A fence changes the look of your property and adds to your property upkeep chores. Therefore, you want to consider your options carefully when you're ready to have a new fence installed. Here are a few of the factors that will influence your decision.
Before you get your heart set on a particular style of fencing, be sure to check your local regulations. City codes or HOA regulations may stipulate the type of fencing material, height of fencing, and color of fencing you're allowed to install. Your HOA may only allow a particular style fence to keep the homes uniform and your city may place a height restriction on fences. You want to know these regulations upfront so you don't waste time planning a new fence you won't even be able to install.
If you want a new fence for privacy reasons, then you want a fence that is installed in solid sections such as a wood fence or vinyl fence. These block your neighbors so you can't see them and they can't see you. Vinyl may offer the most privacy since you can see through some wood fences if you look between the slats. If you prefer wood, talk to your contractor about the various styles of wood fencing. Some offer more privacy than others.
Wood fences require the most work. That's because wood oxidizes and decays over time. You may need to stain or paint the fence regularly to keep it looking nice, particularity if you're governed by a homeowner's association. Even if you're not, city codes will probably require you to maintain your fence so it isn't an eyesore. That means you'll need to repair it as it splinters and decays. You'll have to replace broken slats and scrape peeling paint. You can avoid all this labor by going with something besides wood. Vinyl, chain link, and aluminum are practically maintenance free. If you really like the look of wood, you may want to go with a composite material made with wood pulp and resin that looks like wood but wears like plastic so there is little maintenance needed.
If you need a fence around your pool or one to keep your kids and dogs in the yard, but you don't want to block a scenic view, then an aluminum fence or a vinyl wrapped chain link fence is a good choice. These fences are attractive and they blend in well with the background landscaping so they are nearly invisible when you buy them in dark colors. Best of all, they have plenty of space between the rails so you can see the scenic views beyond your property line.
While all these considerations are important, when you need a fence in a hurry for a new dog or other reason, your budget may be the deciding factor. If that's the situation, then chain link could be the way to go. In any case, there are several options in fencing material available today, so you can get the degree of privacy and security you want in an attractive option that complements the appearance of your home. For more information, talk to a professional like Rut Fencing.