Fencing — published on March 19, 2009

Fencing for adding curb appeal

A fence around the outside of your home can act as a barrier for pets, but it can also dramatically increase the value of your home. There are many new options for fencing that are currently available and you might be surprised to find out just how economical they are. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of fencing you can get, and learn how to pick the one that is right for you. Please keep in mind that you may need to get permission from neighbours or your city’s zoning commission before you get started.

Living Fence

This is a great option that works well on small lots or large lots. A row of shrubs or bushes can serve as a great privacy divider, and this type of fence works well if you don’t want to have any maintenance beyond occasional pruning. While this fence does not work for pets, it does look nice and will help ramp up your curb appeal quite a lot. Look for colorful bushes, or if you want a year round fence, evergreen shrubs are a great solution.

PVC Fencing

This is quickly becoming a favorite alternative among many homeowners. PVC fencing can range in price, but it is generally cheaper than other materials. The maintenance level for this type of fencing is very low, and you won’t ever have to worry about painting it. Keep in mind however, that in extreme cold, PVC may crack on impact.

Wrought Iron Fence

If you’ve got a lot of money to spend and you’re looking for a great vintage feel to the outside of your home, a wrought iron fence is the perfect solution. These now come in many styles and colors and they are very easy to install. However, they may rust or corrode, depending on how well you take care of them.

Wooden Fence

A wooden fence is a cheap alternative, at least at first, but beware, there is a lot of maintenance involved with them. You’ll need to either paint or stain the boards right at first, and then redo it every few years. If you live in a particularly windy area or where inclement weather is common, you may even need to fix the fence every year.

Brick Fence

This is probably the most expensive fence you can get, but on the plus side, it will last for many years, if not decades. This is a great fence if you need a lot of privacy, but it will be labor intensive to install if you decide to do it on your own. Bricks can crumble, but generally, brick fences are durable, long lasting and guaranteed to look nice for a long time.

These are just a few of the options that are currently available for fencing. If you’re unsure of which material is right for you, let your budget and the amount of work you want to do on the fence be your guide.