Wooden fences are beautifully rustic when built properly. A wooden fence around your home offers protection for your family, a clear marker of your property line, and adds an organic touch to your architecture. There are some things to consider and be wary of, though. We’ll explore the pros and cons of wooden fences in this post.
The Positives of Custom Wooden Fences
Affordability: Lumber prices vary based on the type of wood, how it’s treated, and the yard it was bought from. Most fences are built with cedar or pine because of their durability, but there are many types of wood at varying price points suitable for fencing. The amount of lumber required can also change depending on the fence design that fits your budget.
Customizable: An experienced, reliable fencing contractor like Hercules of NoVA will be able to offer a plethora of design options for your home or business. We can craft any combination of board patterns, closures, columns, lattices, and gates especially for you. It is also entirely possible for those with some common household tools and enough woodworking experience to build their own fence, the way that many have in the past. Along with the carpentry itself, you can finish your wooden fence with a lovely stain of your choosing. If you prefer a vibrant color to the traditional wood look, then there are stains in all colors of the rainbow.
Ease-of-use: Once installed, wooden fences are remarkably easy to live with. Many property owners are already familiar with wood’s properties and limitations, so they can spot damage, do minor repairs, and further customize the fence with little guidance. To hang planters, seasonal lights, and other decorations is a cinch with just a hammer and nails or staples (keep an eye out for damaging rust!)
Maintenance Schedule: Wooden fences require upkeep from year to year to ensure their longevity. Even a treated, rot-resistant material like cedar will require some elbow grease to stay beautiful and functional. For example, those who choose a wooden fence should also consider the time and money that will eventually go into power-washing, staining, sealing, and other fixes. Wooden fences can last nearly 30 years! They just need love and care along the way.
Rotting & Warping: All natural materials will decay at some point, in some way. Wood commonly used in fencing will take a long time to do so when taken care of, but it is not immune. Weathering, water damage, and mold can cause your fence to bend out of shape and rot in certain areas. This turns your fence into a dangerous outdoor structure.
Insects: Speaking of nature, wood is also susceptible to infestation. Small insects like termites, carpenter ants, and some beetle species either feed on wood or find shelter in it. The way that these critters burrow into wood can cause structural damage to the point where entire sections of a fence must be replaced.
Choose Hercules Fence Northern Virginia for All of Your Fencing Needs!
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.