Many people love the classic and somewhat romantic look of wood fencing. Wood looks nice and it is very appealing and homey; your wood fence will welcome you home at the end of a long day and will tell visitors that your home is a comfortable haven. You might enjoy the weathered look of wood that has been allowed to turn gray with age, or you might prefer a clean, shiny, recently stained or painted look.
The Cost of Wood Fencing
It is important to understand, however, that maintenance and replacement costs over the life of the fence can add up to more than you would spend on some other types of fencing. Wood is not a material that will last for decades; most wood fences need to be maintained annually and will usually need to be replaced within 10 years. This can make your financial investment higher over the course of time, depending on what you are using the fence for.
If your primary goal is to keep your young children safe in the backyard, then you might not even need the fence anymore after a decade has passed, because they will be teenagers. This would make a wood fence is an economical investment. On the other hand, if your primary concern is backyard privacy, that need is likely to continue for a long time. In that case, you might choose to spend more up front to minimize the chances that you will need to replace the fence in ten years.
The Versatility of Wood Fencing
If you have a specific picture in your mind of a white wooden picket fence or you would like to paint your fence a non-traditional color, a wood fence makes sense. They are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. You can paint the fence any color you want (as long as it’s within your HOA’s rules, if applicable, of course!) and you can stain it dark or light or leave it natural. If you are looking for a fence material that is easy for you to personalize on your own, a wood fence might be the right answer.