Is a Maintenance-Free Fence right for You?

Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet and Franklin, TN

Fences are a multi-functional asset to your home or business, but they also can be a lot of work. The concept of a maintenance-free fence may sound like a fable, but it’s not. We live in a world where time (though it may not always seem this way) is more valuable than money. At M.T. Fence & Deck, we want to help you determine if a maintenance-free fence in Nashville is right for you.

First, nothing that remains outside in the elements is completely “maintenance-free.” But, certain fence materials require a substantial amount of maintenance compared to other materials. While some wood may require yearly or seasonal maintenance, other products (like metal or vinyl), may only need an occasional cleaning, meaning they are nearly maintenance-free.

Before deciding which material is right for you, ask yourself what the purpose of your fence is.

Maybe your fence is there to keep your dogs in your yard. Many homeowners use fences to keep their children safe. Your fence could simply be for general privacy and security. No matter the reasoning, you’re considering purchasing a new fence or replacing an existing one you will have to decide how the fence will meet your needs.

Maintenance-free fencing is more expensive than a normal fence, but when you factor in the years of repairing and retreating a wooden fence, you may find that the extra cost of a maintenance-free fence evens out. Remember, you still will have to clean a maintenance-free fence, but these fences won’t go through warping, cracking, or splintering as a wooden fence can. You also may have to straighten a post or adjust a gate on a maintenance-free fence, but that can happen with any fence type.

There are multiple options for maintenance-free fencing you should consider

Aluminum

Aluminum fencing will never rot. Many aluminum fences even have warranties on their finishes. If you’re looking for an ornamental fence that can help define boundaries for pets, children, and pool safety, this is the fence for you. On the other hand, aluminum fences do not provide much privacy. They can be bent or damaged if hit by something moving quickly, like a lawnmower. Repairing a damaged aluminum fence, whatever the cause, can get quite costly in a hurry.

PVC (Vinyl)

PVC fences are versatile. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. If you are looking for that perfect white picket fence, PVC can provide that. It also can be a backyard privacy fence. This means it can provide privacy, security, and safety for both children and pets. This type of fence will not rot, crack, or twist. It may settle in the ground and need to be readjusted. Rocks propelled from lawnmowers have occasionally ripped a hole in PVC fencing which can be expensive to replace, but the rocks have to be traveling at a very high rate of speed for that to happen. The biggest con to PVC fencing is that it needs to be cleaned more often than most other varieties of maintenance-free fences. PVC or vinyl fences tend to be more popular because they are so multipurpose.

Chain link

Chain link fences are the strongest fences available. They have nearly no upkeep. It will take years to see any rust—if they rust at all. They are great for children, pets, playgrounds, and many private businesses use them for safety and security. They come in a variety of colors. Chain link fences have their downsides. Aesthetically you may not like the look of a chain-link fence, and some homeowners associations do not allow them for this reason. You can add side slats to change the appearance or add privacy if that’s your only issue with chain link fencing. Chain link can be a great option if none of those issues concern you.

Maintenance-free fencing in Nashville

Whether you decide to go with aluminum, PVC, or chain link, the one thing that is for sure is that we will provide you with the maintenance-free fence that suits your needs best. If you need a professional opinion, we can consult with you to find the fence that meets both your wants and your needs. M.T. Fence & Deck is here for you. Contact us today at (931) 394-3400 if you live in the areas of Murfreesboro, Hermitage or Nashville, TN, for all of your fencing needs.

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