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.