Plenty of Options for Home Improvement and Remodeling Surround You with Fencing
The vision of white picket fencing surrounding a home is a classic part of the American Dream. Along with home ownership itself, that iconic image is seen as the icing on the cake. But in the real world, there are even more options available when it comes to fencing that can make that dream even better.
A fence serves several purposes in relationship to a home. It serves as a boundary marker that designates property lines. It can provide security depending on the height and material used to construct the fence. And it can, of course, beautify a home and add a finishing touch, not unlike the frame around a painting.
Fences have been used throughout history as part of all types of homes, from majestic mansions to humble huts. They have been constructed of stones that have been carefully arranged to thick, solid structures made of nearly unbendable metal. Barbed wire fences have been used to keep cattle from roaming away and ornate stone and metal fences have been used to designate the houses of royalty.
These days, many fences are used for less literal purposes but are still a welcome feature on a home and can actually increase the value of the home if the owner decided to sell it. There are several different types of fences available but the most popular choices used by Sunshine Contracting include pressure-treated wood fences, composite/vinyl fences and aluminum fences. While all offer a high level of durability, they also come with different qualities that might be important to a homeowner who is considering installing a fence around their home.
Pressure Treated Wood Fences – A Popular Choice
Pressure treated wood is highly sought after by homeowners not only for its classic look, but for the durability the pressure treating system adds to the wood. The process involves immersing the wood in a special liquid solution that acts as a preservative. The wood is then placed inside a pressurized enclosure that forces the liquid deep into the fibers of the wood. The result is a wood product that is highly resistant to bacteria and insects. If left untreated, wood that is inserted into the ground may become infected with bacteria or insects in less than two years. But pressure treated wood can last several decades before it needs to be replaced.
Composite/Vinyl Fences – Amazing Looks with Easy Maintenance
Composite/Vinyl fences offer the look of wood but with easy maintenance. Composite fences are comprised of several materials including recycled plastic and wood fibers, which makes it a smart choice for the environmentally conscious (no additional trees have to be cut down to make the fence). Meanwhile, vinyl, as the name implies, is made of plastic that is molded and formed into the various components of a fence. Both types of fences are low maintenance and can be cleaned with plain water or with a special solution that is sold by many home improvement retail outlets.
Aluminum Fences – Lightweight and Easy to Install
Finally, aluminum fencing is lightweight and installs quickly. This low-cost material won’t rot like untreated wood and is highly resistant to rust and corrosion. When covered with a special finish, the aluminum fence will be able to withstand the elements and maintain its good looks for years to come.
Fences don’t have to be a barrier between a home and the rest of the world but, instead, be an inviting feature that adds a warm touch. Explore the options available in the world of fencing and add a new dimension to your surroundings.