Live In A Termite-Infested Area? What Are Your Best Fencing Options?

If you live on a wooded street or in a neighborhood where multiple households have had termite issues, you may find yourself mulling over your fencing options with some trepidation. While termite treatment and chemical prevention methods can help keep your home safe from infestation, protecting a wooden fence can be more difficult and time-consuming. What are your best options to avoid termite damage entirely? Read on to learn more about some termite-safe and aesthetically pleasing alternatives to traditional wooden fencing.

Composite fencing

For those who can't give up the appearance of a wooden fence, composite fencing may be a good compromise. This fencing material is made from crushed wood pulp mixed with a plastic- or polymer-based binding material. The final product has the appearance of (and an even greater strength than) wood without many of its disadvantages, like water retention and the need to re-seal it every few years.  

Because of the polymer mixture contained within the composite wood, these fences are unattractive to termites and other wood-eating pests, despite their high wood content. Composite fencing can also be treated with anti-microbial or UV-resistant chemicals during the manufacturing process to prevent fading, mold and mildew growth, and many of the other common maintenance complaints that can plague owners of wooden fences. Because the polymer mixture can be dyed just about any color of the rainbow, you'll also have an extensive selection of colors and patterns available for composite fencing. 

Aluminum fencing

Although the term "aluminum fencing" may bring to mind retro or industrial fences rather than residential ones, today's aluminum fences can come in a nearly endless array of colors, styles, and finishes. If you're not certain what look you're seeking, or if you have an oddly-shaped or sized yard, aluminum fencing may provide you with the greatest number of options.  

Advantages of aluminum fencing include its durability, rust-resistance, and strength-to-weight ratio. While these fences are strong enough to keep animals and intruders out, they're also light enough to be installed without the use of heavy equipment, which can increase cost. Aluminum fences can last decades with minimal maintenance, and they are durable enough to stand up to the elements (from rain and sleet to bright sun) without rusting, fading, or pitting. 

In addition, aluminum fences can be electrified if necessary—whether to keep animals (or livestock) from escaping or to further deter any potential intruders, so you'll be able to rest assured that your fence is providing you with the security you need. 

For additional information, contact a company like Tyson Fence Co.