Choosing a Fence Material

When it comes to fencing in your property, you’ll find a variety of materials to choose from. Your reason for wanting to install a fence – be it privacy, pets, or aesthetics – is one factor that should influence the material you choose. Price and durability should also be considered when planning your fence project. Keep reading to learn more about each fencing material and their pros and cons.

1. Wood Fence

Wood fences are a classic choice, and can take on a variety of different styles. One reason wood can be an appealing material is because of how versatile it can be in terms of the shape, size, color, and decorative elements. Wood fences are normally much cheaper to build than other materials, but not only is the cost of maintenance fairly high, but lumber prices are up at the moment.

If you do decide that the price and maintenance is worth it, consider cedar wood, which is one of the most popular types of wood to use. Cedar is great for fencing because it has a tight grain, few knots, and is resistant to insects and rot.

2. Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing has been around for a while, but has been slow to gain popularity for some reason. Vinyl is an extremely durable material, so it won’t need maintenance like other materials might. Another major benefit of vinyl fencing is that it never needs to be repainted. As long as you don’t care about your fence mimicking the look of wood, vinyl is a sturdy, low maintenance option.

3. Composite Fencing

Because wood fences are so popular but require so much maintenance, composite fencing is a popular option. Composite material is made from wood fibers and plastics, and is manufactured in a variety of colors and textures. The cost is higher than wood up front, like most materials, but composite fencing only requires an occasional hosing down. One popular brand is called Trex, but there are many companies manufacturing composite wood fencing.

4. Chain Link Fence

Chain link fencing is a very economical choice because it’s affordable, doesn’t require maintenance, and does the job. Its main downside is that the aesthetic is lacking, and although it comes in different colors, it isn’t highly customizable. One benefit of chain link fences is their security; you can purchase extra thick or tall fencing that will keep your property extremely protected

5. Metal Fence

Wrought iron can be used to make metal gates and fences, even featuring ornamental features. Metal is very durable and low maintenance, so it’s a smart option. While iron is a classic material that has been used for many years, recently these fences are actually made from steel or aluminum with a powder coat. Rust can occur, but it can be brushed off or painted over. Many people enjoy the aesthetic and high security features of metal fencing.

If you need more guidance on selecting a fence material, contact DI Repairs today. As your local fence contractors, we will help you make the best decision for your property and get your new fence installed, no matter what material you choose.