Fence Materials
How to choose the right materials for style, security, and privacy

Question to the Valroc team:

I noticed on your website that you do asphalt services. Some minor cracks have begun to appear on my asphalt driveway, and I was wondering if they could lead to further asphalt driveway problems down the road. What is the cause of asphalt cracks and can they lead to other problems?

Answer:

Thanks for contacting us, and please feel free to contact us for any of our asphalt services.

Depending on the location of the cracks, the age of the asphalt, and what the location is used for (foot vs vehicle traffic) cracks result in different ways. We have included some information below to help you identify what might be going on. If the asphalt is still under warranty, I would highly recommend contacting the installer and have them visit the location to make an assessment.

Regards,

the Valroc Team

Question to the Valroc team:

I am looking to hire a contractor to install a new fence. Before I place the call, I’d like to narrow down some styles I like and the right fence materials for the build. Can you give me some insight on what materials to select?

Answer:

Absolutely! The three factors to think about when building a new fence are function, style, and privacy. Some other things to consider will be the look, security, and even the material’s ability for noise reduction. We’ve broken down these three categories to give you a straightforward guide to choosing the right fence materials.

Regards,

the Valroc Team

Building a fence is an important decision for any home owner. It will contribute to the home’s security and privacy, as well as complement its look. You may have a variety of reasons for installing the fence; to create a divider between you and another property, keep your pets safe, or separate your garden. Use the guide below to select the right materials for your fence’s function and style preference.

Aluminum Privacy Fence

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Works well on sloped landscapes
  • Can be powder coated a large variety of colors and designs
  • Panels available for added privacy
  • Available in many colours
  • Offer 25-30 year warranty
  • Can be welded for extra strength
  • Posts are hollow, allowing for easy electricity wiring

Cons

  • Installation costs more than wood
  • Not as strong as steel

Overall

Aluminum fences have come a long way in recent years. No longer do you have to sacrifice your privacy for a cost efficient alternative. Aluminum fences have gained popularity lately because they offer many styles, many sizes, and are very durable.

Aluminum privacy fence surrounding residential yardAluminum - Price: 3 Stars & Durability: 4.5 stars

Vinyl Fence Materials

Pros

  • Low maintenance
  • Many patterns, colour variations, and textures
  • Does not require painting or staining
  • Does not produce splinters; a good choice for those with children or pets
  • Easy to clean
  • Looks great
  • Immune to pests, fungus, and mold

Cons

  • Higher upfront cost than wood
  • Made of plastic or composite which makes it vulnerable to extreme temperatures
  • If a single board gets damaged, you may have to replace the entire section. However, new technology is minimizing that risk

Overall

Vinyl fencing is great for privacy, security, and aesthetic. Although it is more expensive initially, you may save money over time because of its low maintenance costs. Although you won’t need to paint or stain it, if a low grade vinyl is chosen it could fade over time.

Vinyl fencing materials, surrounding neighbourhood yard
Vinyl - Price: 4 Stars & Durability: 4 stars

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The thicker the vinyl panels are, the better quality it is. Make sure you look into the materials thickness before you purchase.

Wood Fence Installation

Pros

  • Classic look
  • Inexpensive
  • Many styles and designs
  • Can be painted or stained almost any colour

Cons

  • Requires a lot of maintenance
  • Needs to be regularly treated or stained for added protection
  • May rot or warp over time due to weather
  • Prone to pest infestation

Overall

If you’re looking for affordability, natural beauty, and environmentally friendly fence material, wood is for you. By far the most common material used, your wood fence will look great in any neighbourhood. Because of the many types of wood to choose from, and endless stains and colors, wood is a great option for style adaptability. Although most types of wood fence materials are a low cost, there are options that are higher durability and strength for a higher cost.

Wood fence materialsWood - Price: 2 Stars & Durability: 3.5 stars

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Make sure your contractor installs your wooden fence at least a few inches off of the ground. This way, the wood will not rot in the ground. After installation, schedule the required maintenance times in an online calendar to make the reminder easy.

Iron Fence Panels

Pros

  • Durability
  • Low maintenance
  • Creative, decorative designs
  • Lasts for years and tremendously hard to break
  • Excellent security
  • Won’t rot or become infested

Cons

  • Difficult to install
  • May not provide privacy
  • Most expensive compared to other common materials
  • May develop rust spots
  • Must be inspected and sanded to avoid patina

Overall

Iron fencing provides an elegant look and excellent security. Because the bars have to be installed with a relatively large gap in between, iron fence materials aren’t ideal for someone looking for privacy. Larger bars can be utilized for added height for a great looking, extra secure fence.

Iron fence materialsIron - Price: 5 Stars & Durability: 5 stars

Chain Link Fence Supplies

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Typically maintenance-free
  • Easy to install
  • Lasts a long time when galvanized
  • Flexible

Cons

  • Isn’t popular among stylish homeowners
  • Does not provide privacy

Overall

Chain link fence is often used for industrial sites or school yards. It is very utilitarian in appearance, and is generally used strictly as a barrier. Because they are easy to climb, they aren’t recommended for residential use but may work well as a backyard border. Chain link fences are a necessity for outdoor parks and large scale fencing projects.

Chainlink - Price: 1 Star & Durability: 5 stars

Now that you’ve done your homework, you should be confident to select the right fence and the right materials.

The team at VALROC Development Ltd has a tremendous amount of experience with fencing installations. We offer free onsite estimates with no obligations. This way we will have an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and develop an understanding of your specific needs, budget and project details.

Remember to keep in mind the privacy you need and the amount of security you require. Also, consider the maintenance costs in the long run rather than solely looking at the initial costs. For more great how-to’s and tips, keep checking back to the Pro+ corner!

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