Acrylic is a unique and functional building option for a fence. Acrylic, though uncommon for fences, is well suited as a building material because of its low cost and maintenance-free care. Acrylic is a clear plastic resin that resembles glass but does not carry the same risk for fracture. An acrylic fence will add visual interest to a home landscape and serve a valuable functional purpose as well.
The simplest acrylic fencing option is a solid acrylic board supported by end posts on either side. Acrylic sheets can be purchased in standard sizes or custom ordered to a specific size. The solid sheets are then secured by large bolts to solid metal posts; steel or aluminium posts are a good style choice because they are a clean, stark contrast to the clear acrylic. Solid panel acrylic fences make ideal fences for a pool surround because they restrict access but provide clear visibility.
Create a modern picket fence using acrylic posts instead of traditional wood or modern vinyl. Acrylic posts are not a common building material; the correct size and number of posts will need to be custom ordered through a supplier. Arrange acrylic posts equidistant from each other with a single acrylic rod or board that connects the posts. Small acrylic post fences are good options for gardens because they mark off paths or garden areas without disrupting the visual elements of the garden.
Add artistic flair to an acrylic fence with paint. Because acrylic is plastic, any acrylic or latex-based paint that adheres to plastic will work. However, for maximum staying power, sand or apply a liquid sander to the area to be painted; if using a liquid sander, wipe the sander away after it has dried. Sketch the design in pencil or marker before applying the paint with a brush. The dried design can be sealed with a plastic-adhesive sealant, though the only way to completely protect the design is to apply a coat of liquid resin. Painted acrylics are best on single panel acrylic fences because of the smooth and large work surface, but small designs added as detailing to small picket fences are also possible.
Some clubs or restaurants with outdoor spaces may use acrylic sheets to serve as dividers; the strength of the acrylic translates to several design options involving drilling and cutting. One of the most innovative and dramatic acrylic fencing design options is to install lights within the fence itself. Drill small holes in the top edge of an acrylic sheet of at least 1 inch thickness Place small LED lights in the holes before installing a top railing. When the lights are activated, they will illuminate the acrylic panel in a variety of colours. If you don't want to drill holes, install the lights into the top railing; the lights will still be visible in the acrylic sheet.