The decision to erect a fence on your property is usually made for any number of reasons: to provide a safe space for children and pets to play, to increase privacy on your property, or to protect your possessions. There are many factors to consider when deciding on a fence:

 • Personal Taste - Take a look around your neighborhood and determine what you like - style, material etc. Also, determine what type of fence will compliment the architectural style of your home, landscaping and neighborhood.

• Safety - Do you need to keep your children and pets in? Or do you need to enclose a pool area?

• Privacy - How much privacy do you want? You can choose either the private 6-foot-tall fencing with solid board or a shorter version with more space between boards.

• Budget - Keep in mind the cheapest fence initially, may not be the cheapest fence over the life of the fence.

 Types Of Fences 

There are several different options for fencing to accommodate any budget and situation. Visit the fence project estimator to get an idea of cost and how to find a quality fence company in your area.

 Wood Fences. This type of fencing is an excellent choice for privacy fencing and cost effective. Wood fences can be made out of Western red cedar, cypress, or treated pine. When maintained properly, wood fences can endure the harshest weather and provide you with several years of serviceability. Wood fences can come in privacy, picket or rail style.  If you decide to install the fence yourself, here are some tips and suggestions to help you!

 • Vinyl (PVC) Fencing. Vinyl fences are strong and highly durable - retaining their shape, color and structural integrity. In addition to their attractive appearance, this style of fencing offers many benefits. It is fireproof, wont rust or rot, termite resistant and is virtually maintenance free. While this type of fencing is more costly than wood, you will not need to replace the fence in a few years, they are built to last a lifetime. There are many styles of vinyl fencing available to suit your needs from privacy to picket.

 Chain Link Fencing. Chain link fences are an economical way to provide years of maintenance-free security and access control. These types of fences are extremely versatile; they can be made in a variety of heights, and can handle anything from a simple boundary marker for a homeowner to perimeter security. You can also get vinyl coated chain link fences in different colors for added versatility.

• Wrought Iron Fences.. This style of fencing is extremely durable and has a classic look. They are available in different colors, patterns and heights. This style of fencing can be used for walkways, porches, and perimeter and driveway gates as well. Click here to find wrought iron fencing contractors in your area.

Whether you choose to install the fence yourself or hire a professional, it is important to remember the following:

• Determine the actual property line. Reference property deeds and legal surveys to confirm property boundaries.
• Remember to check on local building codes. You may need a permit and there may be other restrictions.
• Beware of underground utilities. Call the local power company. Utility companies in many areas of the country have free services and they will mark the power line with paint on the ground itself. So check with each of the companies that service the home and have them locate underground power, water and gas.