What Material Should You Consider for Your New Fence?
“Good fences make good neighbors” This age old phrase is still very true today. We don’t always give our fences the consideration they deserve, so in this article we hope to explain the typical material options you have for your fence and so much more.
When deciding what material to use in the construction of your fence, you need to first decide what you plan to use your fence for. That is why I will first explain some of the options you have for building a new fence for your property. Then I will discuss the options you have for the popular material your fence can be constructed from.
There are several reasons to add a fence around your property. You may need to keep Fido, or the kiddies in the safety of the backyard. Maybe you want to keep people out, rather than keeping them in. Or, maybe you want to secure your outdoor privacy. Then again, you might want to block the view of your neighbor’s auto graveyard (which explains the phrase at the beginning of this article).
Whatever your reason for wanting to build a fence, there are several different styles to choose from, and a handful of different construction materials, each with their own specific maintenance requirements and costs.
There are also local laws and regulations you will need to take into consideration when planning the construction of your fence. Here are some of the different options you have available to you when deciding what you need your fence to provide for you.
What Do You Want To Achieve With Your Fence?
First things first, before you can start considering what type of material you want your fence to be made of, you first need to decide what type of fence you want to build. There are basically four types of fence to choose from, including:
If your intention is to prevent anyone from seeing into your backyard, you need a solid privacy fence, which will usually have tightly spaced vertical boards, pickets (pointed stakes), or even framed panels which prevent you from seeing out, while preventing others from seeing in.
The height for a privacy fence should be at least 6 feet tall so most people can’t see over them. Some people choose to have their privacy fence going as high as 8 or even 10 feet.
As the name implies, a security fence is meant to keep people off your property. Security fences are typically at least 6 feet tall and have pickets or any sort of spiky tops to discourage people from attempting to climb over them to gain access to your property.
If your intention is simply to establish where the property line is and to add a little structural element to the landscape, then your fence can be decorative and not as large and obtrusive.
With a decorative fence you only need to go as high as 4 feet and they typically include some sort of decorative design to them including lattice or evenly spaced pickets. These designs are often meant to enhance the view rather than block it.
Safety fences are used for several different reasons including to enclose a pool area, so children won’t accidentally fall into it. They are also used to create a dog run, so your dogs have their own area to get exercise and do their business and they won’t tear up your area. Safety fences are also used to keep other wildlife off your property so they don’t destroy it or make messes.
Safety fences aren’t meant to block the view, but rather to prevent trespassing in specific areas, so the most common option is to use a chain link fencing which adds strength without blocking the view of the property.
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When you have decided what type of fence you require, you can then decide what type of material will best fit those needs. This is where the cost comes in. Most of the fence’s cost will be determined by the type of material you use for it. Here are some of the more typical fence materials used:
The most common material used for a residential fence is wood. Wood provides you with a traditional look at an affordable price. Of course cost will depend on the type of wood you choose, from low-cost pine all the way up to expensive cedar or redwood.
Even though wood is a great choice for your fence you need to take into consideration the maintenance involved in ensuring your wood fence obtains its great look. You will need to paint or stain your wood fence regularly to protect it from insects, rot and fading.
Imitation wood fences are usually constructed from solid vinyl or a mixture of wood fibers and plastic resins. Either way, the material is formed into rails, pickets and other fence parts that can be assembled similar to a real wood fence.
In many cases, a faux wood fence will provide the beauty of a wood fence without the continuous upkeep, making this an option to consider when deciding on a fence for your yard.
A classic wrought-iron fence can take on any look you chose. From an ornate, decorative property-line indicator to a tall, spiky enclosure that provides the highest form of security.
However, these days’ fences aren’t typically wrought-iron anymore, they’re usually made from welded steel or aluminum tubes. When a good factory coating is added, a quality metal fence won’t need hardly any routine maintenance. You should, however, touch up areas that chip or peel so the metal won’t corrode in that area. But, that is the extent of maintenance required.
The most economical and popular fence is a chain link fence, which also allows the benefit of not blocking the scenery while it marks, protects and secures the property all in one.
There is virtually no regular maintenance required with a chain link fence. If you decide that you want privacy, rather than having your fence virtually disappear into the scenery, then you can easily add vertical, privacy slats which are woven into the mesh to add an amount of desired privacy.
Fences usually just mold into the scenery and aren’t really thought of by the people looking at them. However, there really are several different options and things to consider when you find yourself planning a fence for your yard.
This is where a good, knowledgeable fencing supplier will be a huge benefit in helping you make a decision on what you need for your property.