When it comes to installing a new fence, there are all sorts of things you need to consider. Cost, appearance, sturdiness, privacy, and security are some of the main factors that come into play when choosing between different types of fencing. When choosing a fence for your yard, you’ll also want to consider the maintenance required as well as what may be included in repairing a damaged fence.
At ANDY OnCall®, our handyman services have helped numerous Tampa Bay homeowners with the installation of new fencing as well as ongoing maintenance and fence repairs. So we know how important it is to get this decision right. With that in mind, here are the most popular options for fencing and the pros and cons of each.
Classic. Attractive. Sturdy. Wood is America’s most popular fencing material, and it’s easy to see why. Wood is a middle-of-the-road option when it comes to cost, maintenance, and security, and it gives a hint of small-town nostalgia to your home. Wood fencing can be quite easy to repair.
Vinyl fencing is incredibly strong and resistant to damage. It offers a high level of security and reduces the need for regular maintenance. It’s also easy to clean and resistant to graffiti. Vinyl’s only downside is appearance, as some homeowners prefer the look of wood or metal.
Cost-effective and fairly sturdy, PVC fencing can be a great choice for budget-conscious homeowners looking to improve home security and privacy. PVC’s appearance is its main drawback – and it should be noted that it will not provide the same protection as a high-strength material like vinyl.
Wrought Iron Fencing
It’s a case of extremes when it comes to wrought iron fencing. On one hand, wrought iron is extremely strong, providing excellent security, and has a beautiful (though highly stylized) appearance. On the other, wrought iron is expensive, labor-intensive to install, and requires regular re-sanding and repainting.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link provides a decent barrier for security, but can be climbed over more easily than many other fences. It also lacks privacy and is not very appealing visually. Chain link’s main appeal is its cost, which is far lower than many other options. This makes it particularly useful for areas like backyards, where curb appeal isn’t an issue. Repairs to chain link fencing can be some of the most difficult to perform.
Aluminum is a great choice for cost-conscious homeowners who want a fence that looks great, but who aren’t as concerned about security. While attractive and cheap, aluminum is much less sturdy than other popular materials.
Of course, the quality of your fencing materials only goes so far, and even the most beautiful, sturdy materials can fail prey to bad workmanship. If you have questions about fence installation or repairs, turn to Tampa’s handyman service specialists at Andy OnCall®.
Give us a call today at (813) 961-2600 to learn more about our Tampa handyman and fencing services.