Metal or PVC Fencing?

I decided that I wanted to put up a fence around my backyard. I knew that I didn’t want a wooden fence, because I wasn’t interested in all of the upkeep that goes along with wood. That left two obvious choices: metal or PVC. Which to choose?

I liked the idea of PVC. A PVC fence would be simple to install and maintain. I thought that metal would be more difficult to install, but that it could be more attractive. Plus, metal is very durable. I did a lot of research into the pros and cons of both before making a choice. I decided to use the information that I got from researching metal and PVC fences to create this blog for others who are similarly interested and need more information to make a choice.

Care Of Your Ornamental Iron Fence

Iron is known for being exceptionally sturdy and solid. Still, despite being so strong, iron does need regular maintenance and protection from water in order to look its best. These tips will help you take care of your ornamental iron fence to ensure its long life.  Maintain the Paint The paint on your ornamental iron fence is more than just decorative–it’s also protective. When exposed to the elements, iron rusts quickly. The only way to protect the iron is to cover it with a sealed, waterproof coating. To do this, many people choose to cover their iron fence with paint. Check the paint on the fence on a quarterly basis–especially after the fence is a few years old. Look for signs of cracking, bubbling or chipping. Often when the paint begins to deteriorate, the first sign of a problem will be a trail of rust running down the gate and to the ground.  To fix this issue, use a wire brush to sand down the paint and the rust until bare metal is exposed. Next, fill in any cracks and pits with metal filler and give it time to dry. Paint over the iron with rust-inhibiting primer and spray paint. Do this all in one day if possible to ensure that the fence isn’t needlessly exposed to moisture in the interval.  Keep Moisture At Bay Moisture can attack your fence in a variety of unexpected ways. Keep plants away from the iron. Not only will plants grow or wrap themselves around your fence, but large shrubs will also trap humidity within their branches and leaves. If shrubs trap humidity...

Remove Bird Droppings And Spider Webs From Your Vinyl Fence

If birds and spiders have been taking up residence on your vinyl fence, unsightly droppings and webs way be on its surface. Learn how to clean your fence with the following steps and restore it back to its original condition.  Use The Following Materials mild detergent handheld scrub brush (soft bristles) water bleach bucket water hose rubber gloves long-handled scrub brush nylon stocking scissors paper towels shiny wind chimes  bird spikes pesticide Clean The Bird Droppings Mix equal parts of mild detergent and water in a bucket. Use the cleaning solution and a scrub brush to remove the droppings. If the staining is severe, add a cup of bleach to the cleaning solution to make it stronger. Move the brush back and forth over the vinyl surface, but do not press down too hard because the brush can leave marks in the vinyl. After the stains have been eliminated. rinse the fence off well with a water hose. To prevent birds from going on your fence in the future, hang up a set of shiny wind chimes near the fence and install bird spikes where the birds normally frequent. Bird spikes will make it difficult for the birds to land on the fence. The bird spikes can be added by peeling off the backing and pressing each one down on the top of the fence.  Remove The Webs Put on a pair of rubber gloves so that your hands do not come in contact with any spiders or webs. Cover the end of a long-handled scrub brush with a nylon stocking. Move the covered end of the scrub brush...

Attractive Fencing For Your Horses

Keeping your horses safely housed is the best way to ensure their health and safety. There are many different kinds of horse fencing available that is both secure and attractive on your property. This guide explains a few of your horse fencing options that add to your property’s beauty as well as keep your horses contained. Vinyl fencing Vinyl is a popular choice for horse fencing because it is both attractive and durable. Unlike wood fencing, vinyl does not deteriorate over time, and is not susceptible to wind or rain damage when it is properly installed. You can expect vinyl fencing to last upwards of 20 years with proper care and maintenance. The best way to maintain a vinyl fence is to replace pieces that have been damaged by your horses kicking or rubbing on it as soon as you notice chips or cracks. The most common vinyl fence color is white, but you can upgrade to other colors of vinyl if you want a unique style of fencing for your horses. Cedar fencing If you want a classic homestead style fence for your horses, cedar logs are a wise choice. Cedar is a long-lasting wood that maintains its color after years of sun and rain damage. Choose logs that don’t have splits in their knots to allow your fencing to last for many years. If you choose to place a finish on your fence to protect it against sun or rain, make sure you choose a finish that will not harm your horses should they chew or rub on the wood. The same kind of finishes used for...

Which Fencing Material Makes The Best Privacy Fence?

Fences can serve many purposes. Sometimes all you need is a boundary marker, sometimes you need to keep animals in or out, and sometimes you need to provide a little privacy for yourself. Different fencing materials will work better for different purposes. Once you know what you need your fence for, you can choose a material that better works for you. For example, if you are looking for privacy, you can go with wood, chain link, or vinyl. Wood A wooden fence can make a good privacy fence, but you will need to make sure that you use the right kind of wood. You can find fence slats made from pine, birch, red cedar, white cedar, and pressurized lumber. If you plan to paint your fence, then any type of wooden slat will do as long as you properly maintain the paint. If you want a natural looking fence, then you should go with cedar because it will have the best natural erosion resistance. If your fence will come in contact with ground, then you should go with pressurized lumber, which will handle the exposure to the moisture in the ground better than other types of wood.   Chain Link Chain link fences are usually thought of more as boundary or security fences rather than privacy fences. While this is true of most chain link fences, you can turn it into a privacy fence by inserting wooden slats in between the fence’s wire mesh. This will increase the cost of your fence but will give you the privacy that you are after.  Vinyl Fences Unlike wood or galvanized steel,...

3 Ways To Safeguard Against Your Dog Escaping Your Fenced Yard

Fenced yards offer a great way for your dog to frolic and exercise. If you live near a busy road, you might worry about your dog getting out even if you have locked gates in place. Someone could always forget to close and latch the gate and your pet could then escape and become endangered. There are a few ways you can increase the security of your fencing to minimize the chance of your dog escaping. In-Ground Fencing In-ground fencing involves burying a wire along your existing fence. Your dog will wear a collar that will vibrate if the dog comes too close to that wire. The system can double as a training tool as well as discouraging your dog from crossing that fence line. Some in-ground fence systems also include alarms. One alarm can alert you if the wire has worn through or become cut. This interruption can make the system useless and allow your dog to escape. Another alarm can alert you if your dog ignores the vibrations and tries to shoot across the wire anyway. Install Chain-Link Fencing and Rocks If your dog has a history of digging under your wood fence to escape, you can secure the perimeter to prevent that practice. Start by installing short sections of chain-link fencing at the bottom of your wood fence. The lower edge of the chain link will block your dog’s ability to get at the dirt under the fence. You can bolster the fence line even further by using large decorative rocks in front of the chain link. Space the rocks out a little and vary the...

4 Ways To Make Your Chain Link Fence Look Prettier

If you have a chain link fence installed around your home or you are thinking about installing one because it is more affordable, remember that you do not have to be stuck with the boring, metal style of one. There are plenty of ways to beautify the chain link fence surrounding your home so that it is better suited for your style and provides you with a bit more privacy. Here are four ways to make your chain link fence look prettier: Painting: Painting your chain link fence is probably the most affordable way to beautify it. The best way to get the chain link fence to blend into its environment is to paint it black, brown, or dark green. If you decide that painting it is the best option for you, then you want to be sure that you remove any signs of rust with a wire brush. Once you are ready to paint, it is best to use a roller to ensure that the paint spreads evenly on the fence.  Adding Slats: Adding slats is another great way to beautify the chain link fence surrounding your home. This is also the best way to make the fence become more private. Slats are just long pieces of wood or aluminum that you insert into the chain link fence, which makes it easy to install. The best way to get the chain link fence to blend with the slats is to paint the chain link fence the same color as the slats.  Installing Rolled Wood: Rolled wood fencing is just wood fencing that comes rolled up. You simply unroll...

How To Keep Your Dogs From Escaping From Your Fence

If you have dogs, you probably understand the importance of having a fence to keep them contained. One thing that you might be worried about, however, is your dogs getting out of your fence when you aren’t paying attention. To provide a safe, confined area for your furry friends and to help prevent this risk, give these tips a try. In no time, you should have a safe fence that is perfect for your family pets. 1. Consider the Climbing Issue Some dogs actually figure out how to climb over fences, so consider this when choosing your fencing material. For some dogs, chain link fencing isn’t a good option; these dogs can often climb up chain link fences with little to no problem and can escape or hurt themselves when falling off of the fence. You might find that a better option is to choose a wooden fence with minimally-sized spaces between the slats to help prevent climbing. It’s also important to make your fence as sturdy as possible, such as by using a steel fence post, to prevent your dog from damaging the fence while attempting to climb. 2. Make it a Little Taller Consider going with a taller fence than standard if you have larger dogs that might be able to jump. A privacy fence, for example, will cost a little bit more, but it might be worth it to keep your beloved family pets nicely contained in your yard. Plus, you and your family are sure to enjoy the added privacy as a bonus. 3. Block Out Distractions A lot of dogs attempt to get out of...

Five Ways to Soften the Appearance of Your Iron Fencing Using Plants

Iron fencing is a beautiful long-term solution for finishing and securing your property. Unfortunately, it can also cause your property to look a little less warm and inviting. However, you can use plants to soften the appearance of your iron fence. Here, you will learn five different ways to use plants on and around your iron fence to create a more welcoming appearance around your home. 1. Plant Evergreen Shrubs Many climates make it difficult to use plants to soften the appearance of the fencing, but evergreen shrubs can help during the cold months. Planting a few evergreen shrubs along the fence can take the eye away from the fence itself and provide another point of attraction. 2. Plant Some Vines One plant that does very well in many areas of the country is the morning glory. This annual vine will quickly grow and wind its way around your fencing. The beautiful green leaves of the plant and the stunning buds will surely soften the look of your fencing during the spring and summer months. Note: You may need to help the vines wrap around the fencing. Use a little bit of twine to help direct the vine where to grow and attach to the fence. 3. Grow a Flower Garden Flower gardens work wonders in softening the appearance of your iron fence. With so many plant variations, you can create a floral masterpiece that borders the base of the fence. Choose plants of different heights to draw the eye to the plants rather than the fencing. 4. Hang Flower Baskets Flower baskets hung from the higher areas of...

Tips For Choosing And Maintaining Your Aluminum Fence

It’s time to fence in your yard. Have you considered aluminum fencing? Aluminum is a durable, easy-to-maintain material that also makes an attractive barrier to your yard. Plan your fencing project with a few considerations in mind, and then care for your new fence to keep it beautiful. Consider Your Needs Why are you building a fence – to keep a pet in the yard, a child out of the pool or prying eyes away from your garden? The type of fence you need helps drive your fencing choice. For instance, if the goal is to keep the dog in the yard, you may need a high fence with medium-spaced rails. Privacy fences shield your garden from view. For pools, each community has its regulations for exactly how the fence must be constructed. Research Local Codes Speaking of community regulations, Better Homes and Gardens suggests talking to neighborhood associations before settling on a fence. Many communities have codes and covenants specifying fence height, color and material. Such covenants may even dictate how far the fence must be placed from the sidewalk. Hire Contractors First and foremost, don’t be afraid to ask questions while you’re interviewing contractors. Reputable companies welcome your quest for information. Likewise, as you’re deciding on a company to hire, create a plan for subsequent communication. The fencing company should have no problem letting you know the cost and target finish time. Prepare Your Yard Once the codes and hiring are out of the way, it’s time to prepare your property. There’s not really any physical labor you need to do. However, call your local gas and...

Cleaning Your Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing is a great low cost, low maintenance residential fencing option. While ownership is easy, there are some things you need to do to help protect your fence. One of these things is to clean your vinyl fencing. Cleaning the fence doesn’t just keep your fence looking better, longer, but this process also helps preserve the fence, keeping it in better condition. In addition to washing your fence, there are some other steps you want to complete during the cleaning process. Clear the Area Make certain that you clear the area around the fence. Creepers, grass and shrubs that grow waywardly can pose a problem. In some instances, they can actually grow in the space between the vinyl panels. This doesn’t just make the fence look bad, but this can also weaken the integrity of your fence, as it makes the panels less secure. Trim down any growth in the area as part of the process. Check for Lichen and Mold It’s also important to look over the fence for any signs of lichen and mold. While most people associate mold and lichen with wooden fences, these growths can also occur on vinyl. This is especially true if your vinyl fence has trees hanging over it. Create a mixture that is five parts water, one part vinegar and scrub over the area to remove these growths. It’s important that you remove these substances as they can cause the fence to deteriorate, reducing its life. Frequency When it comes to how effective this process is, how frequently you perform this task will be an important factor. As a general...