October 22, 2014

HOME & GARDEN: Choosing the best fence to install

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When choosing a type of fence to install, consider the reason for the fence. (Courtesy photo by Mark Donovan)

When choosing a type of fence to install, consider the reason for the fence. (Courtesy photo by Mark Donovan)

Three fence types to consider

By Mark J. Donovan

Creators.com

If you’re thinking about installing a fence in your backyard, you have a number of options to choose from today. When choosing a fence to install, you need to consider what the main reason is for the fence. For example, is it for enclosing a pool, or is it for privacy? Is it for aesthetics or for keeping the children or pets confined to an area in the backyard? By first understanding the purpose of the fence, you can then choose the most appropriate style fence for your situation.

Aluminum Fences

If you want a rugged high-quality fence, an aluminum fence is the ticket. Aluminum fences are aesthetically attractive, highly corrosion-resistant and very functional. They won’t rust and are virtually maintenance-free. In addition, because of how the paint color is applied to the aluminum fencing, there is never a concern of chipping or peeling paint.

Aluminum fences are ideal for enclosing pools and for keeping in pets. They come in numerous styles and designs, so there is a fence type for even the most finicky. They are a bit pricey, however, so plan to dish out a little more money than other fence types.

Wrought-Iron Fences

New wrought-iron fences are often used to enclose pools. They’re also more commonly found encompassing yards of high-end residential property. Besides providing a classic and sophisticated look, wrought-iron fences are heavy-duty. Consequently, they are ideal for security reasons. The only real downside with wrought-iron fences, other than the fact that they are very expensive, is that they can rust over time. As a result, they need periodic maintenance to keep them looking like new.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are the most commonly installed fence today. They can provide both security and privacy, and come in various sizes, styles and colors. They are often used for enclosing pools, patios and backyards. One of the main attributes of vinyl fencing is that it is maintenance-free. It will not weather, rust or fade, though it can crack if hit hard, particularly in colder weather. Vinyl fencing is also the most economical of fencing materials, relative to aluminum or wrought-iron fences.

After you’ve identified the purpose of the fence and the parameters of your budget, you can then better choose the appropriate fence to install. Then it’s just a matter of picking a style.

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