Every home can benefit from a fence, whether it’s for security, privacy or to keep kids and pets in the yard. An attractive and durable fence can also add to the curb appeal of your home, subsequently increasing its value. Buying and installing a fence may seem like a simple process, but there are a number of factors to consider.
Making the right choice will not only save you money, but also time and effort in the future. Certain fencing materials are more durable than others and will maintain their appearance for longer, while some might be cheaper to install, but can face problems in the future. To make things easier for you, here’s a guide to choosing the right fence for your yard.
Many areas in the US enforce codes that limit the type of fence you can have around your home. Some stipulate that the fence should be a certain height, or that fences can only be installed in the backyard, not the front of the home. Failure to follow these codes might result in a fine, so they’re worth looking into before moving forward.
While the purpose of your fence (e.g security) might limit your options, the style of your fence should be in-line with that of your home. For example, modern suburban houses look better with vinyl or wood fences, while homes with a more classic architecture are better paired with a brick or ornamental style fence.
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing the fence is the material. Wood is of course the most popular choice, mainly thanks to its low purchase and installation costs. They’re also quite attractive and can be painted any color you like. It’s worth keeping in mind that they’ll require a repaint every 2-3 years, though.
If sustainability is a concern, then wood is once again a good option. It’s recommended that you avoid cedar fences, as further explained in the linked post. Chain link fences are a more simple, practical option that is easy to install. The main downside with them is that they aren’t as attractive, but you can spruce things up with a bit of greenery.
Vinyl or plastic fencing has recently become a popular option thanks to their maintenance-free nature and the endless array of styles they’re available in. However, their hollow design makes them less sturdy than other options. Finally, there’s ornamental style fencing, which is best suited for homes with a more classic architecture.
Since ornamental fences use materials such as iron bars, they can practically last forever. They’re sturdy and you can implement spikes or electrification on top for additional security if needed. That said, their more hefty installation process might end up costing more than other options.
If you plan on keeping your home for the long run, a more durable fence is likely your best option. Either way, the added feeling of safety, privacy and the value boost your home receives makes installing a fence a wise investment.