Getting a new fence isn’t always an easy job. A professional can help you solve most of the problems you’ll be facing in the time before your fence purchase, but some things you’ll have to decide on your own. Before you put the money up for your new fence – you’ll have to decide where the fence is going to be, what type of fence it’ll be, and how you’re going to maintain it in the future.
Settling on a position for your fence
Most folks have a fence placement in mind before they start looking into pricing and measurements. However, sometimes that placement isn’t the best choice to fit your needs. Before you commit to buying, consider all of the ways your new fence can solve your problems. You might discover that an alternative position is right for you.
Is your fence going around a pool? Don’t forget to leave plenty of room for pool-goers to walk around the pool safely.
What about a fence for your backyard? You’ll need lots of room for activities and backyard appliances.
Be careful to assess your ideal fence placement BEFORE you commit to installing the fence – you’ll save yourself a headache later.
What fence type is best for you?
Oftentimes, a specific type of fence is a better fit for your needs than the one you originally had in mind. Difficulties with terrain level can call for a fence type that’s more forgiving on the slopes. Or perhaps you need acres and acres of property fenced up, but you don’t have the time or money to spend on lots of continued maintenance.
Take some time to consider what fence type will satisfy both your aesthetic needs and your practical needs! Remember, just because a fence is simpler doesn’t mean it’s less visually appealing. There are lots of ways to dress up a fence – whether it be wood, vinyl, or chain link.
Plan for your fence’s maintenance
As we touched on above, ongoing maintenance should be a primary concern BEFORE you invest in a fence for your property. Certain types of fences, like ornamental or wood, require more hours and money in maintenance than others. That doesn’t mean that you should never get an ornamental or a wooden fence, however. Both those choices are great for large acreage because they require regular maintenance, not despite it.
Before you sit down to collect the money for a fence installation, consider how much the first year will cost in maintenance. If you figure that those costs will be too large, it might be best to go with a different fence type that’s more suited to your weather or terrain.