The best no or low maintenance fence options

What comes to mind when you see a white picket fence? A perfect family with 2.5 kids and a dog? The Leave it to Beaver era? Constructing a fence around your home offers a feeling of safety and security, but many people worry that a fence may be too expensive or high-maintenance. We’ve compiled a list of low-maintenance fence options to consider for your house. Every family deserves to feel safe, and FenceWorks NW is committed to building durable, long-lasting fences in Southwest Washington.

Low maintenance fence ideas for your home

Trying to choose the best low-maintenance fence? Look no further! At FenceWorks NW, we have three types of long-lasting, maintenance-free fences for you to choose from. We meticulously hand trowel every wooden fence post minimizing contact with dirt and damp conditions in order to increase the lifespan of every fence we build.

Vinyl fencing

If you’re looking for a long-lasting white picket fence, vinyl is the way to go. Even in the worst conditions (and we know that Washington’s wet climate is not ideal for most wooden fences), long-lasting vinyl fences will never rot, yellow, rust, warp, splinter, or peel. You won’t need to sand, stain, or paint– just spray your vinyl fence with a hose to reveal its original beauty.

Vinyl is made of long-lasting plastic and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Choose a smooth plastic, or opt for a vinyl that emulates wood grain for a faux-wood white picket fence. Your aesthetic is limited by your imagination. Vinyl can be constructed as a privacy fence to create a secure boundary around your home, or as a decorative, open-picket design.

Wondering about the versatility of vinyl? It’s among the most versatile types of low-maintenance fencing. If your home is on a hill, vinyl can be easily cut to follow the slope of your yard.

Most vinyl fences last several decades, so while the upfront cost is higher than a traditional wooden fence, the long-term cost is far lower. When you choose strong and durable vinyl fencing, you’ll never lose a piece to a lawnmower or weed-eater.

Chain link fencing

While a vinyl fence is the most long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing option, it’s a substantial financial investment. If you’re on a budget, you’ve got options with FenceWorks NW.

When you’re in the market for practical, affordable, and durable fencing, chain link fencing is the best choice. Chain link fencing is a safe way to keep children or pets secured in your yard, while keeping them separated from people and other pets passing by your home. Galvanized or colored chain link fencing is an attractive, low-cost, long-lasting fencing option. With a minimal investment, your home and family will be protected for many years to come.

Galvanized chain link

For a basic chain link fence, galvanized coating protects against the elements and maintain their silvery sheen for up to two decades. Chain link fences are the top choice of new homeowners who need a fence that’s affordable and can be constructed quickly.

Colored chain link

Colored chain link fencing and black vinyl coated chain link. offers all the security features of a galvanized chain link fence with a nicer aesthetic. We recommend choosing a black chain link fence for great views– both of the fence and of the surrounding landscape.

Cedar fencing

If you have your heart set on a wood fence, you may think you’re destined to deal with a high-maintenance fence. While most wood is prone to rot in damp conditions, the unique properties of cedar make this type of fencing the lowest maintenance wood fence. Cedar is naturally weather-resistant, while repelling bugs– a great combination for Southwest Washington.

The team at FenceWorks NW sources our cedar planks from sustainably managed forests and has constructed cedar fences that last 20 – 30 years. By combining outdoor screws and our signature method of hand troweling the base of every post, we construct fences that are designed to withstand years of wet weather. While you may need to re-stain your cedar fence to maintain a like-new appearance, the structure is built to last.

When you choose FenceWorks NW, you’re choosing a legacy of high-quality, long-lasting fences. Are you ready to invest in a long-lasting fence? For a free quote on a vinyl, chain link, or cedar fence in Vancouver, WA, or a surrounding city, get in touch with FenceWorks NW today. We look forward to building a low-maintenance fence for you!

To paint or to stain: the best way to protect your fence

Nothing beats that new fence or deck look. Freshly painted or stained wood is like Botox for your home– transforming a tired yard into a welcoming haven. Many of our customers ask us, “Is paint or stain the best way to protect my fence?” That’s a great question! The climate in the Pacific Northwest exposes your fence to high moisture levels, and choosing the most protective finish is an important decision.

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Galvanized nails vs coated outdoor screws

Nails and screws are the unsung heroes of the fence and deck industry. We talk a lot about the best type of wood to use for your planks–FenceWorks NW sources our cedar from a sustainably managed forest for a long-lasting fence or deck that’s good for the environment.

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