“A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden” is an important adage to remember for friendship. If it’s your yard, though, you might want to get a new fence, so that your flowers don’t get trampled before they’re admired.
The average wooden fence lasts for 10 to 20 years. If you’ve had your fence for a while, or moved in while it was already in place, you might notice that it’s starting to buckle in some places, and rot in others. Once it’s no longer possible to fix the problem just by patching up individual pickets, it might be time to invest in a new fence.
There’s no reason to feel obligated to match your old fence when you get a new one. Instead, now might be the time to branch out and try something new. Are you interested in exploring your fencing options? Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
Upkeep for Different New Fence Types
Before getting a new fence, consider how much time and effort you want to put into maintenance.
- Wood fencing is more high maintenance than any other type of fencing, because it typically has to be stained or painted every few years. If sections are damaged, however, they’re always easy to replace.
- Aluminum and vinyl require very little maintenance, but if they become damaged by a storm, it can be more difficult to find a replacement. Vinyl sometimes need a routine hosing in order to deter algae growth.
- Chain link fences are great for upkeep, as they rarely become damaged and are highly durable.
Facts to Consider While Looking for a New Fence
- Wood and vinyl fences tend to offer the best ROI if you plan to sell the home within the fence’s lifetime.
- Wrought iron fences are becoming popular as a way to keep yards fenced without obstructing views. These black fences can also have intricate and unique design work incorporated, which can be a great addition to garden areas.
- For wooden fences, you can reduce the opportunity for rot and insects to set in by using rectangular posts cut at an angle, and by keeping leaves and debris raked away from your fence.
What outdoor fences for homes are you interested in? Let us know in the comments.