From elaborately molded vinyl styles all the way to the Colonial Era zigzag post, fences have all been intended for privacy while deterring unwanted visitors. They have also been used to keep all those cheeky neighborhood children from destroying your precious flowerbeds and keeping your pets from getting out of the yard.
Whatever the reasons are for installing fences for your home, you naturally should be looking for the most durable fence design. Unfortunately, the durability of your fence can only be determined by where and why it will be used. However, if we ask the same question strictly in terms of durability, we can definitely help answer your question.
Before you set out to build fences around the enclosure of your property, we’ve put together a list of the most durable fence design materials. All of these materials will work to meet your specific needs while keeping to your budget. If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association, you will also need to make sure you adhere to their requirements.
These types of fences are strictly functional and have no visual aesthetic about them. They are mostly used to keep livestock or any of the natural predators out of your enclosed area. Their standard designs are quite affordable and can be used for larger areas.
All you need to install this type of fence is 5 strands of string taut to use between T-posts made of metal installed in corners. Before you choose these, however, you should know that most communities have limited their use to rural properties while others have made them completely illegal.
While these fences are the most durable, they need to be stretched from time to time in order to stop them from sagging.
In second place, we have chain links – which honestly doesn’t do much for privacy, but are adequate security for kids and pets at a low cost. All of their materials are among the least expensive options available in the market and they are a common choice for large rural yards.
In addition to the competitively priced materials, their installation can be done on your own. This is because of the fact that all you need to do is install the setting posts, install their top rail, and then simply stretch the mesh in between the posts and rails.
Chain links have a single drawback – they can easily begin to form rust corrosion – especially where the chain links meet. If you are looking for a fence with a longer life, then you can upgrade to vinyl-coated chain links.
Stone, block, brick, stucco, and concrete fences usually form very aesthetically pleasing fences around the home but are also quite durable. These materials are mostly pricey and cannot be done without professional assistance.
Due to the very weight of these materials, masonry fences require their own structural footing that will be poured below their frost lines. This can also be done into the depth of the soil if you expect for it to freeze over in winter.
There are a lot of homeowners out there that mix these masonry fencing materials with materials such as wood, wrought iron or the likes due to considerations such as cost or design. The block and poured concrete also can have steel reinforcements with brick veneer on the exterior and a block inner fence.
Over a period of time, the mortar joints in the stone fence can become loose. This is when you’ll need a maintenance job in which a professional will re-point the fence for stabilization.
Treated Wood/Redwood and Teak
Chemically or pressure-treated wood pick or even cedar style planks are among the most popular choices in this category. They are the most common solution for areas such as pergolas, decks or gazebos and can be installed at wallet-friendly costs.
The treatment on these fencing materials makes them resistant to both moisture and insects because untreated wood has a tendency to twist or warp over time. These materials, however, are warp-free and we would highly recommend that you handpick each plank that will be used in your fence. This is because of the fact that the planks are usually delivered in bulk and may consist of damp or green planks.
If you wish to make these even more durable, you can choose to paint or seal over them. This will also make them look more beautiful than they were before.
This particular material is considered, as the king of privacy fencing in the backyard. This is because of the fact that they have a very long-lasting look, a desirable red hue, fewer knots, and tighter grains. This fencing material also promises to never shrink or warp while also naturally resisting insects and decay.
This material hasn’t been as impervious to soil, as is the case with treated wood, but will take several years before finally beginning to rot. If you do wish to build a fence from cedar, then we would recommend that you install it with a concrete base.
The installation process of these fences is also very DIY-friendly and you can go ahead and customize your planks to follow some famous styles such as lattice-topped ones or even saddleback. If you wish to retain the silvery gray look of cedar, all you will have to do is apply penetrating sealants on the planks right after installation and you are set for the year!
While you can’t wrong with maintaining all of the above-mentioned fencing designs, you now know which type is considered the most durable fence design in the market.