When you’re building a fence in your garden, it’s important to choose a durable material that will help to maintain your privacy and security while at the same time looking great and adding to the aesthetic of your home.
There are a lot of different choices available, and which one is right for you will depend on what type of home you live in, your budget, and on your personal taste.
When choosing your material, it’s important to bear in mind the pros and cons of the available options.
Wood is often the go-to choice for garden fences, particularly if you live in a period property and you want to ensure that your fence is in line with the aesthetic.
It’s a good option because it looks natural, is easily stained, so you can make it whatever color you like, and it’s easily cut and shaped into a variety of different styles so you can really make it your own.
The downside of a wooden fence is that they need regular maintenance in order to stop them from becoming weathered and worn over time. Wood can also rot and warp and become damaged by insects.
There’s also an argument that wood isn’t all that sustainable. Unless it’s come from a sustainable forest, things like deforestation and the pollution created transporting and treating the wood mean that it has an impact on the environment.
Composites are materials that have been created by combining two existing materials together. This is usually done to create a material that is perfect for the job it has been designed for.
Eco-friendly composite fences such as those by eComposite Products have the benefit that they will not rot and warp over time like wood will, that they do not need to be maintained so frequently and that they are strong and durable. Composite materials also don’t usually splinter, which is great news if you have children or pets who could hurt themselves on a splintered fence.
They can also be designed to fit in with the aesthetic that you want for your home, so you don’t have to compromise on style.
Aluminum is being used increasingly for fencing because it is lightweight, durable, and more environmentally friendly than a lot of other materials.
Aluminum doesn’t rust, and it isn’t susceptible to the weather or to things like rot and insects, which means that it requires significantly less maintenance than other types of fence. However, the downside is that while durable, it is a relatively soft metal which means that it can easily be bent or damaged by impact. If this happens, you will quite often need to replace the entire section of the fence.
Aluminum also has quite a specific look to it; it’s quite cold and uninviting, which isn’t something that a lot of people want for their homes! However, it is perfect for industrial settings where the main goal of a fence is to discourage trespassers, and there isn’t such a big emphasis on aesthetics.