If you are looking to build a new fence on your property, there are a lot of types to consider. Some may look great but don't meet your needs. If you are thinking about having a fence professionally installed, you must check out these five questions to consider before you purchase.
What Are Your Fencing Goals?
There are several reasons why you might want to build a fence in your yard. In some cases, you only goal may be to keep your dog contained in the yard, which means you'll have several options. However, if your goal is to reduce the amount of noise that makes it to your home, your options are a little less open. Other reasons you may want to build a fence include privacy, keeping out strangers, curb appeal, etc. Make sure you know everything you want your fence to do first so you know what to look for.
What Materials Meet Those Goals?
Once you know why you want a fence, you can start looking at materials. Fences can be made from a wide variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, composite, iron and many others. Of course, some of those materials won't meet your needs. For example, if your main goal is to provide privacy for your back yard, a chain link fence is probably not a good option. You'll want a tall fence made from wood, vinyl, composite, or something similar.
How Much Can You Spend?
Different materials and types of fences also have different price tags, so you'll need to know your budget before you start shopping. Fencing materials can greatly vary in price. On the cheaper end sits wood fences, costing between $5 and $10 per foot. Vinyl is another somewhat inexpensive option, but it still costs about $20 per foot. Wrought iron fences are on the more expensive end of the spectrum and cost up to $100 per foot. Make sure to talk with your fence contractor regarding cheaper alternatives. For example, you can get a fence that looks like wrought iron but costs less than have the price if you choose aluminum.
How Much Maintenance Is Required?
If you aren't a fan of routine maintenance on your home, it's important you find options that don't require much work. Getting a fence that requires a lot of work to keep it looking good and working well, is only a waste of money if you won't do the work. Wood is cheap, but it is going to cost you more time to keep it looking good. You'll need to keep the fence painted and watch for decay or bugs. On the other hand, vinyl fences require less work. They don't need to be painted. You simply wash them when needed.
What Laws Govern Fence Installation?
It's also important to know what the fence laws are in your state. One common law governing fences regard height. Typically, the tallest fence you can have is six feet tall, but that is usually only allowed in the back yard. Most of the time, fences in the front yard must be shorter. However, you may be allowed to get special approval. Houses along noisy highways may be allowed to build taller fences to help block sound and add privacy. Your fence contractor will work with you to find a fence that is legal but meets your needs.
If you are planning on having a fence and or gate professionally installed, you must consider these questions first. They will help you and your fence contractor pick the perfect material and style for you. For more information regarding fences and gates, contact a company like City Wide Fence Co in your area.
When was the last time you really stopped to think about the kind of fence you wanted? I have always been someone who focuses seriously on making things right, which is why I began thinking carefully about putting in a brand new fence. I wanted a fence that looked modern and sleek, while still looking great against my more traditional home. It was really difficult to pin down exactly what would work, but before I knew it, things had really started to come together. Check out this blog for more information on finding a great fence, having it professionally installed, and taking care of it.