When it all comes down to it, homeowners thinking about getting new fences need to ultimately make one important decision: what type of fencing material they’re going to invest in. Since all the different types of fences have their own pros and cons, choosing can be a little bit difficult.
Here’s a few things you should know that might make your decision a little easier.
Chain Link Fences.
Chain link fencing is not the most attractive type of fencing, but it does have its merits. Namely, it’s cheap. A chain link fence will only cost about $6 to $8 per foot, depending on the height. However, chain link fencing is fairly unappealing. Plus, it’ll rust if it’s not taken care of, so it’s not exactly low maintenance either.
Wood fences are typically the go to choice, and for good reason. They’re highly aesthetic, adding tons of curb appeal to the properties they surround. They’re pretty affordable, costing between $9 and $15 per food depending on the height. Plus, they can even act as noise barriers to block out obnoxious neighbors. On the downside, wood fencing does require a bit of maintenance. Without proper care and protection wood can rot, causing it to crack and split. Homeowners have to take care of their wood fences, otherwise they become dilapidated.
Vinyl fences are, perhaps, the best of these three options, but they’re also the most expensive. This type of fencing comes in all the same styles that wood fencing comes in, so it can provide the same level of aesthetic enhancement that wood fencing can. However, vinyl fencing is also incredibly low-maintenance in that it doesn’t rust or rot. It only needs to be hosed off every so often. In other words, it looks great all the time, no matter what it’s been through. Of course, such superior fencing material is naturally going to cost a bit more — about $20 per foot.
If you need a cheap way to create a barrier for your yard, choose chain link fencing. If you need a fence that looks great, but doesn’t cost too much, choose wood fencing. If you need an appealing fence that’s low maintenance, go with vinyl fencing.
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