Garden fencing is something that will often boil down to personal preference. Some will want to opt for the very traditional picket fencing whilst others may choose wrought iron. Most properties have fencing of some sort, being a decorative feature, added security and a definitive property marker.
However, there are various materials and sizes you can pick between depending on the height, length and budget you’re after. Most fencing companies will charge per foot for an installation and this will include labour and materials costs.
Hands down, wooden fencing is the most popular material in the industry. When installed and maintained correctly with appropriate treatment it can last a very long time. Wooden fences can be constructed from redwood or cedar as they’re resilient to water, although pine is by far the most common material used. This is mainly down to being cheap and sturdy. Fencing specialists will treat the wood before installation too.
When wooden fencing is installed it must be embedded in cement below the ground’s surface to keep it in position. This will mean it’s able to withstand weather and high wind loads. By repainting or staining the wood occasionally you’ll be able to retain the fantastic original look.
If you want to have strength in your fencing then metal is the obvious choice. In particular, steel is a common material for fencing. Metal fencing is more often used for commercial properties and is one of the most durable materials on the market. Chain link fencing is highly affordable and best used to delineate perimeters or keep animals from escaping. However, this variety of metal fencing is best for function, not aesthetic appeal.
Vinyl fencing is a very affordable and lightweight option which is both durable and easy to install. Whilst saying this makes it out to be the perfect choice, there are a couple of drawbacks to consider as well. For commercial installations it doesn’t provide upmost security as it’s quite easy to cut. Also, it can look like plastic, despite attempts to create fencing to mimic wood.
Aluminium has the fantastic benefit that it won’t rust, whilst being easy to maintain and can last a long time. However, it’s not brilliant from a security point of view because it can bend easily.
Wrought iron fencing is often seen as the most artful and decorative option available and can be custom made depending on your specifications. Therefore, designs can be shaped to complement your home and style. When installed correctly wrought iron fencing will last for years and look perfect. Of course, there may be a bit more to pay with this type of installation.