Fencing materials from posts to paint
"Good fences make good neighbors," the poet Robert Frost famously wrote. Indeed, fencing is often used as a means of marking property lines between adjoining lots, but it also offers protection, privacy and a way to add to your home's curb appeal.
Today, homeowners have a wide range of affordable fencing options – everything from simple chain link fencing or vinyl fencing to elaborate wood fencing and wrought-iron gates. But which of these is right for you?
Choose a Fencing Style
There are four main components common to all fencing styles: height, the width of the boards or fence posts, the amount of space between each board or post and the profile of the boards or posts themselves. If you're building a purely decorative fence, you'll want to use thin boards or posts and leave plenty of room between each of them, so your home remains plainly within view. If, on the other hand, you want enhanced privacy and security, using tall, thick boards with narrow gaps is a better way to go.
Boards for wooden fences typically have dog-eared, straight, French Gothic or Gothic tops, though these can easily be changed and customized. Iron fence posts often feature arrow-like tops, but can also be just flat. When it comes to wrought-iron fences, decorative flair is usually most obvious in the gates.
In terms of building material, wooden fences remain extremely popular. Wood is a very versatile material for fencing that can easily be adapted for both decorative and practical fencing applications, and it is very inexpensive. Chain link fencing and vinyl fencing are often used to contain pets or young children within a yard, and wrought-iron fences are primarily decorative.
If you want to add a little decorative appeal to your fence, there are many tried-and-true options for you to consider. Often, corner posts are used for adornments – you can use a taller post at a corner and top it with a lantern or hand-carved decorations. Wrought-iron fences frequently have elaborate patterns and designs forged right into the metal.
If you're trying to work within a modest budget, don't underestimate the impact of a coat of fence paint. Properly applied, a coat of paint can transform an ordinary fence into something that dramatically enhances the appeal and character of your home. All the painting supplies you need to get the job done are readily available and very affordable.