Did you just have your siding pressure washed and still think your home could look better with some upgrades? A new fence will delineate the boundaries of your property while creating a crisp curbside appeal. Which one is right for your house? Squeegee Squad brings you the pros and cons of popular fencing options popping up in your neighborhood. Whichever fence you choose for your property, remember that regular cleaning and pressure washing will keep it looking its best!
Vinyl Fence: Attractive, Affordable, and Easier to Install
The most common fencing that is being installed in suburban neighborhoods across the country is vinyl. The posts are typically pressure-treated wood, covered with vinyl. Vinyl fence panels slide into slots on the posts for a fast installation. It is easy to locate, comes in a range of heights and styles, and can be added to your annual pressure washing schedule.
Some drawbacks include a limited number of colors, lower quality fencing can warp and fade in the sun, and the same fence can be seen around many homes in your neighborhood.
Wood Fence: Unique Style, Customizable Colors, and an Upgrade to Your Home
Nothing has replaced the charm of a white picket fence surrounding a flower garden. Wood fences can be ordered in privacy panels, pickets, split-rail, or custom designs. It can be stained or painted to complement or contrast with your exterior décor. As the wood fence ages, replacement parts can be cut for easy repairs. A well-maintained wood fence will add to the value of your property.
Drawbacks to wood fencing include being easily damaged by severe weather and vandalism and it will require repainting or staining every two to three years. If your kids love to climb, they will likely get a splinter or two climbing a wood fence.
Chain Link: Swift, Secure, and Priced Right
Chain link is a popular option for protecting pools, open spaces for dog runs, and making a visible boundary for backyards or farms. Once the galvanized steel posts are properly seated in the ground, it only takes a few hours to unroll the chain link and secure it in place. This fence requires minimal maintenance and will look just like new for many years to come. When security is needed, but you are working on a limited budget, it is a great solution.
While chain link is budget-friendly, it will not help you to retain resale value for your home.
Aluminum or Wrought Iron: Contemporary Elegance for Your Upscale Community
How do you give your stately home that final finish? Often appearing in black, aluminum, or wrought iron fencing creates a crisp definition to your property. Its openwork design allows visitors to see through the fence while installing a physical barrier to keep trespassers at bay. Combined with trimmed hedges and manicured flower beds, an aluminum or iron fence delivers a luxury look that properly reflects your home and neighborhood’s status.
A major downfall for an aluminum or iron fence is the cost of repairs. Entire sections may need to be replaced if it is damaged by a car or falling tree.
Brick and Stone: A Timeless Investment
Nothing else declares the permanence of a residence like a brick or stone wall surrounding the entire property. The most labor-intensive of all the fencing options, it demands a sizeable monetary investment. However, once completed, it can last for hundreds of years when properly maintained. Don’t forget to add the electronic gate with a remote doorbell that permits entry to the lucky few.
Before you decide on a stone or brick wall, you will need to locate an experienced mason that you can call upon to maintain the structure. The cost of keeping up with brick or stone is ongoing, with regular pressure washing being one of the key ways to preserve its look.
If you plan to install a new fence and invite friends and family over when it’s done, don’t forget to give the entire exterior of your home a good cleaning in preparation. Window cleaning services by Squeegee Squad will ensure that the house reflects the beauty of that new fence for a picture-perfect celebration. Call to schedule your residential service today!