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Low-Maintenance Fences that Will Save You Big Time

Time is money, and most homeowners don’t consider spending several hours maintaining their fence to be the best use of their time. However, depending on the type of fence you choose, you may be signing up for those chores on a semi-regular basis. Of course, you always have options for no-maintenance and low-maintenance fencing options.

In today’s blog, we’re ranking the most common fencing materials based on how much outdoor work they’ll require to keep looking – and performing – their best. Keep reading to get the honest scoop on fence work and to see our favorite low-maintenance fencing options that will save you big time (pun intended). Take a look at a few of our favorites that we at Smucker Fencing install across Lancaster and Chester Counties, PA!


Our Picks: From Some Work to No-Maintenance Fencing

Whether you want a wooden, vinyl, or aluminum fence, we’ll build it for you. Here we’re ranking the fences based on just how much outdoor maintenance they’ll need. Get the inside look on each option:


Some Work Required Fencing Option: Pressure-Treated Wood

Wood fences are a deservedly popular option for keeping a dog in your yard or for having inexpensive privacy! The combination of an affordable material with a nice style makes wood a strong choice.

Despite its effortless-looking beauty, wooden fences do require a bit of regular cleaning, staining, and scrubbing to keep them lasting as long as possible. If you want to invest in a wood fence, or you’re looking for how to keep your existing wood fence looking its best, our experts recommend re-staining every 3-5 years, in addition to annual spring cleaning. While a wood fence is a good low-maintenance fence in a financial pinch, the boards and rails are only expected to last for 10-12 years.

Inexpensive low maintenance fencing


Very Low-Maintenance Fencing Option: Vinyl

Many people know about the beauty and privacy a vinyl fence offers – but what many people don’t know is how surprisingly easy vinyl is to maintain! Vinyl qualifies as one of the “no-maintenance fencing” materials. However, while it is no-maintenance, we do recommend some basic cleaning every once in awhile. While it will never need painted or stained like a pressure-treated wood fence, vinyl fencing should get a good hose-down every now and then to prevent mildew.

Semi-annually or annually washing a vinyl fence with a hose is how you can keep it from showing dirt. This is especially important if you live near a busy road, with small children, or with pets. The best news? This no-maintenance fencing solution lasts for years! Learn more about the lifespan of vinyl fences here.


No-Maintenance Fencing Option: Aluminum

We’d like to introduce you to the ultimate no cleaning, no-maintenance fencing alternative: aluminum! Available in a world of colors and a lot of styles, aluminum fences hide dirt well, which is a substantial advantage considering you won’t have to do any work with your fence!

What you get in the lack of maintenance requirements, you pay for in the up-front pricing. Although this is the best option for maintenance-free fencing, it is also one of the more expensive options we offer. However, since aluminum fencing is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices, most homeowners find it worthwhile.


Getting Your Own No-Maintenance Fence

There are a few other key things every homeowner should keep in mind before signing on for any type of fence material:

  • Style
  • Price
  • Lifespan

At Smucker Fencing, our team is honest about our installations and transparent about our products. We have several blogs regarding each of the considerations homeowners should think about, in addition to having a direct office number to call with your questions.

We would love to help you get the low-maintenance fence of your dreams by starting with a free consultation and price quote! Get started by dropping us a line via phone or email. We look forward to speaking with you!

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