Do you have an area that needs privacy, security, or sound protection? A pre-cast concrete fence could offer just the protection you need, and do it in style. Designed to look like brick, stone, or even wood, these walls add a bit of old-world charm to new world space problems.
For instance, do you have a small yard that borders a parking lot, busy sidewalk, or train yard? A concrete fence can do everything a normal privacy fence would do, but also block and absorb noise.
Inside your yard, you can enjoy your garden flowers and fresh air regardless of what is going on just outside. You can feel as secure as you would in an old-fashioned England country walled garden.
In addition to enhanced security, a concrete fence can also reduce the risk of fire taking your home. This is particularly true if you live in an area where wildfires tend to be a seasonal problem.
The fences are maintenance free and last a lifetime. Graffitti paint can be washed away with a pressure washer. Because they can be precast into sections of fence, they are fairly easy to construct, something like assembling a puzzle.
Designs for Every Style of Home
But in spite of all the great reasons to look into concrete fencing, the reasons at the top of everyone’s list are the great look and reasonable price.
Concrete fencing can be dyed by the manufacturer in a wide choice of natural looking colors. Then it is molded to look like brick, cobblestone, cedar wood boards, or even wood rail fencing.
Some brands are coated with pea gravel for a sleek modern look that accents natural settings. Gates are available that complement the fencing. These fences can be expertly installed in most locations and will give you a fence that can literally last a lifetime. They are not real thick like a brick wall might be, and they flex some upon impact, but they can take a real beating without showing damage.
Installation for Do It Yourselfers
To install a pre-molded concrete fence requires you to be careful about details, but it is certainly doable for those with some experience in fencing or building. You dig post holes about 30 inches deep (follow manufacturers’ instructions).
The concrete posts have a slot down each side. They are set in place with fresh concrete in the hole. Then, the panels are slipped into the slots.
If you measure carefully when digging the holes, setting the posts, and all, the fence should turn out just fine. There are installation videos available online and on DVDs that come with the various products.
There is another kind of do-it-yourself concrete fence called a “spray in place” fence. With this sort of structure, you acquire styrofoam forms that look like rock or brick wall panels, or are smooth.
You assemble the fence with rebar located where needed for strength. After assembling the fence, you spray concrete on the forms and allow it to harden. This process is done using a Shot-crete sprayer.
The spray-in-place type of fence should only be attempted by or with the assistance of experienced do-it-yourselfers. It should be less expensive than the pre-cast variety. Make sure you get detailed how-to’s before beginning.