Once you have decided the fence and gate design you want to use, it’s now time to review material options. There are various materials you can choose from but in choosing the materials you have to consider installation and maintenance cost through time. Wood fence appears to be the cheapest at first glance but when you account the cost to maintain it, vinyl fencing is still cheaper.
We would like to share with you materials you can choose from along with their relative costs.
Chain Link Fencing
Considered as one of the cheapest fences, chain link fences provide medium to high security using this rugged fence fabric. Chain link fabric is attached to the posts which are dug into the ground. An assortment of chain link hardware is used to secure the fabric and the posts. Chain links are available in green, brown, and silver but they can also be painted with any color you desire. Other things you need to consider include: location of the gate, fence height, weight, post diameter, top rails, and weight of the mesh fabric.
Wood is also a common material for fencing. It comes in a wide range of colors, sizes, styles, and quality (Grade A: Clear; B: Has Tight Knots; C: Has Larger Open Knots). Like in choosing other materials, you have to consider the ongoing maintenance and replacement costs of wood.
There are several types of wood that are appropriate for fencing. Most wood fences are made from softwoods. Here are the commonly used softwoods you can consider for your fence:
Pressure treated pine, a low-end wood is treated to resist insects and rotting. Pines are normally white, yellow, or red with slight differences in hardness.
Cedar does not have chemical because it is naturally insect resistant. It is normally white or red.
Cypress requires chemical treatmet to prevent mildew. It also known as redwood.
Hardwoods on the other hand last longer but are more expensive. Popular hardwoods include locust, oak, hemlock, and ipe among others.
Vinyl and Composite Fences
Vinyl fences have simple ongoing maintenance. They only require occasional washing and scrubbing of stains or mold. There are various vinyl fences options so you need to ask yourself the following to ensure that your fences are built on time and within your budget:
* Who will fix the fence: you or a fence installation company? * Who will provide your materials: your installation company or another supplier? * Where will you purchase your materials: locally or online? If online, does the supplier provide a clear shipping warranty?
There are homeowners who do not prefer the shiny look of vinyl. An alternative to this is a wood composite fence material that looks like wood but does not require painting. There are sustainable composite fences such as Terra Fence that offer a nice suit of fencing products made from straw.
Aluminum and Steel Fencing
Aluminum and steel are also popular materials used for fencing. They are maintenance free as they don’t rust, peel or flake and do not require painting. Steel fencing is much heavier than aluminum and because it lasts longer, steel fencing costs more than aluminum.
One advantage of aluminum and steel fences is that they are easier to coordinate with gates and arbors. Both have the same low-maintenance solution for all landscape features.
Wrought Iron Fences
Because of the popular demand for aluminum and steel fencing products, wrought-iron has been displaced even though it offers ornamental styles and intricate designs. Wrought-iron fence products are available in 2 finishes: standard painted-finish or a powder coat-finish and can be with a range of different colors aside from the traditional black.
Stone and Brick Walls
Stone and brick walls are timeless and classic. However, when compared to other fencing products, stone and brick walls are more expensive. Stone walls can be made of collection of rocks or stones with intricate handwork. Brick is worth considering when the color and texture match with your home and its landscape features.
“Time to decide what fits your needs. Enjoy your fence!”