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How Do You Know What Kind of a Fence You Need and When?

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    Fencing is an important part of the exterior decor, but it’s also the first line of physical protection a house has against intruders. Depending on where you live, that may or may not be equally relevant, but it always feels more secure and private when you have a proper enclosure for your property, irrespective of the location. Choosing the material for that fencing, however, is a really tricky business.

    In order to choose the right materials for your fencing, you need to first know the following facts.

    • What are your options?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?

    Once you figure these out, it’s easy to just compare them with what you need and choose the materials that fit your budget and needs the best. The only hitch is unless you are a professional, it’s difficult to know which type of fencing will be able to best withstand the typical weather conditions of the place the best, in advance. Consult a professional like Northland Fence and they should be able to guide you in finding exactly what your home needs and have it installed at the earliest.

    What Exactly are the Options?

    To help make the decision easier for you, we will now list the three most common and usual options, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    Cedar

    Cedar is, of course, the most common choice as far as wooden fencing materials are concerned, and it’s a good, hardy choice really, but not without its faults.

    Advantages

    • The tight grains and an inherent red tint make your fences look great.
    • Doesn’t have too many knots and lasts for a long time.
    • Highly resistant to warping, termite, wood rot and shrinkage.
    • An application of annual penetrating sealants should keep the fence looking good for years to come.

    Disadvantages

    • Vulnerable to soil exposure, so it’s more suited for a concrete base.
    • In the absence of a concrete base, it requires distancing from the soil with treated wood.
    • Maintenance will be necessary as a few planks will need to be replaced every now and then.

    Vinyl

    No longer exactly new, vinyl has just so many advantages over the classic options that it has become the standard in many locations around the US.

    Advantages

    • High-quality vinyl comes with a lifetime guarantee.
    • There is practically no maintenance necessary, except washing off with soapy water every once in a while.
    • Can carry a whole range of colors, designs, and patterns.

    Disadvantages

    • Varied as the options are, they cannot exactly match up to wood in terms of looks.
    • Low quality, outdated, and thin vinyl can yellow with time and become brittle.

    Chain Link

    When security is your first concern, chain link fences are top-rated options.

    Advantages

    • They keep intruders out and kids/pets in
    • Quite cheap compared to almost any other option
    • Vinyl-coated chain link fences do not corrode at the junctions like a traditional chain link fences did.

    Disadvantages

    • Doesn’t provide any privacy at all
    • Cheap chain link fences are not impossible for intruders to cut through with strong cutters.
    • May not be ideal visually, unless you have acres of yard or land.

    Final Words

    Aside from these, if you really want to take the natural route, make sure the wood is treated. Treated wood can last surprisingly long as it turns out. Also, composite is worth checking out since it can replicate wood beautifully, but without the disadvantages.

    About the Author Kim Brown

    A passionate blogger! Editor at Toptennotch. I love to travel & writing. Regularly writing about different topic for various magazines, newspapers and websites.

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