Like any kind of planning for home improvement, building a fence requires careful research to make sure that your needs are met at minimal cost. There are several fencing product options available from which you can choose. However, when choosing your fencing material you also need to consider the installation and maintenance cost over time.
Wood fence material is cheaper but over time, it requires installation and maintenance cost. Thus, the net cost for both initial purchase and maintenance appears to be more expensive when compared to vinyl—which is still the cheapest among other fencing materials.
For you to be able to plan properly, here are some of the materials and the relative cost we would like to share with you.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fences provide medium to high security using a rugged fence fabric at a cheaper cost. An assortment of chain link hardware is used to hold the fabric and the posts together. Chain links come in green, brown, and silver but they can also be painted with any color you prefer. Important considerations in choosing chain link include a location of the gate, fence height, weight, post diameter, top rails, and weight of the mesh fabric.
Wood is also a common material for fencing. It comes in a wide range of colors, sizes, and styles and Wood quality is graded as follows: Grade A: Clear; B: Has Tight Knots; C: Has Larger Open Knots. When choosing other materials, you must consider the ongoing maintenance and replacement costs of wood.
There are several kinds of wood that are appropriate for fencing. Most wood fences are made from softwoods.
Here are the commonly used softwoods you can consider for your fence:
- Pressure treated pine, a low-end wood is treated to resist insects and rot. Pines are normally white, yellow, or red with slight differences in hardness.
- Cedar is not chemically treated because it is naturally insect resistant. It is normally white or red.
- Cypress requires chemical treatment to prevent mildew. It also is known as redwood.
- Hardwoods, on the other hand, last longer and are more expensive. Popular hardwoods are from locust, oak, hemlock, and ipe among others.
Vinyl and Composite Fences
Vinyl fences have simple and cheaper maintenance. They only require occasional washing and scrubbing of stains or mold. There are various vinyl fences options but you still have to keep in mind the following considerations:
- Builder of the fence and its cost
- Supplier of the materials
- Warranty of fencing products (if products are purchased online)
There are homeowners who do not prefer the shiny look of vinyl. An alternative to this is a wood composite fence materials that look like wood and do not require painting. There are also sustainable composite fences such as Terra Fence that offer a nice suit of fencing products made from straw.
Aluminum and Steel Fencing
Aluminum and steel are also popular in building fences. They are free of maintenance cost because they don’t rust, peel or flake and do not require painting. Steel fencing is much heavier than aluminum and because it lasts longer, steel fencing costs more than aluminum. Aluminum and steel fences are easier to coordinate with gates and arbors. Both have the same low-maintenance solution for all landscape features.
Wrought Iron Fences
The popular demand for aluminum and steel fencing products has replaced wrought-iron amid its more ornamental and intricate designs. Wrought-iron fence products have two types of finishes: standard painted-finish or a powder coat finish. Wrought irons can also be painted with any of your preferred colors.