A fence can help define and enhance outdoor spaces, block a view or noise, provide security and privacy, give children and pets a safe place to play, and offer a design enhancement to your landscaping. Let’s take a look at some of your options:
Pros: Wooden fences come in a wide range of styles, from split rail to classic white picket, to stockade.
Cons: Most wood requires protection from rot and insects, or must be stained or painted. It will eventually require replacement or repairs.
Pros: Chain link fences are strong, provide air and light flow, security and containment. Vinyl-coated chain link is virtually maintenance-free, affordable and comes with a 15-year warranty.
Cons: Uncoated galvanized steel chain link rusts within 10 years.
Pros: Vinyl fences are low maintenance, require no repainting, and are not susceptible to rot. Usually come with 20-year warranties from peeling and cracking. Just wash as needed.
Cons: Initial cost is high and styles and colors are limited. This fencing won’t hold up to hard abuse, will burn intensely if it catches fire, and can become brittle in cold weather.
Pros: By far, the longest lasting option and the most efficient choice for reducing noise and providing privacy.
Cons: The most expensive fencing option and may require periodic repairs.
Pros: Wrought iron is strong, looks beautiful and is the best design choice for historic properties.
Cons: High maintenance and cost. You must sand and repaint every two or three years.
Pros: Durable and handsome. Bamboo is “green” because it is more sustainable than wood from slow-growing forests.
Cons: High maintenance. It will need a coat of strong polyurethane finish or varnish every five to seven years to prevent blackening from weather exposure.
Don’t be afraid to get creative. A tall, privacy fence in back works well with a short, ornamental fence in front. A nicer, front-facing nicer gate dresses up a backyard chain link fence.
Fencing is an investment you will enjoy for years to come. Ask your Allen Tate Realtor® for advice regarding popular fencing options in your area.
By Angela Dole (Regional Vice-President) – Guest Blogger