Rural fencing is a bit different from its suburban counterpart.
You are dealing with larger areas of land, possibly different types of weather and you may need to erect fences over longer distances and manage livestock too.
Before you start on any fencing project, you will need to plan for costs and make sure that you can do the job on your budget. The cost of a fence can escalate very quickly on a big project, and if you are not careful, you may easily overrun your planned spend.
Know what you are planning for is the key to success with costs and this is very true for rural fencing.
The critical points in knowing what to plan for on a rural fencing project would include:
- Determine how much fencing you will need
- What do you want the fencing to do?
- Different fences for different areas of the property
- Decide on the material you want to use
- Consider the long-term too
Determine how much fencing you will need
If you have a large property get out the map and check your boundaries.
See where you will need to run a fence and measure the distances covered.
Don’t forget the boundaries between fields, and consider if want to divide up larger areas into smaller paddocks.
Consider too if you need to replace old fences or would a good repair job keep the existing one standing for a few more years?
What do you want the fence to do?
It may seem obvious, but not everyone considers why they need a fence.
Are you keeping livestock? Not only you will need to keep the animals under control, but you will need to stop wildlife from preying on them.
Ask a neighbor for advice on predators and take their advice on where to keep your animals on the property.
If you are likely to have problems with the wildlife, then you will need to spend more on the fencing to protect your livestock.
Different fences for different areas of the property
With a rural property you will need a different type of fence around the livestock, than around the home.
The fence around your home may be for decorative purposes as well as keeping the kids safe.
The ones in the fields will have a different job and may be a bit more rugged in look and design.
A garden fence may cost more per length than the one for the fields, but you will need less of it.
The garden fence may need to keep the kids in and the livestock out, so consider a privacy fence as a good alternative.
Decide on the material you want to use
The round rail wooden fence is a classic in rural areas, and it will do an excellent job of keeping livestock under control.
Vinyl fencing is making significant inroads into the rural fencing market and can look just as good around your fields as the wooden one.
Metal fences are not a great alternative for a rural project on the basis of cost or their durability when animals are involved.
The privacy fence around the home may look good in vinyl and the maintenance costs will be lower than wood.
Consider the long-term too
When putting up a fence you will want it to last many years.
Both wood and vinyl will stand the test of time, but wood will need more care over its lifetime.
Wood will need regular staining or painting, though if you insist on pressure-treated wood on the project, the fence will be less susceptible to weather and pest damage.
Vinyl and wood can crack or break on impact, and you will need regular inspections to do any repairs, especially when you have livestock on the property.
Vinyl may cost more initially, but its maintenance costs tend to be a lot less than those for wood.
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