The best way to define boundaries between your place and your neighbors’ would be to put up a fence. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, a lot of people (who want to put up a fence) never get past the first problem of fencing or would usually approach it in an inappropriate manner.
Which type of fence should I use? Whether you are thinking of putting up a new fence for your house or looking at fences of various houses that are on sale, it is important to know what your options are. Here are some fencing options for your house and the considerations that come with each option.
- Wood. Wooden fences are traditional; relatively inexpensive (depending on the type of wood you fancy); and more organic looking (as opposed to the sterile-looking white concrete walls). They are also easier to put up, readjust, take down, and rebuild. However, since wood is more susceptible to the elements as well as to infestation or gnawing, it generally needs more frequent maintenance, especially if you are in a place where regular flooding occurs.
- Iron and Aluminum. If you are after strength and sturdiness, then very few materials ever come close to iron and aluminum. Fences made up of these materials can last for more than 10 years without any major touchups or repainting. (However, just for peace of mind, it might still be a good idea to check these fences every once in a while for coating cracks. They usually are where corrosion begins.) They can also be decorative if you have the time to put up ornate designs in your fence. The drawback to an iron fence would be the cost of the material.
- Composite. Nowadays, fences can also be built from concrete or composite materials and be fitted immediately like Lego pieces. This particular choice is definitely one of the most convenient in terms of time and maintenance. However, pre-cast composite fences are more than twice the price of wooden fences. So if money is not an issue, then these composite fences should be quite an attractive option for you.
- Organic. A different alternative to fencing would be to put up no fence at all. Most properties in the Philippines are now being developed without any fence. Instead of spending on wooden, concrete, or iron fences, you can invest on certain types of plants around the house that would naturally create a fence-like barrier to separate your house from the rest. It’s not as sturdy, but it definitely is more environment-friendly. Just remember to trim regularly so your fence does not extend to or take over your neighbor’s backyard.
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