The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Fence



 

For this article, we went ahead and interviewed the professionals at Nelson Fence Co, a Framingham fence company about the importance of choosing the right fence for your home. Fences are meant to perform several functions, with the two most important being to provide homes with security and privacy. Other functions may include blocking an unsightly street scene and keeping family dogs from straying. Apart from these functions, however, most homeowners also prefer the aesthetics of the fence to complement the look of their homes.

 Fences come in different types of material, which often dictate its look and type. Installing a fence is also one clever way of adding value to your home if you’re planning to put it on the market. So how do you choose the right type for your home?

 

Below is a very useful guide to choosing the right fence for your home.

 

1.  Why are You Installing a Fence?

 

The fence's primary purpose helps narrow down your choices in terms of material and style. For instance do you want to add more security to your home? For this, you can go with wrought iron fences, aluminum, steel, concrete, wood and even a combination of these materials. If you want to add more privacy, you can go with wood boards and planks, concrete, steel planks and a combination of these, as well. If you are looking to add value to your home, you can almost never go wrong with wood fences, which has long been a favorite across the country. Being definite on what you want your new fence to do for you will help you move forward in choosing and installing a new fence.

 

2.  Understand the Pros and Cons of the Different Fence Materials

 

There are many types of fencing materials to choose from including wood, steel, iron, concrete, aluminum, vinyl and even cut-out granite for gabion fences. Wood will last you a lifetime and can make for a great type of garden fence, but can tend to get pricey depending on the height or length of your planks.

 Aluminum is the go to material if you are looking for a combination of cost and looks as it can be made to look just like the other materials that were mentioned. This material, however, may not provide you with the same security as steel, wrought iron and concrete and it may corrode over time. Vinyl fencing is one of the most durable and attractive types of fences. Apart from being very affordable, it is also maintenance free. Considering the advantages and disadvantages of the materials will help you further trim down your options.

 

3.  Settle on a Design and Budget

 

Once you have decided on the purpose of your fence and the material that you prefer, you can begin looking at fence design ideas. It will be helpful to have many options when it comes to fence design. Take photos of fence designs that you have set your heart on or download design idea pictures that you see online. Ask yourself how much you are willing to spend for your fence installation project. Once you have the designs that you want and have settled on a budget that you are willing to spend, then you are ready out to professional fence installers.

 

When choosing a fence installation contractor, it will be a good idea to ask for recommendations from neighbors who also had their fences installed recently. The contractor will likely be familiar with any codes for building fences or any housing requirements in your area. Consult the contractor with the kind of fence that you want by showing him your design preferences and your budget.  Consider the advice of the contractor and work with him in choosing the final design and type of fence that best suits your requirements and budget.