There are a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right fence for your home. Made of materials like vinyl or aluminum, a new fence will last a lifetime — or even longer (really). Don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Consider these 5 questions when selecting a fencing option:
1. Does your neighborhood or HOA have fencing restrictions?
Homeowners associations (HOAs) sometimes have rules about what kinds of fences are acceptable in the neighborhood. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, rules often govern the material, color or height of residential fencing. Because HOA rules — and state laws — vary by state, make sure you consult any applicable covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) that may determine what kind of fence you choose for your home.
2. Are you looking to contain pets or protect children?
Fences are a practical solution to everyday concerns about keeping pets and children safe. But materials like wood, chain link and wrought iron can pose dangers to animals and kids alike. The splinters and rust associated with wood and iron fencing pose a potential health hazard, and chain link can be easily climbed. Alternative options like vinyl and aluminum fencing are both pet and child-friendly, virtually maintenance-free and often more attractive.
3. How will your fence affect resale value?
Fences are an investment, and like any investment, you want the best return possible. That means choosing a fence that not only solves your immediate need (privacy, security, pet or child safety, for instance), but also increases the value of your home. Many neighborhood homeowner associations don’t allow certain types of fencing like chain link because they can actually decrease resale value (not to mention unattractive). Other options like wood and iron fences are naturally more susceptible to the elements and require regular repair or painting, which can affect buyer interest in your home.
4. How important is the style or color of fence?
For aesthetic reasons and to increase the resale value of your home, it’s important to consider fencing style and color. Certain types of fencing — like wood and wrought iron fences — present limited (and often expensive) options for customization. Aluminum, vinyl or even decorative steel fencing are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, allowing you to match the aesthetics of your fence to the style of your house. Looking for something that truly stands out? Other options like simulated stone fencing replicate the look and feel of granite while offering practical advantages like fade and impact resistance and sound proofing characteristics.
5. Are you looking for privacy?
If privacy is a top concern, a vinyl, aluminum or simulated stone fence may be right for you. Whether you’re looking to enclose a pool or create a private backyard sanctuary, choosing the right fence material is especially important. Certain types of fences, such as iron, simply don’t afford privacy at all, while wood fences aren’t really suitable for pool fences as they’re susceptible to rot and fading.
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Having spent more than 20 years supplying and installing fencing throughout the St. Louis area, Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions knows what to look out for when choosing the right fence for your home. What are you looking for in a fence? Get your questions answered with a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.
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