Despite their presence outside many homes, we give surprisingly little thought to the fencing we use to secure our properties. Whether your fence is in place to provide a clear visual boundary for your young children and pets, or simply to clearly mark out your lot’s dimensions, it’s worth putting some thought into both the aesthetics and practical implications of your choice. There are a number of yard fencing options available, so take a look at this summary of the most popular materials. Just remember – always check whether you’ll need to apply for planning permission before building your fence, as regulations vary considerably worldwide.
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These fences offer plenty of security and are generally the lowest-cost option available. Thanks to their impressive security credentials, chain link fences are often considered imposing and unattractive, but modern coloured plastic covers can be employed to help the metal stand out less. They also require minimal maintenance for up to ten years.
Perhaps the most commonly seen variety of fence, a wooden fence offers the best middle ground between price and efficacy. Best-known and often cited in their white picket variety as a telltale sign of American suburbia, their appeal is further increased by the number of customisation options. Wooden fences come in a much wider variety of shapes and designs than other materials, and can be stained, varnished or painted in any colour of your choice. However, the result of this is that wooden fences require more upkeep than some other fences in the long term: the wood needs to be treated to protect it from the elements, with both UV rays and rainwater capable of causing damage. You should expect to have to stain and treat your fence every four to five years.
If you do decide to go with a wooden fence, there are two categories to consider: panel fencing and split rail fencing. The former offers the best option for privacy by minimising the spaces between planks, making it safest in terms of keeping pets and children in the garden. Split rail fences are somewhat more decorative, evoking a more rural, open style, while also being more cost-effective.
Alternatively, you can get a wooden look without the hassle of maintenance by installing a vinyl plastic fence. These fences look virtually identical to their wooden counterparts and require minimum effort to maintain, but do cost more. You can still choose between panel and split rail, but either one will likely cost up to four times more than the wooden original.
The most expensive material, wrought iron fences give you the best of all the other materials – the same aesthetic appeal as wood, the sturdiness of chain links and the minimal upkeep associated with a vinyl fence. Once you’ve installed and painted your fence, your work should be done for at least ten years.
At Engel & Völkers, we can ensure that even the fencing surrounding a property is to your liking. Our extensive experience with international real estate and local insider knowledge make us the ideal company to help find a home that suits you – down to the tiniest details. Visit our website for more details.