Defining a yard and adding privacy is the goal for many people who choose to fence in their property. However, with some exceptions, most people want their fence to be attractive as well. There are a number of different options to consider, but the most common are wood, vinyl and composite fence panels. There are some benefits to each one, and some thing to consider.
Wood used to be the only way to have a good privacy fence. This material is still popular today due to the beauty that wood offers to any fence line. However, it does have its drawbacks. Wood is very high maintenance and must be sealed regularly. If it’s not taken care of it will warp over time and also disintegrate. It’s also the most expensive option to consider.
Anyone who chooses wood will have to commit to its long-term care. Often, homeowners choose to hire a professional to maintain their wood fence to ensure that it lasts for the many years that it is able.
Vinyl is very popular today. It is less expensive than wood and doesn’t require the maintenance of wood either. Because of its versatility, it can be made to look like wood, so it can still be beautiful. A couple of downsides are that you can’t change the look if you want to – the color chosen is the color it will always be – and it can fade over time, but it does take a long time.
Composite fencing is a newer technology that is getting a lot of attention. Composite fences are made from wood and vinyl. However, what’s different about composite is that it uses the leftovers from the other two products. What this means is that it’s a green product, using the waste from other materials and creating something from it.
It can be more expensive than vinyl but its less expensive than wood. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and doesn’t fade like vinyl. Like vinyl, it can be pressed into different shapes, colors and looks to create a beautiful enclosure.
No matter what kind of fencing you’re looking for, there are some good options. You just need to consider how much you want to spend, how much long-term work you want to have and how good you want to be to the environment.