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When it comes to fences, there are so many possibilities, it can be hard to know where to start shopping. What kind of fence do you want? What’s the right type and style for your needs? How do you know what to look for? Which material makes the most sense for your home? Even though the decision process can easily become overwhelming, the good news is that picking the right fence for your family doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are a few tips to help you decide!
Know Why You Want a Fence
If you’re interested in adding a fence, you must have a reason. Is it to:
- Boost property value?
- Add backyard privacy?
- Protect your kids or pets?
- Enhance the look of your home?
When you identify what you want to accomplish, you know what you need in a future fence. If you’re after privacy, for example, you can rule out fences that are see-through. If you want to complement your home’s architecture, you can rule out styles that wouldn’t. Nail down your goal for your fence project, and you simplify the decision process immediately.
Consider the Possibilities
Once you know what you need, it’s time to look at what’s available. Take a look at the fencing products on the market, and see how they stack up to your goals. Consider these types of fences, for example:
- Wood: From a classic white picket fence to a timeless Western red cedar fence, wood fencing is a versatile, attractive fencing option with wide appeal. Wood fences are resilient against decay, look beautiful and come in a variety of shades. On the downside, weather and wear can make the wood expand, fasteners loosen and other changes take place that require repair. This means wood fences require upkeep in order to keep looking good.
- Ornamental: Available in various materials, from welded steel to aluminum, ornamental fences add both beauty and security. They offer the unique appeal of an ornate fencing option elegant enough for an estate.
- Vinyl: Homeowners like vinyl fences for their versatile style, which can mimic the look of wood or iron, as well as their durability, made to last for years. Vinyl fences are lightweight and fairly easy to maintain, although they may sometimes require replacement parts or light repairs.
- Chain link: What’s great about chain link fences is their no-frills security. Install a chain link fence at your property, and you’ve got a maintenance-free solution to enclose your yard. Chain link doesn’t provide a visual barrier, however, and it isn’t the most attractive, elegant choice.
Decide Whether to DIY or Hire Professionals
Even after you know which type of fence you want, there are still decisions to make. If you want to install the fence yourself, you can save money, for example, but you could run into complications. That’s why you need to evaluate how handy you are and how confident you are in your ability to do it alone. If you’re unsure, your best bet is to hire professionals. Fence companies specialize in getting fences installed effectively and efficiently, so you can rest easy knowing the job is done well.
No matter what your fencing goals, what type of fencing you pick, and whether or not you choose to install it yourself, always get quotes before making your decision. Once you’ve done your homework and evaluated options thoroughly, you can feel confident you’re making the best choice for you and your family!
Author Bio: Dean White is owner and operator of Tru-Link Fence one of the largest fence companies in northern Illinois. He has more than 30 years of experience in the fence industry.