5 Things to Know Before Installing a Fence

So you want to put up a fence. We’re all for it! But before you get started, here are some things to think about to make sure you get the fence you want that will last for years.

Know What You Want

Before you install a fence, think about why you want it and where you want to put it. Is it just to keep the dog in the yard or protect an AC unit? A chainlink fence might be just what you need. If the fence is for privacy and noise, you’ll want a fence that’s solid and tall enough to give you the privacy you want.

Choose Your Materials

Wood, vinyl, chain link, or aluminum? The list can go on. Before you pick one, think about how each type of material performs and what kind of maintenance is involved. Wood fences may require occasional staining and sealing. You have to keep up with them to ensure they have a long life. Is the fence at a cabin or a residence you don’t visit regularly? You may want to choose a lower-maintenance material like vinyl, which offers the look of wood but doesn’t require the same level of ongoing care.

Mix It Up

If you have a tight budget, consider mixing up your fence types. You could install a wood fence in your front yard and chain link in the back. It will save upfront costs and maintenance and repair costs down the road.

Do Your Research

Check your homeowner’s association and local building code authorities about covenants that determine fence aesthetics, allowable height and types of materials you can use. Some city rules require you to place the finished side of a fence facing the public side of the property. You’ll also want to find out how far away from sidewalks and property lines you can install a fence and what permits are required before you begin your project.

Hire Professionals

Fence installation isn’t as easy as it looks on HGTV. When you hire professional fence installers, you get exactly what you want and you don’t have to lift a finger. The work is guaranteed and it will take much less time than if you tackle it on your own.

If you’re not sure where to start or need inspiration, we’re here to help. We offer free estimates and can show you a variety of options to choose from. Or, stop into our showroom to see all of the different styles and types of fences we offer.