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fence or hedgeIf you’re looking to add some privacy or boundaries to your yard, you’ve probably found that you have two options: a fence, whether that is chain link, wood, vinyl, or anything else; or a hedge, which is a plant that is grown to provide privacy. Both are good options, so which is right for you? Let’s look into some of the differences between the two.

Time:
Fences are easy to put up and can go up almost instantly. If you want privacy this year, a fence is a good way to go. Hedges are living plants, and they have to take time to grow. It can take a year or more for a hedge to reach full height and offer full privacy. If you’re in for the long term hedges are great, but if you want privacy this season fences are the way to go.

Maintenance:
Depending on the type of fence you install, your level of maintenance will vary. Chain link fences require very little maintenance, while wood fences may need to be re-stained or repaired etc. On the other hand, hedges require maintenance as well, most notably in the form of yearly or biyearly trims. In the end this comes down to what type of fence you choose as to what will require less maintenance.

Appearance:
Some people love the look of a little white picket fence or a sturdy wooden fence. Other people prefer the more natural look of a hedge. However, fences are much more versatile in their appearance. Did you know that you can even get fence slats that look like a hedge? We think that fences win in terms of appearance just because of how many options there are out there.

Environment:
Fences are not necessarily harmful for the environment, but if you love plants and supporting the environment, hedges are the way to go. There are lots of different types of hedges, and as long as you do your research and pick a native hedge that will thrive in your area, you can plant a hedge just about anywhere in the world. However, if you need to fence off an area that includes concrete, a fence might be the only way to go because hedges require soil.

Privacy and Security:
Hedges may offer visual privacy, however, it turns out that they are not very secure. It’s easy for an animal or an intruder to slip through a hedge. If you have dogs or are worried abbot animals getting into your garden, a hedge is probably not the right way to go. Fences offer varying levels of visual privacy, but they are sturdy and great at keeping both intruders and animals out of your yard.

Overall, the choice between a fence and a hedge is a personal one, and there is different answer for everyone. We hope that this guide has helped you to decide what is best for yourself and your yard.

It’s pretty much a given that homes have fences between them, especially in backyards. You probably haven’t ever thought much about your fence, until it comes time to repair it, replace it, or just add some privacy slats. Then the question may come up: whose fence is it anyway? You don’t want to alter the fence if it belongs to your neighbors, and you may feel that if it’s truly a shared fence, they should share the cost. Here is our best guidance to knowing whose fence it is.

Check with the city. Fence laws vary from city to city. Your city should have guidelines on who owns a fence (it may be in your/your neighbor’s deed) and they are the best ones to talk to. At least they will know exactly where your property line (it might be different than you expect!) and can tell you whose side the fence is on. Going through your city will make sure that everything is legal and you have a case if your neighbor complains about anything you do.

Again, checking with your city is the best thing to do and what we recommend. However, in the meantime, here are some tricks to help you make an educated guess:
1. If your fence has one, what side is the “pretty side” of the fence on? When someone installs a fence, the poles are usually on the side that they install it from. Thus, whoever doesn’t have the “pretty side” of the fence is usually the owner. This can depend on a lot of factors, so it’s a starting point, not a definite factor.
2. Check with the landlord. If either you or your neighbor is renting, check with the landlord. If you’re going to make changes to a fence, it should go through them anyway. They will likely have more information about the property.
3. Ask your neighbor. Especially if they have lived there longer than you, it’s a good idea to ask as they probably have knowledge about the fence. Or they may not know but may be willing to make a compromise with you anyway.

When in doubt, you can always add a fence to your side of the property line. If it turns out that your neighbor owns the fence and is refusing to do anything about it and you need it changed (say you have a dog and there are gaping holes), you can always add another fence on your side of the property. This way it is your fence for sure. This isn’t an ideal situation and it may anger your neighbors, so think carefully before you decide to do so.

Hopefully this has helped you figure out who owns the fence so that you can upgrade to the fence of your dreams from PrivacyLink!

Chain link fences are a great solution for fencing, because they’re affordable and easy to install. They’re very durable and they won’t rot or peel like other types of fences might. However, chain link fences do come with one huge disadvantage: a lack of privacy. Luckily there are solutions to add privacy to your yard, even if you have a chain link fence.

Privacy Slats

Privacy slats are an easy and affordable way to add privacy to your fences. Basically a fence slat is a long, thin piece slat that you insert into your chain link fence. They come in a lot of different styles and colors. There is a style of fence slats out there for everyone and every home.

Ease of Installation


Almost anyone can install a fence slat. They are probably the easiest source of fence privacy to install, and stuffing slats is much easier than installing a whole new fence. Privacy fence slats just weave in between the chains of the fence, where they are firmly held in place naturally by the fence. It’s an easy project that anyone can tackle. If you don’t wish to install your own fence slats, you can also hire someone to install them for you. Overall, it’s not a hard or terribly long process, and your chain link fence will look great and have more privacy in no time at all.

Appearance

There are a variety of difference styles of chain link fence slats. You can get a classic slatted look, or one made to look like wood. There are even slats that are made to look like hedges if you want a more natural look. Fence slats also come in a variety of colors to match any house and yard. Long story short, your slatted privacy fence can look just about however you want it to.

Level of Privacy


Because there are a lot of different fence slat options, there are also a lot of different levels of privacy. You can get fence slats that you can partially see through, all the way up to slats that offer nearly complete privacy. The choice is up to you based on your individual style and needs. While shopping for a fence privacy slat, it’s important to first identify what level of privacy you need because there is such a variety of options and different styles offer vastly different amounts of privacy.

In short, fence slats are a great way to add privacy to any chain link fence. If you’re looking for a great slat for your fence, check out our products!

We have just recently completed the printing of our exciting new 2017 Product Catalog, and it’s now available. It contains detailed product information about our many excellent products and services. Use it as valuable resource tool along with our digital version of the catalog through your computer, laptop, and cell phone to access all of our products.

We are in the process of mailing it to our many customers, but should you not receive one just give us a call, and we would be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

We recently created two new installation videos for this revolutionary new 2″ chain link fence with “factory inserted slats”™. We invite you to take a moment and watch and learn how you can not only cut installation time, but also save costs and increase profits. We are pretty sure you will see that Noodle Link really should be your next installed fence project.