Choosing a material and style for your fence may not seem like the top priority for the renovating homeowner—and the truth is, it’s not. If you have to choose between the right cabinets for your kitchen and the right fence for your yard, you’ll choose cabinetry every time. Fencing is cheaper to install and easier to replace.
But installing a fence is still an investment, and getting it wrong is still a setback. After all, the fence defines your borders. It has the power to add or detract from your property’s overall aesthetic value. Curb appeal is important, as is your own enjoyment of the backyard or any fenced area. You want a quality material and a professional installation that stands the test of time.
Come to think of it, maybe the fence isn’t such a minor decision after all. Sure, it’s cheaper than cabinetry—but the difference isn’t as great as you might expect. The average American homeowner spends around $2,500 to install a fence around their property. The total for kitchen cabinets comes to $4,500 on average.
So what materials and styles are available for your fence, and how do they stack up?
Some people feel that vinyl fencing does not achieve the look they want, but many are surprised at how attractive a vinyl fence can actually be. Either way, the structural advantages are impossible to deny. Vinyl stands up to weather, wind, and time better than other types of fencing. It’s also environmentally friendly and affordable, and comes in a wide array of colors.
Iron fences represent a classic look, and many homeowners find them desirable. But iron tends to rust, and it’s also expensive. Aluminum fences allow you to achieve a similar appearance at a lower cost, and with greater durability. With its black appearance, this type of fencing blends in seamlessly to most properties. Aluminum is also particularly good for security. Compared with wood or vinyl, it’s difficult to damage or climb.
No matter how many modern materials enter the market, wood remains the classic standard for fencing. Pressure treated lumber has brought prices down and durability up, so more homeowners can afford to install this type of fence. Wood also offers the greatest flexibility in terms of construction. Fence specialists can install wood fences any number of ways to achieve unique styles and appearances.
The best fence for your property
The advice of a trusted outdoor living specialist can go a long way if you’re unsure as to what type of fence will fit your property, your budget, and your tastes. Sample materials and digital mock ups are also a great way to visualize how a fence will actually look when it’s installed. Highly reputable companies usually offer all three of these materials for fencing, and are experienced with each. Look for a positive reputation back by client reviews, and guarantees backed up in writing. Then you can move forward with total confidence in your fence installation.