Have you been thinking about adding a fence to your property? You likely have a lot of questions about which type of fence is the best option for your budget and needs. At Plastic Lumber Yard, we help property owners narrow down their fence choices by helping them determine which features are most important to them.
The Top 5 Reasons Property Owners Install A Fence
The first question every property owner should ask themselves is, “Why do I want a fence?” This answer can provide a lot of information on the type of fence that will work best for them.
Let’s dive into the top 5 reasons that most property owners decide to install a fence:
Security & Safety
It’s true that the average fence won’t stop someone from crossing a property line but it will make them think twice. A fence is just one more obstacle that a criminal would need to overcome when entering and exiting a property, making your property less of a target.
In addition to keeping unwanted visitors out, fences can help to keep children and adults safe. In many regions, fences are required around certain structures, like pools. This helps to reduce the risk of an accident.
People are naturally curious creatures and it’s not uncommon for homeowners to feel like their neighbors are constantly watching them. A fence can greatly increase privacy, keeping your family’s personal life safe from prying eyes.
Additional privacy can be gained by planting fast-growing trees either just inside or outside of the fence.
Marking Property Lines
Land is a resource and without clear property lines, others might encroach on it. A fence is a clear indicator of where property lines start and stop. Be sure to work with a surveyor who can clearly measure and mark exactly where the property lines exist so that any disputes can be resolved prior to building the fence.
There is a reason why some people dream of a home with a “white picket fence” – fences can be very attractive additions! Fences can easily be matched to the already established look of your home.
Dog, horses, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep are just a few of the popular animals that are typically contained by a fence. Fences that are used to keep animals in a designated area must meet certain height and strength requirements. For some, function is more important than asthetics but the reality is that livestock fencing can be functional and beautiful.
The next important factor to take into consideration is the amount of maintenance the type of fence installed will require.
The Different Types Of Fencing
The following are the most common types of materials used in fencing:
Vinyl fencing is often the best choice for the majority of fencing projects because it:
- is nonporous and won’t absorb water, eliminaing the risk of rot
- won’t ever splinter or crack
- won’t attract insects
- never needs to be painted or stained
- doesn’t easily scratch
- can be easily cleaned with water and dish soap
At Plastic Lumber Yard, we offer several different types of vinyl fencing in four attractive colors. You can learn more about the options we have available by visiting the Vinyl Fencing page.
Wood can be a very attractive option, however, wood fencing require a lot of maintenance. Wood should ideally be stained, painted, or waterproofed to help decrease the chance of water causing rot. In addition to this, wood fencing should be checked regularly for damaged caused by insects, spliters, and cracks.
Chain Link/Metal Fencing
Chain link fences are arguably the least attractive fencing option. Although sections of chain link might be a budget friendly option initially, the reality is that it could cause a decline in your property value. Without protective coating it is only a matter of time before the metal rusts.
Installing A Fence: Is A Permit Needed?
Many towns, cities, and states require a permit before a fence is constructed and property owners should check with their local government agency regarding the regulations in the area. Additionally, many HOA’s require that any fences in the community meet strict regulations so it’s best to check with the HOA prior to purchasing fencing.
If you have any additional questions about fencing don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Plastic Lumber Yard!