The world’s longest fence is over 3,400 miles long and keeps dingoes out of Australia’s backyard.
You may not need something quite that long to protect your yard, but you might be considering purchasing a fence to provide you with more privacy.
If you think about a fence, why not read our guide to the pros and cons of wood fences. Here we look at why wooden fences may be the best fencing option, as well as what you need to do to keep it in the best condition.
The Pros of Wooden Fencing
A large wooden fence gives you the privacy that you need to enjoy your backyard and property.
Sometimes it is nice to keep your yard to yourself, and a wood privacy fence permits you to use your space how you please without having to worry about prying eyes.
A wooden privacy fence installation will cost much less than you think. It is much cheaper than vinyl alternatives. Only chainlink fencing is cheaper than wood fencing, but it is not anywhere near as attractive and does not offer any privacy options.
Wooden fencing can be painted in any color that you desire to match with your house and garden buildings. This adds to the attractiveness and value of the fence.
One great advantage of wood fencing is also that it can come in a variety of different designs. You can build fences, arbors, and gates out of wood in almost any design you can think of.
Your imagination and great woodworker is the only limit.
The Cons of Wooden Fencing
Wood can be prone to damage especially if not treated correctly. Wood can be somewhat temperamental in different weathers. It tends to get damaged when very wet or dry, so it is important to make sure you treat the wood correctly at installation.
Wood will also shrink and swell with the temperature. After installation, you may find that your fence could shrink a tiny amount and leave undesired gaps between the planks.
Gates may also become ‘sticky’ if wood swells in heat. You may find it becomes more difficult to open and close them if they are tightly set against the post.
A good designer and builder should account for these problems and attempt to design around them.
Wood as material tends to have a lifespan of around 40-50 years. This will depend very much on the type of wood with which you choose to build.
Better quality woods will last much longer. Speak with an expert to get advice on which woods work best in your climate.
Wood fence installation can be very labor-intensive and require a longer installation period than something simple like a chain-link fence.
Privacy Wood Fences are Attractive Solutions
If you want to bring some privacy into your backyard, then the most attractive solution will always be wood fences.
They are long-lasting and can look beautiful, especially over time once they have become a key feature of your backyard.
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