel at a medium distance from one another. If you choose a vinyl or PVC fence for its added durability, purchase posts with internal reinforcements for added resistance to wind loads.
Top It Off. Privacy doesn't have to mean a bare six foot tall fence and a constant struggle with the winds. You can build a lower fence (especially if local zoning regulations demand it) and add some greenery above to both block wind and add privacy. A row of evergreens or columnar trees planted along the fence line can turn a regular fence into a great natural barrier. Or try layering shrubs on the inside of a looser fence to buffer air and wind noise no matter what height the original fence is.
By building the right kind of fence, you can have both protection from winds and from prying eyes. For more information, contact a company like Family Fence Company.