When it comes to adding a perimeter fence to your yard, you need to decide if you want a solid brick and mortar wall, or a post mounted fence. There are obviously clear advantages to both. This article discusses the main differences between installing a solid wall and a fence.
First of all, most people imagine that the installation of a wall is going to be far more difficult and expensive than that of a fence. Of course, this is true to some extent. Walls require more material and installation is certainly harder. But, the cost of brick and mortar is relatively low, and it can be comparable to many fencing materials. This is particularly true if you want to install a stylish hardwood or wrought iron fence. That being said, you usually end up spending more money when it comes to finishing the solid wall. When a wall is coated in stucco, for instance, and painted, the cost starts to add up.
Longevity and Durability
At the same time, a solid fence is likely to last longer, so it will need less maintenance and repair over the years. This is particularly true when it comes to the gates and opening of the fence. Any part of a fence that is used can wear down and cause the post within the soil to loosen. But, gates mounted to a solid wall are going to be more reliable.
One great thing about a fence, especially if you choose a product like wood, is that they are easier to customize. Once your fence is installed, you can repaint and re-stain the wood for a fresh new color. But, if you have stucco walls, and decide to add stucco to your perimeter wall as well, you will have the option of painting them to always be the same color. When your walls match on your property, it creates a cohesive and stylish look.
Ultimately, a solid wall is going to be more expensive to install, but is also going to provide greater security compared to a fence of the same height. It really comes down to choosing a product that looks best with your home. You want to find something that will complement your existing home style and that will fit well with your landscaping and hardscaping. Either way, adding a wrought iron fence to your property is definitely a smart long term investment.