Summertime is a great time to take a dip in your home pool, but before you do, make sure it is properly fenced in. The following are reasons why your home pool needs a fence: Continue reading “Why Your Home Pool Needs A Fence”
Once you’ve decided you need a new fence, the next step is to decide what type of fence it should be. Wood and vinyl are both great choices, so how do you decide which is right for you? Take some time to review the pros and cons of both.
Wood fencing is the classic choice. Many people love the traditional look of a wood fence. In fact, this look is so popular that a wooden fence can increase a home’s value.
Why do people like wood so much? Well, there are many advantages. First of all, wood has a natural look. The exact appearance of the wood depends on the type of tree that was used. Wood fences can be made of cedar, cypress, oak, and other options, too. Of course, wood fences can be painted, but many prefer the natural brown color.
Since wood fences have a naturally earthy appearance, they won’t look too dirty even if they get some mud on them. This is in contrast to other types of fences which show dirt and other stains very clearly. That said, wood fences do need to be cleaned from time to time. Otherwise, they can warp and become covered in mold or fungus.
A properly cared for wood fence can last about twenty years. Unfortunately, old fences are prone to splintering. That means they can be harmful to curious young children.
Another downside of wood is it is prone to developing small holes and cracks as it ages. So, it may not be the best choice for privacy.
If you have concerns about wood, perhaps vinyl fencing is the better choice for you. Vinyl fencing is hardier than wood. It’s less likely to warp or develop holes. It can also last about a century with proper care. If you want a fence that will last a lifetime, vinyl is your best bet.
Another advantage of vinyl is that it is usually a bit cheaper than wood. It’s easier to install as well. So, it’s a good option if you are looking for frugality and convenience.
Vinyl is also easy to clean. You can wash it with soap and water and dirt will wash away. It won’t get absorbed into the material, which can happen with wood and lead to problems.
That being said, there are some downsides to vinyl fences, too. For one thing, they can’t be easily painted like wood can. Want to change the color? You might have to replace the entire fence.
Another issue with vinyl comes down to aesthetics and personal taste. People are less likely to feel nostalgic over a vinyl fence than a wood one. Some think vinyl fences are too artificial.
Making a Decision
At the end of the day, wood and vinyl both have their advantages and disadvantages. Neither is inherently better than the other, but one is likely better for you. Armor Fence can help you make that decision.
With chaos ensuing within the financial sector in 2021 and moving into 2022, one item that otherwise dodges inflation and market fluctuations now costs an arm and a leg to purchase, lumber. Whether you’re a contractor, a real-estate investor, a builder, or someone making renovations on your home, the price to complete the project is staggering. If you’ve found yourself scratching your head at the register while watching your bank account dwindle before your eyes, here’s what you need to know about the skyrocketing cost of lumber.
How the Coronavirus and the Global Pandemic Inflated An Archaic Industry
Simply put, the pandemic tore apart the lumber industry and pushed the cost of goods through the roof. The reason for this is twofold: supply and demand. Rather than focusing on the last few years, we need to rewind to the early 2000s, when lumber prices began to shift in rapid succession.
Prior to the housing market crash of 2008, housing projects and large-scale real-estate transactions were all the rage. You couldn’t turn down a block in a neighborhood without scouting a “For Sale” sign or seeing a new development underway. With these behaviors, we began to see rapid fluctuations within the lumber market unlike any time in history.
Fast forward to today, and we see newfound cash flow from workers heading back to the workplace and individuals spending their stimulus cash on much-needed home upgrades. If 2008 taught us anything, it’s to pay attention to moments in the market when citizens begin overleveraging their financial nest eggs to fund secondary purchases. These individuals are flush with cash, and they’re wandering out of the pandemic mandates with fog in their eyes, ready and willing to spend their money on home-related products and services.
Although we see this upward progression in the housing market, the lumber industry is still suffering from stay-at-home mandates and cautious regulations requiring employees to stay home if they experience COVID-like symptoms. With no one in place to process and move lumber throughout the country, we see a halt in production efficiency. In simple terms, this is a supply and demand problem in its purest form.
Experts believe the price of lumber will continue its increase into the fourth quarter of 2022, and if post-COVID mandates don’t ease their stranglehold on the U.S. economy, 2023 casts a bleak forecast for our future. However, there are still quality lumber manufacturers and businesses that understand the plight of the average citizen.
Rather than raking individuals over the coals to turn a quick buck, they work with homeowners and real-estate magnates to turn their house into a home. Whether it’s a small project or a large vision, there are still reputable companies ready and willing to get to work!
Armor Fence has maintained a steady supply of wood throughout this crisis and is always ready to help serve you and your family.