How to Choose a Quality Fence

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Chelsea Anderson

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It’s more than just fencing, it’s your personal border

There are many factors to consider when choosing a fence such as cost, maintenance, style, durability, and sustainability. It will not only enhance the backyard but provide safety, comfort, and aesthetic. Choosing an eco-friendly fence from a responsible manufacturer can make the difference in living in a cleaner environment.

Key Takeaways

  • Not all fences are made the same. Every type of fencing requires a different process which affects their price and longevity.
  • Spending more on the fence itself could save money in the long run with less replacing and upkeep.
  • Improper disposal of materials like plastics and metals is how they wind up in landfills. These materials can be broken down into other products if they land in the proper facility.

No Two Fences Are Alike

Wood fences offer privacy with little to no spacing between the pickets, are cost-efficient to install, and give a natural look to your home or backyard. They do, however, require maintenance such as periodic sanding, staining, or sealing that requires time and money. Without proper maintenance, wood fences become susceptible to weather damage and insects.

Metal fences such as aluminum and chain link are ideal for commercial locations but can be seen in residential areas. They don’t offer the most amount of privacy and they can be cost efficient but, with chain link, there are options to add privacy with fence weave, slats, and hedge that can be installed by the homeowner. These types of fences will last longer than wood but do corrode and rust over time. They also can require sealants, replacement caps, and paint to keep up their appearance but will need to be replaced once the fence no longer serves its purpose.

Vinyl fence/PVC gives off that “classic American white picket fence” that homeowners like. It comes in multiple styles, gives multiple levels of privacy, is built to last a long time, and requires little to no maintenance. Vinyl, PVC, and polypropylene products are made of recycled plastics that typically wind up in landfills.

Vinyl fence/PVC gives off that “classic American white picket fence” that homeowners like. It comes in multiple styles, gives multiple levels of privacy, is built to last a long time, and requires little to no maintenance.

These forms of maintenance are not eco-friendly when considering the energy they use and the waste they create. Stains and sealants, if not disposed of correctly, can wind up in landfills. They are made with harsh chemicals which give off toxic fumes that are dangerous to humans and the environment. Metal shavings from aluminum and chain link fences can also be found in landfills if not disposed of correctly.

Molded fence can be made to look like wood or stone and other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Most styles allow you to choose the level of privacy you want; they create low maintenance; they can withstand extreme weather conditions, are impact resistant, insuring they last a long time.

A Leading Manufacturer in Quality and Sustainability

Molded fence such as EcoStone by SimTek can be a great option for homeowners. It gives the appearance of a stone wall without the cost of installation and is also made of recycled materials. SimTek also offers their Sherwood line which is made to look like wood without the issues and upkeep of a typical wood fence. Bufftech by Barrette also offers multiple styles of PVC fencing to achieve any look.

Barrette has been committed to sustainability by creating eco-friendly products, minimizing waste, and being an energy efficient facility through their GreenWays Initiative. They recycle materials that are typically found in landfills such as cardboard, batteries, light bulbs, and computer equipment which get broken down and incorporated into their products. Any waste that’s created in the production process also gets recycled back into their products.

“It is astounding to see the dramatic shift across all sectors of business to embrace sustainable and environmentally responsible practices,” said Jean desAutels, CEO of Barrette Outdoor Living in an article by Barrette. “I am incredibly proud of our commitment to these practices and am constantly inspired by the efforts our team is making to further propel our initiatives.”


In conclusion, a quality fence should last a long time, require little to no upkeep, and be sustainable. Each type of fencing offers a different level of security, privacy, and aesthetic to the home or yard. A sustainable fence should be made in an eco-friendly facility like Barrette’s. Their facilities in New Jersey and Florida use solar-powered technology, they’ve incorporated a water filtration system and LED lighting. They maintain their emissions are within regulatory levels and they’ve been a SmartWay Transport Partner since 2021. At NMI, we are a licensed dealer of Barrette Outdoor Living products. We stand by these products and our customers have loved them for years.

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