Choosing a Fence that Suits Your Yard

The possibilities can seem endless when choosing the right type of fence to install in your yard. Considering the functions you want your fence to perform and the style of your home, yard, and neighborhood can help you make the right choice.

Determine Function First

The most important factor that will determine the fence you choose is its function. Fences can be solely decorative, provide privacy, or enclose pets and children for safety. Decorative fences are often made from wood, vinyl, or wrought iron. These options stand at a lower height and with greater width between posts than a fence meant to enclose or provide privacy. Wood and vinyl are excellent choices for a privacy fence, which are taller with posts that stand immediately adjacent. Chain link provides an enclosure for your space without restricting the surrounding view.

Consider Your Neighbors

Although your fence is your property, remember that your neighbors will be affected by it as well. Check any local zoning or neighborhood regulations, which may limit the height or style of your fence. If you are friendly with your neighbors, it can help to let them know you plan to install a fence. While the choice is ultimately yours, your neighbors will appreciate the forewarning.

Remember Maintenance

Once your fence has been installed, it will require regular maintenance to look its best. The amount of maintenance you want to perform can influence your choice of fencing material. Wrought iron and vinyl are easy to clean and require little maintenance. Wood will require repainting or re-staining every one to two years, and mold and moisture can be a concern. Talk to a fencing expert to learn more about the maintenance required for each fencing material you’re considering.

Fence Connection, Inc. offers residential and commercial fencing services throughout the Chicagoland area. From installation to repair and maintenance, we will ensure your fence looks its best for years to come. Call us today at (847) 388-0321 or click through our website to learn more about your fencing options.backyard

A Look at Common Fence-Building Mistakes

A fence provides privacy, style, and creates an enclosure for your yard. Building a fence that will last requires the right materials, installation process, and maintenance. Check out these common mistakes to avoid when installing your fence to avoid stress and trouble in the future.

Ignoring Zoning Laws

Many cities and townships have zoning laws in place that restrict the height or style of fences. Additionally, your neighborhood may have further rules, particularly if you are part of a homeowner’s association. It’s essential to check with your city and your neighborhood first; putting up a fence that does not comply with restrictions will only mean you must tear it down or modify it later.

Choosing the Wrong Material

Using the wrong material to build your fence means it won’t serve the purpose you want. Chain link is great for enclosures, but provides little privacy. Wood fencing is a handsome choice, but requires regular maintenance to look its best. If you have a specific purpose in mind for your fence, such as providing privacy or keeping pets enclosed, make sure that the materials and the style of fencing you choose is right for the job.

Improper Use of Gates

Fence gates are an excellent way to create access points where you need them. However, it’s important to consider where you will place a gate and how large it will be before installing your fence. Gates that open onto driveways, roads, or pool areas should provide sufficient room for the gate to open into the space to prevent damage or accidental injury. If your gate needs to keep children or pets contained, the latch must be placed high enough that it cannot be accessed except by adults.

Avoid fencing mistakes with the help of the experts at Fence Connection, Inc. of Elgin. We’ve been serving the Chicagoland area with top-quality fencing products and services since 1992. Click on our website for some fencing inspiration, or call (847) 388-0321 to obtain a free estimate today.fence