Durable fencing products are the key to making a success of any fence project. There is no point in erecting a fence that will cause nothing but heartache during its lifetime.
Build your fence by choosing from the most durable fencing materials on the market.
Any good list of the most durable fencing materials would have to include:
- Vinyl fencing
- Pressure-treated wood
- Aluminum fencing
- Iron is good too
- Don’t forget maintenance
Let’s take a closer look at each topic, to help you choose the best privacy fence materials for your project.
When vinyl fencing first came on the market people were a bit skeptical of this new material.
It quickly converted the doubters and today vinyl holds its own against any of the more traditional fencing products.
Vinyl has many advantages.
It is light in weight and very easy to work with when you are on your own, which happens with a lot of DIY projects.
Vinyl rails click into the posts and very often there is little need for heavy-duty tools or machinery.
The vinyl material does not need much maintenance, and a good clean with a brush and hose will usually keep it looking good.
It is very durable and today’s vinyl can withstand high winds, rain, cold and plenty of sunshine too.
Wood, in its pure form, is designed by nature to rot after it has stopped growing.
However, wood is a top-grade fencing product, once treated for all the rigors of outdoor life.
Standard wood fencing material requires treating with fungicide, chemicals to protect it from the weather and to keep the termites from making their home deep inside.
Pressure-treated wood solves all the problems of rain, rot, and those wood-loving termites.
The chemicals are ‘injected’ into the wood at the fencing factory, getting deep into it and making for a very durable material.
You may still need to stain or paint the wood regularly to maintain the level of resistance throughout the life of the fence.
A vital point to remember is that fence posts must be of a grade that will not rot when buried in the soil.
Wood is very durable, cheap and easy to maintain, but you will need to put the time in to keep it up to standard.
Another traditional fencing product which only takes a bit of maintenance.
Aluminum is a popular choice with home and business owners. It is expensive to purchase, but the lack of maintenance costs make-up for the original outlay.
It looks good on the property, though it may not be for the inexperienced DIY fence installer.
The product will not rust and withstands the worst of any climate. You will not need to treat it with a stain or any chemicals, and a good clean annually will keep it looking shiny and new.
It can buckle and bend under pressure and is not suitable for areas where you may keep livestock.
Iron is good too
If you are thinking of making a statement with your fence, then iron is an excellent choice.
It speaks of permanence and iron is a very durable material.
You will need to care for it and quickly deal with any signs of rust or damage.
Iron may outlast other materials when maintained, and the signs of age only add to its grandeur.
Don’t forget the maintenance
A fence is only as durable as the care the owner puts into it.
Every fence, regardless of material, will need regular maintenance.
Keep the rails clean and free of undergrowth and over-hanging trees.
Always check the rails and the posts and repair or replace broken or loose ones as they will do damage in the next storm.
After going to the care and expense of installing a durable fence remember to look after the investment too.