Mpls Landscape Design: Pros and Cons of Some of America’s Top Fencing

Is your yard lacking privacy?  You may be one of the many people throughout the country that want the benefits of having a fence installed around your property. You might not know which type of fence to install though. You have to think of what you’re going to want from the fence – heightened security and safety? Something to keep kids and pets in? Are you looking to increase the value of your property? Understanding the pros and cons that come with different types of fencing can help you decide on which to go with.

There are many fencing options out there for you to choose from, but they all fall within three major categories – natural material fencing, manmade material fencing, and metal material fencing. Throughout the US some of the more popular choices are vinyl, wood and chain link. However, what exactly are they able to offer you and what drawbacks might be good to know about them?

Wood Fences

sep0920d4Wood fencing comes in many different styles that give homeowners the ability to find a unique option that produces the right look and feel they want for their home. This was the first introduced fencing material throughout the United States. It kept livestock together and set up divisions on properties. This fencing comes in everything from split rail fencing to 8′ stockade fencing and is available in a wide variety of colors and wood types.

Wood fencing is able to be stained or painted to any desired color. It is however, one of the most expensive and time consuming to maintain. It has to be protected from outside elements and painted often to ensure that it does not deteriorate. Wood is also prone to insect infestations, swelling from rain or snow and discoloration from the sun.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fencing is a fairly new option. Vinyl fencing in a wide range of styles, colors and sizes to match your home. It is made from some of the toughest materials and it is also close to being maintenance free. You just have to wash it down from time to time with a garden hose. It is able to last for decades if it is properly cared for.

The cost of this type of fencing is one of the biggest drawbacks that you’ll find. It has to be drilled and fitted into place which is time consuming, but with the little to no maintenance and lasting quality – it can be worth the large upfront payment.   Since it is much more durable than wood, you can expect it to have a much longer life..

Chain Link Fences

This is a more economical solution compared to wrought iron fencing. It is made with galvanized steel to eliminate the fear of having the fence rust due to exposure of the elements outside such as heat, rain, snow and ice. It is easy to install.  But one drawback of this type of fencing is that it does not provide privacy.  From an aesthetic standpoint it may not be the best choice.  However, landscaping can be done around the fencing to camouflage it and add visual interest as well as adding some privacy.

Chain link fences have poles that go into the ground and then a mesh chain fence is connected to the posts to create a barrier around your property. It is a good selection for keeping pets and children in or unwanted people out,

If edging is not installed around the bottom of the fence, the fence can be pushed out from the bottom. There are mesh strips that can be purchased and placed over the fence to create a small amount of privacy. They are woven into the fence to stay in place. The fence can be climbed over if someone wants to get in or out of the yard so precautions may have to be taken.

Regardless of which type of fencing you choose to install, it is a worthwhile investment to make in order to obtain the benefits you seek. There are pros and cons to each type of fencing that you come across, but knowing them is key to finding the specific fencing that fits your needs.

In addition to fencing, we can suggest other landscape features that can provide privacy.  Retaining walls, shrubs, and other features can provide secluded spots in your yard.  Architectural Landscape Design can help you figure out which type of fencing or other landscape element is appropriate for your home and property.  If you’re seeking to add more privacy or security to your yard, call us today to discuss your needs.  We are a licensed MN landscape design and installation contractor serving the greater Minneapolis area and surrounding communities.  952.292.7717.