Perhaps the most obvious method for receiving eco-friendly benefits from your fence is to build it with environmentally friendly materials. One option is bamboo fencing, which is a sustainable material. Bamboo stalks grow quickly, so they’re able to replenish themselves when harvested. Bamboo fencing resembles wood, though you can’t paint it.
Bamboo fencing can be pricey, and it doesn’t always last as long as wood, so wood is also a good eco-friendly option. You can look into some of the more sustainable options. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood that’s environmentally responsible. You can also talk to your contractors about more natural options for wood staining or sealing.
When you look at eco-friendly materials, consider their ability to be recycled. Both wood and bamboo can be composted, depending on the stain or sealer you chose. Another option is metal fencing, specifically aluminum. Many current aluminum fences are made from recycled materials. At the end of your fence’s life, your aluminum panels can be recycled to another purpose.
In a similar vein, fences that last longer offer eco-friendly benefits. You don’t have to use up new materials, which reduces your fence’s carbon footprint.
A well-maintained wooden fence can last 20 years or more. Be vigilant for signs of wood rot. If you catch it early enough, you can repair the affected areas. The same goes for minimal fence damage. Such vigilance will extend your fence’s life.
Vinyl as a material is entirely manufactured, so it’s not the most eco-friendly material on that front. However, vinyl more than makes up for that fact with its longevity. A high-end vinyl fence can last up to 100 years, and it doesn’t even require much maintenance.
Only one fencing material might be able to match vinyl’s longevity: wrought iron. A well-maintained wrought iron fence could well outlast the lifespan of your house. You see wrought iron fences that are over 100 years old. Tubular steel and aluminum might not last quite that long, but they are also enduring materials.
Whenever you reuse materials, you save them from going into a landfill. You might be able to find reclaimed wood or metal for your fencing. However, you may struggle to find wood that’s durable enough for outdoor use — reclaimed wood is more common for interior applications. Reclaimed metal fencing often requires deep restoration.
One area where you can confidently use reclaimed materials is in the hardware. You can use the hardware from an existing fence, if you have one. If not, ask your fencing specialists if they have any on hand. They may, if they’ve had to tear down any fences recently.
Otherwise, you can find reclaimed fence hardware online or in reclaimed products stores. When you consider reclaimed fence hardware, look for pieces that are still functional and sturdy. You don’t want to give up security in the name of eco-friendliness.
A surprising area where your fence might convey environmentally friendly benefits is with energy efficiency. Depending on a couple of factors, your fence can help you cut down on your heating and cooling needs, which puts less stress on natural resources and the electrical grid.
One factor is the type of fence you choose. A fence with a more closed construction is ideal for that benefit because it will cast shade. The best fence for this purpose is a privacy fence that’s six feet tall or more. Such a fence can lower the temperature in your backyard.
The second main factor is the location of the fence. If it casts shade on your house, you’ll receive the cooling benefits there, too. If possible, try to locate privacy fencing near the sunny side of your house.
Contact City Wide Fence Company, Inc., if you want an eco-friendly fence.