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Choosing the Right Fencing

By Jennifer Weldon

Choosing the right fencing for your home can seem overwhelming these days. With all the different materials and styles on the market, making a selection is no easy task. By evaluating your needs and lifestyle, you can help choose the fence that is right for your home and your family.

How You Use Your Fence
The first step to choosing the right fence for your home is to evaluate how you will be using it. Are you erecting a fence to keep your children in? Is your main goal to keep critters or nosy neighbors out? Are you creating a dog run or fencing in a pool? These are all uses that will have specific needs. For example, a fence around a pool may need to adhere to local or state guidelines about height and distance for pool safety. If you are fencing in your entire backyard, you will need to consider future access via gates. Regardless of your needs, you should first check with any local building guidelines and homeowner's association rules. You may have to follow particular rules in regards to height, type, and where the fence can be located. For instance, many homeowners associations do not allow dog runs, fencing in your front yard, or specific fencing materials.

Wood Picket Fence

How You Want Your Fence to Look
When you've decided where you will place your fence, you will want to consider how the fence should look. Things to consider of course, will be how the fence will blend in with your home's exterior and current landscaping. Will more landscaping be needed? What styles complement your home the most? When adding a fence to your home, you are seeking to create value, not detract from the curb appeal of your home. A fence that is unobtrusive, well maintained, and adds beauty should be your ideal.

What Do You Want Your Fence to Be Made Of?
Fences can be made from a variety of materials. At the low end of the spectrum is chain link fencing. Traditional wooden fences come in split rail and picket styles. Chicken wire can be added as screening between the rails to deter animals. Vinyl privacy fencing is commonly used between townhomes and patio homes to provide screening. More elegant materials include wrought iron fencing or powder coated aluminum fencing that mimics the look of wrought iron. For an upscale, natural look stone and brick walls are used as fences. With so many choices of materials, you may need to narrow down your selection based upon maintenance and budget constraints. For much more detail about these fencing materials, you'll be able to make an informed decision in no time.

Wrought iron Fence

How Will You Care for Your Fence?
Each fencing material will require different levels of maintenance. You should evaluate who will be performing the maintenance (yourself or a handyman), the cost involved, and how often it will need to be done. Wood fencing needs to be protected and sealed almost every year to keep it from looking old and dilapidated. White vinyl fencing will need to be power washed frequently to keep it looking fresh. More durable materials such as wrought iron, brick and stone will require less maintenance over the years.

What Budget do You Have for Your Fence?
Typically, the less maintenance a fence requires, the higher the upfront cost will be. Brick, stone and wrought iron fencing will cost thousands of dollars for an average sized backyard. If you are have a large lot or are fencing in a pasture or barn area, wooden fencing will be your best option financially. Do not overlook the labor costs involved in initial construction of your fence. Contractors may charge different per linear foot costs depending on the type of fencing that is being installed as they may require different installation methods (i.e. post hole digging, concrete, etc).

By focusing on the main factors above, you will be able to determine the best fencing choice for your home, your family and your budget. Once you've made your selection contact a professional fencing contractor for your ordering and installation needs. If You are ready to speak to a professional fencing contractor fill in the details of your dream fence and a representative will connect you with the estimates to get you started today.

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