Have you ever thought about putting a fence around your home, or across part of your property line? There are many different reasons to consider residential fencing for your home, and there are many different factors to weigh in. Fencing may seem like a great idea at first — and it may also seem like something the average homeowner can do without professional help. But if we take a closer look at various aspects of residential fencing, we see that DIY fencing can be problematic — especially if you’re not aware of the various zoning and property regulations that could affect your fencing project.
But let’s put those concerns aside for a moment. Let’s assume you’re still “on the fence” about this decision. How much can you expect to pay for the design and installation of residential fencing? How long can you expect your installation to last? Are there any definite “pros and cons” to residential fencing that can help you make the right decision for your family and property?
Pros of residential fencing
- They offer a higher level of privacy that many homeowners and families appreciate.
- They can make backyards safer for children, allowing them access to the outdoors in a controlled environment (young children should always be properly supervised regardless of whether there is a fence).
- They also create a more secure environment; a strong and sturdy fence is a proven deterrent for unwanted visitors, including neighborhood dogs.
- A quality fence, installed by a professional, can enhance the aesthetic value of a home, and increase the curb appeal for potential buyers.
- In some cases, a fence can actually cut down on noise levels from the street and other surrounding features of the neighborhood.
Cons of residential fencing
- Periodic maintenance required, including staining, sealing, and cleaning. This is work you didn’t have to do (or pay for) before you installed a fence!
- A residential fence is not always consensual, and the situation can get complicated if a neighbor really doesn’t like the idea of a fence being built on the property line. Finding a solution everybody agrees on is very important.
- Costs $2,500 on average for a custom wooden fence around a normal sized lot. This will vary from contractor to contractor, and will depend also on the size of your lot and the type of wood or other material you choose.
- Can make it difficult to mow or trim the grass if the grass runs right up to the fence (which it often does).
The first step in fencing
The first step in a successful fencing project is reaching out to a reputable builder who knows fencing, understands your concerns, and can provide you with quality information about fencing in your area. Local climate concerns and building codes will impact what kind of fence you can or should install, and reputable builders will take all of these variables into account when they dispense advice.
Overall, residential fencing is enormously useful for many different reasons. The trick is getting a result that actually performs and looks great, year in and year out, with a minimum of maintenance. Good luck!