If you’re reading this article, you probably belong to these two categories, you either looking to upgrade your old fence and not sure what your options are, or you bought a new home in a brand new area, and you don’t have a fence at all, and you’re at the “research” stage of your project.
In any case, we’ll try to walk you through your best options and explain the different advantages and disadvantages of varying fence types you can choose from.
Before you get excited about a particular fence you might have in mind, and start ordering materials or hiring contractors for your fence installation, make sure you can legally have this type of fence in your location. Each City and Province has it’s own rules when it comes to fences, and not all fence types get approved in all areas.
In most cities across Canada and the US, the front yard fence is limited to 4′ Height. You can apply for a special permit, but from our experience, the chances of getting approval are slim.
In some areas, you can only have a chain-link fence, which offers very little privacy and not particularly eye-pleasing. Unfortunately, in most cases, that is the only fence option you can have, according to your local bylaw. Installing a different type of fence, such as a wooden or PVC fence, can result in fines and removal orders for your brand new fencing.
Such limitations usually imposed on homes with backyards facing playgrounds, parks, or lakes. Fences in such areas can generally be a maximum of 4′ High. A typical workaround would be planting bushes next to your chain-link fence so you can have more privacy.
Now, once we have our limitations out of the way, we can dig deeper into Top 4 Best Fence Types for Your Home.
Wood fences considered to be the most popular option for backyard fencing. Wood offers very eye-pleasing appeal and if done right, can be a great addition to your home. The cost of wooden fence installation can vary significantly, so make sure you completely understand your options.
Some fence contractors advertise their prices as low as 27$ per linear foot, while others can be as high as 55$. So what’s the difference?
First, consider the materials. Using pressure-treated wood vs Cedar or Untreated wood can make or break the deal. Untreated wood will obviously offer the worst quality and will not last long, so if you’re planning to have your fence in good shape while not spending a fortune on Ceder, pressure treated is the way to go.
Another aspect you have to consider while choosing your wooden fence contractor is whether they’ll be using screws, staples, or nails. Staples and nails will save a lot of time for your fence builder, but shorten your fence’s lifespan. If you’re looking for a good quality wooden fence that will not break your bank but last for 20 + years, go with a pressure-treated fence with screws only assembly.
PVC Fencing can be a good option if you’re looking for more modern fence design. With PVC fencing, you’ll also have to consider the quality, which will ultimately affect the final price. PVC fence sections come in a variety of colors and designs, but that’s not all that affects the total cost for PVC fence. Cheap and thin sections will crack, and the color will fade over time, turning your brand new great looking fence into an ugly and unappealing wall made of damaged and deformed plastic. That’s why going with high quality and trusted PVC brands is a good idea even if they’re a bit more pricey.
Aluminum fences can offer a vibrant and modern look for your property, providing you with proper protection and privacy, while requiring very little maintenance. Aluminum fences come in various designs, and pretty much any homeowner will be able to find a perfect match that will fit his needs and budget.
Wrought Iron Fences
Wrought iron fences offer unmatched elegance to your property. In most cases, this type of fencing is custom made, which makes it a pretty expensive but eye-catching option. Wrought iron is incredibly strong and can outlive the property it has been installed to protect.
If you decide to go with this option, make sure you’re prepared to maintain it properly to keep it rust-free. It will be required to renew the paint every couple years, but it will look as new every time you do it, no cracks like with PVC fencing, no termite issues, just a strong and elegant look that will make heads turn. Wrought iron fences can be powder coated, which will add a significant layer of protection and eliminate the need to repainting the whole fence every couple of years.
A well built wrought iron fence will add value to your property, which makes it an excellent investment overall. This type of fencing is often used as a front yard fencing to add a special touch to your home’s appearance.
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