In cottage communities, which are often isolated from the surrounding landscapes, their own infrastructure is frequently developed. Therefore, the requirements for fences installed in such areas will be unique. Despite the fact that the rules for cottage community construction often regulate the choice of fencing structures, sometimes the decision is made by the landowner. In this case, it is essential to consider the advantages and disadvantages of all available options and focus on the most relevant characteristics.
A cottage community or settlement is an area with a high degree of isolation. Typically, entry into it is restricted, as is passage, so the level of security within the settlement is significantly higher than outside its boundaries. This has an impact on the style and lifestyle in suburban and cottage communities and on what characteristics of fences will be prioritized.
When choosing a fence for a cottage community, several factors need to be taken into account, such as functionality, aesthetics, privacy, and security. Here are some recommendations for choosing a fence for a cottage community:
Unlike standalone cottages, certain factors should be given closer attention in cottage communities, such as privacy and aesthetics. While the strength of the fence is essential, it’s also crucial to consider:
These are the priorities we will consider when analyzing typical fencing structures. However, it’s important to take other factors into account during the analysis.
A “classic” solution, familiar to us from American and European films, is the low wooden picket fence. However, this option is more suitable for townhouses in the United States or Europe than for a cottage community in Ukraine.
Wooden picket fences have many advantages:
However, wooden fences cannot be considered a universal solution for several reasons:
Next in popularity are concrete and brick fences. Solid concrete sections are installed to minimize the budget load, while brick fences (both solid and combined with wrought iron grids) fall into the “costly” category.
Concrete and brick fences also have numerous advantages:
However, the widespread use of concrete and brick fences is limited by their characteristic drawbacks. The most significant ones include:
Some experts in the construction market also mention the limited variety of designs as a disadvantage. It’s challenging to say how true this is, but in some projects, a massive stone or concrete fence may indeed be inappropriate.
The use of metal in the production of fences for cottage communities used to be limited due to the lack of coatings resistant to moisture and UV radiation. Sometimes, chain-link and lattice fences were used, but more often as temporary or auxiliary fences. However, with the introduction of panel structures with protective decorative polymer coating to the market, metal fences have begun to expand their niche in cottage construction rapidly.
Among all available options, metal fences have perhaps the most extensive list of advantages:
Adding an attractive appearance to the list of advantages is worth mentioning as well. Even the simplest monochrome metal fence looks neat and harmonizes excellently with the European style of most cottage communities. There’s always the possibility to realize exclusive design by choosing a non-standard color or ordering slats stylized to look like natural wood (for example, at the Mehbud factory, high-precision offset printing technology on metal, called PRINTECH, is used for decorating such details).
The main drawback of metal fences is their price, but two clarifications need to be made:
There is one more drawback – sensitivity to the quality of installation. Incorrect and sloppy installation can lead to rust development in areas with scratches and other damage on the metal base. This issue can be solved in one way – entrust the installation of a metal fence to professionals.
Fencing plots within cottage communities can be done using various structures, differing in both material and characteristics. However, recently, the trend becomes quite clear – metal fences, if not occupying the largest share of the market, are rapidly gaining popularity, displacing more traditional but less practical wooden and concrete fences.