Having a fence is an important part of any property. Not only does it provide privacy and keep unwanted critters out of your space, when built right, a fence adds to the visual appeal of your home, bringing your entire exterior together. While many fences are built from wood, there are downsides to using the popular material. Wood typically requires more maintenance than other materials, has a limited lifetime (usually 5 to 10 years), plus it’s susceptible to fungus, fading, cracks and warps. There are other materials you can use to build a fence that are durable, low maintenance and attractive. Take a look at 3 ways to build a fence from something other than wood.
1. Steel Fencing
There are certain steel products that are made to look like wood, but are much more durable and require much less maintenance. Gentek’s Distinction Siding offers exactly that, making it the ideal material to use for your fence. Stack the siding planks horizontally until you get to your desired height, and you’ll have a gorgeous fence that replicates real wood. Distinction Siding is high strength steel that comes in various colours, and is coated in rust-resistant paint that provides long-term durability. If you’re committed to the look of real wood for your fence, this is the way to get the look without the cons that come with wood!
2. Vinyl Fencing
Vinyl fencing is another way to add an attractive, low-maintenance addition to your home. Vinyl fencing is really easy to clean, and with regular maintenance, it can last decades. Compared to wood, vinyl fences provide more privacy, and are known for their longevity and durability, as well as for their easy cleaning and maintenance. Vinyl fences come in a variety of styles and look newer for longer, whereas wood degrades over time having a negative effect on your curb appeal. If you’re someone who needs a low-maintenance fencing option, vinyl siding is for you!
3. Metal Fencing
There are various options available when it comes to metal fences. From aluminum to wrought iron and chain link fencing, you can choose the look that’s right for your home and yard. Metal fences require little to no maintenance since the metal is coated to help prevent corrosion and rust. They’re ideal for places that experience extreme weather since they’re incredibly sturdy. Metal is more durable than wood, lasting longer and performing better against high winds, hail and other types of severe weather. Although metal fences have a bigger initial investment, your maintenance costs will be less and your fence will last longer.