Are you thinking of constructing a fence on your property? A fence can be a significant investment, so it’s essential that you choose the right type for your needs.
At All Exteriors LLC, we’ve helped homeowners choose and install their ideal fences for over 20 years, and one thing we’ve learned is that purpose is key. A fence’s purpose plays a considerable role in the material and style you have to choose from.
To ensure you cover all your bases, make a list of all the things you need your new wall to do. Not sure where to start? Here are five factors to consider when it comes to fencing installation.
Many people install walls to keep out animals or potential criminals. If this is your primary reason, you’ll need a strong wall material. Hardwood and durable metals are great options, but you want to stay away from glass. Make sure your gate is also tamper-proof; as the entrance, it’s a weak point that can defeat the purpose of an imposing wall if the lock, gate or frame can be easily broken.
A security fence should be tall to discourage climbing. You’ll also want to avoid horizontal supports, space between slats, or anything else that can be used as handholds for ease of climbing.
If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, fences are a great way to keep them safe and on your property. However, there are a few things you should consider:
- Do your pets dig?
- Do they jump?
- How big are they?
Dogs that are prone to tunneling can be thwarted by hardscaping or installing several inches of fence underground. You can combat jumping by building a wall taller than your pets’ maximum jump height. Finally, larger dogs generally require taller fencing, as they have greater physical capabilities.
On the other hand, maybe your escape isn’t the problem — it’s the barking. Many dogs have the natural instinct to protect their territory, which means they bark at anything and anyone who comes close, even if there’s no actual danger. A solid fence may solve this problem, as your dogs won’t be able to see the street and sidewalk beyond.
Individuals who live in more rural areas know that critters love to ransack gardens — and they’re incredibly resourceful when it comes to getting around obstacles. Deer are some of the worst offenders, as they can clear nearly eight feet with ease.
The solution is to either go wide or tall. If you pair an average-height fence with hedges or another shrubbery, a deer won’t be able to clear the entire distance. You can also opt for added height, solid material or netting to keep out hungry trespassers.
If you live in a densely populated area, a privacy fence can be a true asset. Compared to walls meant for security, you have a few more options when it comes to style and material:
- Spaced wood
- Closely spaced lattice
With a privacy fence in place, you can feel comfortable using your yard without worrying about nosy neighbors.
Many municipalities compel homeowners to fence in pools for safety reasons. Before you start the installation, you should find out the legal requirements:
- What materials can you use?
- How closely must the slats be placed?
- Are there any gate and lock requirements?
- How tall must the fence be?
Whether you need fencing repair or are looking to add a wall to your property, All Exteriors LLC is here to help. Our experts can help you sift through the many options to find the perfect material and style. For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (715) 781-1696 or contact us online.
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