Popular forms of fencing
Wood, vinyl/PVC, aluminium and high tensile steel are the most common types of fencing and each one has their advantages and disadvantages that will ultimately influence your decision on which one to choose for your fencing needs.
A wooden fence is a natural option when it comes to fences and sometimes might be the only one you have in cases such as listed buildings or where housing regulations apply.
- They have a natural look and feel
- They can be stained/painted to change their appearance
- They come in a large variety of styles and designs
- They weather quickly
- They will need to be maintained annually
- They can rot/warp due to varying weather conditions
- They have a shorter life span than that of other materials
Vinyl/PVC fences are fast taking the top spot when it comes to places like the Midwest USA but in colder climates like the UK and Europe there not so lucky. This is mainly down to the fences contracting in the cold making them brittle and in damp conditions they are prone to algae, mould and mildew build-up.
- They can have the appearance of wood from afar
- They won’t need painting, meaning less maintenance
- They never splinter making for a safer option if taking children into account
- Their wood-like appearance is a lot more plastic closer up
- They are unable to be painted so once you have it there’s no changing its colour
- Contraction and expansion down to changing temperatures can cause damage to the fence
- They are prone to mould, algae and mildew which in turn will cause staining to occur which is difficult to remove.
- If you decide to get rid of your vinyl/PVC fence, it can be quite costly to dispose of
Introduced to the fencing market fairly recently, this type of fencing is more popular with commercial settings rather than residential and will be more commonly seen around building sites being used as temporary fencing.
- Requires virtually no maintenance as it does not corrode.
- Very environmentally friendly down to it being completely recyclable
- They are lightweight so can easily be moved around, making for good temporary fencing
- These fences can be easily bent meaning their overall appearance can potentially deteriorate rapidlyDenting is a common occurrence with this type of fence and if you want it to repair you will need to replace the whole section.
In the last 30 years, steel fencing has surpassed the wrought iron options as the top form of high-quality fencing.
- They are stronger than other types, do not rot and have higher resistance against harsh weather
- They have a substantial and robust look
- Minimal and simple maintenance required
- Highly durable
- Initial costs of steel fencings tend to be higher than the other types of the boundary fence
- The complexity of the installation process means that most steel fence project will not be a DIY one and will require outside assistance and labour