Whether it’s to provide safety and security, distinguish property lines or offer privacy from your neighbours, choosing the right fence for you can be a difficult decision. When making your choice, be clear about your fencing goals and priorities. Is aesthetic appeal on the top of your list? Are you looking for something to keep the kids and pets from wandering away? Fortunately, there are myriad styles and materials to choose from.
The most popular type of fencing, wood offers a classic look and great variety — ranging from seven foot privacy fencing to the four foot picket fences more commonly used for curb appeal. You can find pre-made fencing in your local home hardware stores, or lumber if you are the DIY type. The downside? It can be an expensive project and can require regular maintenance.
Wire fences are a popular option for a couple of situations in particular: blocking off pool areas and setting perimeters around the house. Price-wise, though, it’s mid-range. If privacy is a concern, remember that you can spruce up a wire fence with climbing vines and foliage. ?
Like wire fences, chain link fences are an affordable choice, although slightly more expensive due to the strength of the material. They are easy to assemble and require little to no maintenance. As with wire fences, chain link fences offer lots of light and air, but not much in terms of privacy and protection.
Renowned for durability and low maintenance, vinyl fences boost your backyard’s appeal while keeping your home safe. All-season PVC fencing is rot- and rust-resistant and won’t discolour over time–a simple wash is all it needs to look like new. Vinyl comes in a variety of colours and designs, and can even come embossed to simulate wood. It’s a pricey option, though, if that’s a concern.
For those looking for something new, striking and out of the ordinary, bamboo offers a variety of options and is eco-friendly to boot. From sandy-coloured to rich mahogany, bamboo fencing is a natural resource that is renewable and sustainable. Bamboo is widely available and an affordable option. It is, however, susceptible to rotting in wet, cold environs.