How To Choose A Fencing Material

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There are now so many different materials you can use to build a fence. Each has their own unique properties, both practical and aesthetic, and these can have an impact on which is right for your project. Legend Fence Corp are industry leaders in San Diego fencing installation, and so we’ve created a guide to help you make the right decision.

What materials are on offer?

Although you could theoretically build a fence out of anything, these are the main options:

  • Wood is a traditional fence material, and has been used for centuries. It has a desirable look, and is also one of the best for blocking out noise. However, it’s worth remembering that wooden fences require lots of upkeep and will need to be treated regularly to stop them rotting.
  • Wrought iron. This is another traditional material, and has a certain classic look about it. It’s very heavy, and can be expensive, but will look great if you can afford it. Iron can rust easily, so you need to make sure it’s painted regularly to stop this happening.
  • Chain-link. Chain-link fences are better suited to commercial properties because they are inexpensive and easy to install. They don’t look as nice on residential properties, but do still serve a purpose.
  • Vinyl has many of the same benefits of metal fencing, but is more durable and won’t rust. It is more expensive than other materials, but you can easily make this money back when compared to wooden or metal fences.

Consider long-term upkeep

Most traditional fencing materials require regular painting or treating to keep them in good working order. The best way to avoid this is to choose a material that doesn’t degrade, as these will require much less maintenance. However, if you favor look over practicality, then make sure you’re willing to put in the work needed. After all, you don’t want to be paying for another fence in 10 years time because the last one has fallen down.

Consider your budget and needs

This should be the first step in any project, but deciding your needs and budget will impact what materials you can use. For example, if you need a durable fence and money is less of a problem, you’re free to choose from anything you want. However, if you need a more cost-effective option, wood or chain-link are always practical choices. We will discuss this sort of thing with you in detail during our estimation process.

Consider the weather

Weather should always be a deciding factor in planning a fence, as it will affect the longevity of your project. Natural materials won’t last as long in wet locations, but extreme heat can also damage wood. Bare this in mind when planning your fence. Choosing the right materials for a fence is one of the most important steps. As one of the top San Diego fencing installation companies, we make sure our customers have all the information needed to make the right decision. Contact us today for a quote and we can discuss things further.

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