A fence is seen as a must-have for family homes, but so many people do not think much about the type of fence they install. Fencing is installed for two main reasons, security and to mark the property, but it can also be an important part of ensuring your family’s privacy. There are different types of fences you can install around your home and property, each with its own pros and cons. In this article, we will be focusing on the most common fencing options.
1. Wood Fencing
Wood fencing is very popular in rural and suburban areas. Wood is such a popular option because it adds character to a home in addition to providing a sensible amount of privacy and security. Additionally, wood can be styled or painted to match the rest of the home.
Although wood is also very cost-effective; it has a significant disadvantage; it is susceptible to weather elements such as rain or pests such as termites. Both of these shorten the lifespan of wooden fences to about 7-10 years. That said, contractors have new wood fencing options that are both weather-resistant and can withstand termite attacks.
2. Vinyl Fencing
Vinyl is a great option because it improves upon other types of fences. For example, vinyl does not suffer from the same vulnerability to weather and pests that wood fencing does. Vinyl fencing includes stakes and pickets that are made out of vinyl. After the stakes have been installed, the pickets are affixed to horizontal pieces using screws or adhesive. This process is fast and easy, although the rigidity of the vinyl fence is a lot less than you get with other types of fencing.
Vinyl fencing is available in different colors, although the most popular option is white. There are also vinyl panels available for these types of fences for those who are concerned about privacy. Vinyl fences last much longer than wood fences, although both are not resistant to fire. To get your vinyl fencing installed by a Chesterfield fence company like Fence & Deck Depot, all you need to do is call them and ask for a quote.
3. Wrought Iron Fencing
Wrought iron fencing has been around for a very long time and that is why it is so common in older homes. That said, it is still a popular option mainly for homes where security is a serious concern. These fences are visually appealing and can increase your home’s value.
If you decide to get wrought iron fencing, you need to know that you will trade privacy for security and looks because the pickets are usually spaced far apart. Also, unless painted, wrought iron fences can rust and thus require a fair bit of maintenance. With good maintenance, these fences can last for decades.
4. Aluminum Fencing
This type of fence is becoming popular because it is affordable, easy to install and very light. Aluminum does not rust, although it is susceptible to physical damage.
You should think about what you are looking for in a fence, how much you are willing to pay for it, and how much privacy and security you need before settling on one type of fence. Each fence does one or two things very well but can be beaten by the other types of fences in other areas.