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Fencing 101: Start with the basics

April 19, 2018

Fencing is a vital part of country life. A good fence keeps livestock safe from the outside world, and the outside world from getting into your personal space. From installation and planning, to maintenance and moving, there are plenty of fence topics out there. Today, we’ll be covering some of the basics, including links out to helpful Coastal articles on fence building and the benefits of panels.

Coastal Knows Fencing

Your Northwest owned and operated Coastal has all the fencing materials you need to get your project done right. That includes knowledgeable people who’ve built their own fences and can answer all your questions about barbed wire and other fencing options, the benefits of panels and mesh fencing, and fence building basics.


Wire fencing is quick, easy, affordable, and available in a wide array of options, including barbed and barbless. Be careful not to use barbed wire around horses or other animals that might get caught up in it.


If you’re trying to keep sheep, goats, poultry or pigs in, a woven fence is ideal. You can even use woven fence for corrals and pens. Woven fences are very sturdy, come in a wide-variety of lengths, and go up pretty fast.

Costal tip: Within the woven and wire category is the high-tensile wire fence. You’ll spend a bit more for high-tensile fencing (in both wire and woven), but it will last decades longer and take far less maintenance.


We’ve all seen the gleaming white, synthetic fences lining properties. While it’s true that models sold decades ago looked a bit beat up after just a few years, today’s synthetic fence is great looking, goes up easy, and can be used with electric wiring when necessary. These fences are good options for corralling equine, llamas and other large critters.


The best wood fences were built over 100 years ago. But wood like that isn’t available at your local lumberyard. Yes, wood looks nice, but it’s best for small pastures, decorative entrances, and riding arenas. If you do go with a wood fence, be sure it’s vinyl coasted for a longer life.


Whatever it is you’re trying to keep in, a UV resistant powder-coated corral panel is a versatile, easy-to-move option. Panels are tough as nails, heavy duty, and easy to set up. You can even add a gate. Or choose galvanized panels designed to corral pigs and other smaller animals.


You don’t need to be an electrician to install an electric fence. All you need is an energizer or fence charger, along with electric-plastic twine, tape, or wire, and vinyl fencing or plastic insulators. Check out our article on electric fences, including how to maintain yours once you build it.

Fence Corners

Whatever option you choose, good fences start with strong corners. We’ve put together a Coastal 101: Building a Fence Corner, along with all the tools you’ll need to get the job done right.

Save Time and Money on Your Next Fence

Coastal carries everything you need to build the perfect fence, from galvanized panel fencing to corral panels and gates. That includes electric fence supplies, netting, posts, and spools of barbed wire. Stop by today and get all the supplies you need, including special offers on fencing materials.