How to Choose the Right Fence for Your Home

From wood to ornamental fences and everything in between

A fence can be a great addition to the value of any home. Choosing to build a fence for your home is no different than any other investment in that its benefits are maximized when it is optimized to your home and needs. In order to choose the correct fence it’s important to consider the functions that you would like the fence to perform, including, but not limited to:
– Privacy from neighbours
– Blocking street view
– Complying with safety regulations (ex. pool requirements)
– For style and aesthetics
– For added wind resistance

There are many options when choosing your home’s fence, including wood, PVC, chain link and ornamental iron. Each kind of fencing has a unique set of benefits, which can be used to help determine what type of fencing is best for you.

Wood Fences
Wood fences can come in several forms; however, one of the most common is a closed slatted model. This type of fencing offers maximum privacy, while emitting a natural elegance. The only downfall with wood fences is that they may require staining and they require some regular maintenance.

Chain Link Fences
Chain link fences are great if you need a quick and easy set-up. They’re usually less expensive than their stylish counterparts and are virtually maintenance-free. One thing to keep in mind, however, is on their own they do not provide much privacy.

Ornamental Fences
Ornamental fencing is one of the more stylish and modern choices. In addition – ornamental fences also require little maintenance and upkeep, making ornamental fencing both chic and simple. Again, if privacy is your main desire, ornamental fences may not meet your needs.

PVC Fences
PVC or vinyl fences are the best of both worlds, offering both privacy and style. The only thing to keep in mind with PVC fences is that the initial cost and any repair costs can be higher than some of its counterparts.

Some other things to consider:
– Does your community have any requirements concerning fencing types, sizes and/or placement?
– Are there any city bylaws that will affect the placement of your fence?
– What is your budget for this project? Having a professional provide an estimate can help you determine which types are within this frame.

A new fence can be a great addition to your home, providing appeal, style, privacy and more! By using the information above, you should be able to determine whether wood, PVC, chain link or ornamental fencing best suits your home!