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5 Most Common Fencing Materials

You didn’t realize how many fencing options there actually were until you started planning a new enclosure for your property. There are a lot of factors you have to consider when it comes to fencing materials, including cost, durability, maintenance, and aesthetics. To get you started, here are five of the most common types of fencing materials.

Cedar
Of all the natural wood fencing materials, cedar is by far the most popular and the most durable. Fence builders know that cedar is naturally resistant to pest infestation as well as warping and shrinking. Building a fence out of wood is relatively easy and DIY-friendly, and the planks can be customized to fit a variety of different styles. Unfortunately, cedar does not stand up so well against soil, so it will begin to rot after a few years. NJ fence companies recommend applying a penetrating sealant for long-lasting protection.

Vinyl 
Some vinyl fence builders claim that their fences are nearly five times stronger and four times more flexible than comparable wood ones. That is only one of the many benefits of a vinyl fence. This kind of fencing is virtually maintenance-free, so it is an easy and cost-efficient choice. It is also easy to clean with a garden hose and a mild detergent.

Composite 
Composite fencing is a combination of wood fibers and plastic polymers that creates a wooden look without the risk of rot and infestation. It does come at a slightly higher cost than cedar or vinyl and requires careful installation by professional fence builders.

Metal 
Wrought iron is the most common type of metal used for fences because it is extremely durable. It can also be customized to fit a variety of styles. Other metal options include cast iron, aluminum, and steel. While aluminum is resistant to rust, iron and steel may require a rust-inhibiting spray or paint to prevent corrosion.

Treated wood 
Pressure- and chemically-treated wood is a cost-effective choice for any outdoor structure, including fencing. Treated wood is resistant to infestation, rot, and moisture, so a fence made from this material should last a long time.

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

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