Your backyard is an extension of your home. A place to play, relax, garden and entertain. If your backyard is anything short of an oasis, we can help!
Adding fencing to your yard can add value and curb appeal. It can also make your home a safe and private place for your family. Read on to learn more about how to plan your fencing project.
Fencing – Looks, Safety, Solitude
There are many reasons that adding a fence can help make your yard your happy place. Picket fences can enhance your home’s curb appeal or create a safe space for pets. Privacy fences also provide safety, with the added benefit of helping to ensure that the time you spend in your yard is your own, and not on display for others. Other fence types such as split rail fencing and metal fencing add style and divide property lines. Whatever fence style you choose, you can be sure that it will add to the enjoyment of your home.
Planning for Your New Fence
The first step in planning for your new fence is to determine what features your family needs. Do you have children that will be playing in the yard? Do you have pets that you wish to let out unleashed – or do you wish to keep others’ pets from entering your yard? Do you have neighbors close by who can easily see into your yard, and if so, do you mind that? That last thing you want to say when a fence project is complete is, “I wish I would have thought of that before!” Once you determine what is most important to you, the next step is choosing your fence style.
There are a wide range of fence products available today include traditional wood fencing, metal fencing, and low-maintenance vinyl fencing. Wood and vinyl fencing are widely used for privacy, where metal fencing is widely used for pool fencing and decorative fencing. Vinyl fencing, while offering low-maintenance upkeep, also offers several different colors. Choose one, or mix and match two or more colors for a unique look.
Once you determine what type and style of fence you want, it’s time to find an installer. Installing a fence is certainly not rocket science, however as with most home improvements, proper measuring and installation is best done by a pro. When choosing a fence installer, it is important to find one that is licensed, and who can provide references in your area. Doing that tiny bit of homework can save you huge headaches in the future!
If you are getting multiple quotes from fence contractors, compare the contracts carefully. Be sure that line items match up so that no contractor is missing anything that may need to be added on later. Also be sure that the materials being quoted are the same, and that the contractor has included any permits. Additionally, if you are replacing an existing fence, be sure that the price for your new fence includes removal AND haul away of your old fence.
For ideas on what styles of fencing are available, we invite you to check out our fence galleries linked below.