What's New in Fencing?

Most homeowners value privacy and security. One of the best ways to achieve this around the exterior of your home is through the right kind of fencing. But before thinking about replacing or adding new fencing to your property, you have to be certain about where it will go.

To avoid any conflicts with current or future neighbours, it is important to know what the exact boundaries of your property are. You can resolve any doubts by looking for survey markers on the corners of your property. If you are uncertain and planning to build expensive new fencing, however, you would be wise to pay a professional surveyor to establish the exact boundaries for you.

Once you are certain about where any new fencing will go, consider carefully what you want to achieve. Do you want to protect your home from trespassers and stray animals, create a safe area for your children to play in, pen in your dog or add privacy to your outdoor living space?

Regardless of what you decide, all good fencing starts with a plan. That plan may involve installing new fencing yourself or hiring a professional to do the job. Fencing has never been easier to install, even for the do-it-yourselfer. Pre-fabricated fencing panels today come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials.

Fencing options

If you want to keep your kids in and outsiders out, but are not that concerned about privacy, chain link fencing is still among the most versatile, economical and long-lasting products around. Vinyl- coated and corrosion resistant, chain link fencing is maintenance-free and available in a variety of colours and styles.

For privacy, pressure-treated and cedar wood fencing products are among the most popular because of the large variety of styles and board sizes available. All are attractive and functional. Cedar fencing is more expensive than pressure treated wood products, but is resilient in the worst of climates and provides a natural deterrent to insect infestation.

In addition to pressure-treated, cedar and other wood products, fencing is also available in vinyl products that offer privacy. These can be more costly but are maintenance-free, attractive and long-lasting. Unlike wood structures which require upkeep every couple of years, vinyl fencing withstands the elements and won't rot, warp, shrink, dent or break. It is available in a variety of styles and colours and usually comes with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

If all you want is to mark the boundaries of your property, rail fencing in vinyl or wood may be all you need. Used for generations in rural areas to fence in livestock areas, rail fencing can enhance a home's landscaping, giving it a crisp country look.

Another choice is fencing made of galvanized coated steel or aluminum; it otters durability, strength and a clean appearance. Attractive and practical, this kind of fencing can remain structurally sound for a lifetime. The finish will not crack, chip or peel. Like vinyl fencing, it usually comes with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

Whatever fencing style or product you choose, be sure to select on what complements the design and look of your home. Once you have decided on size, shape, location and type of structure, consider the kinds of posts, lattice and cap tops you may want to incorporate.




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