How much maintenance is this fence going to need?
The question that should be on every homeowner’s mind when they are choosing a new fence.
The rancher must be thinking the same, especially as they may have a large area of the property to fence.
Another question, following closely, is how much will it cost to keep this fence looking good?
The answers are closely linked because the less maintenance you need to do, then the less it will cost to keep the fence looking good.
If you get the fence right from the start, then fence maintenance won’t be a problem.
The types of fencing that require the least maintenance would be:
- Vinyl Fencing
- Treated Wood Fencing
- Aluminum Fencing
Let’s take a closer look at each one in a bit more detail.
Vinyl fencing may be the new kid on the block, but in reality, it has been around for quite a while now.
It has passed many tests and it is proving itself to be as good as any other type of fencing material.
It is sturdy, durable and requires little maintenance.
Sounds like music to the ears of those who are looking for a low maintenance fence to erect on their property.
You do not need to paint vinyl, so there is not any need for an annual painting job.
It doesn’t crack or splinter so you will not need to replace any rails.
Vinyl is also wholly termite resistant and you will not need to treat it every year for fungi or mildew problems.
Cleaning can be as easy as running a hose over the fence every few months.
Treated Wood Fencing
For many people, it will always be wood. They just like the feel, look and the scent of the wood fence but maintenance may be a worry.
It doesn’t need to be a big problem, however.
Always use pressure treated wood, which is wood that is injected with chemicals at the factory, making it resistant to termites, cold, rain, and extreme heat problems.
Pressure treated wood only needs a topping up of the paint, wood stain or fungicide every few years.
Wood can crack and splinter under pressure of wind or animal impact, but if you inspect the fence regularly you can keep on top of the problems.
Treated wood fencing only needs a keen eye to keep maintenance under control.
Aluminum is another favorite material in the fencing world, but not everyone likes the look and feel of the metal fence.
It can be very low maintenance, however, which leads to its growing use on fencing projects.
Aluminum does not rust and you do not need to paint it.
The metal can stain and it may start to look a bit shabby after a couple of years, if not properly maintained. It also does not handle impact very well, which makes it unsuitable for busy areas.
The cost of aluminum can be high, which may lead to people not using it, especially on larger, longer fencing projects.
The high installation costs are offset by the low maintenance costs, over the many years in which you’ll have the fence on the property.
When trying to decide on what fencing material to use on your property why not talk to one of our advisors?
They have seen and heard all of the problems during their time and they will know plenty of answers.
We can give you a great quote on the fencing project and have you tried our Draw It and Quote it service, which may help you choose the right fence?
Call us today for all of your fencing needs and let us help you get the right fence for your property.