It’s often said that “good fences make good neighbors,” but fences are also a terrific way to enhance your home’s curb appeal and outdoor living areas. Central Florida homeowners have numerous options when choosing a fence to increase privacy, security, and usability.
This post covers some of our real estate agents’ best homeowner tips for choosing the right fence for your property.
Homeowner Tips for Choosing the Right Fence
Fences have important jobs to do, keeping your home secure and children and pets safe. The best fences, though, also provide a “wow” factor that sets your home apart. If you’re looking for some inspiration on choosing a new fence for your Central Florida home, the agents at Bee Realty Corp have you covered!
From rustic wood to sleek vinyl or aluminum designs, you’re sure to find the right style of fence for your home and garden.
Low-Maintenance, High-Style Vinyl
Vinyl fences are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for homeowners who want an almost maintenance-free fence. They’re an excellent solution for keeping your backyard private and your pool protected.
A durable, easy-care alternative to wood, vinyl fences don’t rot, peel, splinter, or warp like wood fences do, and you don’t need to spend any money or time on sanding, staining, or painting every few years. All it takes to maintain a vinyl fence’s beauty is a simple spray with the water hose from time to time. Vinyl fences are also impervious to termites and other wood-boring insects, so you never need to worry about replacing pest-damaged boards.
Installing a low-maintenance vinyl fence doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, either. Many manufacturers let you customize one-of-a-kind designs that perfectly complement your Volusia County home, personality, and lifestyle.
If you want a fence that can stand up to Central Florida’s sun, rain, and wind, vinyl is the way to go.
Though they require a bit more maintenance, wood fences are attractive and add character to many home styles. There are several wood fence styles you can choose from:
- Stockade fences are a nice traditional design that provides lots of privacy.
- Board-on-board fences also offer excellent privacy but have a more contemporary look compared to stockade fences.
- Shadowbox fences are often referred to as “good neighbor” fences because the pickets on each side are spaced so privacy is maintained but airflow is still allowed. And because breezes and wind gusts pass through them, they’ve proven to stand up quite well to hurricanes.
- Equestrian fences, aka plank fences, use the least amount of wood, making them well-suited for larger lots.
- Picket-style fences include dog-ear, flat, and gothic versions.
While cedar is considered a soft wood, it’s full of natural preservatives and naturally bug and rot- resistant, meaning it can maintain its good looks and durability for up to 20 years in Central Florida’s climate. Unlike some other woods, cedar also doesn’t splinter, shrink, or warp. When choosing a cedar fence, experts suggest using PTP for the posts. If you prefer to use cedar posts, they recommend setting them in concrete to prevent rotting. While not as low-maintenance as vinyl, cedar is a good choice for homeowners who want real wood but with less hassle.
If you want a fence that’s light, water-resistant, and needs minimal upkeep, aluminum is a terrific option. Available in both traditional and modern styles, aluminum fences are ideal for uneven landscapes. And because aluminum doesn’t rust, you never have to repaint it. In fact, aluminum fences require almost as little maintenance as vinyl fences do.
Available in countless materials and styles, a fence can be a welcome addition to your Central Florida property. For more homeowner tips on how to choose the right fence or to discuss buying or selling a property in Volusia County, contact the agents at Bee Realty Corp today!