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What You Need To Know When Buying A Vinyl Fence

Jan 19th 2015 at 9:51 PM

A fence is part of your home that is going to last for years. Making the right choice before installation is key to loving your fence. Planning is a key factor in finding the perfect fence to accentuate your home’s exterior. Consider all these aspects when upgrading your home.

Know what you’re trying to accomplish. Make a list of the reasons you want a new fence. What does it need to do? Privacy and protection are the common reasons, but get more specific about what you want to keep out or keep in. A pool fence is quite different from a picket fence in your front yard.

Check the regulations in your community. If you’re part of an HOA, they may have rules that restrict your fence. Identify the underground utilities on your property and the property line. These things may also play a part in your choice, so it’s good to know about them early on.

Look at your style. Victorian and Cape style houses look good with picket fences surrounding them. Stone, brick, and stucco complement English Tudor homes. A Spanish or Mission style home can handle metal railings. Your ranch-style home will finish well with a wooden fence. If it’s important to you to maintain a certain look, you will want to know what works for your home.

The fence materials are very important. A chain link fence doesn’t have style, but it also won’t require the maintenance level of a picket fence. Stone and brick masonry last for generations, but they can be quite expensive. Plastic and vinyl fences require little upkeep, but they do tend to look manufactured and may not complement your home. A wood fence is a good choice for privacy, but it also requires periodic repair. An ornamental iron fence is a beautiful choice that lasts for years and enhances your curb appeal, but you will need to add landscaping to get privacy.

Your fencing contractor can help you narrow your choices even farther. Once you’ve decided on a wooden fence, you have even more options. There’s cedar, redwood, and ACQ-treated products. There are also lattice patterns that add a lot of style, but not privacy.

Frost opined that “good fences make good neighbors,” but to be a good neighbor, you should alert yours when you’re installing a fence. If your property butts up against someone else’s, and you share a fence, they may depend on that to keep their pets or children in the yard. It’s a good idea to give them a chance to make other arrangements.

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Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his

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