Fencing Options To Provide Protection And Privacy To Your Yard

As a homeowner, installing a yard with landscaping and a backyard fence around your home can be a costly investment but helps increase its value and your enjoyment. When deciding on a fence, here are some tips and recommendations to help you make the right choice for your home.

Vinyl Fencing

One of the most convenient ways to surround your property for privacy and security is by installing vinyl fencing. Vinyl fence is made of a durable material that will last for years and still look great. You don't have to worry about cleaning or maintaining your vinyl fence because it stays clean and naturally resists stains and discoloration from the sun.

If you want a fence around your yard that has the look of wood, you can find it with vinyl. Vinyl can be made to look like wood slats in a number of different colors, which you don't need to worry about staining as you do real wood. But be careful with your vinyl fence that it does not become damaged from any power tools or your weed eater blade, for example, as it can crack under pressure. Relative to other fencing options, vinyl has a higher upfront cost, but virtually no maintenance costs thereafter.

Wood Fencing

Installing a wood fence around your yard is a common option for many homeowners, because of its low cost. Wood fence slats are available in many varieties and types of wood, some of them already stained for you. Be sure if you choose to go with a wood fence that you use a more durable wood, such as cedar or redwood. It is also helpful to select a wood that has been chemically treated to withstand rot, insects, and mold to help your fence last longer.

Be sure you take care of your wood fence maintenance by cleaning it of any dirt, mold, and mildew and applying a protective stain. If you don't coat your fence with regular staining treatment it can become dried out and the wood will break down to make your fence brittle and rotted. And when you initially install your fence, make sure to treat the fence posts with a preserving treatment to protect it from moisture in the ground that can rot out your fence posts and cause your fence to fall over.

Metal Fence

If you want a metal fence around your yard for an attractive addition, you can choose wrought iron fence, which is the highest cost of fence at approximately $20 to $30 per foot. This type of ornamental fence usually does not provide privacy but is a great way to keep your pets and children safe in your yard.

But if your budget does not allow for wrought iron, you can opt for the least expensive type of metal fence and go with chain link fencing. Chain link may not have the best curb appeal as wrought iron, but its material will help it last for decades. And you can add vinyl slats to its structure to give you more privacy in your yard.