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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Fence

Wood is among the most desirable materials for many construction projects, including fencing. Even when wood cannot be used for various reasons, other materials that mimic wood come in handy.

Putting up a fence around your property not only provides security but also boosts the value of your property. Whether you are replacing an existing fence or putting one up for the first time, important factors should be considered. Fences are an aesthetic boost that lifts the outlook of a neighborhood. With the development in technology, fencing has become even better with more advanced options such as composite fence panels. That said, before putting up your fence, here are options you may consider.

The Purpose of the Fence

While it might seem obvious, it is important to clarify the primary reason you need or want a fence for your home. If the main reason is to mark the perimeter of your property or keep your animal and pets in your yard, a simple chain link fence will do it.

On the other hand, if your priority is privacy and security, wood, vinyl, composite, or any other material that has little or no spaces in between will work best. You also need to know whether you want to fully enjoy your outdoor space without interruptions by the outside world. If so, go for a tall fence. Identifying the purpose of your fence will help you narrow down on fence types and move on to the next consideration.

How long do you plan to stay on the property?

You may have chosen and installed a fence to boost your home’s sales value or create a cozy sanctuary where your family and future generations will enjoy. If you have decided that this will be your forever home, you will need to consider cost, durability, style, functionality, and aesthetics when deciding on the fence type. However, suppose you have recently moved into your first home and are probably still recovering financially. In that case, the aesthetics might have to take a backseat and pave the way for cost and convenience.

Local By-laws

Depending on where you stay, some municipalities and neighborhoods have by-laws that must be adhered to. Some places have restrictions on the height you put up for your back and front yards. In some areas, the property lines are worked on differently.

For instance, some areas state that your property starts 7 feet from the curb. Other areas state that your property starts at least 33 feet from the centerline of the road or street you live in. As such, always check with your local authorities to ensure that your fence is within your perimeter and the permeated heights.

Fence Material

Your material choice will impact factors such as the cost, strength, and the general appearance of your fence. Your fence choice should be strong enough to handle the weather and climate surrounding your region. If ease of maintenance tops your priority list, then vinyl might be a worthy consideration. It lasts for up to 25 years, and all you need to do is wash with soap and water when need be.

If your home style is more suitable with wood fencing, then cedar is a great option. It is among the most durable wooden fencing options, lasting for over thirty years. If well stained and preserved, it requires near-zero maintenance in between.

Extra Fence Décor

If you want a fence that completes your well-manicured landscape, then consider purchasing one with decorative styles. For instance, you can go for a fence with ornamental tops such as chestnut or lattice. This will help you decorate a traditional privacy fence or a plain picket fence with finials, decorative posts, or garden art.

If you have a composite or wooden fence, you can take your artistry a notch higher by painting it into a contemporary color.  Planting flowers of different colors and shades next to your fence creates a warm, welcoming façade. You can further match your fence décor with the gate, swimming pool deck, pergolas, and the arbor.

Curb appeal

While it might not rank top in your priority list, everybody loves a beautiful home. You can add appeal to your property by fencing and decorating it in a way that brings out your taste and preference. Envision what you want your fence and your home to look like. Do the necessary research to see what you need, and your fencing project will be a rewarding experience.

The secret to successful fencing is planning. Getting the right material, understanding your climate, and knowing your by-laws will help make the project run smoothly. Always choose a material that you can maintain effortlessly. This way, you will not feel the need to replace your fence after a short period.

 

 

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