What to Consider When Building a Fence for Your Home

What to Consider When Building a Fence for Your Home
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    Replacing a fence or putting up a new one can dramatically improve the look and function of your home and property.

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You might be ready to jump into the construction process, but to go about it successfully, you need to first be aware of a few factors. Here’s what to consider when you’re building a fence for your home.

Purpose

The role you want your fence to fulfill will ultimately affect just about every other aspect of the design and building process. Think about how high you want the fence to stand, how sturdy or impenetrable it needs to be, and how much area it will encompass. By doing this, you’ll have a nice foundation to start from as you proceed.

Style

Because your fence will be one of the first things people will see when they look at your home, you should carefully consider the style. Keep in mind the architecture of your house, and coordinate the fence to go with it.

As an example, a typical suburban home might aesthetically benefit from a picket fence, but that type of fence may not be as visually consistent with a modern minimalist house.

Entries/Exits

You may not think much of them, but the entry/exit gates of your fence will determine more than just how you go in and out. As you mull over what size to make these access points, think about what kinds of equipment you may have to get them.

You may want to have the ability to move outdoor furniture or yard work equipment through the fence, in which case you’ll need a wider entry. In addition, it’s always a good idea to have two gates spaced around the perimeter rather than just one so that you don’t get trapped in an emergency.

Regulations and Safety

Prior to erecting the fence, you should check that it falls in line with local regulations. Make sure the fence doesn’t violate any city or homeowners’ association codes. For practical reasons, you should also confirm with utility companies that you won’t be digging into any power or gas lines.

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Neighbors

On a more relational note, be considerate and ask your neighbors if they’re okay with the fence you’re planning to build, since they’ll have to look at it every day. You should also enlist the aid of a land surveyor to clearly mark the boundaries of your property so that you don’t accidentally stake your fence in your neighbor’s land.

Material

The building material is a major aspect of a fence with both aesthetic and functional effects. Whether you choose stone, iron, or wood, the material you construct the fence with will change the mood your fence sets and determine, to an extent, what styles you can choose from.

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Certain materials will also work better in specific climates. A wood fence might be appealing, but it can also be prone to rot in a hot and humid area. In this setting, a fence made of plastic lumber might be a smarter choice, since it will be resistant to organic damage and require less maintenance overall.

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