Good fences make good neighbors. They also make beautiful garden backdrops, welcoming entryways, excellent privacy screens, and distinct boundaries. Fences contribute to curb appeal and help preserve the value of your property. Each fence, however, can be as unique as its owner.
Which fence style are you?
With vinyl fencing, you don't have to worry about maintenance. Unlike wood, it never requires repainting. and it's resistant to insects, decay and warping. A vinyl fence is also easy to clean by rinsing it down with a garden hose. Vinyl fencing is available in a variety of styles, such as privacy, post-and-rail, picket and pool-safety fencing. Colors, however, are usually fairly limited for vinyl fences – white is the most common option, though you may find other neutral options such as beige, tan and brown. Vinyl fencing also costs more than wooden options, so it may not be the best choice if you're on a budget.
If you really want to make a statement with your home's fencing, you can't beat metal. In particular, wrought iron provides a highly decorative look that makes your landscape stand out. It has a very formal style, though, so it's best to pair with a home that has traditional architecture. Wrought iron fencing is extremely durable, and it's hard to climb or knock down, so it provides effective security. It offers little privacy, however, since it features an open design. Wrought iron fences often contain decorative elements, such as scroll work or decorative finials at the top. You can even have a custom fence designed with a pattern that features animals, flowers or another decorative element of your choosing. Wrought iron fencing does require considerable maintenance because it can rust, and it carries a high price tag. If you're on a budget, aluminum fencing may be a better option. It looks like wrought iron but isn't as costly – and doesn't rust, so it doesn't require as much maintenance.
Wooden fencing is a classic option for homes. It provides a warm, natural look that can make your landscape more inviting. Wood is also easy to customize since you can paint or stain it to match your home's exterior and the rest of your landscape. Wooden fencing is available in a variety of styles too, so there's bound to be an option that fits your style and needs. Opt for a solid fence if you want privacy for your yard – a good-neighbor style is ideal if you're dividing your property from the house next door since it looks the same on both sides. A classic picket fence offers a charming, cottage look to your yard or garden, while a split-rail wooden fence adds rustic style to your property. The drawback to wooden fencing is that it can rot, warp or suffer insect damage over time. Opt for a species of wood for your fence that can withstand the elements, like redwood, cedar or pressure-treated pine.
Chain-link fencing provides an affordable option for around your home. While chain link can have an industrial look, choosing a style that features green, brown or black vinyl coating over the mesh helps the fencing disappear into the landscape for a subtle look around your property. It does feature an open design that doesn’t provide any privacy, but you can purchase vertical slats to weave into the mesh to block your yard from view.
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