Adding a fence to your property is more complex than putting a few posts in the ground at even intervals.  Do not install a fence until you property is surveyed.  Ideally, you will have your property surveyed every five years.  The survey identifies the property lines for fence installation.  The alternative is to guess where your fence should be placed and run the risk that part of it ends up on your neighbor’s property. 



Choose the Right Fence for Your Yard

Once you know exactly where your fence should be installed, it is time to select the right type of fence.  The optimal fence for your property hinges on a number of factors.  The best fences provide visual appeal along with privacy and safety.  As an example, installing a white picket fence will please the eye yet such a fence won’t provide the privacy you covet.  Alternatively, if you install a tall fence that conceals the entirety of your yard, it might be difficult to sell the property when the time comes to move.  Vinyl fences and wooden fences provide the privacy you desire yet there is a chance the panels of a vinyl fence will be placed a bit too far from one another to block off the view of your lawn and home. 


If privacy is not your primary concern, consider an aluminum fence.  This style of fence provides your yard with a polished aesthetic and creates the impression the space is much more open than it actually is.  Those looking for a fence to safeguard a child or a pet should focus on the proper height and panel width to ensure these little ones do not escape. If durability is your primary concern, opt for a chain link fence.  Though chain link fences are not exactly beautiful, they will stand the test of time.  Furthermore, this type of fence will prove comparably affordable.



fence at your home


Think Ahead Before Committing to a Certain Type of Fence

Do not install your fence until you are absolutely certain the material you are considering suits your willingness to perform the appropriate maintenance.  As an example, some homeowners who install a wood fence regret the decision as this type of fence mandates considerable maintenance.  Wood fences require ongoing painting and staining in response to mother nature’s wrath.  However, wooden fences are favored by some homeowners as they hike property value and make the yard that much more visually impressive.  Those who want to spend as little time as possible performing fence maintenance should consider vinyl or aluminum fencing.  These fence materials require minimal upkeep. 


Metal fences tend to prove much more difficult to repair than wooden fences.  If a storm passes through and damages a couple metal fence panels, those panels can be replaced with comparable ease.  However, if a storm were to damage an aluminum or vinyl fence, you might be out of luck as there is no guarantee that the fence manufacturer will still be in business or even sell that particular type of fence.  The last thing you want to do is replace the entire fence simply because a few panels were damaged in a storm.  When in doubt, opt for a wooden fence.  Wooden fences are beautiful, can be repaired with comparable ease and are not difficult to replace.  If you are willing to paint and stain your wooden fence as necessary, it just might turn out to be the best choice for your property.