There are many things that are typically seen as “American.” Baseball and apple pie are just two of them. Wooden fencing is another. While privacy fences can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, wood normally seems to be the “go-to” option for the majority of homeowners across the country. Wood fencing is popular for many reasons, including its versatility. The design of one’s wood fence depends on the owner’s preference.
Easy to Maintain
Wood fences are easy to maintain. Although they require that a water-resistant sealant be applied once every few years, they are easy to care for and require very little maintenance overall. Instead of applying a sealant, many homeowners prefer to paint their fences instead. Some even paint a design or pattern on the fence to add decorative value. Once the fence is properly sealed, it can be sprayed with a hose to knock off dirt and debris that may be present due to mowing or trimming weeds.
Repairs Are Simple
Unlike wrought iron or some other type of metal fencing, wood fencing can be easily repaired. With a metal fence, large sections may have to be removed in order to make a small repair. With wood fencing, you may be able to get by with removing only one or two boards. Latches and hinges are also easy to repair if one is bent or broken. In most cases, even moderate damage can be repaired in an hour or less. The damaged pieces of wood are also easy to discard and clean up is minimal.
One large advantage of choosing wood fencing is that it goes with almost every type of exterior. Whether you have vinyl, brick, or clapboard siding, a wood fence brings out the character of the home and offers a rustic touch. Because of its versatility, you can also decorate it in a variety of ways, leaving one section bare (with only the sealant) and use paint or stain on the others. It is also easier to hang decorations and lights on a wood fence.
When most people think about fencing in their backyard, the first thing that comes to mind is a 6-foot tall wooden fence with a matching gate. It’s as American as apple pie and many people wouldn’t even think of using any other material. But it’s the level of privacy a wood fence offers is often the deciding factor. While maintenance and convenience follow close behind, the fact that wood offers a solid barrier that limits an outsider’s view is often what seals the deal. When it is properly cared for, a wooden fence can look as good as new for many years to come without a lot of added work on your part. Install it, seal it, and enjoy your newfound privacy from the comfort of your very own backyard.