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What Are the Most Durable Fence Types?

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 18 September 2019 02:34

Regardless of their primary function, most homeowners will want a durable fence for their homes. When it comes to durability in fences, most tend to think more along the lines of the ability of the fence to withstand the elements. However, fences also have to be durable enough to resist wear due to vermin and insect attacks, and perhaps more importantly to withstand attempts of intruders, whether humans or animals, to breach it. Established fencing companies such as Worcester Fence Company of Massachusetts, offer installation services for most types of fence. Experts from such established fence installers are among the most knowledgeable when it comes to the durability of fences.

Below are three of the most durable fencing materials according to expert fence installers.

Wrought Iron Fences

Apart from solid concrete fences, no other fencing material can challenge the durability of wrought iron fences in terms of withstanding the harsh elements and fending off any physical damage inflicted by humans, small animals and, believe it or not, fence eating insects. More than just durable, wrought iron fences are also versatile style-wise, as it can accentuate various home designs from traditional to modern contemporary. While it is true that wrought iron tend to rust and corrode, this fencing material can last for generations with regular maintenance.

Pros: Wrought iron is strong and resistant to any climate types. When installed properly, it holds up well to push and pull forces against it. It is a good choice for homeowners who want an extra layer of security for their homes.

Cons: It is one of the most expensive fencing materials. Without maintenance, it can rust and corrode. Wrought iron fences are a poor fencing material choice if you want privacy.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl is one of the more recent fencing materials, yet it continues to gain more popularity among homeowners. Vinyl fences are lightweight but are remarkably durable. They come in modular designs, which makes their installation a cinch for fence installers. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it replicates the look of wood, but unlike wood, requires little maintenance. It comes in different wood grain patterns and colors that resists fading even after many years.

Pros: Easy installation, can provide privacy, replicates the look of wood, low maintenance.

Cons: In areas of extreme weather, vinyl may warp and bend over time. While it is low maintenance, repairing damage to its panels can be expensive. Like wrought iron fences, vinyl can also get very expensive.

Chain Link Fences

Chain link fences are a popular choice for those who are working with a tight budget. This type of fencing material can also provide a layer of security for your home and serve as a deterrent for would-be intruders. Chain link fences also work well in keeping pets fenced in and prevent them from straying. Some choose to install chain link fences to serve as boundary markers on their properties. While chain link fences may look flimsy, it is still far better than not having any fence at all.

Pros: Cheap, low maintenance and can be installed in a day. It also has decent durability. Fixes and repairs for this type of fencing material are affordable as well.

Cons: Tends to rust and corrode over time.

Wood is still a popular choice when it comes to fencing material. However, this material does not hold up well against the elements, if you do choose to have wood as a fencing material, make sure to stick to its maintenance requirements to prolong its lifespan and minimize repairs.

There are other types of fences that are highly durable including concrete, gabion and composite fences. Keep in mind that when choosing a fence, you also need to consider the time you are willing to spend maintaining it.

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