Starting The “Fence” Process
Whether you want to replace an old fence or you want to have a fence built for the first time, there are many options to consider.
If you’ve had any experience shopping around for fence companies in the past, then you already know that prices can vary, drastically, from one company to the next. In addition, prices can vary by hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the type of fence work you want done.
With that being said, it’s understandable that people would be cautious about picking the right fence. Some people even hesitate so long that they chose to do nothing, leaving their yard exposed and their privacy invaded.
If you don’t want to be one of those people, follow these 3 tips for picking the right fence.
1.) Ask some important questions.
First, find out if you’re part of a homeowner’s association. This may have merit in your decision making process or lack thereof as some HOA’s have specific standards.
Second, if you’re in the clear to build freely, then ask yourself the purpose of your fence. Is it for privacy? Is it for looks? Are you keeping kids or animals in or out?
Knowing the answer to these questions will help determine the best materials to build your fence. For example, privacy is best kept with a wooden fence, pretty fences may be white picket fences or a chic aluminum fence, and the right height is important for containment of animals and/or children.
2.) Consider the maintenance required.
How much time and money do you want to put towards the maintenance of your fence? You should know that wooden fences need the most maintenance, maybe not upfront, but in the long-run. This is due to climate changes causing paint peeling and bending. On the plus side, replacing a few boards at a time is cheaper than replacing entire panels.
Aluminum and vinyl fences may require less ongoing upkeep, but may require entire panel replacements if storm damage should occur.
3.) Pay attention to the company.
A lot of big name companies have more employees to pay, therefore; charge more for labor and parts to cover their own costs.
We’re not saying this is always the case, but be willing to shop around and check out some smaller companies as they may offer you better deals for repairs or new fences due to them having lower overhead.
More importantly, make certain that the company you choose is up-to-date with licensing and will secure the building permits you may need through your city.
What all of these tips have in common is the recommendation to shop around. Don’t just settle on one company or one fence type until you’re certain.