Wood is a common type of fence material that can serve multiple purposes and, at the same time, attracts many tastes. Wooden fences are usually made of cedar and pine, but fir, cedar, redwood and fir trees can also be used. Wood has been a popular choice for fencing for centuries. It adds charm and a cottage look to homes.
There are many types of wooden fences available. Depending on the quality of the wood and the work you put into maintaining it, wooden fences will last about 20 years before needing a significant overhaul. Maintenance will include annual staining for the first few years and then painting and repairing damaged parts as time goes on. We offer lines of luxury railings made of vinyl and aluminum, which have many of the same benefits as their fence counterparts.
You might not expect it, but there's an amazing variety of colors for aluminum fencing, from standards like black and bronze to options like silver and speckled walnut. Wood is a popular fencing option that is ideal for privacy and containment, but it needs to be re-stained or painted regularly to make it look good. Electric fences also don't stop other animals from entering your yard and don't work during a power outage. And while electric fences are more discreet and less expensive than a physical structure, they're not 100 percent effective at keeping pets contained.
While vinyl fences offer a modest variety of colors, wooden fences simply offer the naturalistic color of stained wood. Composite fences come in various styles and colors, and you can install them vertically for a traditional look or horizontally for a modern aesthetic. In addition, powder-coated aluminum fences provide protection against rust and prevent paint from peeling and chipping. Chain link fencing is a proven way of sectioning your property and creating a barrier to entry.
Many neighborhoods and residential developments, especially those with HOA, have strict rules about what types of fencing are allowed and which are not. While your fence may be your big housing project for this year, your porch and deck railings are also worth your attention. Keep in mind that while wood seems cheaper, the ongoing cost of dye and paint will increase and will quickly make it a greater expense than other types of fencing. It's also extremely durable and tends to maintain its integrity for decades, compared to the five or ten years you could go without other types of less high-quality fencing.
Wire or aluminum fences offer little privacy, unless vines or other green areas have grown to fill in the gaps. While they are known for their classic American style, vinyl fences can also have a fairly versatile design, from pickets to privacy in a kingdom of beautiful colors.