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Which Side Should a Fence Face

Hello everyone, I'm Marco from Fenceshop, the e-commerce site of Rete Plastic. Today, we'll address a common question: which side should a fence face? Outward? Inward? And how do you apply a shade cloth? Let's find out together.

The Basic Rule

First of all, let's start with the post. If we use a classic T-post, we'll notice it has a flat face and a ridge on the back. The fundamental rule is that the mesh should be placed on the flat side of the post. So, place the mesh on the flat side and tie it. This is the starting point to understand how to orient the mesh with respect to the post.

Three Reasons to Face the Fence Inward

Now, let's look at three situations where it makes sense to face the mesh towards us:

  • No Neighbors: If there's no one beyond our property, we can face the mesh towards us. This way, we keep the "nice" side of the fence since there's no one on the other side to judge.
  • Unpleasant Neighbors: If our neighbor didn't contribute financially to the fence, we can keep the nice side facing us, leaving them the less aesthetic side.
  • Selfishness: Regardless of other considerations, we might simply prefer to have the nice side of the fence facing us.
Three Reasons to Face the Fence Outward

Now let's look at three situations where it makes sense to face the mesh outward:

  • Foot Traffic: If there's foot traffic or a road on the other side of our property, it's appropriate to show the better side of the fence. This is not just for aesthetic purposes but also to avoid the ridge of the post being a potential hazard.
  • Neighbor's Contribution: If the neighbor contributed financially to the fence, it's fair to face the nice side towards them.
  • Altruism: We might decide to be altruistic and show the better side of the fence outward, keeping the less aesthetic side for ourselves.
Applying a Shade Cloth

Regarding the application of a shade cloth, the rule is similar to that of the mesh, with an alternative. The shade cloth can be placed either outward or inward. However, it's important to consider that, if we put it inside, it might create an unsightly fold around the post. For a better aesthetic result, it's always preferable to place it on the plane of the mesh and the post.


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