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How to Choose the Right Fence

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There are many reasons why homeowners install fences. Fences can also add to the landscaping of any home. Privacy fencing is a popular choice, but why not go with a picket fence? There are many options and things to consider when choosing what kind of fence is right for you.

You will want to pick the best fence for your yard. You will want to ask yourself a few questions. Do you want a fence for privacy, visual appeal or for the safety of pets and children? After you have answered these questions, you can go forward with determining the right fencing for you. If privacy is what you are looking for, then a wooden fence will probably work best. Vinyl fencing can be an option but some panels may be too far apart, to provide as much privacy. If you aren't looking for privacy, you have many options! You can look at aluminum which can give the home an open and classy look. If the fence is purely for safety of pets and children, there really is not one type of fence in particular that is better than the other in this situation. You will just want to make sure your dog cannot jump over or dig under the fence that you choose to install.

Maintenance is an important factor when choosing a fence. How much time do you want to spend maintaining your fence? Wooden fences require the most maintenance. With wood fencing you will have to paint or stain it every couple of years, but wood fencing can boost your property value. Aluminum and vinyl fencing requires the least amount of upkeep. You will just want to hose off the fence every once in a while. If there was storm damage to your fencing, however, boards are easy to replace on a wooden fence. The problem with a damaged aluminum or vinyl fence, is that if you need to repair it, the manufacturer may not make the same type of fence you have, or you may have to replace a large section of fencing, making it more costly. Overall, wood fence is easier to repair and replace, but vinyl or aluminum is easier to maintain, with little to no maintenance required.

Ultimately when choosing what type of fence to install, it may be up to your Home Owner's Association. HOAs have specific guidelines that are in place. This usually includes the type of fencing that is allowed on the neighborhood's properties. If you have an HOA, check with them first and foremost to see if there are restrictions. Before getting started, you will also want to find the right contractor for the job. Make sure they are licensed and check references. Find all the material you will need for your fencing project at Sutherlands! From chain link to wooden fence boards, Sutherlands has you covered!

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