How To Choose A Type Of Fence

When choosing a type of fence, you must first determine the primary purpose of the fence. Do you desire privacy from neighbors or passersby? Will your fence be used to enhance the curb appeal of your home? Do you need to contain dogs within your fence? After you’ve answered the question of purpose for your fence, you can begin to determine the type of fence you need.

Materials you can consider when choosing a type of fence:

  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Wrought Iron
  • Chain Link
  • Stone or brick
  • Recycled doors, metal, or other upcycled materials

Fences for privacy

If privacy is what you need, choose fence with no spaces or gaps. A traditional choice would be a solid wooden fence for privacy, which can be built at home or by a contractor, or you can purchase sections of wooden fencing at a local hardware store. Vinyl fencing can also be used for privacy. There are vinyl options without spacing for optimal privacy. A combination of materials may be what you desire. In any case, privacy can be achieved with little to no spacing in the fence and fence height.

Fences for curb appeal

A pretty fence can enhance the curb appeal of your home, just as an ugly fence can take away from the beauty of your house. If curb appeal is the purpose of your fence installation, a picket fence made of wood or vinyl may be what you need. Recycled materials or a combination of multiple materials might best fit your outdoor décor taste. Brick or stone fencing is a tasteful choice, but does involve more cost than any other type of fencing. The versatility of using a fence for curb appeal is wonderful, because you don’t need to consider height or spacing for any practical purpose. Spacing and height can be considered, but only because you will need to choose what will look best with your house and property.

Fences for dog containment

Do you need a fence to keep your dog safe? Your top considerations when choosing a type of fence should be height and spacing between fence materials. If aesthetics are not a concern, you might need a simple chain link fence. Some dogs may be able to climb these fences, so beware! Alternatively, you might want to consider a combination of metal & wooden posts, vinyl, or any other materials, as long as the height and spacing are appropriate for your dog. Another consideration when choosing a fence for dog containment: underground barriers to prevent digging!

Other considerations when choosing a type of fence

While your primary consideration must be the purpose of your fencing, your secondary considerations will be budget and value. The types of fences and materials for fencing vary widely in the initial cost investment as well as cost and time for maintenance of the fence. Choosing a type of fence can be overwhelming, but if you take the process one step at a time, beginning with your primary fencing purpose, you can easily make the best choice for your family.

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