One of the greatest benefits of being a Florida resident is your access to waterfront property. In the Tampa area, we have access to Gulf views as well as secluded properties on the many inlets and bays along the coast. When purchasing a new waterfront property or renovating your current home, you want to consider the best fencing options for your landscape.
Not all fencing is properly suited for waterfront homes and businesses. Some fencing, like wood and wrought iron, will become too easily damaged from the constant exposure to saltwater. While there are treatments and sealants for some wood fencing, wrought iron will easily rust and lose its aesthetic appeal over time. Therefore, we recommend choosing one of these three fencing options if you are close to the water:
Vinyl fencing is a great option for waterfront homes because of its resistance to water damage and color fading. Vinyl is powder-coated which provides a thick protective layer. Not only does the color stay true for years despite long days of sunlight, but it won’t rust or mold due to water exposure. We highly recommend vinyl for those who want privacy fencing for their waterfront homes.
Aluminum is a great option for garden fencing because it provides visibility and is more resilient to water than wrought iron. Many people like the look of wrought iron for front entrances and gardens, but it will easily rust when installed at a waterfront property. Instead, aluminum can provide the same elegant look without the risk of long-term damage.
Chain link fencing is a great option for waterfront properties because it is water-resistant and will withstand hurricane-force winds easily. Many Florida residents with waterfront homes are at a disadvantage when it comes to hurricane risk. However, a chain-link fence will rarely lean or blow over in strong winds because the winds can easily penetrate the fencing. This is a certain advantage if you want to build fencing that is affordable and durable.
Regardless of the material you choose, you must adhere to certain height restrictions for waterfront homes. Typically, waterfront properties cannot have a fence higher than four feet if it faces the water. You may be able to build a higher fence on the side that faces away from the water, but be sure to check your local ordinances and HOA for more information.
To learn more about your best fencing options in Florida, contact FloriFence today!