Ask yourself the following questions:
What is the purpose of the fence: to enclose backyards, create a patio, pet/child safety, block the weather, privacy, obscure a view, block entry to a pool, enhance the look of an area? What types of fencing solutions will correct any of these problems? What is my style and budget? Does this style fit into the resale value of my home? What long-term maintenance cost of will this fence type have? Will my fence meet building codes in my area?
Keep these questions in mind. Learning more about different fence types will aid you in deciding which fence is truly best for your needs. Read below for a guide on various types of fencing.
This decorative fencing is great for harsh environments, northern freeze-through areas, and coastal areas. Decorative metal fencing is almost maintenance-free with a painted coating on top of the metal finish. This normally allows manufacturers to give a longer or lifetime warranty on their fencing. Aluminum is a completely recyclable product which makes it environmentally safe. The ornamental fence can come in a large variety of styles and colors from Victorian to contemporary and modern looks. The strength of the materials makes it a good fit if you need safety and security. This fencing type can also add to the price value of your home. Ornamental Fencing is one of the most pleasing and eye-catching fence types to ad flare or prestige to a view.
Some downfalls of Ornamental fencing: It does not offer good privacy because of the gaps and spacing of pickets. The cost of this type of fencing makes it harder for a lower-budgeted project. Ornamental gates require periodic checking, tightening, welding, or part replacement.
Vinyl fencing can be a great idea for most installations. This material is not found naturally. It is man-made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This product offers many reasons for its use. The product is highly maintenance-free. Soap and water or pressure washed every so often, and it looks as good as the day it was installed. Vinyl fencing will not rot from exposure to the elements. Insects do not burrow into it and destroy it (like wood). Vinyl fencing comes in many colors, and sizes. The product could be created to resemble wood or have a clean white look. It comes in many creative patterns to please any discerning eye. These reasons give it “curb appeal” and can easily raise the value of a property.
Cons of this type of product are few, but they need to be discussed. Extreme temperatures can damage the vinyl material. Not day-to-day temperatures but more extreme environments or situations. Algae mildew and mold can stain the vinyl fencing, but upkeep and cleaning can reduce this factor. Vinyl is also pricier than chain link type fencing. The initial cost may be higher than some other types of fencing, but the long-term upkeep and beauty of this product make it an ideal option for numerous fencing projects.
Wood fencing goes from very decorative and stylish to rustic ranch looking, such as a split rail type fence. Wood can come in many colors and stains. Wood fencing is a style that most people find pleasing to the eye and can add value to a property. Wood fencing is used for many reasons. A wood fence can be used to keep pets or animals contained. Wood fencing can be used to obscure a view to the point of total privacy by moving the wood panels together and tight. Designs for wood fencing are limitless. Materials can vary from cedar, pine, oak, cypress, or redwood (check availability and pricing). Styles can be in the form of a lattice, picket, rail, framed, or a combination of styles.
Downfalls to wood fencing to consider: Wood fence requires more maintenance than most other fence types. It can last 7 to 30 years depending on the upkeep. One must keep a wood fence treated or painted on a regular basis. Wood fencing can start rotting early if it is touching or into the ground or if the conditions are always wet. A wood fence can be costly depending on the materials used and the style decided upon. Wood fencing can be a budget buster in some situations.
Chain link is a very common type of fencing. It can be found from industrial complexes, baseball fields to back yards. This fencing is steel wire, woven and interlocked which gets anchored to steel posts that are sunken into the ground and cemented to give it enough strength to withstand gale-force winds (which is why it is sometimes referred to as hurricane and cyclone fence). Chain link fence is made of galvanized steel and can be painted or coated to reduce corrosion. This allows it to stand a long test of time. Chain link fencing can easily be repaired compared to other types of fencing. Chain link fencing can be painted in many colors, styles, and heights.
Chain-link fencing can be used for many purposes. It is excellent to keep dogs in the yard. Many dog parks use chain link fencing. Chain link is good for security. It can easily be installed for differing heights. For purposes of security, there is the option of adding barbed wire to chain link fences. Privacy screening can be added to obscure the view. Chain link is the norm for playgrounds and ball fields to prevent children from running into streets or other places deemed unsafe. It is the best used for temporary fencing to secure a construction area. When needed to be moved, chain-link can be easily rolled up and transported elsewhere. A chain-link fence can easily fall into a smaller budget fence plan. Therefore, chain link is very affordable and can accomplish most tasks.
Downfalls of chain link fence to consider. The average chain-link fence does not look as pleasing as other fence options. Safety considerations for a 4- or 5-foot fence are not a good choice. Average chain Link does not block the view of prying eyes. Chain link fence does not add as much value to the home as other fencing options.
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