Thinking about fencing your house? It might seem a simple thing, but with all the options out there, it can be confusing. The different designs, materials and prices can be a lot to dig through.Lucky for you, we have done all the research! So let’s take a look together at a few different options, then we can see what the best choice would be.
Type of Fences
First we need to decide what kind of fence you require. There are a few options, so let’s talk through them.
The idea is almost synonymous with the quaint American home, nestled somewhere in Knoxville, with the children playing in the yard. Is this the type of fencing you need?
Pros. – They are the cheaper option since these are generally made with wood or PVC. Also, they are traditionally not very tall, and the gaps in the fence means less material is needed.- They can be changed to suit your home. If one of your main priorities is beautifying your home, then a picket fence is a nice option. With the variety of colors, shapes and patterns you can make the fence fit your house perfectly.Cons.- Picket fences generally require more maintenance than other more expensive types. With rot, paint decay and weather damage, they need a little work from time to time.- No privacy. These fences might be useful for keeping the kids, or dog in the yard. However, there is very little privacy afforded for your house.
A type of fencing that values your personal privacy above all else. Very common in many built up areas where people regularly walk past your house.
Pros. – You will be able to sit out in your yard with almost no worries about who is looking in. – Materials can be relatively inexpensive. Since privacy is your main concern, using expensive materials isn’t necessary. So you can achieve your needs with a smaller cost.Cons- More expensive than picket fences. Since there will be much more material used than in a traditional picket fence, privacy fences will cost you more money.- These types of fences aren’t as pretty as smaller ones, and can also block out light to your house.
Chain Link Fencing
A common types of fencing in many urban areas. Will this suit your needs?
Pros- Cheap and Easy. These fences don’t cost much to construct, and need very little maintenance. – Safety. If you are trying to keep your pets in, or to keep people out, this fence can be great for safety.
Cons- Privacy. These fences are essentially transparent, so people will be able to look in. – Physically unappealing. These fences are more practical than beautiful. They aren’t designed for attractiveness.
We’ve seen a few of the most common styles of fencing, let’s take a look at the materials that can be used.
Otherwise known as “vinyl” but this is a modern way to build your fence. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons.
Pros- These days there are many different varieties of vinyl fence materials to choose from. They are stronger and more durable than some other materials.- They require very little maintenance. Since the materials are immune to bugs and other natural decays, there is not much upkeep required. They are also very easy to install.
Cons- Due to bad weather, over time the vinyl can expand and bend out of shape.- This option is more expensive than using wood. The difference can be seen if you are planning on fencing larger plots of land.
There are many different types of wood to use, and much of it can be bought cheaply (for example, bamboo and composite fencing).
Pros- Wood fences are classic, and timelessly appealing. They suit most gardens perfectly, and can be customized to your needs. – When something goes wrong, they are simple to fix. Replacing a panel or two is easy work.
Cons- Yearly maintenance is a must. These fences can deform easily, and so replacement and care is needed regularly. – Susceptible to insects and weather. Heat and rain, combined with bugs can damage the wood easily.
One of the most expensive and beautiful options available to people.
Pros- This is very attractive, and can be designed in many ornate ways to beautify your home. – Easy to maintain, very little work involved in keep up. Cons- Hard and expensive to install. Not easily done by yourself.- The most expensive material that can be used for fencing.
We hope that you have found some useful advice in this article, and it has given you some good ideas about your fencing project. Remember, think about what you value the most, aesthetics? Privacy? Practicality? This will help you in choosing the perfect fence for your home.