The type of fence you choose will not only play a key role in your home’s exterior design, but also provide one of the most important benefits of all homes; look. Privacy and look are two of the most common reasons Americans look to buy homes. A professionally installed fence gives every homeowner that true sense of home we all desire.
There are three types of privacy fence materials that are within the budget of most homeowners: wood, vinyl, and chain link. They each have their pros and cons. We summarized one of the most important keys you should know about those each types of fences.
Vinyl fencing requires less maintenance:
Pros: Vinyl fencing is sold in a wide range of styles at affordable prices. It is also durable and strong, so you won’t have to worry about it warping, rotting, or blistering. If you enjoy home renovation projects, feel free to tackle the installation of your vinyl fence on your own. Most vinyl fencing systems snap together in lightweight pieces, making installation a breeze. Plus, many vinyl systems contain an interior of aluminum for durability and strength. To learn more about the benefits of vinyl fencing, click here.
Cons: No fencing material is perfect, so despite vinyl’s many benefits, we must acknowledge its limitations and downsides. Vinyl, like aluminum, has a higher upfront cost. However, the lack of maintenance should make up for that over the years. In addition, it lacks the formidable strength of some other fencing materials, and it can turn brittle and crack in extreme temperatures.
Wood fencing is most popular out of all:
Pros: Wood is a historical favorite. It is attractive and usually inexpensive. Plus, it’s very versatile, coming in many different designs and styles. It works well for privacy fences, and you can paint it any color you like.
Cons: Wood requires a lot of maintenance, and that maintenance can be exhausting and expensive. You will probably have to regularly treat or stain it for added protection. Weather takes its toll on wood fencing, and you may notice rotting or warping due to excess moisture. Finally, and unfortunately, termites and other pests adore wood just as much as humans, which can lead to destructive infestations.
Chain link fencing is most cost-effective out of all:
Pros: Chain link fencing is inexpensive, durable, and typically maintenance-free. It is also easy to install. If you take a look around your community, you will likely spot chain-link fencing everywhere, mostly due to its affordability. As a consequence of galvanization (a chemical process to prevent rusting), chain-link fencing lasts a long time with limited maintenance. Some people appreciate its flexibility as well.
Cons: Chain link fences are very utilitarian in appearance: no-frills, basic, pedestrian, and rugged. Many people would describe chain-link fences as boring, and some might go so far as to deem them unattractive. Since chain-link fencing is commonly used at industrial sites or in utilitarian applications (schoolyards, prisons, surrounding electrical enclosures), it isn’t very popular amongst stylish homeowners. People can easily climb over residential chain-link fences as well, so they don’t provide much protection. Finally, they won’t deter prying eyes unless you add slats, so you shouldn’t utilize them for privacy fencing.
If you’re interested in having a new fence installed or if you just need to have your current fence repaired, we’re the experts who you should call and get a free estimate today. Call us today at 443-952-1397 for your free estimate, on installing wood, chain link or vinyl fence in Baltimore, MD or learn more about us here