A secure perimeter is one that keeps out intruders and wildlife while preserving privacy. It’s a standard feature of any house. But how can you tell what kind of fence you require? You see all these plans and options which overwhelm till in the end, you go with one that doesn’t quite suit your needs. So here’s a look at the options that best meet your requirements.
Wood: Wooden fences have been the traditional material for centuries. They’re charming, low cost and provide protection against wildlife. However, wood doesn’t do a lot to guard against trespassers because it’s easily broken. Regular wear and tear also diminishes its durability. Not to mention, wood rots when subjected to moisture so you’ll have to contend with periodic repair and replacement.
Chain link: Chain link fences are made of aluminum in a mesh fashion. They’re the most economical of all fencing options and can blend into the background. If keeping animals in or out is the requirement, they’ll serve the purpose. However, don’t expect them to ward off intruders as they’re easily cut. A better choice is the one given below.
Iron: Iron Fences are very strong and not easily breakable. New wrought Iron Fences are no longer in production as the cost of manufacture is high. What you may be able to get is repurposed iron salvaged from dockyards. If wrought iron is not a priority, then opt for ‘iron’ fences made of steel and aluminum tubes. They hold up well under stress and impact.
Vinyl: For a low cost, low maintenance fence, vinyl is the answer. Rain and pests do not cause structural damage. You can find fences in almost any color of your choice to enhance curb appeal.
Now that you know the popular choices, let’s look at what should influence your decision.
• What should the fence do? If it’s to keep your pets in or prevent wildlife from entering, a chain link fence will suffice. If it’s decorative, a picket fence is a good choice. If it’s for security, you won’t find a better option than iron.
• Does it suit the climate? Fencing materials are designed to suit certain climates. For example, wood suits cool, dry regions while vinyl is best for wet, warm climes.
• Mix and match. There’s no rule that says you must have only type of fence or use only one type of material. Let’s say your perimeter is a combination of a neat front yard and a backyard with a lot of foliage connecting to a forest. Rather than stick with a chain link or picket fence, you can use both, the first for the back and the second on the front. You’ll save money on painting costs because picket fences need touchups to maintain appearance.
• Check building codes. You may be required to get a building permit for a fence. Or you might need to install it a certain distance away from the street.
• Speak to neighbors. Your fence might block neighbors’ views or get in the way of flowerbeds. Be responsible and speak to them before going ahead.
• Spend on professional installation. You might be deft with your hands but installing a fence is tougher than it looks. Imagine the physical labor you’ll have to put in. Are you sure you can handle it? Professional installers complete the task in a much shorter time and do it well.