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Fences: Hacks, Modifications, New Trends and Cutting-Edge Styles

Hi, my name is Johnny. For years, I worked as a handyman, and although I did a bit of everything, I ended up helping a lot of people put up fences. Over the years, I have seen what works. I have learned how to hack your need for fencing if you don't have the time or cash to put up a new fence, and how to modify and repair fences to improve their function. I have also seen a lot of trends come and go, and I'm keenly interested in what's new in the world of fencing. Unfortunately, a back injury has made it difficult for me to work so now, I explore ideas by writing about them. I hope you enjoy my fencing blog and that you learn a lot. Thanks for stopping by!

How to Dress Up Any Residential Hurricane Fence

Many residential homes have hurricane or chain link fences, as they are affordable, easy to install, and don't look overwhelming even on a small property. However, a hurricane fence can sometimes seem a bit drab and dull. Rather than assuming that you need an entirely new fence, or investing in an expensive fence just to get a dressier look around your property, note a few tips for sprucing up a residential hurricane fence.


If you've already planted a row of flowers or shrubs along your hurricane fence and it still doesn't look as attractive as you'd like, you might reconsider the types of greenery you're using. Choose taller plants to sit up against the fence for maximum coverage; this might be sunflowers or even cornstalks. Landscaping trees such as Japanese maple, which don't grow more than a few meters, can provide color and a soft look while helping to hide your fence. Dense yew is a variety of shrubbery that grows several meters tall and is very thick; planting a row of these along the fence can actually hide it altogether. Lilac plants also grow several meters tall, and their dense greens and blooming flowers can easily hide your fence.

Add a base

Adding a concrete base around your hurricane fence is relatively easy; poured concrete can then be shaped into a smooth slab and painted or stained, or stamped to look like stone. This can break up the look of the fence itself and bring some color to your yard. If you have the concrete stained and then stamped to look like stone, this can also add a natural element to the fence, toning down the industrial look. Several rows of brick are also relatively easy to add to the base of a hurricane fence, partially hiding it while providing a nice backdrop for your smaller plants and flowers. 

Add a screen

Bamboo screens are a good choice for covering the entire fence from top to bottom. These screens are lightweight and are usually sold in rolls, making them easy to install on your own. Simply unroll a length of screen over an area of the fence you want covered, and then attach the screen to the fence mesh with wire twists. Note that bamboo screens come in a variety of thicknesses and densities; a screen with the shoots very close together offers maximum privacy and total coverage of the hurricane fence behind it.