Before installing a fence, homeowners have a number of options to consider. What is your main purpose for installing a fence? Keeping kids and pets safe, providing privacy, establishing property lines, or simply to add value and curb appeal to your house?
You have quite a few choices with fencing materials that are commonly used. Wood, vinyl, composite, and metal are options that provide varying advantages. Wood fencing is versatile and less expensive. It comes in a variety of styles and can be painted. Vinyl is durable and is low maintenance. Composite has the look of wood with the hassle-free upkeep of vinyl. Metal fencing gives your home a clean, classic look and is easy to customize.
Wood fences are the least expensive option to install but do require the most maintenance. If painted, you will need to plan on repainting every 2-3 years. Wood can rot or splinter with weather and insects. The upside is that individual boards and posts can be replaced easily. Vinyl, composite, and metal have minimal maintenance. You can simply wash them with detergent and a hose. However, if there is any damage, you will need to replace an entire section of fencing which is more costly.
Make sure you match your fence to the style of your home. The right fence can enhance your home’s exterior. A quality, professional fencing company will be able to give you options that take this into consideration so your fence compliments and does not compete with the style of your home. For example, a white house with black trim would be enhanced by a darker fence. If you have landscaping that you want to be the focal point of your yard? A fence with high visibility will accentuate this.
HOA or City Ordinance
An HOA can have fencing standards in place to ensure safety, aesthetics, and visibility. There is a wide range of homeowner association rules – some are general while others provide more specific instructions. HOAs can impose restrictions on building materials, height, style, and uniformity. Make sure you know you’re informed about the guidelines in your area before you have your fence installed.