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Spending time outdoors is good for you. The sun gives you a dose of vitamin D, the fresh air clears your mind and the scenery brings a sense of peace. Fortunately, you don't have to go far to experience the benefits of Mother Nature; your backyard is enough. By building a privacy fence that emulates natural materials like redwood, cedar and stone, you can bring the wilderness to your home and induce a sense of tranquility.
How Nature Eases the Mind
Simply observing nature for a few minutes can help melt away stress and relax the soul. According to the L.A. Times, participants in psychological tests at the University of Southern California, University of California in Irvine and Texas A&M University reported feeling less stressed and more relaxed after watching a nature video or taking a walk in a park than those who viewed scenes with traffic congestion, busy malls or urban scenes. The professors conducting the research noted that participants who viewed nature scenes experienced less muscle tension, lower heart rates and lower blood pressure than those exposed to other images.
Researchers aren't exactly sure why a mere glimpse of nature is so powerful. They speculate that people are instinctively predisposed to have a positive reaction to nature. Plus, natural scenes tend to bring about fond memories of vacations and, perhaps, a sense of nostalgia.
Bringing Nature Home with a Privacy Fence
The privacy fence is among the most popular types of residential enclosures available. It keeps children and pets safe and discourages neighbors from peeping. While natural cedar remains a favorite, more and more homeowners are turning to the latest in vinyl fencing because the material:
- Is simple to maintain.
- Doesn't fall victim to rot.
- Resists insects.
- Is weather-resistant and can withstand winds of up to 110 miles per hour.
- Doesn't fade due to its UV-resistant attributes.
- Comes in a variety of colors and styles.
- Can mimic the look of nature.
The latest advances in vinyl fencing technology and design bring homeowners privacy fences that look like they're made with real wood and stone. Imagine a trickling waterfall or fire pit against a faux stone backdrop that you don't have worry about reinforcing with mortar in the upcoming years. Think of what you can do with all the free time you'll have to spend in your garden during the spring or summer because you don't have to repaint your faux wood fence.
In addition to offering little to no upkeep, simulated stone privacy fences are eco-friendly, as they contain a blend of recycled and virgin polyethylene plastic. Furthermore, each fence post contains galvanized steel for extra reinforcement. Homeowners in busy neighborhoods love faux stone fences because they block up to 98 percent of direct sound.
Thanks to the large selection of vinyl privacy fencing options available, you can create the peaceful-looking landscape you've always wanted. Talk to your local fence contractor to learn more about achieving a natural look with long-lasting materials.