Chain link fencing is certainly the most recognizable type of fencing in the U.S. Common on sports fields and parks, industrial and manufacturing facilities and many homes, chain link is an affordable solution to many problems that require fencing.
It remains a popular fence choice for a variety of reasons. Improvements have been made to chain link fencing over time to improve its durability, quality and appearance. Continue reading →
In the early 1980s, fence manufacturers introduced PVC — or vinyl — for fencing, targeting farmers, ranchers and horse farm owners seeking a low maintenance, durable fencing material.
In addition to that durability, PVC fencing allowed manufacturers to offer lengthy warranties, prefabricated styles and a lightweight fencing material that is easy to install. As the fences increased in popularity, manufacturers improved performance of PVC as fence material.
Those improvements led to PVC being introduced as a material for residential fences and as homeowners consider various fence materials they likely examine the pros and cons of vinyl fencing. Continue reading →
In our previous post we reviewed the reasons most homeowners build a fence and what kind of fence material to use. In this post, we will quickly review the reasons fences are built and examine the remaining materials used to build fences.
Most homeowners building a fence do so for a particular reason, or a combination of reasons. Among them are:
– Protection – Security for a home by protecting from intrusive people or animals.
– Appearance – Adding an attractive or decorative element to a property.
– Safety – Keeping pets or children contained.
– Privacy – Enclosing an area from wandering eyes.
– Legal – Local codes may require fences for yards with pools, among other reasons.
– Boundary marking – Clearly defining a property line.
Understanding the reasons a fence is built can help to choose the best fence material. In our previous post we examined chain link, wood and PVC or vinyl fence materials. Continue reading →
Your decision to add a fence to your property may have been made for a specific — or variety of — reasons, including:
Protection – Fences can provide security to a home, by keeping people or animals from entering a yard.
Appearance – A fence can provide an attractive or decorative element to landscaping, a garden or a house.
Safety – Fencing can keep pets or children from leaving a yard.
Privacy – Fencing can enclose an area to wandering eyes.
Legal – Local laws may require a fence to surround a pool to protect it from wandering children or animals.
Boundary marking – Fences can be used to clearly define a property line.
Understanding the purpose of building a fence can help decide the best material for it. Some fence materials are stronger and sturdier than others, some fence materials weather better than others, and some are more attractive.
In addition to the characteristics of various fencing materials, cost is a factor. Some fencing materials are costlier, some fence types take less time to install, and some require learned skills. Continue reading →
In our previous posts we discussed the various types of wood used in fences, including pressure-treated pine, exotic woods, red cedar and redwoods in wood fences.
Manufacturers can use pressure treating of wood to extend its life against rot, termites and other insects that degrade the wood, ideal for a wood fence.
The process uses pressure to inject chemicals into the wood that preserve it. The process can be used to inject many types of chemicals and other materials into the wood.
Pressure-treated wood is used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Railroad ties, guardrail posts alongside roadways and timbers for marine use are treated with creosote. Continue reading →