Whether considering a fence for safety and security, privacy, establishing boundaries, noise reduction or primarily aesthetics, it’s important to choose the right material for your project. Your house is your largest investment and depending on the type, and given proper maintenance, a fence can last 10 to 30 years.
Residential fences vary in type, material, and style. Materials can even be combined to create one-of-a kind looks, a unique design for every homeowner.
Metal – Chain link in residential applications can be used for dog runs, pool enclosures and front or back yards. Chain link offers vinyl coatings in an array of colors. Ornamental iron fencing, made from steel, is elegant and adds a lavish, opulent look to any residence.
Wood – Usually the more affordable of the fencing options. Wood is the “standard” fence material. There are many woods to choose from like pine, cedar, redwood, teak and cypress. They range in price, durability, longevity, availability and amount of maintenance required.
Vinyl – It’s more durable and flexible than wood. Vinyl fence is more expensive than wood, but is maintenance free, simple to clean and will last years.
Composite – This material is made from plastic and wood fibers. It’s similar to wood, but durable like plastic. It doesn’t decay as badly as wood will and is not as susceptible to pests. The quality is largely dependent on the price.
Masonry – This includes concrete, brick, stone, block or stucco. Walls of this type are extremely durable. They can last years with proper maintenance. While it is pricey up front, the longevity may be worth the cost. Combining masonry with other fencing gives projects a stately, elegant look.
The best type of fence for your house is not only a matter of style, but also of practicality. There are some practical factors to consider when choosing the right kind of fence for your home.
Intent – What purpose is the fence meant to serve? If you are installing a fence for privacy, an ornamental iron fence will not be your best option. Vinyl fence is durable, maintenance free, and easy to clean. Chain link is an excellent choice for a dog run or garden patch. Whatever your objective, there is a fence perfect for the job.
Climate – The weather in Colorado is unpredictable. Denver Metro highs can reach 100 degrees in the summer and single digits in the winter. We’ve experienced 60 degree temperature swings overnight. Choosing durable fencing material will avoid disrepair and ensure a long-lasting fence.
Budget – Intent plays a part here too. You may be installing a fence to resell your house and a more expensive vinyl fence would not be the right choice. You may want to go with a pine, wood fence. Carefully examine all options and price points and make the decision best for your situation.
Insects – When choosing a wood fence, be aware of the woods’ susceptibility to insect infestation, such as termites. Some wood, like cedar, has a natural repellent. However, if this is not the case, pressure treated wood helps to allay this concern.
There are many aspects to choosing the right fence for your home and specific taste. Once you’ve weighed the options, contact Horizon Landscape & Irrigation for a consultation.