6 Fence Alternatives to Consider as Lumber Prices Continue to Soar
“Good fences make good neighbours.” – Robert Frost
Many people dream of that iconic white picket fence encircling their dream home. But what happens when there’s a heftier-than-usual price tag attached to that fence?
The cost of lumber has been steadily climbing since December 2019, with the price of structural materials increasing by 70%.
This increase is due to factors like reduced production caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a surge in home renovations with everyone stuck at home. There’s now a shortage of treated wood on the market, and structural lumber is selling for more than three times its pre-COVID price.
So, what do you do when soaring lumber prices threaten your dreams of a white picket fence? Don’t lose hope – there are some great alternatives:
There are plenty of metal fencing options to choose from. They offer a timeless look that goes with virtually any home style. You really can’t go wrong with a classic wrought iron fence, for example. They’re also highly durable, easy to maintain, and they’re more affordable than other options.
Vinyl fencing is an increasingly appealing choice these days, with more durable options being manufactured in a broad selection of styles. It’s low-maintenance and relatively long-lasting, so it’s definitely a contender to consider.
Composite fences are made from recycled plastic or wood products and offer a wood-like look. They require substantially less upkeep than wood fences1, which is another perk. This material offers many different options to suit your style, and it’s low maintenance once installed.
If you aren’t overly concerned with function (like keeping kids and pets in), why not opt for a fence made of shrubs or trees? This option can be slightly more expensive than other alternatives and may take a little more time, work, and patience to reach its full potential, but it comes with an impressive payoff that will really boost your curb appeal!
- Chain link
Chain link might not be your first choice for fence material, but don’t rule it out just yet. It’s very cost-effective, especially if you have a lot of ground to cover, and it does the job of keeping pets and kids in and unwanted creatures out.
You can use it as a skeleton to grow climbing plants, and within a short time, you could be the proud owner of a living, breathing green fence. And it’s easy to install if you’re looking for a DIY option.
You could also attach a privacy fence screen for, well privacy, and protection from UV rays.
- Think outside the box
Other ideas include steel posts with sheet metal panels, which come in various colours and a broad range of designs. You could also opt for steel posts with plexiglass panels. The plexiglass can be frosted or sandblasted for privacy, and you can incorporate creative patterns to showcase your taste.
As you can see, wood isn’t the only option when looking to build a fence. When it comes to alternatives, the sky’s the limit, really. And who knows, you might even come up with something you love even more than that white picket fence!
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1. The Home Depot: Privacy Fence Ideas