Your backyard is an extension of your home. Somewhere the kids can run around; a haven for lounging in the shade; a domain for exercising your green thumb; a place for family barbecues; or a staycation venue for floating in a pool with a fruity drink.
However you spend your time outside, creating a safe and attractive space starts with a fence. This is a major purchase and can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Just follow these four easy steps:
- First, you need to figure out why you need a fence. Are you looking for something functional to delineate your grounds? Or something pretty to enhance the value of your property? Is it for privacy from your neighbours or for security against intrusion? Is it for safety to keep the kids and pets inside or for protection around the pool yard?
- Now, you need to figure out your budget. This will help determine the style and building materials you’ll need. You shouldn’t just think of the immediate costs of your fence but also of the longer-term costs of maintaining it over the years.
- It’s now time to decide what your fence will be made of. There are many materials to choose from, each with their pros and cons.
- A chain link fence is usually your cheapest option. Their anchored concrete footings make them extremely tough to the elements and it’s easy to replace specific damaged sections. It’s also easy to enhance a chain link fence with hedges, climbing plants, or other materials to create a privacy screen.
- A wood fence is another affordable option and great for its versatility. You can choose from many post styles and customize the stain or paint colour to match your décor. However, unlike a chain link fence, it requires regular repairs as the wood gets damaged by the weather and the paint job fades.
- An iron fence is a more costly option than a wood or chain link fence but if what you’re looking for is curb appeal and/or security, this is the right choice for you. While a chain link fence needs extra embellishments to look good, the ornate iron fence stands on its own artistic merit and provides a luxurious look for your property. It’s also durable and low-maintenance.
- A PVC (vinyl) fence is the most costly but offers many advantages and a lifetime guarantee, so it’s great long-term value for money. It’s highly resistant to damage, including physical damage caused by accidents or vandalism, and damage caused by rain, wind or snow. It also offers excellent privacy and even reduces noise from traffic and neighbours.
- The last step is finding the right fence design and installation team. Tips for choosing the right company include looking at years of experience, knowledge of fencing materials and, of course, word-of-mouth referrals. It’s also a good sign if they are certified by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.