When you think of fences, what materials come to mind first? You probably think of wood, vinyl, and chain-link fences because these materials are really popular. They are popular for good reasons — they make good, solid fences. However, there are other, less common fencing materials you may want to consider, too.
Brick fences were once quite popular, but they've fallen out of vogue because they're time-consuming to build and very permanent. But if you want a really strong, enduring fence, brick can be a good choice. It won't blow down in a storm. It won't be destroyed if a tree branch falls on it. Brick fences are expensive because they generally have to be built by skilled masons. However, you will probably never have to replace a brick fence in your lifetime.
A rock fence can be a good choice if you're looking for something really strong but also on the rustic side. While building a really long rock fence can be time-consuming and expensive, you could build a rock fence in one specific area as an accent piece without too much struggle. You could choose large or small rocks, depending on the look you want to create. Like brick, rock walls are basically impervious to storms and other conditions that damage fencing. They are time-consuming to build, but they don't require as much skill as brick fences, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding a builder.
How does a living fence sound? If you're trying to go green or just want to maintain a more natural look in your yard, a bamboo fence might fit the bill. Bamboo grows quickly, and it can be quite thick and dense. If it is planted close enough together, people will not be able to easily pass through the bamboo or climb over it, so it is more secure than you might assume. However, bamboo fences do require quite a lot of maintenance. You have to be vigilant about removing any bamboo that wants to spread beyond the fenceline. And in times of drought, you'll need to water the bamboo to keep it strong.
If you're not that interested in a typical wood, vinyl, or chain link fence, consider building one from rock, brick, or bamboo instead. These unique materials all have their pros and cons, but with some thought, you can likely settle on one that will suit your needs. For more information, contact a fence company near you.