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Increase the privacy and security of your house with a fence.

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Overview

Published: 02/12/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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There are many reasons to add a fence on your property to create an increased sense of privacy, security for pets or childrens or to add to the look and curb value of your home.  

Fences can be expensive, so before you make that investment, you will want to consider the by-laws concerning fencing in your area and your budget. Although it may make financial sense to share the cost of a fence with your neighbor, before you actually proceed with the plan be sure to get the details of your agreement down in writing.  Circumstances change, people move, trees fall down, etc. You have no way of knowing what will happen in the future so make sure you have documented your plan.

The purpose of the fence will determine the style. There are a wide variety of materials available.

Wood.

A traditional favorite, wood offers a natural look and can be painted or stained to match other features on the property and suit your personal style. Cedar and redwood are two popular material choices.

The style of your wood fence will depend on its function. A picket fence is charming and welcoming. It allows people to see into property and show off beautiful gardens. A privacy fence, on the other hand will be constructed using at least six or seven foot boards. A semi private fence is not as tall, and often includes latticework at the top.

Metal.

Chain link fences are very reasonably priced and easy to install. They don’t provide much in the way of privacy and are often seen as a cheap option. If safety and security of pets is your goal, a chain link fence may be exactly what you need.

Wrought iron fences, combined with stone or brick, are classically elegant and stylish. A wrought iron fence also provides a sense of security and safety, especially if it is a tall with sharp points at the top.

PVC or Vinyl

Nearly maintenance free and available in a variety of colors and styles, PVC or vinyl fences are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. They are more expensive than some other options, but they have ease of maintenance and durability on their side.