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Alternatives to Wooden Fences

There’s an old saying that “good fences make good neighbors.” We all understand that fences provide our outdoor spaces with privacy as well as protection, and can sometimes even be a design element that makes our yards feel like an expression of our individual tastes and personalities.  While the most common type of fence is made from wooden pickets or slats, there are other options you may wish to consider when you’re talking with fence contractors about a new fence for your yard.

Composite Fences. Composite fences are generally comprised of wood and plastic materials, which are combined and formed to closely resemble natural wood boards. The composite materials can be new, recycled, or a combination of both. For example, the wood component may be sawdust and wood chip byproducts from other industrial or manufacturing processes.

Composite materials are generally more expensive than wood, but have the dual advantages of being more durable and requiring less maintenance. For example, many composites are dyed during the manufacturing process, so they’ll retain their color without you having to paint them.

Iron or Other Metal. If you like a traditional fence look, but don’t want it to be wooden, consider an iron or other metal fencing. Once installed, a metal fence will be maintenance free for many years. Furthermore, many homeowners feel that as the metal becomes weathered it becomes better looking (as opposed to wood, which degrades over time and must be repainted and maintained).

Concrete. Believe it or not, concrete can be an effective and visually pleasing fence material. Concrete fence materials are generally sold in large sections that stand upright and are joined together at the seams to form the fence. These panels can be poured in different shapes and styles, to give a homeowner the appearance of a river rock, brick or other type of constructed fence.

Bushes, Shrubbery or Trees. If you’re looking to duplicate the visual barrier of a wooden fence, you can consider lining your yard with dense brushes or shrubbery. Depending on the type of plants you use, a dense and thick plant barrier can do just as good a job of keeping your yard safe and secure. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in creating a visual delineation of your property boundary, but not as concerned with having a solid physical barrier, consider planting trees.

Corrugated Metal Fences. For something a bit more unusual, some homeowners use corrugated metal sheets as a fence material. While the appearance may not be to everyone’s liking, you may find that it provides exactly what you’re looking for.

The wooden fence continues to be the go to option for homeowners looking to provide themselves with a bit more privacy and security. But if you’re interested in learning more about some of the other options you have available, check with your local fence contractors to learn more about all the different options.

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