Timber fencing looks gorgeous; there is no denying it. Like, I have always dreamed of having that white picket fence, as cliché as it does sound. A lovely and luscious green front lawn, maybe a mandarin tree or two, a couple of tots playing around the yard, some gorgeous steps leading up to my perfectly restored and renovated period home. The white picket fence and my pretty little mailbox were vital in this little home fantasy of mine.
But then I finally got the house. Let me tell you that restoring it took soooo long and was far harder than I thought. Repointing the brickwork alone was a real hassle. Eventually, the house was (almost complete), and it was time to get to work on the exterior. We had a threadbare garden and a crumbly old concrete fence that it was time to shaft. While most of my landscaping was doable thanks to some great turf and picking a tasty breed of mandarin, my wood picket fence wasn’t ticking the boxes for a few different reasons. When I looked into wooden fencing properly, there were some pretty serious downsides that I hadn’t considered before.
First of all, I found out that a wooden fence takes a lot of care to maintain. We are talking about repainting or recoating the thing like once a year. That’s redoing each picket. That is no small task – that is at least – at least – a day’s work. Then I learned about wood rot and warping, along with splitting. This can happen even if you do take really good care of it in maintaining it, at which point you’ll need to replace pickets. There’s the chance that those pesky termites are going to come along and set up a home in there so you’ll need to fully replace it. And then some posts may not be as structurally sound like others, so they’ll need replacing too.
So… I thought to forget that. I still wanted a sort of picket design so I went with the next best thing which I discovered was Powder coated aluminium fencing with those little spikes on the top, just like a picket. This turned out to be the ideal option. For a start, aluminium is extremely long lasting. It’s also very lightweight too. Because it’s already Powder coated, there’s no need for me to paint it and the finish lasts pretty much forever, although you can get in a professional to go over it again years down the track if you notice it’s fading, chipping or wear. I can be sure that it’s not going to rot or split and termites are definitely not going to be interested in munching away at the metal.
While it wasn’t my first option, aluminium tubular fencing turned out to be the super sanity-saving option. If I had have gone with my white wooden picket fence like I’d wanted to begin with, then I’d probably be tearing my hair out over it on a yearly basis, wondering why I’d been so stupid.
That’s not to say that wooden fencing doesn’t have its place sometimes. Some people are dead set on having a wood fence and are prepared to deal with it even with all the associated maintenance. Me? I settled for the next best thing. Because for me I’d rather just clean my fence with a damp cloth sometimes than have to get in there all the time and do real maintenance tasks. It’s just not worth it in my eyes when you can have something similar that’s so much easier.