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October 13th, 2021Most Popular Fences in British Columbia
When looking into installing a new fence on your property, there are many options to choose from. Although cost, aesthetics, and purpose are all components you should consider, another key factor is your location.
Factors to consider when choosing a fence in B.C.
Each property type will impact the choice of material for your new fence. Fences in urban areas may have a larger focus on aesthetics and design rather than functionality. Installing new fencing in urban areas in B.C. typically need to comply with Strata laws. Rural areas likely focus less on decoration and more on practicality and durability from weather and livestock damage.
The intended purpose of a fence is another important factor to consider. Is your fence mostly for decoration, or are security and privacy significant concerns? Is it going to be keeping livestock in, other animals out, or avoiding snow build-up? Your fence’s purpose will help you determine what type of fencing you should choose for your property and its specific design features.
Wooden fences are a classic and diverse choice.
Wooden fences are popular in both urban and rural areas of British Columbia. With flexibility in height, plank spacing, and design, these fences are able to provide privacy and security while remaining decorative. Wooden fences are durable enough to withstand tough weather conditions, but do require some regular maintenance such as cleaning and staining. Although wooden fences are common, be sure to check with your Strata as they will factor in these maintenance costs. For extra strength and durability, A&G Fencing is a certified dealer for WoodGuard, a polymer-coating made specifically for wooden fencing.
Similar to wooden fencing, vinyl is both decorative and practical, but even more durable.
Vinyl fencing is most popular in urban areas because of its aesthetic appeal, but also in harsher, rural climates due to its high durability & low maintenance. Vinyl fencing has excellent long-term value because of its added durability. Vinyl fencing has about 5 times the tensile strength of wood and is resistant to rot. Your Strata may find that vinyl fencing is more expensive to install than wooden fencing and tends to have higher initial costs, but the long-term maintenance costs are significantly lower.
Wrought iron fences are much more popular in urban areas than rural, as they are mostly ornamental.
These fences are beautiful, elegant, and highly decorative. Although they offer excellent security, they don’t provide much privacy and maintenance can be expensive in the rainy climate of B.C. Wrought iron fences are significantly more costly than wooden or vinyl fences due to the material, installation, and maintenance. Your Strata may recommend weather-guard sealants and regular maintenance to keep your wrought iron fence in top shape, or aluminum fencing as an alternative.
Chain link fences are popular in both urban and rural areas, but mostly for functional use.
Chain link fences rank high in practicality and durability, but lower in privacy and decorative value. These fences are popular in rural areas for keeping livestock in or out, and B.C. Stratas may appreciate chain link fences in urban community areas such as schools and outdoor sports or pool areas.
Choosing the right fence involves many factors depending on location, purpose and local regulations and conditions. A&G Fencing is here to help every step of the way. Family owned and operated since 1987, A&G Fencing offers Fraser Valley residents the highest quality workmanship with fencing design, installation and maintenance.