Fences are an excellent addition to any property. They provide privacy, security, and can be very aesthetically pleasing, which can help to boost your property value. So when a property owner decides on installing a fence, it’s a win-win all around.
However, before you jump headlong into a fencing project, it might be a good idea to look at all of the options for fencing available to you. In addition, it would be best to consider several essential factors, ensuring that your choice will be the best one to meet your unique needs.
Consider Your Location
If you belong to a homeowner’s association, you may be limited in the type of materials you can use for your fence. In other cases, you might need to check with your local zoning office to see if a lot survey is required or if there are some covenants and restrictions you need to factor into your decision; these could be height limitations, depth, or style requirements.
Once you have a go-ahead from the authorities, your next step is deciding on the type of material you will need.
Wood comes in a wide variety of options, including:
- Cedar fencing is beautiful and durable, so it lasts for years. It requires little maintenance and naturally repels insects.
- Cypress is another insect-resistant wood and doesn’t require much care but is more expensive.
- Redwood benefits are similar to cedar; it has a pleasant scent, is very beautiful, and can be found reasonably priced.
Vinyl looks good when first installed but, over time, can yellow and fade. It also tends to sag and crack after a few years of exposure to the elements. Keep these things in mind:
- The thicker the vinyl, the longer it will last.
- In most cases, it requires a professional installer to get the best curb appeal.
Composite is a combination of wood fibers with plastic polymers that can be made to look like wood but without the risk of invasion of insects or rotting over time. It can be a little more expensive but will last much longer than traditional wood fencing.
Metal, like wood, comes in a wide variety. Some options include:
- Wrought iron fences have been around for centuries and are the preferred option because of their durability. It usually requires a unique design to better blend in with your environment.
- Cast iron fences are difficult to install because of their design and weight
- Aluminum is lightweight but is very strong.
Masonry also includes a wide range of options. Whichever material you choose will give you a touch of elegance. They can be uniquely designed to blend well with the environment and are made to make your property stand out. You can consider:
- Concrete fences are solid structures that can give your property a very stately appearance.
- Brick installation is time-consuming and costly.
- Stone requires a delicate approach of an artist to install correctly.
Make an Informed Decision
There are many other options for materials to choose from. So, before making a decision, take the time to consider your budget, your goals, and your environment so that you can choose one that will give your property the unique curb appeal you expect.