Find­ing The Right Fenc­ing Fit

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN SHOW -

Home­own­ers choose to erect fences on their prop­er­ties for var­i­ous rea­sons. Par­ents may find fences pro­vide peace of mind dur­ing those times when their young­sters are play­ing in the yard, while other home­own­ers pre­fer fences for the pri­vacy they can pro­vide.

What­ever com­pels home­own­ers to con­sider fenc­ing for their prop­er­ties, those that have de­cided to in­stall fenc­ing will soon re­al­ize they have nu­mer­ous op­tions. Find­ing the right fenc­ing ma­te­rial for your prop­erty re­quires con­sid­er­ing a host of fac­tors, in­clud­ing bud­get and per­sonal style.

Alu­minum

Alu­minum fenc­ing is ideal for those look­ing for some­thing that’s both or­na­men­tal and func­tional. Alu­minum fenc­ing may not ap­peal to those home­own­ers whose big­gest pri­or­ity is pri­vacy, as

alu­minum fences are not solid walls. But alu­minum fences are typ­i­cally low main­te­nance, and they can be ef­fec­tive at keep­ing both kids and pets in the yard. Alu­minum fences painted with a rust-in­hibit­ing primer may re­quire even less main­te­nance than alu­minum fences painted with­out primer.

Bam­boo

Bam­boo is a less tra­di­tional fenc­ing op­tion that may ap­peal to home­own­ers who want to do some­thing that’s both dif­fer­ent and eco-friendly. Bam­boo grows nat­u­rally, which should ap­peal to home­own­ers who want their homes to have as lit­tle neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment as pos­si­ble. Bam­boo pro­vides am­ple pri­vacy and comes in var­i­ous styles. Home­own­ers should con­sult with a fenc­ing spe­cial­ist be­fore choos­ing a style so they can be cer­tain they choose the most cli­mate-ap­pro­pri­ate op­tion.

Chain-link

Chain-link fences may not add the aes­thetic ap­peal home­own­ers are look­ing for, but they are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive, durable and func­tional. Chain-link fences are low main­te­nance, though home­own­ers look­ing for fences to pro­vide some pri­vacy may need to get cre­ative if they in­stall chain-link fenc­ing. Plant­ing flow­ers, shrub­bery or trees near chain-link fences can add some aes­thetic ap­peal and a lit­tle pri­vacy.

Vinyl

Among the more ex­pen­sive fenc­ing op­tions, vinyl can make up for that ini­tial sticker shock thanks to its dura­bil­ity. In ad­di­tion, vinyl fences re­quire lit­tle main­te­nance, sav­ing home­own­ers the ex­pense of pay­ing for up­keep such as re­paint­ing. Vinyl fenc­ing comes in var­i­ous styles, and home­own­ers can choose the style that best suits their pri­or­i­ties with re­gard to aes­thetic ap­peal and pri­vacy.

Wood

Of course, no dis­cus­sion of fenc­ing would be com­plete with­out men­tion­ing wood fenc­ing. Many home­own­ers love wood fenc­ing be­cause of its ver­sa­til­ity with re­gard to de­sign and color. The op­tions are end­less when it comes to craft­ing wood fenc­ing, which also can be stained in any color home­own­ers pre­fer. Wood fenc­ing can be de­signed not only for home­own­ers who pri­or­i­tize pri­vacy, but it also can be crafted for home­own­ers for whom pri­vacy is not a sig­nif­i­cant con­cern. Wood is a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive fenc­ing ma­te­rial, but the main­te­nance re­quired to keep wood fenc­ing look­ing great can some­times be costly and time-con­sum­ing.

Op­tions abound for home­own­ers look­ing to add fenc­ing to their prop­er­ties. Home­own­ers hes­i­tant to choose a ma­te­rial and/or in­stall their own fenc­ing can con­sult lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als to find the best fenc­ing fit for their prop­er­ties.

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