Why You Should Consider a Side by Side Fence
Choosing the type of fencing that’s best for your individual situation presents many issues, including the type of fences, style, materials, and cost.
If cost is at the top of your list, chances are you want a side-by-side (SBS) fence. The name explains how the fence is made and what it looks like; the boards are hung side by side, and in the initial stages of its life this kind of fence will provide plenty of privacy. Depending on how well the SBS fence is made, though, that privacy may not last to the degrees the owners wish. Wood invariably shrinks over time, which means that gaps will inevitably occur. To ensure that your fence maintains its structure and privacy think about getting a fence contractor. Fence contractors are experts so they will be able to build a fence that is high quality, structurally sound, and long-lasting. At DFW Fence Contractor we provide our clients with excellent service and fence products. Most importantly we striving to take the fence industry to new levels of expectation.
Cost of a Side by Side Fence
According to HomeAdvisor, wooden fences cost between $17 and $45 per linear foot, and the cost of lumber ranges from $7-15 a foot. A side by side fence puts you in the low end of that cost range, but keep in mind that construction materials have been going up steadily for the last couple of years, so don’t be surprised if you end up with a case of sticker shock when you price out your SBS fence. While it may be tempting to save even more money and put in your SBS fence yourself, it’s often best to hire professionals to do the job.
This is especially true if there are quirks and idiosyncrasies about your property that may make it more difficult to install posts or get the look you want. Fencing companies can also handle permit issues for you if that’s necessary, so make sure you account for potential problems regardless of whether you do it yourself or hire a pro.
Upgrade Your Side by Side Fence
While SBS fencing definitely has a low-cost reputation, that doesn’t mean you have to just get by if you have the budget to upgrade the materials. Cedar, for instance, is a high-quality wood that looks great in a SBS fence, and while you will experience the same kinds of gaps over time, you’ll get a great-looking fence that will definitely enhance the value of your property.
Climate should also be taken into account if you install a SBS fence. Concrete anchors are necessary for the posts if you’re in a cold-weather climate where the ground freezes and the posts should always be sunk at least 36 inches deep. If you live in a warm, damp climate, vinyl may be the best material for your side-by-side fence, as it resists water damage far better than most kinds of wood. In a cold climate you can use multiple kinds of wood depending on the look and feel you want, but make sure you research the wood to understand which kinds will begin to form wider cracks over time.
So those are the basics. The best way to look at a side by side fence is to view it as a reliable product that will stand the test of time, especially if you’re looking for a low-cost fence that can definitely go the distance.
There are of course other types of fencing options such as a board on board fence, vinyl fence, metal fence, chain link fence, etc. Call us and we can talk about what type of fence would be the right fit for you!