Before you start building a fence for your property, take into account the material from which it is to be made. To find the type of fence that best suits your needs and budget, check the cost of materials, labor and maintenance before you get on a real mine.
From antique wooden rails to elaborate contemporary vinyl planks, fences have always been the preferred means of providing privacy and deterring unwanted visitors. Regardless of whether you want to keep animals safely in your yard or children from your neighborhood away from flower beds in your garden, fencing your property requires the right material and workmanship to fulfill its functions.
Before loading your truck with fencing materials, take a few minutes to call your local fencing company and find out if it can meet your expectations. If you are putting up a fence along the line of your property, you may need materials, hands, and time. If you are determined to build it yourself, that’s also great. Remember, however, that the very choice of material is crucial for the fence to fulfill its aesthetic and protective functions and be easy to maintain.
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Good quality wood – Cedar fences
Cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insect attacks, this wood is not as resistant to moisture damage as treated wood (stain varnishing) and is likely to rot after a few years if embedded directly in the ground. If you do decide to build a cedar fence, it is recommended that it be mounted in a concrete base or attached to fence posts. Still, the installation process is simple for home DIYers, and you can customize the planks to create a variety of styles including plaid,
Maintenance Tip: If you do not want to replace the cedar fence elements frequently, the use of a wood preservative is highly recommended. Choose cedar wood products and remember to re-apply them annually. This prevents moisture from soaking up the wood and prevents it from rotting.
PVC / plastic fencing
Fences made of hardened plastic have been on the market for several decades, but they are still relatively unpopular. The early models of PVC fencing tended to turn yellow and brittle due to temperature changes after several years of use, but today’s fencing manufacturers are releasing durable fencing products in a variety of heights and styles. When it comes to quality, thickness matters; a thicker plastic panel will look best for the longest (some with a lifetime warranty). Installation needs to be precise for best results, so consider hiring a professional PVC system fencing installer. Some disturbances in the leveling or a few elements outside the vertical are clearly noticeable in the finished fence.
Maintenance Tip: Once installed, vinyl fencing is virtually maintenance-free. Occasionally wash off the dirt with a mild detergent, rinse with a garden hose, and you’re done.
Made of wood fibers in combination with plastic polymers, composite fencing provides a wood-like appearance without being prone to degradation by insects and rot. This combination of style and functionality is slightly more expensive than PVC and wood, however, both in terms of material and installation – like a plastic fence, composite requires precise installation by professionals. As material quality varies, you’ll want to research your options and purchase composite fencing components from a reputable dealer.
Maintenance Tip: After professional installation, composite fencing only needs occasional spraying with plain water to keep it clean and fresh.
Various types of metal fencing are available, ranging from classic to contemporary, with a variety to suit any exterior of your home. Wrought iron fencing has survived centuries of style and fashion changes in the home fencing world for a reason: they are more durable than others. Consider hiring a specialized fence contractor if you want to incorporate the traditional charm of wrought iron on your property as these fences are usually custom made to fit your property. Some newer metal options – including cast iron, aluminum, and steel fencing – combine the strength of wrought iron with a friendlier installation.
Maintenance Tip : Aluminum fence withstands rust-free all year round, but wrought iron and some steel fences need to be treated with special enamel or anti-corrosion paint spray.
Treated timber fencing
Pressurized and chemically quilted cedar-style wood planks or planks are a popular choice for exterior structures as a whole – gazebos, patios, pergolas, and more – and assembled as a fence, they provide privacy at a reasonable cost. While this more economical fencing option is the perfect choice for buried posts (the treated wood is both insect and moisture resistant), pickets tend to warp or twist as quickly as a month after installation. For best results without distortion, select planks individually from your local lumber yard instead of shipping them in bulk. Look for the simplest planks and skip those that look green or damp, which could mean
Maintenance tip: Seal with stain or paint over treated wood for a better look, and replace warped planks if necessary.
Stone and concrete fence
Concrete, stucco, brick, block, and stone fences create dignified aesthetics throughout the house, but they are not the cheapest: these materials are expensive and require professional installation. Due to their weight, bricks require a foundation poured below the frost line or the depth at which groundwater in the soil is to freeze in winter. Many homeowners mix some types of masonry with other fencing materials such as wrought iron or wood, both for design and cost reasons. Block and poured concrete require steel reinforcement, and brick fences often have concrete or block internal fencing with aesthetic elements only on the outside.
Maintenance Tip: Over time, mortar joints in stone and brick fences can become loose or chipped and require re-fixation.
While their open links certainly do not have much of a privacy impact, chain link or mesh fence provide adequate security for pets and children at competitive prices. The materials are among the cheapest fencing options available, therefore this type of fencing is a common choice in large country yards where the amount of fencing needed makes other choices unprofitable. In addition to economical materials, an easy DIY installation is to position the posts, install the top rail, and then stretch the bonded mesh between the rails and the posts. It couldn’t be easier.
Maintenance Tip: The chain link can corrode, especially at the intersections where the mesh links meet but are difficult to prevent. For better appearance and longer life, consider upgrading to a vinyl-coated chain link. Choose mesh fencing covered with a non-corrosive material that separates the metal from the weather.
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