I own a landscape supply company and have done fairly well over the years. Until recently, security was never an issue, but then, I had two thefts occur. Someone had stolen mulch and gravel from my supplies. I knew that it was time for me to get serious about increasing security to prevent it from happening a third time. I talked with a fencing contractor about what type of fencing would help improve security without taking away from the pleasant appearance of the grounds. My blog will tell you how we accomplished the increased security using a beautiful new fence.
A wood fence is the classic backyard fence. It has been used for generations as a boundary fence, picket fence, and privacy fence. Although a wood fence often requires a little more care than other types of fencing, especially if you don't want it to age naturally, the beauty of a natural fence makes it worthwhile. You have several options when putting in a new wood fence. Here's a look at some of them:
Type Of Wood
Several types of wood are used for wood fences, and these span a broad price range. Yellow pine and Whitewood are popular inexpensive choices. Whitewood is a term for inexpensive soft species of fir, spruce, or pine. While these make for affordable fences, the lumber must be treated first to repel insects or the fence will have a short life.
On the other end of the scale are redwood and cedar. These naturally repel insects and have a long life. Lumber from these trees is not treated with insecticide, so you don't have to worry about your dog or kids touching the fence. The type of wood you choose affects the appearance of the fence since different species of wood have different colors and grain appearance.
Style Of Fence
Wood fences can be installed in an amazing variety of styles. You can choose a classic white picket fence for your front yard or a traditional split rail fence to surround a huge backyard or field. For privacy, you may want a solid board, shadow box, or stockade fence so your neighbors can't see in your yard. You can also choose a fence for its attractive appearance, such as a lattice, basket weave, or louver fence that affords some privacy while letting the breeze flow through.
Type Of Finish
Once you've decided on the type of fence and species of wood to use, you'll have to decide on how to finish the fence. You may want to let the fence age naturally and slowly turn gray or silver. If you want the fence to stay like new, you'll have to paint or stain it. Staining lets the natural appearance of the wood show through, which is something you might want to do if you use an attractive wood, such as redwood or cypress. If you want a more traditional appearance, you may want to paint your fence white, or you can show your artistic side and paint the fence green or pink.
If you thought a wood fence meant you had to settle for the "typical' pointed fence pickets, then you can see that's not the case. Choosing wood gives you a wide variety of options that allow you to customize your new fence to fit your home and property perfectly.
Contact a company like F & W Fence Company, Inc. for more information and assistance.