Choose the Right Fence for Your Yard

by Ken Myers of East Coast Fence of Myrtle Beach ( 26-Aug-2016 )

Choosing the right fence for your yard can be a daunting task but if you go through the following steps, it not only becomes easier but it can enhance your property's value and appearance. First you need to decide the reasons that you want a fence.  Do you just want to keep your animals and loved ones in? Or, are you also looking for some privacy? With so many options out there, it is important to establish some objectives.

     You should check with your HOA to see what the restrictions for fencing in your neighborhood are. Some neighborhoods have restrictions against certain types of fence. It's also important to consider how the fence you choose will contribute to or hinder the resale value of your home. Each type of fence has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost, maintenance, and functionality. Although a wood fence may be beautiful now, without proper maintenance it will look worn in a few years. Consider all of your options and get estimates from at least three companies before you make a final decision.

     I am going to give you a little bit of information about the different types of fence to better help you make a great selection on the type of fence that meets your needs. Wrought iron fences are durable and available in a variety of colors, but they are the most expensive fencing option available and the will require some maintenance to keep them from rusting and to keep them looking good, especially if you live near the beach. Aluminum is growing in popularity as an economical alternative to wrought iron. It can stand up to harsh weather and requires very little maintenance. Wood fences can be expensive but are great for privacy. These fences can be a good choice for making sure that your children and pets are safe. The problem with wood fences is that they require a lot of maintenance if you want to keep your fence looking good. You will need to stain or paint them every two to three years to keep them from rotting or warping and still Mother Nature is eventually going to take its course. A vinyl fence is initially more expensive than wood, but they require very little maintenance and are not susceptible to termites and other pests. Chain Link is an economical option, but some neighborhoods may have regulations against chain link fencing, so be sure to do your research before you make an expensive mistake. Once you choose chain link fencing, there are a myriad of options to consider – height, color, finish coating, and the size of the holes.

     Remember, good fences make good neighbors. Although the fence company is responsible for laying the fence on your property, make sure you have an understanding of where the property line is and if you have concerns while the fence is going up, raise them before the installation is complete. If you’re not certain of where your property line is, have a survey done. While it's not legally required, it's a good idea to discuss any fence building plans with your neighbors before beginning to build. If you go through all of these options, you will surely end up with a fence that will not only make you happy but will enhance the value of your home.

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