Low Maintenance Fencing
Last Updated Apr 14, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Your fencing is not just used for security and privacy, it is the frame for your entire property and, as such, you want it to stay looking good, preferably without a lot of time and effort. You can do this by choosing from one of the fantastic low maintenance fencing options that are out there. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Low Maintenance Fencing?
Low maintenance fencing can simply be defined as a type of fencing that does not require a great deal of work to keep it looking great. That is, you don’t have to keep painting it as the colour or stain fades or starts to flake or peel off. As well, you don’t have to worry about the fence warping, rotting, being attacked by termites, falling over, or just looking plain ugly. Low maintenance fencing is fencing that you install and just forget about, apart from giving it the occasional clean.
Types of Low Maintenance Fencing
If the idea of low maintenance fencing appeals to you, here are some of the choices that you have available:
- Vinyl/PVC – these fences are made from a type of plastic and they are either smooth or have a wood grain texture. They are commonly available in white or light colours but you can find them in darker colours. Vinyl/PVC fencing is easy to install and it is also environmentally friendly as it is completely recyclable.
- Aluminium fencing – this type of fencing is fantastic as it won’t rust like other metal fences can. It is also lightweight and easy to install. It is available in a range of styles from the standard tubular fencing to decorative styles and it is available in a huge variety of colours as it is powder coated.
- Colorbond fencing – this is one of the most popular styles of fencing available today due to its good looks and the privacy that it provides. You can find Colorbond fencing in just about any colour that you can think of and you can even combine colours to create a fantastic look. As it is a metal fence, you don’t have to worry about maintenance at all, and the fence itself is very strong.
- Wood composite fencing – this style of fencing is comprised of a combination of timber (often recycled) and polymers in order to create a “composite” that looks just like real wood. The colour goes all the way through the material so you don’t have to worry about fading, and light scratches can easily be polished out.
- Concrete fencing – concrete fencing is an excellent choice as it is so versatile design wise. The concrete can be case into smooth panels, wood grain finishes, rendered finishes, stone finishes and more. You can also find it in a range of colours, with the colour most often running all the way through the concrete itself.
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