Need a new fence for your yard or patio? Whether you crave more privacy in your outdoor space; need to block chilly wind, mask a street view or secure your pool; or keep your dogs in (or deer out), we’ve got you covered. Here’s the need-to-know info on choosing the right fence based on space and needs.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT FENCING MATERIAL
Before you decide on a Wood, Vinyl, or Aluminum Fence, it’s important to consider how it will be used and the level of wear and tear it will be subject to. Are there animals and children who will lean against, climb, or otherwise use the fence in unusual ways? How is the local climate? These important questions, among others, must be addressed before choosing a fencing material.
- PRIVACY NEEDS
If you want true privacy, choose a fence with little to no space between boards. A closely spaced lattice can be nearly as private as a solid material when combined with the lush foliage of climbing plants. The height will depend on the slope of your yard and your neighbor’s yard, the position of your seating areas and any applicable local building codes. Try using a length of paper or cardboard the height of the fence you are considering, and have a friend hold it up while walking the perimeter of your yard. Stand up and sit down in each area of your yard to see if the fence will be high enough for your privacy needs.
- CONSIDER A CORRECT DESIGN OF YOUR LIKE
If it seems like too much to have a tall privacy fence all the way around your yard, consider going with a stair-step design to get privacy just where you need it. For instance, you could have a taller section of fence around your seating area and hot tub, and lower fencing beside the lawn
- GATE OR GATELESS?
If ease of access is more important to you than security, consider forgoing the gate entirely and installing several offset fences to allow room for a path while blocking the street view. However you can add a gate if you are looking for more security for your residential area.
- CONSIDER THE TYPE OF FENCE
Vinyl Fence panels offer a high degree of privacy, while a split rail fence made of redwood or cedar has a timeless, rustic appeal. These fences are ideal for ranch homes, country houses, and any home with a roomy backyard. On the other hand, a metal fence is a long-lasting, sturdy, and maintenance free option as long as it’s properly powder coated before installation. Metal fences are available in three main types. There’s chain link fence, Aluminum Fence, and wrought iron fencing. If a customer wants a decorative look, a chain link fence likely isn’t the best option. They tend to look a bit utilitarian, and there are other, more aesthetically pleasing options available. Call our local Fence Company to learn about available options. PVC, vinyl, and plastic fencing materials have become popular due to their low maintenance requirements, easy cleaning, and durability. There are no sharp edges or nails to think of, which makes them a great choice for homes with pets and small children. A vinyl fencing project costs approximately twice as much as a comparable metal fencing job, but the results can last 50 years or more.