Almost any yard or property can be successfully surrounded with a fence, may it be for looks, security, privacy or safety in mind. A properly installed fence will also add value to your property.
Before starting a new fencing project there are a few things any home owner needs to consider.
From determining the best fencing materials to deciding where to place the fence post, we can help you with that. It is also important to consider your taste in aesthetics as well. Here are some tips to help you decide if that cedar fence you always wanted really makes sense in your back yard.
Choose your Fencing Materials –
How much wear and tear will your new fence have to take? Do you have children and/or animals that might be climbing, leaning against or otherwise play with your new fence? How is the climate where you live? These very important questions need to be address before you decide on your fencing materials.
There are four basic fence materials to choose from Wood – Metal – Vinyl or PVC – Composite.
Wood fencing is very traditional, fairly inexpensive, but requires regular maintenance and upkeep. You need to seal the wood after installation to waterproof and reapply sealant or paint every few years. Fences made with large wooden sheets make excellent privacy fences, while Split rail fences made of cedar or redwood have a rustic appeal. They work well with ranch homes, homes set in the country and any home with a large back yards.
Metal fencing is sturdy, long lasting, maintenance free if you choose to powder coating the aluminum or wrought iron, and relatively inexpensive. Available in three basic types, there is the chain link fence, aluminum fence and of course wrought iron fence. If you’re looking for a decorative fencing style than a chain link or aluminum fence is probably not your best option. They look rather industrial and run of the mill. Wrought iron fences consist of metal bars that are often ornately shaped with unique embellishments.
Vinyl, PVC or plastic fencing is very popular since they are maintenance free, durable and easy to clean. There are no nails or sharp edges so they make an excellent choice when there are small children and pets in the yard. Vinyl fences cost about twice as much as metal fencing, are available in different styles and can last up to 50 years or longer.
Composite fencing is the newest type of fence available on the market today. It is an environmentally friendly option, made of a combinations of wood fibers and recycled plastics. Composite fences look and feel a lot like traditional wood fences with the added benefit of the low maintenance, like the vinyl fence. This type of fence has grown in popularity over the past several years and most of them have a 20 year or more warranty. This is the most expensive fence option available, but if you’re looking for a green alternative that combines all the advantages of wood and vinyl than the extra cost might be worth your while.
Choosing a fence for your home can be a daunting experience. Keeping the above factors in mind, along with your budget and preference of style will ensure you pick the right fence for your home and family.