Don’t be caught in the common pitfalls of buying a fence that doesn’t fit your lifestyle. In fact, there are multiple factors that should play in your decision. Do your research and get multiple quotes on fencing materials and the cost of labor. Here are a couple of factors that you should consider when buying a fence.
Like all big purchases, buying a fence is an investment in yourself and your home. Fences have been known to boost curb appeal and property value. Buying a fence is about meeting the needs of your home, and staying under budget. If you want the cheapest option, a chain-link fence may serve you well to keep cats and dogs in your home. On the other hand, a wood fence can do the same thing, and you get the added bonus of it boosting your curb appeal. Wood fencing has a smaller upfront cost, but needs maintenance throughout the years. From there, you have vinyl and iron fencing which have trade-offs and are traditionally higher priced. Simply put, buying a fence should be about what will meet your needs and what you can afford. If you want a security fence, it may cost you more than average. Be mindful of that when shopping around for quotes. The most affordable may not always be the best fence for you.
You need to choose how much of your fencing needs to be aesthetically pleasing and how functional it needs to be. A vinyl fence can be great with little maintenance, but the higher price may mean you won’t be able to build as high. If you want privacy you will need at least 8 feet of height to make sure you are protected from most angles. Privacy can be invaluable in a busy neighborhood and buying a fence can be the best way to keep nosy neighbors and prying eyes out of your business. Fencing materials matter a lot more when it comes to being functional. Keep that in mind when you are buying a fence.
It’s already been mentioned before in this article, but the materials you buy will have an impact on visibility, upkeep, and security. Materials like vinyl and iron are more expensive than wood or chain link, however, they take less up-keep. In addition, they are easy to clean and provide security. Wood is the premier choice, though, for a lot of homes due to its curb appeal and cheap price. A good wood fence can provide privacy and can be high enough to dissuade criminals from breaking into your home. There are a couple of drawbacks, though. Mainly, that wood will need to be treated every year to keep it’s paint and glow like new. That means you will spend more money over the lifespan of that fence. It can also boost the value of your home. When buying a fence, whether commercial or private, you should take into account how much materials cost, and what they can do for you.
Fences are used from time to time to establish boundaries. This is common in most suburbs. However, a word of caution: buying a fence and putting it across your home boundaries can have serious consequences. Before you buy, talk with your neighbors on your plans and make sure you have clear guidelines on what is and isn’t your lawn. It will save you a lot of money, time, and stress. People have gone to court for erecting a fence a few inches too far. Also, make sure you tell this to the fencing company you hire.
Lastly, when buying a fence you need to think about security. Chain link fences may be great to keep kids and dogs on your property, but a criminal can easily cut through or jump over your fence. If you want a fence for security purposes, shop for a tall fence with little horizontal bars, and decide whether you want to be able to see outside the fence. With an iron fence, they usually have spikes, are 8ft tall, and you can see if someone is looking through your fence. If you want a little more protection this may be the best option for you.
Looking at buying a fence sometime in the future? Astro Fence Company has the skills and knowledge to figure out what is best for you and your family. With top materials and top brands, you won’t have to worry about quality. Contact us today and see how your yard can be transformed!