Fences are a necessary and important part of any property. They keep the outside world out while keeping people and animals inside. The type of fence you choose should depend on your individual needs, but there are some general guidelines to follow when choosing between steel or concrete fences.
1. The materials used
Steel fences are typically constructed from galvanized steel wire, while concrete fences tend to be made of poured concrete or block. The wire used to make the fence should be at least 12 gauge and the posts should be set in cement. Stone and brick can be used for decorative purposes and to add character to your fencing.
2. Maintenance required
Both steel and concrete require some maintenance over time. Steel requires scraping every few years while concrete may need staining. Concrete needs more upkeep than steel but is cheaper overall. Steel is more expensive than concrete but has fewer maintenance requirements than concrete. It’s important to think about how much work you want to put into maintaining your fence before choosing one type over the other.
3. Cost of the fence
Steel is often less expensive than concrete because it doesn’t require as much upkeep. However, the steel needs to be replaced every 3-5 years, which can make it more expensive in the long run. On the other hand, concrete fences are cheaper initially but require scraping every few years. Concrete is also more durable and can last 15+ years without any major maintenance.
4. Durability of the fence
Concrete is more durable than steel wire fencing so it will last longer. However, this also means that a concrete fence requires a lot of upkeep and can become expensive over time. Steel wire does not corrode and requires less maintenance, but doesn’t last as long as concrete. It is important to think about how durable you want your fence to be before choosing one type over the other.
Steel wire is better for areas with drainage issues because it does not rust. However, steel wire is more visible than concrete which can affect your privacy. Concrete fences are very durable and are less likely to have any issues with rust, but they do not provide as much privacy. The best fence for you depends on where you live and what type of fencing will look best in that location.
6. Ease of installation
Steel wire is easier to install because it requires less welding than concrete fences. Wire mesh, barbed wire, and high tensile wire are all easy to install and require little experience with welding. If you’re not very handy, concrete is also fairly easy to install as long as you follow the instructions carefully. It’s important to think about what type of installation process will be easiest for you before choosing fencing material.
7. The purpose of the fence
Do you want your fence for privacy, security, or decoration? Concrete is better for areas with drainage issues because it doesn’t rust like steel wire fencing. Plastic fencing can be used to decorate an outdoor space and provide some privacy but does not do very well in rain. On the other hand, high tensile steel wire can also be decorated to add an artistic touch to your fence. It’s important to think about what you want the fence for before choosing fencing material.
8. The height of the fence
Concrete is typically poured with a thickness between four and six inches, while steel is only one inch thick when manufactured. Concrete fences are less likely to sag than steel wire so they require less maintenance. However, steel wire is more visible from the street and can make your property look smaller. It’s important to think about what looks best in your yard before choosing fencing material.
9. How much noise do you want to block
Steel fence is less visible than concrete because it is typically one inch thick when manufactured, while most concrete fences are four to six inches thick. The height and texture of the wire in a steel fence are much less noticeable than a concrete fence. However, if you want to block out noise, concrete fences may be better because they do not reverberate sound like steel fencing can. It’s important to think about what kind of noise you want to be blocked when choosing your fencing material.
10. How much space is needed for installation
The space needed for installation is going to depend on how long the fence is. For concrete fencing, you will need more space because it’s much heavier than steel fencing. Steel fencing can be installed closer together as it is lighter and easier to work with.
The type of fence you choose will depend on a number of factors including your budget, what purpose the fence serves, and where it is located. In this article, we have broken down some important considerations to keep in mind before deciding which fencing material is right for you. Whether you want a fence that’s more durable or less expensive, our experts are available to help with installation so contact us today!