4 FENCE OPTIONS FOR YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY

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Many landlords decide to add a fence to a rental property because it affords them more tenant options. You’ll have similar considerations in your choice of fence for a rental property compared to your residence. Obviously, you want an attractive fence that adds value to the house. That said, you don’t want too elaborate of a fence, nor one that requires much maintenance.

Below is a list of fences that can benefit your rental property.

  1. Aluminum

Aluminum fencing would be an upscale choice for a rental property. It’s not the most expensive type of fencing, but it’s about mid-range. Aluminum fences resemble wrought iron, so this type of fence would be ideal if your rental house is in a relatively affluent part of town.

While aluminum fences resemble wrought iron, manufacturers construct them differently. They start with sheets of aluminum that they shape into tubes. They offer aluminum fences as preassembled panels or as kits to assemble on-site, and these fences are held together with screws.

Though discerning eyes may see the screwheads and surmise the fence isn’t wrought iron, an aluminum fence still presents an elegant profile that will elevate the appearance of your property. These fences are light but sturdy. What’s more, they require very little maintenance and never rust.

2. Vinyl

Vinyl fences are about one step down on the price scale from aluminum, though their price points can overlap. Vinyl also resembles another material – in this case, wood. The styles range from picket to privacy fencing, so you can accommodate any style of house.

Manufacturers construct the fence panels out of polyvinyl chloride. They come as a whole panel with hollow posts, which the contractors slide down over wooden fence posts sunk into concrete footing.

Except for the most expensive models, vinyl doesn’t do as good a job at mimicking wood as aluminum does wrought iron. Nonetheless, vinyl fences are sturdy and attractive. They don’t suffer from the same issues as wood, such as splintering and rot. Nor do they require much maintenance. Consider vinyl if you want the hominess of wood without the maintenance.

3. Wood

Wood is actually less expensive than vinyl. Wood is also the most customizable fence available. The contractors can use virtually any fencing technique. You can also finish the wood with either a stain or paint, which also changes the appearance of the fence. Therefore, a wooden fence can complement any style of house.

Typically, contractors assemble the fence on-site. They sink the posts in concrete and construct the fence panels out of pickets and rails they cut on-site. Certain styles, such as privacy fencing, can also come as preassembled panels. The contractors will decide their approach based on your property.

Wood adds curb appeal because people value the look of the material. The major downside is that it requires regular maintenance – and landlords are responsible for fence maintenance. That said, you can have the fence made of pressure-treated wood, which helps the fence resist rot and insect infestation.

4. Chain-Link

Chain-link fencing can be the most affordable style of fence, though upgrades can add to the cost. A standard chain-link fence is good for basic security and to make the yard pet- and child-friendly. With upgrades, such as powder-coated mesh and wood frames, a chain-link fence can complement most properties.

The most basic chain-link fence consists of the metal rails and mesh, which the contractors unroll and fasten to the posts. Most property owners add top and bottom rails for extra security. As noted, both the rails and posts can be wood, which creates the frame affect.

Basic chain-link allows you to advertise the property is fenced in. The above-mentioned upgrades do add to the curb appeal. Chain-link requires very little maintenance, which makes it a good choice if you don’t want that task.

Choose the fence style that best fits your rental property and your budget. Let Fence Kings help you with any fencing need.