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Should I Repair My Dry Stone Wall, Or Put Up A Fence?

There are several benefits of choosing a dry stone wall over a fence:

Dry stone walls are built to last for generations and can withstand harsh weather conditions, unlike fences that may warp, rot, or become damaged over time.

A traditional dry stone wall require very little maintenance, as they do not need to be painted or treated with chemicals, and any repairs can be easily made by a skilled waller.

Walling stone are made from natural materials and are environmentally friendly, as they do not require the use of any chemicals or resources during construction.

Dry stone walls can be designed and built to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, adding to the natural beauty of the area.

Walls can be built in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be used for a range of purposes, including as boundary walls, retaining walls, and decorative features.

A well-built dry stone wall can add value to a property, as it is a desirable and attractive feature that requires skill and expertise to construct.

Yorkshire farm dry stone wall
A Traditional Dry Stone Wall on a Yorkshire Farm

While fences can be a good option in certain situations, they also have some disadvantages when compared to dry stone walls. Fences are often made from wood or other materials that may not last as long as a well-built dry stone wall, especially in harsh weather conditions.

A fences may require regular maintenance, such as painting, staining, or replacing damaged sections, which can be time-consuming and costly and may not blend in as seamlessly with the natural landscape as a dry stone wall, this can detract from the overall aesthetic of the area.

You should also consider the environmental impact: Fences can be made from non-sustainable materials, such as PVC or other plastics, that can have a negative impact on the environment.

A poorly maintained or unattractive fence may actually decrease the value of a property, whereas a well-built dry stone wall can add value and beauty to the area.

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