Top 10 Materials for Fencing
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Glass. Reinforced glass is a modern option
that gives landscaping a sleek, fuss-free look. The bonus: glass
fences provide unobstructed views.
- 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
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
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