There was a time when homeowners had just a few choices of materials when it came to garden fencing: chain link, wood, and (if you owned an estate), wrought iron. But like just about everything else in home improvement, garden fencing has evolved over the years: so much so that there are many new styles to choose from and even new materials that are virtually maintenance-free. But how do you know which garden fencing material will work best for you? Here are some ways to know.
What is this fencing for?
The type of fence you choose and the material it will be made of greatly depends on what you are getting the fencing for. Not all people get fences for security reasons or even for privacy: some simply want to use a fence to set off their property from the sidewalk or for strictly decorative purposes. If you have decided to purchase fencing, you probably already have some reasons in mind, so keep that purpose firmly in mind when shopping.
A chain link will not necessarily keep people out of the yard since it is easily climbed, but it is effective for keeping pets in (or out) and for keeping unwanted wildlife at bay. For more privacy and attractiveness, climbing vines or roses can be planted next to the fence, and they will proliferate and look great all summer long. Chain link is low maintenance and lasts a long time.
A 6′ fence made from wooden slats and posts is generally considered an effective choice for security. Wooden fences provide a high degree of privacy as well. They can be painted or stained virtually any color to match the landscape or home, or they can be left natural for a more rustic look. Solid board fences are extremely versatile, and privacy lattice toppers can be added for a more airy feel. Of course, nothing says “classic” and “charming” more than a real cedar picket fence lining the walk in front of a home, painted white.
Vinyl fencing is the ultimate in low-maintenance yard protection or decoration. It comes in several classic colors, can be cleaned with a hose, and will not rust, face, crack, or peel. It is an ideal choice for homes with sprinkling systems since it will not be damaged by constant water exposure. They are also a good option for swimming pool perimeter fencing and garden arbors.
Visit your local home improvement store to get a feel for what’s available out there, then get the best prices and selection online.