The following article describes several factors you need to consider when choosing the fence style that will fit your needs.
The real estate market is on the rise, and many families are finding themselves in new homes as the days are growing longer and the grass greener. And given the warm weather, it is the perfect time to enjoy a new home from the outdoors. For many homeowners, the key to comfort during those long hours playing fetch with the dog and catch with the kids, or barbecuing out of sight from the neighbors, is the peace-of-mind provided by a fence. But there is more to such a project than meets the eye. It is important to not only be a good neighbor when planning your project, but to choose the type of fence that meets the needs of you and your family. Be a Good Neighbor Before getting the ball rolling on your new fence, it is important to consider your neighbors and your neighborhood: Keep your neighbors in the loop: Given that you are sharing a property line, it is common courtesy to let your neighbors know that you are planning to build a fence and to expect construction. Research HOA rules: If you live in a community with a homeowners association, make sure that you understand the ins-and-outs of the rules for fencing and construction before pushing forward with your plan.
Home owners associations are quite common in condo neighborhoods. Whether you are able to put up a fence could be an important question to ask before buying a condominium or home. These guidelines may detail whether or not fences are allowed as well as the types of materials that can be used. You will also need to understand and obey any regulations that your town may have. Check your local laws: Your village or city may require that you submit for a permit that includes a plat survey, which is a formal diagram of your property. Before approving your new fence, they generally want to ensure that you don’t exceed the boundaries of your property lines, and that you follow their codes and guidelines. Consider the aesthetic impacts: While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the look of a fence can not only affect your home, but your neighbors’, too. Keep this in mind when designing your fence. Prepare to maintain your fence: Once you have built a new fence, make sure it is well-maintained. Not only will this keep your neighbors happy, but it will improve the appearance of your neighborhood.
After you have communicated your plan to your neighbors and developed a firm understanding of the neighborhood requirements, it is time to determine what type of fence to build. Following are five options for constructing the perfect boundary around your yard. Consider Chain Link for Durability: If you are looking for a durable, hearty fencing solution, consider chain link. It is not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it has long been a popular choice and can be seen in just about any neighborhood.
Chain link fencing also wins if you are looking to keep children and pets in the yard without fear of them escaping. To compensate for the stylistic limitations, consider planting tasteful, tall landscaping along the fence line. This will positively impact the appearance of your home and neighborhood, while providing added privacy. Consider Classic Wood: For those looking for a balance between security, privacy, and beauty, consider a classic wooden fence. Go Green with Composite: While composite is one of the more expensive of the fencing options (think 25 to 40 percent more than wood), it is gaining a reputation for its easy maintenance and eco-friendly nature. Composite fencing can be made up of up to 100 percent recycled material and offers the same design and privacy options that homeowners will find in traditional wood fencing.
Additionally, it is resistant to fading, warping, and wind. If the only thing missing from your yard is a fence, spring and summer is the perfect time to install one. But not so fast … make sure to do your homework before breaking ground. A successful yard isn’t just about a new fence that meets your needs; keep your neighbors in mind and ensure that the material you choose will successfully accomplish its purposes.
Time to start planning those projects you have been dreaming of all winter long. Whether it is a new fence to add to your backyard living area or some maintenance on your existing fence. Now is the perfect time to start that project. In designing your fence there are several different options to choose from -- Aluminum and Custom Wood are two of the most popular fence types. However, plenty homeowners are perfectly satisfied with galvanized or the vinyl coated chain-link. The vinyl privacy is also a great option.
For those of you that have a wooden fence now is the perfect time to protect your investment by staining and sealing. This ensures that your investment will be well protected as well as adding a beautiful color to the fence.