Affordability is more important for consumers than ever before, due to the consistent price rises within the economy, from food to fuel to mortgages and energy. Because of this, we as consumers are searching more than ever before for the right price.
As customers, we are savvier with low-cost goods. We also look at the upfront cost, quality and long-term stability.
As there are many fencing options, some have lower or higher upfront costs, but like anything, the long-term stability of the product matters, especially with a fence that you will have for possibly decades.
How to Identify an Affordable Garden Fencing
Looking at more than just the initial cost is a good place to start. You also have to check the level of maintenance required for that material and its longevity. This way, you can see what you are investing your money into and what the expectations are.
The initial cost of wood is cheaper than other options available, but you must ask yourself if you are prepared to carry out the level of maintenance needed to keep your wood fence looking good and help it last throughout the years you are hoping it will remain protecting your property. Or are you prepared to spend more initially to then reap the benefits of a low-maintenance material such as composite fencing?
How Do You Maintain the Fence?
As mentioned above, considering the level of maintenance required is key when purchasing your fencing. Ask yourself how much maintenance you see yourself carrying out. Do you want to clean, sand, paint/stain your fence every year? As with wood fencing, this is what is required to keep your fence in good condition and retain its lifespan. The tools to carry out the maintenance will see you digging into your pockets year after year.
If you would rather use warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush a few times a month on your fence, then composite or vinyl are a better option for you. This does not require additional costs year after year to maintain your fencing.
Choosing an Affordable Garden Fencing
Affordability goes beyond the initial cost of the product. Please bear in mind the cost of maintaining and the life expectancy of the product.
Here we are looking at the types of fencing available and what is expected of each material. Let’s analyse the most affordable option for you.
Wood fencing is initially the cheapest of all the options. Timber is easy and cheaper to purchase and cheaper to have installed, as currently, it is still the most common fencing chosen. This is, however, changing as people value their time more than ever and are not willing to spend their weekends painting fencing.
The maintenance throughout the years will add to the overall cost of wood fencing. Purchasing sandpaper, stain or paint and paint brushes. The time you put into maintaining the fence as time is money and could be better spent.
It is estimated that wood fencing would need replacing every 10 years as long as it is maintained in the correct manner.
Composite fencing has a higher initial price, however, it is cost-effective, taking into consideration the maintenance required and its longevity.
Composite fencing is more attractive in the way of maintenance. It requires fairly low upkeep, such as warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush a few times a month to keep it looking fabulous. This adds pence to the overall cost compared to the materials required for wood fencing.
The life of composite fencing is expected to be anything from 10 years to 50 years, depending on the quality and the elements it’s exposed to.
To know how to choose an affordable garden fence, you should consider the initial price and the amount you will spend to maintain it. Composite fencing has a higher initial price than wood, but it costs less to maintain it. Composite fencings lifespan is twice that of wood. Therefore, if you buy cheap, then you buy twice. This concludes that composite fencing is the most affordable option.