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FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU INSTALL A NEW FENCE


Planning to install a new fence?


Before you install a new fence, here are some important factors to consider:


1. Purpose

Determining the purpose of your fence will help you narrow down the vast array of style and material options. There are so many good reasons to add a fence to your home. Here are some of them:


  • Boundaries - A fence takes the question out of where your property ends and someone else’s begins. You don’t have to dislike your neighbors to prefer a little privacy of your own. Whether you want to create a backyard oasis or just drink coffee on the back patio in your pajamas, a fence can provide all the privacy you need.


  • Curb appeal - The huge variety of styles and colors available in today’s market makes it easy to choose a fence designed for beauty and charm. Whatever your reason, if your goal is to increase curb appeal, you have to consider what a fence will look like from the street. It should be made of high-quality materials and match the style of your home.


  • Pool - A pool fence is a critical safety tool, and many state and local governments require them. There are usually laws that govern the details of a pool fence, so you need to make sure your contractor knows them and follows them.


  • Safety - A well-constructed fence can help give you peace of mind. Whether you want to keep kids in or intruders out, a fence is an ideal solution for the safety and security you need.


How much do you plan to spend?


With the huge variety of fence styles and materials on the market today, there’s a good chance you can find one to fit your budget. Knowing how much you want to spend will help narrow your choices. If you don’t know where to start with budgeting, you can begin by considering the minimum cost for the type of fence you want.


Materials


  • Wood - A wooden fence is a popular choice for homes because it’s practical and attractive. Besides that, it’s cost-effective, long-lasting, available in many heights, and looks great painted in whatever color you choose. As a natural material, wood is subject to weathering, infestation, and rot if it is not well-maintained. So, keep in mind that ongoing maintenance and repairs are needed to keep it looking its best.


  • Aluminum - There’s nothing quite like the style and elegance of an aluminum fence. Available in many styles and colors, the beauty of an aluminum fence adds both value and security to a home. Since neither rotting nor warping is an issue, the fence requires little maintenance. But keep in mind that although its durability makes it a sound long-term investment, aluminum normally requires a higher front-end cost.


  • Vinyl - Although a vinyl fence is more costly than a wooden fence, it’s virtually maintenance-free. Since the color goes all the way through the vinyl, scratches and dents are not noticeable, and wear and tear is minimal. Also, insects, pests, and rust aren’t an issue. Not only is a vinyl fence strong, but it can be styled to look like a picket, privacy, post and rail, or ornamental fence. The most common maintenance for a vinyl fence is just an occasional cleaning with a garden hose or pressure washer to clean off dirt and pollen.


  • Chain link - Chain link fence is both practical and economical, it remains a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties. Since it provides a clear view, a chain link fence doesn’t give intruders a place to hide. With newer vinyl-coated styles available in a variety of color choices, today’s chain link fence can be both stylish and resistant to rust.


4. Neighborhood covenants/city or town regulations


You don’t want to install a new fence that you end up having to modify or remove. That’s why it’s important to abide by any applicable neighborhood, city or town regulations. Some homeowners; associations regulate colors, styles, materials, height, or how far your fence must be from a sidewalk. Your city or county will likely have regulations for a pool fence, but some may have requirements for the fence around your property as well. Make sure you have researched all the applicable rules and regulations in the planning stages, or you could risk fines or even have to remove your brand-new fence.


5. Neighbors


Although you’re free to install a new fence regardless of your neighbor’s wishes, it’s always a good idea to let a neighbor in on your plans. (In some cases neighbors may even agree to share the cost of a fence if it benefits them.) Let them know if the installation is likely to affect them. In addition, you may want to let them in on the materials or fence height you plan to use. It’s never a good idea to allow a fence to be a bone of contention simply because you neglected to let your neighbors know your plans.


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