Monday, 1 June 2020

Choosing the Right Garden Fence for you Garden.

{Collaborative Content} With the arrival of June, summer is well and truly here! And while many of us will be keen to take advantage of the relaxed lockdown measures, we’re all well aware that we need to see our friends outdoors to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is because research shows that the virus is far less communicable outside than it is indoors (provided, of course, that people stick to social distancing). For this reason, many of us are planning barbecues and garden parties in the common weeks and months. And what better excuse to finally get around to giving the garden a new lease of life? We’ve looked into upgrading your garden in this post, but here we’re going to look specifically at choosing the right fencing for your home. 


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Your fencing plays a key role in your home’s exterior and can impact on everything from the security of your home and the safety of your kids to your kerb appeal and your home’s resale value. 

What are your priorities?

Needless to say, before you can choose a material for your fence, you need to think clearly about what your priorities are. There’s a balancing act for every home. Are you all about the aesthetics? Or are you buying with your home’s security in mind? Alternatively, are you simply after the best combination of the two that your budget will allow? Take some time to research the pros and cons of each material as well as thinking about what matches the style of your home. 

Here we’ll look at some of your options in brief. 

Wrought iron

Wrought iron or steel fencing is ideal for large gardens and estates because it provides security and extraordinary toughness with longevity and weather resistance. It also adds a touch of class and elegance to your home’s exterior. However, it is not the most budget-friendly material on the market).

Wood

Wood fencing is extremely popular because of the natural look it provides which is very complementary to the plant life growing in your garden. It comes in a wide range of styles and can be stained different colours to give you greater control over your exterior’s aesthetic. Moreover, it’s reasonably priced and there’s a wooden fence to suit every budget. However, wooden fencing requires annual maintenance, and its look can become diminished by the weather, as well as insect and animal life in your area. 

Vinyl / PVC

Vinyl looks just like wood at a distance yet is far less prone to splintering and wear making it one of the lowest maintenance options. It is also highly cost effective. However, extremes of temperature can make it brittle, and there’s no way to paint PVC if you change your mind about the colour. Furthermore, it can be costly and environmentally damaging to remove and dispose of.   

Aluminium

Finally, aluminium can give you similar weather resistance benefits to wrought iron at a much more affordable cost. Furthermore, it’s a good choice for the sustainability-minded because it is completely recyclable. However, it is relatively easy to bend and dent meaning that you may need to get whole sections replaced. Plus, there’s always a chance that your garden will look a bit like a secondary school playground. 

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