How To Construct The Perfect Fence

A fence is more than just a means of providing privacy and protection to your property; it is a manifestation of your architectural style. There are many options available, and knowing which is best for your building is essential. Below are some tips to help you construct the perfect fence.

Wooden Fence

A wooden fence has a number of advantages, and is one of the most popular options chosen by property owners. They usually have a six foot maximum height for privacy and are tall enough to keep most animals from jumping over. The biggest downside to wood fencing however is the cost, which tends to be high per each linear foot. Plus, the surfaces must be stained and sanded.

Vinyl Fence

For those who love the wooden fence look, but don’t want to deal with the high cost of upkeep, vinyl is the perfect alternative. This material has a lifespan of roughly a decade and never has to be stained or sanded. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of vinyl is its great strength, which will allow it to absorb impacts from larger animals without sustaining damage.

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are popular in many areas, and for good reason. Although it is not stylish when compared to vinyl and wood, and does not provide the same level of privacy, it is much more affordable and will do a great job of keeping your pets in and other animals out. Being made of metal, these fences are also much stronger than wood or vinyl and will last longer since the metal is usually treated to prevent rust. Despite this, if chain link fences are not installed properly, gaps can appear beneath them over time. If these gaps are not repaired your pets or other animals may dig under them, creating a pit that they can use to enter or escape.

Invisible Fence

This “fence” is primarily designed for pets and will provide no privacy or aesthetic appeal to the property. It makes use of a collar which when placed on your pet will give them the sensation of a slight shock or high pitched sound whenever they come too close to the barrier. This should cause the animal to return, but it is important to conduct your research on this option as many homeowners have varying opinions on it. It should also be mentioned that invisible fencing will require the digging of a miniature trench around the property so the wire can be laid down. Given the work required to accomplish this, some may find it easier to simply use a classical fence.

How Much Will it Cost To Install A Fence?

The cost will depend on the type you choose, as well as the size of your property. Most property owners spend on average between $1,000 and $3,000. And although you may consider embarking on a DIY project, it is highly recommended to use a contractor instead, because fences require HOA approval and special permits which require the job to be done in a specific way.