8 Things to Consider Before Building a Fence for Your Home
Posted in: Fencing
When looking for a new home, everyone has their list of criteria: bigger kitchen with granite counter tops, certain number of bathrooms and bedrooms, carpet or not, and so on. However, does anyone really consider residential fences and gates? With the incredible amount of fence styles available to us nowadays, a new homeowner should be well informed about residential fences and gates before even buying a home. For example, did you know that a nice aluminum fence will not only improve the appeal of the home but also offers a return of investment around 65%? The return of investment depends on the type of fence, but just having a fence or gate is always better than not.
However, even if you have bought a home and it didn't have the fence you wanted, never fear. You can still build one! Between the 99,393 U.S. fencing services, it's no wonder that the U.S. fence industry brings in about $51 billion. People have really come to understand the benefits of having a fence. Here are a few things you should know before you begin building your fence or gate:
- Know Why You Want One
Having residential fences and gates is always a good idea, but knowing exactly why it is that you want one will help you choose the type of fence that will best benefit you. For example, the type of fence that will simply keep the dog in the yard is a different type than one that will block out sound.
- Think About Maintenance
While a picket fence fits the American Dream, wood fences require a lot more maintenance than other fences, because they can potentially warp or rot. If you are okay with the upkeep of a certain type of fence, then go for it! But be realistic about how often you are going to maintain your fence before deciding.
- Consider the Cost
Some fences are much cheaper than others and if you mix different types, it could be even less expensive. While having the same type of fence all the way around the front and back yards looks clean and organized, it may not be very beneficial to your wallet.
- Do the Research
If you've found this article, I'm sure you are doing the research, but it has to be said; too many people just jump right in and then regret their decision because they weren't properly informed. Cities also regulate fences, rules that you should familiarize yourself with. Your local HOA might have something to say about it, also.
- Think Outside the Box
You don't have to just have wood, aluminum, brick or other material. Greenery like shrubs and bushes can make a great barrier to your yard. However, this goes back to point number one: consider why you are getting a fence. Bushes will not keep the dog in. But if all you need is a barrier to your land, a shrub fence that looks absolutely stunning.
- Don't DIY
There is a lot more that goes into installing a fence than meets the eye. If a fence is not installed properly, you can encounter a lot of problems along the way that you wouldn't have had you hired a professional. Let the experts do what they do best.
- Acknowledge Neighbors
If you live in close quarters, make sure that you are being considerate to them and their properties. For example, building an eight foot wall might block their view, but they probably would be fine with another type. Talk to them and see what they would be okay with before settling on an option.
- Consider the Climate
Different types of material react differently depending on the climate of the area. Wood swells and shrinks depending on the weather, types of metal can rust more easily than others, and so on. You'll want the type of fence that is durable to your climate and weather and temperature.
Keep these eight points in mind when choosing a fence and you should be able to get one that suits your needs and desires and eliminates any regret further on down the line.