Yes, not just any fence, an innovative one. You might be wondering what that is because, well, a fence is a fence right? Wrong. But it's a fair assumption to make. Most of us, me included have wooden fences in our back gardens, and potentially a different type of boundary marker in our front gardens - we have brick walls and railings, which at this time of year are great for capturing dewy spiders webs, but that's a different story.
Let's concentrate on those wooden often back garden fences, you know the sort that come in panels and have thin wood overlapped and nailed onto a frame. They're not the sturdiest of things are they? Nor the most resilient.
In our garden our fences - and we have quite a few of them - have come a cropper with various storms and we finally bit the bullet and replaced the whole thing back in 2014. But already one of the end panels is showing sign of wear and tear. Thankfully it's at the far end of our garden and hidden by the laurel tree, but even so we know we'll need to replace that before the rest of the fence.
I think animals - most likely foxes, given recent history - have been burrowing underneath it and on their way causing damage to the outer frame. We know our fence posts are secure, and it's relatively easy to pop in another fence panel, but after two years it's not really a long-term solution is it.
So when I read about this metal fence by Colourfence, I was intrigued. It sounded innovative, and let's be honest there aren't as many innovative garden products on the market as there are for our homes. Or if there are I've not seen many of them. Expandable, flexible hoses spring to mind, but I don't have one of those. Ratchet pruners, they're pretty innovative and are fab - I do have some of those, but I'm not overrun with ideas, maybe I just take them for granted.
But anyway, what does a metal fence look like. Well let's take a look.
Yes, it looks like a fence. I'm a big fan of trellis on the top of fences for some extra privacy, so that works for me. There is a non-trellis, or plain version but for me that doesn't have the same charm. And unlike the wooden fences there's a twenty-five year guarantee, that would definitely tick my long-term requirements. As well as being durable and guaranteed, as it's made from steel it's also strong.
True that "my" foxes could still dig underneath it, but I suspect they'd not damage it in the same way as a wooden fence. And the biggest tip I've found for preventing foxes digging is to dig a trench and fill that with bricks and scrunched up chicken wire, because where foxes are concerned it's all about prevention. If you make it hard for them they'll try somewhere else. That's clearly not so good for the neighbours, but hey ho!
There are four colours available: brown, green, blue and cream. I've chosen blue and cream photos to share with you because to me these look the least industrial and would be what I'd be more likely to go for. What I think is good, and quite honestly unusual, is that all of the single colour panels are the same price.
I do have a thing for Corten steel at the moment, and I think it'd be great to have a fence in that finish. Although that's likely to be more expensive, so I think I'd need a smaller garden first!
The other useful thing to note is that if you need a custom height or width, or have a sloping garden then this can be cut to fit your garden; the potential downside is that because it's a specialised system you can't fit it yourself and will need to use one of Colourfence's installers. Although on their website they say they have a fully trained franchise network of installers, rather than usual casual contractors so that they can provide the best customer experience.
They also say a metal fence, while more expensive than a wooden fence, probably won't cost you as much as you think. And I think there's definitely something in that, even wooden fences aren't cheap and think about how many times you'd replace one in twenty five years.
Definitely worth looking into and doing the maths if you're after a long term solution.
What do you think, would you consider installing a metal fence? Or do you already have one and are converted? Leave a comment and let me know.
This is a collaborative post but all views and opinions are my own.