It’s no surprise that fencing is popular – it is versatile, easy to install and can be painted, stained or left unfinished. Wood fencing has a natural, often rugged appearance and although a wooden fence needs to be properly looked after, it can potentially keep its good looks for several years. There are various styles of fence, although perhaps nothing suggests country living like the typical white picket fence – an American icon since the early 17th century.
One of the appeals of wood is that there are several different types of wood available, each with a distinct appearance and characteristics. Cedar and redwood are particularly popular choices; cedar has a distinctive pleasant aroma and is naturally resistant to attack by termites; redwood has a stylish appearance and is naturally fairly immune to both insects and mildew. Pine tends to cost less as it is easier to grow; however a pine fence is suggested to be treated against decay and insects.
Wooden fencing looks more natural than any other material; if you are trying for a rustic or rural look, wood is the obvious choice. Wood is more environmentally friendly, as it is bio-degradable and if a fence ever needs to be torn down and replaced, it is fairly easy to do. A wooden fence that has reached the end of its useful life can even be used as mulch for the garden. Recent improvements in the lumber industry have also meant that sustainable forests are also becoming more common.
A wooden fence is versatile and can be used effectively in many different scenarios. Wood is an excellent choice for security, privacy or simply for its visual appeal and to add a more natural look to a backyard or outdoor space. Many people who live closer to their neighbor than they would like to, choose a wooden fence to block out noise and give themselves a degree of privacy. Wooden fences can be installed easily, even on uneven or sloping ground.
There are various types of fence and you may have to do some research to find the type that works best for you. Like a picket fence, a split-rail fence tends to evoke a rustic feel; this design is also a good choice if you have a large area to enclose. A board fence that uses vertical boards allows some light to pass through, but still provides plenty of privacy and security. When choosing a wooden fence, you should also take into account any local building regulations or homeowners rules.
It’s true that some fencing can cost more than other types of fencing, such as vinyl; and it also needs more upkeep to keep it looking its best and to prevent it from rotting or weathering. But wood is considered by many to be the most attractive fencing material and a quality wooden fence, properly installed and regularly maintained can certainly be an investment that will be appreciated for years to come.
It’s no surprise that wood fencing is popular – it is versatile, easy to install and can be painted, stained or left unfinished. Wood fencing has a natural, often rugged appearance and although a wooden fence needs to be properly looked after, it can potentially keep its good looks for several years.