Fencing your home comes with a sense of security for children and pets, establishing boundaries, concealing displeasing noise and unattractive sight—and even privacy. Besides, it adds to the aesthetic appreciation and value of the home.
But before you take that plunge—to invest—it is critical to consider some factors, so you can make the right decision.
There are several reasons to have a fence around the house. If the purpose of building a fence is to keep children and animals within, a wooden split rail fence will come handy. If it is for privacy, a chain-link fence is not your best bet; if it’s for marking a boundary, you have your hands full. With the purpose of your fence at your fingertips, you can make an informed decision as regards material, height, and construction.
Your home architecture makes it easy to settle for the right fence. What if I have a chain-link fence around a Victorian gingerbread mansion? Does it look ideal? I’d bet not. Older homes with classic architecture will work well with brick or ornamental metal fences. A vinyl or wood privacy fence will be perfect for a contemporary ranch home. Ensure there is a design connection existing between your home and the fence around it.
Let’s take a look at the most popular fences we have out there, including their pros and cons.
Wood Fence: This is a classic American archetype that comes in various sizes, styles, and heights—from the 7-foot privacy fence to the iconic picket fence. The wood fence may be inexpensive both in cost and installation, but you’ll have to be consistent with maintenance—applying new paint or stain every 2 to 3 years. You’ll also have to factor this into your budget.
Erecting and repairing wood can be easy; it is a DIY project. In the Midwest, redwood or cedar fences can hold their own against insects and rot, with pressure-treated wood lasting longer than untreated ones.
Chain Link Fence: This type of fence is maintenance-free, long-lasting, and sturdy. It is easy to install and affordable too, and that makes it an ideal choice when having so many grounds to cover. The material is recyclable. It, however, comes with a downside—the utilitarian look. You can include vinyl-coated styles to convert it to lattice for plant growth. Better still; throw in your imagination with different decoration ideas.
Vinyl Fencing: It is also referred to as plastic fencing. Presently, it is winning the hearts of homeowners due to its ease of maintenance. It comes in a wide array of styles and colors; it can be made to look like other types of fencing materials. There are some tricky aspects to it even though it can be a DIY installation project, so you might want to engage the services of an experienced installer.
Vinyl may not come with a lot of strength because of the hollow construction and can crack or break under too much load. If your kids are hyperactive or even your dogs, you might want to look in the direction of something stronger.
Composite Fencing: This is a conventional plastic fencing to consider. You can also call it engineered wood and it can mimic most wood boards. Similar to vinyl, it is maintenance-free, but a lot stronger than a hollow vinyl fence owing to its interior wood post-construction. For this reason, it is more expensive than vinyl fences. To have the best installation, engage the services of a trained professional.
Ornamental Metal Fencing: It offers a unique and traditional look, and can be designed into several sizes, styles, and height like wood. Cast iron or wrought iron are long-lasting and can hold their own for several years to come; the only downside is dealing with the rust issue. It can be painted to any color of your choice—even though it causes a maintenance problem. Its low maintenance and durability make it cost-effective. Custom designs are well handled by an experienced professional for best results.
To eliminate rust and have a look of wrought iron, you can make do with aluminum or powder-coated galvanized steel fences. They come in white or black. It is essential to understand that they are used only as ornamentation.
The options are endless when it comes to choosing the right fence for your home. This quick review will make the process of choosing a fence for your home fun-filled and relaxing. As it brings to the fore, different fencing types and materials perfect for your home. A fence does not only make you and your family feel safe and secure, but it also brings out the beauty of your home for everyone to see and admire.