Each property is different and has different needs from its owners. Whether you have livestock, crops, game, or are simply living on the land you have purchased, the fencing around your property is paramount.
This guide is a short summary of some different fencing options that you have when looking to enclose your land. With some insight into several options as well as some resources, this will set you on the right track when it comes to fencing in your property.
This traditional choice is attractive and easily customizable to fit your needs. Since you can paint wooden fencing any color that you want, it is arguably the most sightly fencing option. The thick wood is visible to livestock and is able to withstand severe weather changes. If you have smaller livestock such as chickens that run the risk of escape through the larger gaps, you can easily add wire in between the wood slats. Likewise, this wire will deter predators that might otherwise slip under the fence.
That being said, the upkeep of wooden fencing is fairly costly compared to alternatives. Eventually, the wood will need to be repainted and perhaps even replaced as it rots and weakens. In addition, weather changes can cause nails to loosen and therefore require re-hammering into the wood. Also, the initial installation of the fence can result in a high manual labor fee.
High Tinsel Polymer (HTP)
High Tensile Polymer railing is a low maintenance alternative to wooden railing. It has the appearance of wooden railing and comes in a wide variety of colors that make it almost as easily customizable as the traditional fencing option. HTP fencing also can be made electric if that suits your needs.
Since it can withstand weather fluctuations and does not splinter as its wooden counterpart does, this is a great option for livestock and horse owners. You do not run as high of a risk of injury with this cost-effective fence. The most important aspect of choosing the correct HTP railing is determining the strength your livestock requires.
Much like HTP fencing, Vinyl looks like wooden fencing and comes in just as many colors. These long lasting rails are meant to endure for years and do not require the upkeep of wooden fences. The vinyl rails can pop out of the fencing if too much weight is placed on the fence, so often times an electrical wire is added to vinyl in order to deter livestock from leaning on it.
Primarily used for cattle, this inexpensive fencing option utilizes sharp metal that protrudes from the wire fence to keep animals from leaning against it or going near it. Barbed wire can also be added to other types of fencing as an added deterent.
As mentioned under the Wooden fencing section, woven wire can be added to other fencing to add to their durability. Woven wire can also be used on its own to enclose land or livestock. As it is not as strong as wood or wood alternative fencing, it often needs replacing. That being said, it is priced much lower than wooden fencing for this reason.
No matter what your needs are, there is a multitude of fencing options that can match those needs. Check out some of the related links below for more resources on fencing options for your property.