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What Type of Fencing Should You Build Around Your Yard?

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 4:40 PM

The type of fence you choose for your property depends on its purpose. You may be looking to keep pets in and creatures like deer and coyotes out. Perhaps you are wanting privacy or something to add beauty and charm to your home choice. The following characteristics of common fences can help you decide the right fence for your home.

Chain Link Fences

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Chain link fences are perfect for keeping pets and children safe and for keeping unwanted intruders from trampling the landscaping. They are the cheapest to install and require almost no maintenance. You won't be hiding your plush lawn and rose bushes, but a chain link fence won't provide any privacy either.

Wood Fences

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Popular for centuries, wooden fencing is still the choice of many homeowners. You will get the advantages of a chain link fence while adding cottage-style charm to your home. Wood is good for building tall privacy fences, and neighbors sometimes share the cost of installing them.

Depending on the type of wood you select, a wooden fence should last without significant overhauling for around 20 years. A wooden fence will need ongoing staining or painting, and damaged pieces will need replacing.

Vinyl Fences

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Vinyl or "plastic lumber" fences became in vogue during the 1980s. A white vinyl fence can add all the beauty of a wooden fence with less upkeep. They are available in many models from picket fences to privacy fences. Instead of coats of fresh paint, you can simply wash them with soap and a hose for a continuous brand new look.

Aluminum Fences

Aluminum Fence

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Aluminum fences are fairly maintenance free and are not as pricey as wrought iron or steel. You can paint them to look like virtually any other kind of fence. If you live in an area that gets lots of extreme weather, aluminum fencing is not a good choice, as it is damaged more easily than other types.

Wrought Iron Fencing

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Wrought iron fences can be a work of art and are the choice of homeowners who want both security and beauty. They are more expensive and need to be repainted every two or three years.

Living Fences

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Some properties may do well with a "fence" that is a barrier made of hedges and shrubs. If you choose the right plants, they can add some privacy and will be sure to add plenty of beauty. Good choices are evergreens such as juniper or arborvitae.

No matter which type of fencing you choose, be sure to properly maintain it. An attractive fence can add quite a bit of resale value to your home.

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Reply Taylor Bishop
1:15 PM on December 20, 2018 
I wanted to thank you for going over different types of fences that could be good for a yard. I didn't know that vinyl fence could be good because there is less upkeep. This sounds like it could be especially important for those who many not be home often enough to maintain their fence often.
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Reply Skylar Williams
2:59 PM on December 23, 2019 
I'm glad to learn that chain link fences are good for keeping pets and children safe. My brother works for a construction company and he's looking for a company to put up fences for him. I'll recommend that he look into chain link fences.