How to Choose the Perfect Fence for Your Home

March 31, 2024

There is no denying that a home is one of the most significant purchases we will make in our lifetime. We spend weeks searching for the perfect place to live, so it makes sense that when it comes time to add a fence, we would only want the best. 

With many different types of fencing on the market, yard fencing is the one that will make the most difference to the overall look and feel of your home. The right fence can help increase your property value and add a beautiful aesthetic to your residence. 

Let's take a quick look at some of the varying yard fences you can install and weigh the pros and cons of each. 

Yard Fences 101

When it comes to fencing in your yard, there are a few things to consider. Topics such as security, value, and convenience all come to mind and should always be taken into consideration. 

Installing a fence for security is a good idea for highly populated areas or for those that want that extra feeling of protection. There are a few fences that are better than others when it comes to security features. 

Keep in mind when purchasing a fence, the needs that you have at that particular phase of life. If you have young children, you may want to opt for PVC/vinyl fencing over a wrought iron fence. Or if you have a dog that likes to jump, you may want to build your fence to a height that will help to keep them safe. 

Here are just a few of the types of fence options you have. 

Chain Link Fence

The most popular fence choice is the chain-link fence. This particular type of fencing is excellent as it keeps people at bay and is extremely cost-effective. 

Some may wonder about wood fences or walled up fences; however, in terms of security, those types of fences give perpetrators a place to hide. A chain-link fence allows you to see who is on the other side but clearly states that you do not want others on your property. When looking to purchase a chain-link fence for security, you will want to look at a thicker wire of at least a nine-gauge. 

For those that like the affordability of a chain-link but don't have a reason or are not bothered by the security feature, then a popular option is to grow vines to help cover up the fence. 

A wrought iron fence can help provide the same level of security, and if not more so, however, the price point puts them out of the economical category for many people. 

Wooden Fence

By far, one of the best features of a wood fence is noise reduction. Those who live in residential neighborhoods, or have streets that run in front of your house will benefit greatly from this feature. 

Like chain-link fences, wood fences are also cost-effective; however, they may require more upkeep. Every couple of years, you will want to give it a thorough cleaning to help remove any of the built-up mold and dirt that has accumulated. If you live in an area that is prone to moisture, then a once of year power washing may be in order. 

The upkeep of wooden fences is not as difficult as one would think, but every so often, a plat will come loose, or if you opted for a painted wood fence, the paint might chip or fade over time.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl yard fences are popular due to their low maintenance and durability. There is no need to worry about having to paint or repaint as these fences maintain their color throughout their lifetime. Unlike wood that will eventually splinter over time, vinyl fences hold up in all types of weather. Most come with some form of warranty, so should there be an issue, it is often covered. 

Another popular feature is the aesthetics of the vinyl fence. The only upkeep is a quick power washing once a year to avoid any mold or mildew staining. Farms are one place that benefits significantly from this type of fencing. With its low maintenance and durability, it can help keep animals safe from wandering off or injuring themselves on wooden or iron fences. 

Wrought Iron

Often the most coveted out of all of the yard fences, wrought iron, is an excellent choice for any home. The detail work that goes into creating wrought iron fences is indicative of the old-world blacksmithing craft. The most long-lasting out of all the fence options, the wrought iron fence is going to cost you more than most but is so worth it. 

Made of alloy, a wrought iron fence is resistant to rusting; however, that does not mean that it does not rust eventually. Yet a quick coat of paint can help cover that up and keep it looking as good as new. Should a portion of the fence become damaged, they are built in such a way that it would not require the entire fence to be taken down, saving you both time and money. 

While most associate wrought iron with more traditional or formal decor, they can be constructed in any architectural style you choose. From modern to rustic, the options are endless. 

The Choice is Yours

Creating a home where your personality shows both inside and out is a great experience to be had by all. A yard fence is simply one of the ways that you can accent your style on the exterior of your home. 

Yet yard fences are not the only way to do so. Garden fencing, pool enclosures, entryways, and gates are another way to use these same materials to improve the aesthetics of your abode. 

For more details on the types of fencing available and how to best utilize them on your property, visit our website, or give us a call for more information.