How To Choose The Right Type of Fence

Choosing the right type of fence for your home can be a difficult project to complete.  There are various styles and options to choose from in addition to managing costs and installation. Use this article as your go-to guide for finding the fence that best meets your needs.

Fences are important because they not only serve a key role in the exterior appearance of your home; they also provide a number of benefits such as security or privacy for homeowners. Before you go out and pick any option, have a specific goal in mind before installing a new fence. Picking a fence based on a specific purpose helps homeowners choose the right type of fence for them. When it’s all said and done, the right type of fence will be the one that looks nice, but most importantly serves its purpose and meets the goals of the homeowner. Whether your goal is to add some décor around your home, increase security, gain privacy, to block visual stimuli from pets, or to keep your pets in, there’s a fence option for you.  While selecting the right fence, be sure to consider costs, maintenance, and to check with your HOA or local authorities to ensure the fence you’re going for isn’t prohibited.

Some common fence types include aluminum, wood, PVC, vinyl, and chain link. Aluminum fences are great decorative fixtures as they blend well with just about any home and require little maintenance. On the flip side, these fences are not as strong and won’t provide any level of security or privacy to the owner. Wood fences are by far among the most popular options as they come in many styles. If you’re looking for privacy, security, and a fence that will last you a lifetime go with a wood fence.  The quality of the wood fence will depend on the type of wood you choose; however its flexibility to add additional features makes it well worth it. Feel free to remove gaps or go gateless in an effort to improve the structure around your home.  For a more cost-effective fence, try PVC. While PVC is not as sturdy as wood or iron, it can withstand the elements for years and comes in many heights. Among the strongest and most flexible fences out there lies vinyl. Vinyl fencing is considered among the best out of the other categories as it outperforms the strength of wood and the durability of PVC. Although this fence can have higher upfront cost, its low maintenance and long lifespan make it an overall solid investment for your home.  The last type of fence type to consider is chain link fencing. Just about everyone knows this type of fence. We see it at schools, parks, and your grandmother might still have one in her yard.  Yet, where this fence may lack in creativity, it makes up for in price and durability. Not to mention there are other chains to choose from as well as many homeowners spoof up the fence with some shrubbery and flowers.

Fences are just another tough choice in the home ownership cycle. Like all the choices before it, do your homework. Write down your needs, goals, and restrictions to discover and select the best fence for your home.