Wednesday, January 8, 2020
For a good year, I found myself working in an old New England neighborhood that was filled with colonial revival and colonial style homes. As the “fence guy” on the projects, my job was obviously making sure our clients were over the moon about their fencing situation. Many of my clients were burdened with old wooden picket fences that were beyond the curative powers of a new paint job.
While few things are as iconic and archetypal as a low picket fence ringing a colonial style home, I’ve had many clients who want either an altogether different aesthetic or a fence with a much lower maintenance load than the classic wooden picket fence. Fortunately, I found options that were able to work incredibly well with the colonial aesthetic, while providing the high class, low maintenance look that my clients were asking for. While it’s not always easy to find a fence that checks all the boxes and suits a colonial home, it gets easier when you break down what features a fence for a colonial should have.
The Features That Work with Colonial Style
Colonial style houses have a very specific aesthetic that tends to limit the material and stylistic choices for fencing. To break it down, there are some main qualities that determine whether or not a given fence is going to work well.
Fence Ideas for Colonial Style Homes
There are a few fencing materials that work especially well for ringing around colonial houses. In fact, for aesthetic purposes, anything that has the simplicity and the symmetry that I already mentioned will do well. For most homeowners, though, strength and maintenance load are also considerations.
Why Steel Is My Frequent Choice
Since I don’t find vinyl to be sturdy enough for my clients’ needs, it’s pretty much always a choice between building a cedar fence or going with galvanized steel. They are both wonderful materials to work with, but of late, my clients’ demands for a lower maintenance fence has steered me more consistently in the direction of galvanized steel. While white picket fences have retained their perennial popularity, modern black steel made to look like older wrought iron also proves to be a seamless aesthetic fit. Although I do lose out on maintenance work this way, I’d much rather have happy clients and spend my time doing things other than pressure washing and painting fences!
There is a wide range of quality among the various brands of steel fencing, and because steel is prone to rust, it’s well worth it to go with the highest quality of protection possible. Those fences that possess an e-coat and a powder coat are at the high end of the protection spectrum. Fortress Building Products makes fences like these, which come in various styles, nearly all of them well-suited to a Colonial style home. If you like the look of their fences, I also recommend checking out their full line of beautiful, durable, and innovative building products like decking and railing.