The type and style of fencing you choose for your home’s yards influences the value of your house. Because of this influence, choosing a fence can be a stressful choice for many people. Different goals and different preferred styles all come into play when you make this decision. Given the wide range of unique styles and purposes that are possible, it is helpful to know what questions to ask before you buy a fence for your home. Here some important points to consider before buying a fence for your yard:
Why Do You Want This Fence?
The first thing you should decide before buying your fence is the reason why you want the fence. The answer to this question will determine the height, form, and probably the material you use for your fence. Answering the question “Why do I want a fence?” will help you to begin building a mental picture of your preferred fence.
Maybe you don’t want the neighbor’s dog leaving doo-doo all over your lawn. You’d want a privacy fence (although a talk with your neighbor would be the best first choice). Want to keep your home and loved ones safe? To create a sense of security, you’d want a strong and sturdy fence that is relatively high to provide a limited discouragement to criminals. If you live near a busy intersection or street and would like to reduce the noisiness of traffic, you might want to look into fencing options that are designed to reduce noise pollution. Are you just wanting to add a final touch to your home’s design? A fence is a great way to enrich your home’s style and there are a variety of ways to customize your fence as well. Perhaps you just want to replace your current fence with something better or better suited to your liking. If this is the case, now is a great time to decide what you’d like your fence to do for you and buy based on your preferences.
There are many possible reasons you may want to buy a fence and it’s very likely that you will want a fence that fulfills two or more of the purposes that we’ve discussed so far. That’s okay and it’s one of the reasons to ask this question: to discover why you want to buy a fence.
What Fence Material Should You Use?
There are a lot of fencing materials to consider when asking this question. Each material has its own pros and cons, as we’ll discuss in a bit. Some of the more traditional materials are wood and steel fencing, but there are other options like bamboo, vinyl, aluminum, and wrought iron. It is important to consider the type of material you will use to fence your home because it will affect how competently your fence fulfills your intended purpose(s). So, let’s look at the fencing options available to you:
Wood has remained a favorite choice for those who prefer a natural look for their yard. You can easily customize the design and styling of your wooden fence. Solid board fencing, spaced fencing, shadowbox fencing, and picket fencing are just some of the styles available for wooden fences. You can also stain or paint your wooden fence to match your desired color. The durability of your wood fencing is dependent on the type of wood you use and how much upkeep time you put into your fence.
Rot is a common problem with wood fences and there is also the chance that you’ll have problems with pests like termites and carpenter ants. With the recent rise in the cost of lumber, the cost of any manufactured wooden products has also increased. There is also the added stress of determining the right type of wood to use, since different types of wood have their own pros and cons and are best suited for certain purposes. Wood fencing requires a lot of maintenance time which might make it a bad choice for those with busy lifestyles and hectic schedules.
Aluminum fencing is a strong and long-lasting option. This option is great for straight boundary lines and is usually used in modern-styled designs. One of the beneficial features of aluminum is that it isn’t susceptible to rust. Low-maintenance is another great characteristic of aluminum fences.
This type of fence is very sturdy and usually last for a long time. This fence is usually used in sports courts or outside playpens for dogs. This type of fence is very inexpensive, and requires almost no maintenance. Perfect for keeping small children or pets inside the yard, chain-link fences also provide visibility of what’s inside so your beloved little ones (furry or otherwise) are never out of your sight.
Chain-link fences are very unattractive and ugly; this type of fencing is considered generic and plain. Chain link fences, although functional and cheap, will actually bring down the value and appeal of your home because of its association with industrial and commercial properties. Chain-link fences are also a horrible choice for privacy fencing.
This material is becoming a favorite for those who’d like an environmentally-friendly option for fencing. Bamboo fencing is used by most people for ornamental screens and privacy fences in Asian-influenced or urban gardens.
Bamboo is one of the more expensive fencing options, and your fence will require occasional maintenance. Rot may also develop in bamboo fences so you must be sure to take the necessary time for your bamboo fence’s upkeep.
Vinyl, similar to PVC, is quickly becoming one of the most popular fencing options due to its sturdiness, minimal maintenance requirements, and its versatility in design. Vinyl can be styled and designed in the same ways as many other fencing materials.
Generally, low-quality vinyl has the drawback of fading when exposed to the UV rays that exist in sunlight. There is also the chance that your vinyl fence will sag if it encloses a large area without reinforcement. One of the biggest cons to vinyl fencing is that usually there is only white, light tan, and dark tan as color options.
If you do decide to install vinyl fencing, it’s to your benefit to purchase your vinyl fencing from Blackline HHP. When you buy from Blackline HHP, you are able to choose from a diverse selection of colors that aren’t usually available in vinyl fences. Your vinyl fence won’t fade from sunlight’s UV rays because we use only pure vinyl. Your vinyl fence will also be strong and sturdy, with no sagging in wide, enclosed areas. By perfecting patented manufacturing processes, we have eliminated each of vinyl’s downsides previously mentioned in this article.
Think About Where You Live
It is also important to consider your climate when buying a fence. In cold and frosty climates, for example, your fence will need to be fixed 30-36 inches deep so it doesn’t crack in the cold. In humid or seaside areas, wood is probably not a good option since it may develop water damage. Considering the climate when buying your fence may ultimately save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Think About the Maintenance
It is important to think about the time required for caring for your fence. For instance, caring for a wrought iron fence can be problematic for those with busy schedules. It is recommended that you clean your iron fence with soap and water at least every 6 months and perform a complete iron maintenance routine at least twice a year (including painting, applying rust converter, and oiling). There are other fencing options, like aluminum or vinyl, that require less maintenance time. Improper fencing maintenance habits will lead to a broken, ugly, and useless fence. When considering the cost of a fence, take into account the maintenance costs, not just the upfront cost.
Think About the Ease of Installation
While you may be tempted to get caught up in the pros and cons of various aspects of your fencing choice, it is important to remember that the installation is also critical. Wooden fencing can be difficult to install because it is incremented panel-by-panel. In contrast, chain-link fencing is relatively easy to install because it is divided into premade pieces that are connected to galvanized posts. Hiring a professional can remove this difficulty from your shoulders, but it can be costly. The best option would be a fence that is relatively easy to install, like a chain-link fence or vinyl fence.
Do Your Research
Before you buy and build your fence, take a trip to City Hall to see if there are any neighborhood ordinances regarding fences. These ordinances may be strict and specific about allowable fence heights, lengths, or styles or you may simply need to get an appropriate permit. It is imperative that you are aware of applicable laws and regulations so you do not incur any fees or lose your fence as a result of a municipal law violation.
Consider your Neighbors
If you have any neighbors, talk with them and make sure that you are both on the same page about the fence, the type of fence, and the fence’s location. Know where the property lines are so you don’t accidentally build on your neighbor’s property. It is also strongly recommended that you verify the location of any underground utilities so you don’t inadvertently puncture a sewer line.
Deciding on the right fence for your home doesn’t have to be a stressful decision. Before you buy a fence, think about the points discussed in this article and you’ll ultimately save yourself both money and time.