Choosing the right fence for your home can be daunting if you’ve never had to decide before and you know you’re going to live with the choice for several decades. We’re going to walk through some guidelines when choosing a fence style for your home.
Choose a fence which will complement the architecture of your home
Choosing a fence which complements the architecture of your house will offer your property a supremely beautiful grounding. Picking a fence which is incongruent with the style of your home will make others ask, “What were they thinking?”
Don’t be that guy, even if it means spending a couple of extra bucks to get the right fence.
Choose a fence that is right for your location
Location is more of a factor in determining an appropriate fencing material than it would first appear. If you live in an area with high termite activity, or if the fence abuts a lawn, those sprinklers are going to hit that fence every day, which means a wood fence will be problematic in those situations.
Likewise, when privacy is needed, a fence which doesn’t offer enough blind won’t work. If a home is near a school or other boisterous environment, choose a fence which absorbs and deflects sound, which always proves to be an incredibly wise decision.
Follow HOA and city regulations
As more people live in planned communities, the HOA rules are both a promise and a threat. The biggest problem we see is when a neighbor chooses a fence material or height which is against HOA regulations, and others see it and choose to do the same. When the HOA finally drops the hammer, not only are all parties forced to make a change, but they also can be fined. So, not knowing the rules and doing something just because a neighbor did it can be a costly mistake.
Another mistake is not getting the appropriate permits. Even when replacing a fence, getting a permit protects the community from fencing mistakes. Also, some insurers won’t honor claims made as the result of an accident if the fence was installed without a permit.
Don’t forget about the gates
Choosing the right gate for your needs is simple. It should be able to swing or slide freely without hitting anything. It should be large enough to accommodate whatever needs to be gated. Opening and closing it should be a smooth, no-hassle operation. And, it should be easily secured when not in use. It should match the material, height, and privacy of the accompanying fence.
Choosing the right installation company
The right installer can make or break a proper fence installation. Unfortunately, a homeowner will often choose a company which is cheaper or readily available rather than picking one who will do the job right. In the fencing industry, it’s essential to have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience to create the best fence possible.