Make an informed decision when preparing to fence your yard so that your choice will fit the needs of your yard, family and lifestyle.
Homeowners have various fence options to choose from and many things to consider before building a fence. Make sure the fence you pick meets the needs of your home: Is your goal is to keep kids and pets contained, increase privacy or simply boost property value by giving the yard a nice look?
You must also take maintenance and cost into account, investigate neighborhood restrictions and make sure you hire the right fencing contractor to install it.
A new fence costs between $2,600 and $8,000 on average, depending on the size and type you buy, so you want to make a good decision the first time. Other factors, like your yard’s slope, tear out or clearing of yard debris can also affect the cost of a fence installation.
Tip #1: Pick the best fence for your yard
Ask yourself why you need a fence and let that answer guide your decision making. Prioritize your needs over your wants, not the other way around.
If you need privacy, wooden fences tend to work best, although vinyl fencing is sometimes another viable option.
Customers who do not need privacy can turn to an aluminum fence, which give a yard a classy, open look. In some areas, homeowner associations require aluminum fencing.
As for containment, if you mainly need a fence to protect a child or a pet, no particular type of fence necessarily works best over the other. Just make sure to build the fence with containment in mind.
For example, if you want to build a fence to keep a pet confined in your yard, understand what your animal is capable of in terms of digging and jumping. The last thing you want to do is to build a fence, let your dog out for the first them and have him jump over it.
Tip #2: Consider fence maintenance
Ask yourself how much time do you want to spending maintaining your fence.
Wood fences require the most maintenance because of the fencing painting and staining required every couple years, but it can also boost your property value by making your yard aesthetically pleasing.
Aluminum or vinyl fencing requires little ongoing upkeep, which makes those fence options appealing to many homeowners. Wood fences offer the benefit of being more easily repaired than metal.
If a storm damages a few boards, you can replace them and make it blend with the rest of your fencing. But if you replace a section of vinyl or aluminum fence, you may find the fence manufacture no longer exists or sells the product, making it hard to find fencing that matches what you already have in your yard. Sometimes customers end up replacing an entire fence despite isolated damage to only a few sections.
Tip #3: Pick the right Fence Contractor
You can try fencing a yard on your own, but the process requires specialized tools and hard labor. Consider hiring a professional, but first check the company’s licensing status and references. Google and other social media websites are a great place to research a company’s credibility.
Also, make sure the fence contract will secure all the permits you may need through your city or county. Your local planning and zoning department can provide you with a plat map of your property, so you can properly design your property boundaries and better plan for the fence’s location.
Lastly, always make sure your know before you dig. Your Fence contractor should also ensure there are no underground utility lines in the way prior to installing your new fence.
A new fence can be a big investment but the return is worth it in the end if it’s done correctly!