As 2018 draws to a close, homeowners ponder the renovations and installations they will make in the coming year. Many of us have hopes regarding what we would like to add to our homes in 2019, and one of the most common ideas among homeowners is to install a fence.
The installation of a fence carries several benefits. If done well, it can increase your home’s value and curb appeal. It can also provide you with privacy you might not otherwise have enjoyed. And if you have pets or small children, a fence adds to your sense of security and well-being in your own home and yard.
Before installing a fence, however, there are many things that must be considered.
When to Begin the Installation of Your Fence
Most fence installation companies offer year round services, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should take advantage of the option. Even though you might be able to get your fence installed at any time, there are still more and less optimal times to do it.
As 2019 begins, it’s natural to want to jump into home renovation projects. We’re all at our best when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions in the first few months. But keep in mind that many other homeowners have probably had the same idea. By choosing a springtime fence installation, you might be sacrificing the opportunity for personal attention from your contractor.
Summer weather tends to be drier than spring, and when it comes to fence installation, a lack of precipitation bodes well. Although most installation companies will not shut down service during the rainy season, they might need to reschedule if your installation falls on a rainy day, so working during a dry season is a good idea.
Autumn weather in most areas is less than ideal for fence installation, the cold and wet combining to make unfortunate conditions. If fall is the best season for you personally, though, don’t fear—a professional will be able to make your installation dream a reality, no matter what the obstacles.
Winter is the off season for most fence installation companies, since homeowners like to hole up in their cozy abodes and are disinclined to worry about their backyards during the times of year when they aren’t using them. But that might make it the perfect time for your fence installation—companies won’t be too busy, so you should get an appointment quickly.
Selecting your Fencing Materials
A good contractor will provide you with options when you set out to install your fence, and there are many popular materials from which to choose. Your selection should speak to both the intended function of your fence and your own personal priorities and tastes.
Wood fences are generally chosen for aesthetic reasons, as they increase a home’s curb appeal at a relatively low price. If your budget is low but you want a great look, wood is a good choice. Just make sure you don’t mind putting in the work, as wood fences require regular treatment and upkeep to maintain their good condition.
For an even more affordable option, and one that comes without the hassle of maintenance, chain link is the best possible choice. It’s the cheapest type of fencing one can get and requires absolutely no upkeep. In general, however, chain link fence is considered less attractive, and that isn’t a trend that looks to change in 2019. If curb appeal is a priority for you, this might not be the way to go.
At the other end of the cost spectrum, the wrought iron fence, while highly pricey, offers elegant beauty the other options can’t provide. Iron fences also hold up well against the elements and don’t require as much upkeep as wood fencing.
Love the look of wood fencing, but hate the idea of all that work? You can get the best of both worlds with vinyl, an artificial alternative to wood. You’ll have to pay just a little extra, but vinyl will give you the look of wood with no painting or staining required.
You can be a friend to the environment by choosing a durable and unique bamboo fence. The use of bamboo doesn’t contribute to deforestation in the same way the use of other trees does, because bamboo grows back so quickly. However, choose wisely—bamboo is also susceptible to rot.
Ozark Fence can help you make a decision as to what type of fence is right for your house in the coming year and when you should install it. Contact us to get started today.