As I have written about my yard and fences before: Removing an Old Fence The fence in my yard could use replacing. After a few years of pondering, saving and dragging my feet I decided that this was the year to replace our fence.
I will start this post by saying that installing a fence properly is no small task. The fence I took down was put in with minimal effort. As I like to do things properly I did a lot of research into fencing and found that the best product overall for my situation was Vinyl Fencing. With no parts to rot, chip, stain it will last for years as long as I don’t run it over with my tractor.
What I found was there are a lot of fencing companies out there with big and small differences between them. Fencing found in big box stores are often made of lower quality materials and have some obvious traits.
Big Box Fencing Characteristics:
- Weak walled boards and posts
- Exposed brackets
- Parts that will rust
- Decorative Posts that cover wood
- Rigid, Brittle plastics
- Made in China
- Solid construction
- Invisible, routed brackets
- No rusting parts
- Solid Vinyl posts that will never rot
- Easily assembled panels
- Lifetime Warranty
- American Made (there are some quality imported fences)
If you are looking to install a fence make sure to go with a reputable fence company. After looking at about half a dozen companies I went with Active Yards, however there are some other great companies that make a product that is just as good if not better.
The next post will be on the install of a fence. This will include tips from the professionals and some great time saving techniques.