For Your Yard
4 Tips for Choosing the Best Fence
for Your Yard
Fencing helps delineate the boundary of your property, defines your garden and landscape, and improve the sense of security & privacy. It also adds a touch of elegance to your property by providing a more visually attractive border that compliments your home.
However, when you are planning to fence your property, one decision you will need to make is choosing the right kind of fence for your yard. There are many different kinds of fences that can be found at home improvement stores, such as wood, vinyl, and chain-link fences. Each of these fencing types comes in multiple styles and materials, and this can make them a bit overwhelming when deciding on which one is best for your property. And, speaking of wood, do not dismiss the value of refinishing hardwood floors in your home.
In order to help you make an informed decision about the material, style, and installation options so that you can choose the best fence possible for your yard — and most importantly — fit it into your budget, we have compiled a list of considerations that should help guide your decision when picking out a fence.
1. Consider Fence Maintenance: You don't want to spend all your weekends getting into sweaty manual labor and repairing your fence, especially if it is dirty and not looking so great. Fence maintenance will vary depending on the type of fence you choose. Those of you that choose wooden fences should generally expect to do some upkeep to your fence every year. You will need to clean it, patch any holes or cracks, and occasionally stain it to keep it keeping it from fading & looking raggedy.
Vinyl fencing, on the other hand, is relatively low maintenance and will only need minor repairs in the mail years. However, your vinyl fence will eventually need to be replaced since vinyl fencing will begin to look very dingy and fade over time. Similarly, steel fencing needs very low maintenance and can last for centuries with minimal upkeep but are also costly compared to its wooden & vinyl counterparts and are often used in high-security applications due to their durability.
So, weigh the amount of maintenance you are willing to take on because once you choose a certain type of fence, you are stuck with it and can't change it often. Ideally, you will need to take on the least amount of labor possible and maximize the years your fence will look good.
2. Consider Fence Durability: Fence durability shouldn't be ignored when choosing a fence. We all know how much kids love to experiment and play, so it's important to think about how sturdy your fence needs to be.
Some factors of fence durability include the materials used to construct the fence and also how the fence itself is constructed. If your fence is made from wood, you should consider how well the wood used in construction is treated and how the wood is joined together. All of these factors can affect the overall durability & longevity of your fence and contribute to better fence maintenance practices.
3. Style of Your Fence: The ideal style of fence for you should depend on the overall style of your property. For instance, if you have an older traditional home, a wooden picket fence might be best since they look very classic and are commonly used. While if you have a more modern home, you might be better off with a wood-effect PVC fence since that will complement your existing architecture. You can also opt for a minimalistic stainless-steel fence, an elegant solution for a more contemporary home.
Regardless of the style you choose, make sure to do a little bit of research to be sure you are choosing a style that compliments your home.
4. Check with Your HOA: You might find this surprising, but what you choose for your fence greatly goes beyond your preferences and is often influenced by the rules of your local homeowner's association.
You see, homeowner's associations exist for two main reasons:
They want to maintain an attractive look for the neighborhood. They want to maintain safety standards for the area.
In order to maintain these looks & safety standards, they often put restrictions on what you can have in your yard, including fences. While most HOA's, they will allow for pliable materials such as woven wire or vine trellises to be used as fences, they will not allow for permanent solid fences. This is mainly because they want to prevent homes from becoming walled off from the public and restrict visibility into your yard to help prevent crimes.
So, check with your HOA to make sure you will be allowed to build a fence at all and to make sure it meets the requirements for your neighborhood.
Conclusion: Congratulations! By now, you are probably feeling confident that you can now pick out your ideal fence for your yard. We hope that you have learned some key information that will help you get on the road to a great new fence or even replace the raggedy fence in front of your home.