Bob Vila Radio: Fencing Options

If you’re looking for a way to give your home some character, to frame your garden, or to get a little privacy from the neighbors, the right fence can make all the difference.

Fencing Options

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Listen to BOB VILA ON FENCING OPTIONS, or read text below:

Privacy fences are usually 6 feet tall and can be installed on level or sloping ground.  Solid panels will block the view completely, while a lattice or trellis panel, strategically placed, can allow light and air to filter in for a more spacious feeling and healthier plants.

While vinyl fencing requires very little maintenance, and is generally warranted for fifty years, it can cost twenty to thirty dollars a running foot, installed.  Those who prefer the natural look of a wood fence can expect to pay fifteen dollars or so a running foot, and to put in some time treating it with wood preservative or stain.

White cedar or western red cedar have natural pest repellents, so they’re the best choice for wooden fences, and they’ll weather to a natural grey in just a few months, no painting necessary.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on fencing, consider:

Pool Fencing for Improved Safety
Building a Redwood Deck and a Redwood-and-Cedar Fence (VIDEO)
Picket Fence Installation (VIDEO)