If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have probably thought about building a fence around your property. In fact, in the United States alone, zoning committee experts estimate that 80% to 90% of the applications they receive are for privacy fence installation. However, like any home improvement project, fence installation comes with both pros and cons. Here’s what you should know.
The Pros of Fences
Fencing around your yard can give you some much-desired privacy. It can be difficult to enjoy a meal on the deck, a swim in the pool, or a backyard birthday party when the whole neighborhood is watching. There are also numerous fence types to choose from that can give you complete privacy or even partial privacy. You can go with a six foot tall wood fence if you want complete coverage.
Many people choose fence installation to keep criminals out and keep their loved ones in. Burglars are less likely to attempt to break in if you have a tall, locked fence around your home. Children and pets will be kept safely inside the boundaries of your yard if you have a fence. You won’t have to worry about them chasing a ball into the road or roaming far from home.
Fencing professionals will tell you that fences can provide all sorts of barriers to your home. Depending on the type of fence you choose, you can create a sound barrier, a safety barrier, or even a line of sight barrier. If you live near a busy road, a tall enough fence can keep out the traffic noise. If you have a messy neighbor, you can block the view with a simple chain link fence and some climbing plants. A fence company can help you decide what kind of material would suit your situation best.
If you think that you might want to sell your home in the future, fencing can actually make your home more sellable. Fences are a desirable feature to many homebuyers and can even increase your curb appeal and asking price.
The Cons of Fences
Like any home improvement project, installing a fence can have disadvantages. Sometimes, an overly tall fence can obstruct your view. If you find that you want the safety features, but want to be able to see the rolling hills or trees around you, you can always opt for an intricate iron fence or ivy-covered walls. A partial fence may even be a possible solution.
Unfortunately, a fence installation could upset your neighbors. You should speak to them beforehand, and listen to any concerns they may have. You may not realize that you could be obstructing their view, harming their landscape, or even making them feel unwelcome. Whatever the case, try to strike a compromise so that both parties are happy.
If you’ve never shopped for fencing before, you might suffer from sticker shock when you start looking. Some fence types can be expensive, especially if you need a lot of it. Wood fencing can be anywhere between $17 and $24 per linear foot. You may need to think about fencing a smaller section of your yard or going with a less expensive type of fence if the cost is an issue. However, keep in mind that the value you’ll add to your property may offset the initial costs of installation.
Depending on the material you choose for your fence, maintenance can be time-consuming. If you go with wood, plan on cleaning, staining, or painting more frequently than you would if you were to go with other types of material. Mowing can also become cumbersome because you will probably need to use a trimmer to get close to or even between the fencing. If you live in a rural or wooded area, you may end up with damage from wildlife that try to get in. However, fence maintenance is relatively minimal in comparison to other kinds of home upkeep. For many homeowners, the benefits make the maintenance worthwhile.
If fencing around your home is something you want — whether for safety, curb appeal, or privacy — talk to the professionals first. You will probably find that the pros outweigh the cons, but you will want to choose the right material and installation type to suit your home, family, and budget. For more information, please contact us today.