Selecting Your Fencing Materials


Fence building is a very common home improvement project and there are an immense amount of options when choosing how to build your fence. A list of fencing types and materials can read like a short novel and lead to a lot of head scratching. Some common types of fencing are chain link, cedar, picket, and vinyl. Even among these few types there are several different styles you can choose from. Your best bet is to do your own research and decide what would be best for you and your budget. Then you can get down to selecting your fencing material.

Be sure to accurately measure, in linear feet, how much fencing you will need to complete the project. With this information at hand you can decide, based on your preference and budget, which type of fence you want and how much material to order. Next, decide whether it is a job you are willing and able to undertake. Especially if you are building a wood fence, you do not want your material sitting out in the yard or field for an extended period of time. There will be plenty of qualified fencing contractors in your area who would be happy to do the job in a timely fashion.

When ordering your fencing material be sure to order a little extra. Nothing is more frustrating than getting the end in sight and realizing you’re short on material. To exemplify the point, let’s focus on cedar fencing, a very common do-it-yourself fencing project. Cedar fence boards are sold as single pieces or in sections and can range in price from $2-$5 per board depending on quality of the wood. Again, order a few extra because some boards will inevitably be bowed or cracked or otherwise unsightly. You may not want to use them, but at least save them for an inconspicuous spot. Always use pressure treated wood for posts, rails, etc. to ward off rot and insects.

In the end, you simply need to select the fencing material that best fits your intended purpose, whether it be practical or aesthetic. You can always consult your local fencing supplier or contractor about which type best suits your needs.