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Common Types of Fencing For Residential Homes

Did you know that installing a residential fence around your home increases the value of your property? Well, it also offers privacy and prevents your pets from running off the property and into the road. Furthermore, it prevents unsupervised dips into your swimming pool and helps to make a strong aesthetic statement.

 

Over the past few centuries, majority of American homes have featured one type of fence – wood. Wood was selected as the favorite because it is lighter, inexpensive and readily available. There are dozens of styles for one to choose from – crisscrossing lattice, linear post-and–rail, post-cap designs plus picket patterns.

 

Interested in installing a residential fence around your property? Here is an in-depth look at the types of fences suitable for your home.

 

Wood fence

As said earlier, it is the popular choice of privacy fencing installed in most homes. Wood fencing is preferred by most home owners because of the amount of privacy it offers. During installation, home owners can request the contractor to install a particular height thus enjoying customization options.

 

Wood fencing is also affordable and offers an economic way for home owners to improve their property. Though not as easy to maintain as some of the other options, you don’t have to break bank if you select to have a wood fence. Despite this, the size of your property and the height of the fence will impact the final price.

 

Remember, the quality of a fence depends on the type of wood selected. Always seek a skilled contractor with proven experience to lend you their knowledge on what type may be best for your home.

 

Proswood fence Nashville

  1.  Available in different styles
  2.  Enhances your home appeal
  3.  Affordable
  4. Can be painted in any color
  5. Keeps your pets contained in the property

Cons

  1. May damage or warp due to weather damage
  2. Requires a lot of maintenance




 

Vinyl fence

Looking for residential fencing that is five times stronger and four times flexible than wood fencing? Vinyl fencing is the right choice for you. Here is why – It is maintenance free as the material used is not susceptible to environmental damage from weather elements. The fence also resists paint which makes it easy for you to clean unwanted stains. Unlike wood fencing which requires a fresh coat of paint to ensure it remains stain free, vinyl fencing can be cleaned with soap, brush and a hose. The end result will be a stain free fence that improves the value of your property.

 

There are several things you have to consider before the installation of vinyl fencing. For starters, avoid cheap vinyl fencing. Not only will this fade over time but may crack when it is cold or exposed to long periods of sun. Cheaper in this case is not always better. Choose vinyl fencing made with UV inhibitors and impact modifiers. This will help to fight bad weather and increase its lifespan. Lastly, select a skilled contractor with extensive experience to install.

 

Prosvinyl fences

  1. Low maintenance
  2. No need for paint
  3. Easy to clean
  4. Does not produce splinters
  5. Immune to pests and fungi

Cons

  1. Higher upfront cost
  2. Vulnerable to high temperatures

 

Aluminum fence

If you desire the look of a wrought iron fence or are wanting to achieve better home security without the hefty maintenance costs that accompany it, then select aluminum fencing. Aluminum is one of the best lightweight metals and that is why it is the preferred material for manufacturing. Apart from that, it is corrosion resistant unlike wrought iron. As a result, Aluminum is a long-lasting fence option that provides much needed security and privacy around your home.

 

There are several designs available which differ in terms of spacing, top rail design and pickets. During manufacture, the panels are tested for horizontal force resistance using a rail strength test. As a result, it offers you peace of mind and usually a guarantee or warranty of some type.

 

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  1. Corrosion resistant
  2. Easy to install
  3. Affordable
  4. Easy to maintain
  5. Keeps your kids and pets safe

Cons

  1. Not as strong as steel
  2. No privacy

 
 

Pool fence

Keeping the pool area safe is very important. For starters, it prevents your children and others from taking a dip when you are not around. Often times helping you to eliminate a lot of tragedies common during the summer. Most of the time pool fencing is made from Aluminum and is available in different designs and colors, however standard is black. To ensure longer lifespan, the posts and screws are made from stainless steel which are corrosion resistant. Furthermore, it can be removed easily and reinstalled in minutes.

 

Prosvinyl-woodgrain-arbor

  1. Corrosion resistant
  2. Attractive
  3. Secures your pool area
  4. Lightweight

Cons

  1. Obstructs the view of the pool

 



 

PVC fence

As the cheapest fencing option, PVC is often used to replace wooden stakes and pickets. Although PVC is not that sturdy, this type of fence does provide security, giving you peace of mind. PVC sleeves are also used to add stability to the fence thus cutting down on the amount of wood used. Adhesive can be used to attach the cross bars and other times, screws. This fencing option comes in different colors and heights. As a result, it improves the aesthetic value of your property which in turn increases the value of your home.

 

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  1. Resistant to elements
  2. Available in different colors
  3. Can be fastened with adhesive and screws
  4. Materials cost less

Cons

  1. Needs to be reinforced with metal

 

 

 

 

No matter the type if fencing you choose. The main goals which can be achieved are privacy, security and increasing your home value. Often times people will install a new fence to increase home value before a sale thus netting them there invest back in no time! If you need more help in choosing the best fence option please don’t hesitate to call Lucky Fencing Today!

How to Estimate the Cost of a New Privacy Fence

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Looking for a way to add beauty, value, security, privacy to your home? Well, a privacy fence not only enhances your home security, but also turns your backyard into a more private area where you can chill out with friends and family. However, this perfect addition comes with significant expenses, and there are things you need to consider when estimating the cost of installing a new privacy fence.

Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started in estimating the cost of installing your new fence.

 

Check Your Zone Laws

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An often-overlooked aspect while determining the cost of installing a privacy fence is securing a permit from the local authority for building outdoor structures. Before investing much of your time and money into fence installation, ensure that you check local zoning laws and that you meet all your local county requirements. To clear any doubts you may have regarding the fence color and materials, also check with your local Homeowner’s Association (HOA). Also, some counties only allow for fencing on a property line, when others require you to offset your fence. So if you cannot locate your property lines, have a surveyor do it for you.

 

Locate your Utility Lines

To avoid incurring extra expenses by accidentally hitting underground wires and pipes, you need to have the water, gas, and power lines marked by a specialist from your local utility company. This also prevents your new fence from being torn out during repair work if you erected it on top of utility lines.

 

Determine the Size of Fence Required

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Fortunately, if you live in a Townhome community you most likely have a plan that clearly indicates your piece of land’s divisions drawn to scale. However, if you don’t have one, you can identify the total amount of fencing materials you will require using a measuring wheel.

As you measure, you will have to install a post after every six to eight feet based on your preferred style and panel size of your fence. To have a more firm fence, you will have to erect the fence posts to about three feet into the ground and add concrete to set them. Installing the fence posts is one of the most costly parts of the installation process due to their large sizes, the labor in drilling the holes as well as the materials to set them. However, you can rent a post-hole digger, a power auger, or purchase the measuring wheel from your local hardware store.

 

Privacy Fence Materials

Different types of material can be used for your privacy fence project, and they vary in price per linear foot. Typically, wood fences are some of the most popular aesthetic options for homeowners since they are more affordable and are much easier to customize compared to other fencing material. To customize your wooden fence, you may opt to apply a stain to either maintain its natural wood appearance and feel or enrich it with your preferred color to suit your unique decorating style. However, you will have to reapply after some time because stain and paint are not permanent. Some of the most popular wood fence styles include:

  • Stockade
  • Board on board fences
  • Tongue and Groove
  • Board and batten
  • Lattice Top

A vinyl privacy fence might be the best fence option if you are looking for a fence that needs little or no maintenance. Vinyl fences are some of the most expensive fencing material, but are the most preferred by homeowners for their quality, durability.

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Tip: Choose material, which suits your needs keeping in mind possible maintenance costs in the future plus the initial installation costs. Make sure that you do proper research before making the final decision because the more expensive type of fence material may be well worth it.

 

Installing Gates

No matter the type of materials you choose, you’ll have to factor in the cost of the gate too. Typically, installing few gates can increase the costs of your fence installation by at least $2,000. However, depending on your preference and community restrictions, you can opt to install gates with a different material than the rest of the fence. 

Bottom Line

Once you’re satisfied with the estimated price, ask for an invoice from the fence company of your choice. They should provide you with an itemized list comprising labor, materials, tools and fence board prices. Always make sure that you inspect the quality of work done before making the payment. For instance, you need to confirm that the boards are in good shape as well as ensuring that all the posts are straight and firm