Residential fence installation provides a wealth of outstanding benefits—from curb appeal and privacy to increased home value. If you want to add a fence to your property but feel overwhelmed by the variety of available materials, use this helpful guide to make the best decision for your budget and needs.
How to Select the Right Fence Material
Wood fence materials are among the top choices for those seeking privacy. Board options typically range from four to six feet high, allowing homeowners to create a secluded oasis. Vinyl and PVC offer the same level of privacy and can be made to resemble wood. Why these materials are more expensive, they don’t have as many maintenance needs as wood.
Both wood and vinyl fences provide security as well as privacy. If security alone is a concern due to the presence of children and pets or the possibility of theft, aluminum and wrought iron work wonderfully. Aluminum costs more than vinyl and wood, but it is still less expensive than wrought iron.
Wood, aluminum, and wrought-iron fencing all offer aesthetic value. Aluminum and wrought iron provide a sleek or elegant appeal, while wood lends a natural, rustic look. Wooden picket fences are another timeless option, and, like wrought iron, they can be painted. Depending on the type of vinyl you select—such as one that resembles wood—you may be able to beautify your yard in addition to creating privacy and security.
Chain-link fences are easily the most budget-friendly choice, but they offer little in terms of style. Vinyl costs more than wood upfront but does not require periodic painting or staining, nor is it subject to termites and rot. Aluminum looks like wrought iron without the high cost or upkeep, though it is still more expensive than wood and chain-link fences.
Vinyl fence models are not subject to staining, cracking, or rot, and do not require painting. You can also remove dust and dirt with the spray of a hose. Galvanized or vinyl-coated chain link fences are also virtually maintenance-free because they are impervious to rust. Wood requires painting or staining to maintain its appearance, and you may need to replace individual boards or the entire fence if termites or rot are a problem. Wrought iron also needs painting every so often, and eventually succumbs to rust without the proper care. Unlike wrought iron, aluminum is not a ferric metal and will not rust. Additionally, powder-coated aluminum does not require painting.
When you’re ready to craft a fence of your own, turn to Southern Fence Co. This Tocca company has proudly served residents and business owners throughout Northeast Georgia for more than 40 years. Whether you need installation, repair, or demolition services, you can expect this family-owned and -operated company to do the job right the first time. Call (706) 779-3540 to schedule service today, and like their Facebook page for more helpful tips.