If you’re planning on installing a new garden fence, the last thing you want is to regret your choice this time next year.
It’s worth putting the time in upfront to thoroughly research your options. There is probably more to consider than you first realize.
We’ve done some of the groundwork for you by detailing the factors you need to bear in mind when choosing the best fence for your garden and the various options available to you.
What factors should you consider before choosing your fence?
There are some major questions to consider in the initial stages of planning your fence:
What’s the main purpose of your fence?
What do you want the fence to do, primarily?
Are you looking for better security, enhanced privacy in your garden or added curb appeal for your property?
Perhaps you live outside of the city and frequently get unwanted intruders (wild animals) that you want to keep out?
Or maybe you have a pet pooch that you want to keep in?
For most homeowners, it’s a combination of factors. Decide what the paramount reasons for installing the fence are.
How long do you want it to last?
Your expectations of durability and longevity will influence the type of fence you install.
Some materials last longer than others in our harsh climate. For instance, a wrought iron fence is practically indestructible but a cheap wood fence may be susceptible to warping, water or insect damage that will shorten its life.
Some garden fences also suffer wear and tear from pets, which will impact their longevity unless you select wisely.
How much do you want to spend?
Budget is nearly always an important factor. Depending on the size of your garden, the materials you select, and who installs it, a fence is likely to be a significant investment.
Try to arrive at a range of figures that you’re happy with.
How would you prefer your fence to look?
Even for garden fences that primarily serve a functional purpose, their appearance is important.
Style preferences like traditional, classic, modern, rustic or urban will affect your choice of material and design. You should also consider colour preferences.
Will you paint your fence? If you’re opting for a slatted fence, do you want the slats to run vertically as is common – or horizontally for a different look?
What height do you want your fence to be?
How will you maintain your fence?
Are you looking for a fence that takes care of itself or do you enjoy spending time in the garden and spending a few days each year maintaining your fence?
Some types of fences are virtually maintenance-free while others require work to keep them in prime condition.
What types of garden fences are available?
In Calgary and around Alberta, there are four or five types of garden fences that are particularly popular and we take a quick look at each type below.
Wood has an enduring appeal and there are several options available depending on your budget, style, and maintenance preferences.
Pressure-treated wood fences are particularly popular because they are more durable than untreated wood and more resistant to insects. Your fence will require some maintenance to prevent rot and discoloration but other than that, it should give you the look you want without the hard work.
If you have a slightly higher budget and are looking for an old western feel, consider a cedar fence. Cedar has powerful natural properties that repel insects and protect your fence from the elements.
Exotic hardwoods and composite fences are other wood options that you may see dotted around Alberta.
Ornamental fences are often made of wrought iron. While they are highly durable and virtually maintenance-free, the higher costs or lack of privacy may be negatives for you.
Ornamental fencing is known for the beauty and elegance it can add to a property and generally also offers good security.
For residential and commercial applications, Vinyl fences are becoming common because they provide a similar appearance to wood fences but with virtually no maintenance required.
Vinyl is highly durable, handles the elements well, environmentally friendly (made from recycled materials) and is resistant to insect and water damage. The most you will need to do is clean it with a power wash every year.
Chain link fence
This is another highly practical option for Calgary homes. Despite the lack of privacy provided, chain link fences are used extensively because of their toughness (they use galvanized steel), durability, rot-resistance, and cost-effectiveness.
They are ideal for fencing off a vegetable patch or keeping dogs in.
Many properties in Calgary border rural areas and need simple fences that keep wildlife and unwanted intruders from wrecking gardens, vegetable patches, etc.
Privacy is less of a requirement for such properties, so wire fences are practical and cost-effective options here.
As you can see, choosing the best fence for your garden requires a little homework. If you can consider all the factors first and answer a few questions about your ideal fence, it will be easier to select the right material.
For more information, contact First Class Fencing.