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4 Most Common Fencing Materials

You may not have realized how many fencing options there actually are until you began planning a new enclosure for your property. There are many factors to consider when it comes to fencing materials, including cost, durability, maintenance, and aesthetics. To get you started, here are four of the most common types of fencing materials.

Cedar Fencing

Of all the natural wood fencing materials, cedar is by far the most popular and the most durable. Cedar fencing is naturally resistant to pest infestation as well as warping and shrinking. Building a fence out of wood is relatively easy, and the planks can be customized to fit a variety of different styles. Finishing a wood fence with paint or stain can protect it against moisture in the ground. We recommend waiting a number of months after installation to stain a cedar fence.

Pressure-treated wood is also a viable option, and also is resistant to rot, but many people prefer cedar’s natural properties. Unlike pressure treated wood, cedar is not chemically treated. Cedar, therefore, is a great choice if you want a natural feel combined with durability and longevity.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fences are our most popular option, and for good reason. Vinyl fences are durable and versatile. Whether you prefer fully private, semi-private or decorative picket style, vinyl fencing can offer a solution. Vinyl fencing also comes in colors other than white, particularly in the tan and gray hues. Other specialty colors are available, but those colors tend to demand a premium. Unique styles have recently become available, including textured panels, horizontal pickets, and louvered pickets.

Another advantage of vinyl fencing is that it is virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl may collect some pollen or tree residue, but vinyl is easy to clean with a pressure washer, garden hose and/or a mild detergent. Some vinyl fences are textured to replicate the look of a wood fence, without the hassle of maintaining it. Vinyl fencing is the solution for a durable, low-maintenance and decorative fence for your yard.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fencing is the most common metal fence. Years ago, metal fences often consisted of wrought iron. Aluminum, however, provides all of the characteristics of iron, including durability, longevity, and an elegant look. Moreover, iron tends to rust more quickly than aluminum. Aluminum fences, similar to vinyl fences, require hardly any maintenance. Aluminum can be customized to fit a variety of styles, and is also available in a number of colors, in. It is best suited for yards where an open look is desired.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fencing, also called cyclone fencing, is another low maintenance, long-lasting product. It is also a more budget-friendly approach. Chain link material is either galvanized or color coated, which gives it rust-resistant properties. Chain link fences are easy to repair, and also come with different size meshes and various colors. In fact, the black frame with black wire mesh chain link option is a common and often desirable choice.

So, what kind of fencing material will you choose? If you still aren’t sure, contact Carl’s Fencing for more information.

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