Whether picking between a white vinyl fence or a wooden privacy fence, do you homework before making the investment.
Fence costs vary but you can expect to spend between $2,000 and $8,000 on average, depending on the size and type you buy. This is a large investment that pays off but you don’t want to do it more than once.
A Great Fence suggests these tips to help you choose:
Pick the Best Fence for Your Yard
Fences are installed for privacy, visual appeal, or for the safety of pets and children. If built correctly fences can add value to your property.
Ask yourself what the primary function of the fence will be and let that guide you. Make sure you prioritize your needs first.
However, depending on the style of vinyl fencing you choose, the panels may be too far apart to provide enough privacy.
Customers who are looking to add aesthetics can look to an aluminum fence, which gives a yard a classy, open look. Homeowners associations sometimes require aluminum fencing.
As for containment, if you mainly need a fence to protect a pet or a child, no particular type of fence necessarily works best over the other as long as there are not big gaps for them to escape.
Consider Fence Maintenance
Ask yourself how often you want to spend maintaining your fence.
Wooden fencing requires the most maintenance because of the fence painting and staining required every couple years, but a fresh stain can bring your old wood back to life. Wood Fences are also easier to repair.
Aluminum and vinyl fencing requires little upkeep and can last a long time, which makes those fence options appealing but they are also more difficult and costly to repair.
Check Zoning Regulations
Choose the Right Fence Contractor
You can try fencing a yard on your own, but the process is labor intensive and requires special tools. You should consider a professional who has years of experience and can guarantee your fence comes out great.
Also, make sure your fence contractor uses the proper building permits.
There are many contractors to choose from so make sure you search online, ask neighbors and friends and use a trusted company.