When it comes to choosing a fence for your home, you should always consider the style of your home itself. If you end up choosing a fence that compliments your home and works cohesively with the style, you can easily skyrocket the value of your home by adding to its curb appeal. So whether you’re selling your home or just in search of ways to add to its aesthetic, Northeastern Fences has numerous fencing options available to you.
Selecting the Right Kind of Wood
According to the International Association of Certified Home Builders, a wood fence has an appropriate lifespan of about 20 years with regular maintenance. The fence’s life expectancy can be increased significantly, however, if you pay a little more up front for a high-quality wood:
- Western Red Cedar — It’s naturally resistant to many of the ills to which your average pine is likely to succumb. It has a beautiful appearance that’s prized by many homeowners. Its natural resistance to moisture, rot, and insect infestation make it a great choice for pickets as well as posts.
- White Oak — It’s a tough, hardy wood that weathers well and stays strong when exposed to the elements. Oak does tend to warp or bow, however, so this should be taken into consideration when planning your fence.
- Tropical Hardwoods — Some of the most durable and beautiful fence, deck, and outdoor woods of any kind come from South America. Some tropical hardwoods are extremely hard, heavy and dense—so dense, in fact, that they must be pre-drilled (a hammer and nails just doesn’t cut it with tropical hardwood). The most obvious drawback to these species is their price, which is significantly higher than other fence options.
- Pressure Treated Pine — It’s far less expensive that the other types of wood, pressure-treated pine gets its durability and moisture resistance not from Mother Nature, but through chemical treatments and physical processes performed by people. Although it was once championed as the very best in outdoor building materials, it has since lost some of its popularity among sections of the population. Its practicality shouldn’t, however, be ignored by any prospective fence-builder.
Bringing up your home’s appeal while adding to the feeling of privacy when you’re enjoying your home itself is certainly a project worth taking on. With the various options and styles available to you, you are sure to find a fence that’s perfectly suitable for your house, creating a higher appeal for potential buyers and drawing more admiring glances from your neighbors. For more information on fence styles that are perfect for your home, contact your trusted fencing professional today.