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Top 10 Materials for Fencing

Top 10 Materials for Fencing

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September 4, 2009

Good fences make good neighbors. But what makes a good fence? Fencing options range from the traditional stone or wood to the ultra-modern glass or bamboo. Which option is right for your fencing needs?

  1. Metal. From ornamental wrought iron fences to chain link meant for security, metal fences are everywhere, and in many different forms. Wrought iron is a more expensive option, but it is also one of the strongest fences on the market.
  2. Wood. Fences made of wood are durable, affordable, and make a lovely natural addition to a landscape. There are numerous varieties of wood to choose from. Tip: treated wood typically lasts longer than untreated boards.
  3. Stone. Stone fences have an old-world charm. Created with mortar, they can last for decades with very little maintenance. The traditional style without mortar requires more labor. The durability of stone is evident by the ancient fences still standing around the world.
  4. Vinyl. Vinyl fences make for quick installation and low maintenance. Though vinyl fences can seem quite affordable, keep in mind that you get what you pay for--some of the cheaper vinyl fences can look like flimsy plastic, so it pays to pay a bit more.
  5. Composite. Fencing that is meant to look like wood but is much more durable? That's a composite fence. Composite fencing comes in a wide array of colors and is usually very easy to install.
  6. Bamboo. An environmentally-friendly option, bamboo is a sustainable resource that makes for a very unique look in fencing. An added bonus: bamboo can bend in high winds, which can prevent fence damage.
  7. Concrete. Available in many different colors and styles, concrete is a great option for areas that are prone to fires or flooding. Concrete fencing is extremely low maintenance.
  8. Aluminum. Very strong and lightweight, aluminum fencing lends itself to an enormous range of design ideas. The only caveat: scratches can easily turn to rust problems, so the fence must be inspected regularly.
  9. Glass. Reinforced glass is a modern option that gives landscaping a sleek, fuss-free look. The bonus: glass fences provide unobstructed views.
  10. Premade Panels. Fencing panels are made in a factory, shipped to your home, and installed by connecting them to fenceposts. No matter what materials make up the fence, installation is usually easy and quick.

A fence isn't just about function -- it's about form as well. The fence you choose for your home can be seen by everyone who passes by, so make certain it is a reflection of your tastes and style.

About the Author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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