Fencing isn't just to keep others out. Whether you want to frame your home or business with appealing outer rim, keep livestock in or keep intruders out, the material and style of fencing can have an impact on how well its used.
A few aspects of fencing materials can help you choose a fence type that works well for residential fencing purposes alongside many different goals:
Frugal Fencing Options
If you just want a cheap fencing option that does the job of keeping things inside or slowing down those who want to enter, look into re-purposed wood. The act of re-purposing simply means to use an old item for a new use; in this case, it can mean taking old railroad ties and using them for the fencing material, or grabbing sturdy, large branches or small tree trunks for fence use.
You can either get the materials yourself or purchase them from a re-seller. Unfortunately, options such as picking up old railroad ties may be illegal in modern times, as many private railroad properties want to reuse the materials for their own purposes.
It used to be that a farmer or rural homeowner could pick up replaced wooden ties and use them for anything from firewood to fencing; a mistake that sends many well-intentioned do-it-yourselfers into a crime. Before picking up the materials from property that isn't yours, at least attempt to contact the railroad owner.
If there are fallen trees that have strong trunks or large branches, you can used them for fencing as well. Just be sure to inspect the wood for rot or insect infection that could weaken the integrity of the wood. A tree that fell due to disease or infestation may quickly fail as fence material.
If you want a living fence, it's possible to purchase saplings that are large enough to survive wooden posts secured to their sides. Make sure to ask a residential fencing professional for advice on sturdy tree types for your specific fencing purposes.
Metal Fencing May Be Faster
Chain-link fencing or metal posts may be faster to install and more sturdy, but may lack visual appeal if not given a bit of extra treatment.
If you want the security of metal fencing and a bit of visual shine, make sure to look for rust-resistant, all-weather paint. Many metals used for fencing purposes contain some amount of iron, which is subject to rest and in regular danger from rain. It's a good idea to treat the fences for rust protection yearly, and all-weather or rust-resistant paint does just that.
Chain-link fences are installed by putting posts into the ground, then wrapping or otherwise securing the fence material to the posts. There is an issue of cutting chain-link with wire cutters, so if you'd like a bit more security it may be better to install metal fencing with small gaps between.
Contact a residential fencing professional to find options that fit both your security needs and aesthetic design desires. To learn more, contact a company like Town & Country Fence with any questions you have.