Planning a sturdy new fence for your home, but can't quite decide between some of the most popular options? There are benefits -- and drawbacks -- with all of the sturdy fence types. Below, you'll learn about the benefits of three of the sturdiest types of fences: wrought iron, wood, and brick.
The Advantages: iron fences are extremely strong -- one of their main advantages. Wind, rain, and storms can't take an iron fence down. There are no worries about rot, insects, or even fire with an iron fence. Another significant advantage is that iron fences can be beautifully wrought and quite elaborate. However, you can also opt for a simpler style if it suits your aesthetic better.
The Disadvantages: the cons of iron fences are few, but both cons can be pretty significant. If you're looking for a maintenance-free fence, iron may not be right for you. You'll need to have the fence sanded and repainted every few years. The other main con is that iron fences can be expensive, depending on the amount of iron and how elaborate the fence is.
The Advantages: a wood fence is a popular and traditional option that can be customised for your needs. If you're after total privacy, the slats can be situated side by side, whilst you can opt for wide gaps to create a traditional picket fence look. Another advantage of wood is that you can choose from a wide variety of colours and types -- there's a wood to fit any decor needs, from rustic to posh. Wood can be quite affordable, though some types of wood like bamboo are very costly.
The Disadvantages: Wood is quite susceptible to both rot and insects, which means that it must be treated with a specialised sealant every year or so. However, even with a protective sealant it's unlikely to be completely rot and insect resistant. One of the biggest drawback attached to wood fencing is the fact that it's not fire resistant.
The Advantages: brick is one of the strongest and most durable fencing options. It can resist fire, insects, and rot -- and it's even low maintenance. Brick can be customised to fit your needs, from an imposing two metre tall privacy fence to one that's small enough to step over. A brick fence creates a truly impressive and unique look -- one that will make your home really stand out.
The Disadvantages: brick has only one potential disadvantage: it could be expensive. The brick laying can take considerable time, and thus the labour costs are higher than with other types of fencing. However, there are a range of different affordable brick types to choose from, so your brick fence contractor can help make brick affordable for you.
Still torn between iron, wood, and brick? Speak to your fencing contractor to get both the guidance you need and cost estimates today!