Once you have decided to get a fence, the next step is to choose the material and style of fence you want for your yard. In many cases, you may even combine types of fences based on differing needs in different parts of the yard. In addition to the function or the fence, you also need to think about what mood/atmosphere you are trying to create in your outdoor space. Do you want it to be modern and exciting, or cozy and welcoming? Taking the time to think through all of these details is an important step in fence planning.; a well-constructed fence will be around for many, many years so you want to make a well thought out decision about which fence to install.
What is the purpose of my fence?
Before choosing a fence, you first need to define what the purpose of your fence is. Different fencing styles and materials have different strengths, so thinking about your yard and the different functions the fence will serve is crucial. Look through the reasons below and circle any function you want your fence to serve.
Adding a fence can create a more private area that can’t be seen by neighbors.
A wood fence can define the boundary of a property and eliminate confusion for neighbors or pedestrians.
Fencing keeps children and animals from accidentally wandering into streets or getting lost. It can also keep them away from hazards like swimming pools or ponds.
Blocking out unattractive sights and sounds:
Well-selected fencing can block out unwanted sounds such as traffic or unsightly neighboring homes or businesses.
Fencing can prevent unwanted visitors from entering your yard.
Fences can define and create a beautiful, relaxing oasis for the homeowner. Choosing a design that complements the aesthetic look and feel of the outdoor space helps create a retreat where homeowners can spend many relaxing hours alone or entertaining.
A front yard fence will affect the first impression someone has of your home. Fences can increase curb appeal and home value.
Fences can define areas such as gardens and pastures, or create separate spaces in your yard for different purposes.
What Constraints Do I Need to Be Aware of?
The next step in choosing a fencing style is researching ordinances, bylaws, or other fencing constraints you must abide by. Knowing the rules you need to follow when choosing or installing your fence is critical. Many cities have rules about how close a fence can be to the property line, setback distances from sidewalks, and other such directives. Neighborhood Homeowner Association bylaws can also contain directives about what types of fencing material is allowed, where homeowners are allowed to install fencing, etc. Take a look around your neighborhood to see if the fence you are considering will complement existing structures. This is time well-spent; not being aware of such rules can result in you having to dig out your fence and relocate it. That’s quite an expensive consequence for not doing your homework.
What Fence Style Do I Want?
Now that you’ve done your homework and know your fencing needs and any constraints you need to take into consideration, it’s time to read about different fencing types! Each fence type has different aesthetic and functional properties which create a different feel in the yard. Think about the atmosphere you want to create in your yard as well as what would complement the style of your home when considering these options:
Privacy fences work well in many situations. They provide safety and security, define boundaries, shield from unwanted noise/views, and create a private space for the homeowner to enjoy. When considering a privacy fence, there are many unique designs, each with a different feel. Shadowbox fencing, lattice top accents, semi-private designs, and arched top fences each create a different feel in your yard. You can also vary the materials used, choosing from woods such as cedar and pine.
Ornamental Steel Fence:
Ornamental steel fences have an elegant, refined look that can create a stately feel in a yard. They are enjoyed by those who want an upscale look but do not want to impede the view from their outdoor space.
Chain Link Fence:
Chain link fencing is one of the most economical fencing solutions for any property. It can be custom designed to address a variety of needs. Whether the need is for the safety of kids and pets, privacy, windscreens, or defining boundaries, chain link can be an economical solution that doesn’t impact the view from your yard.
A picket fence works well to define a property’s boundary, enhance the beauty of the yard, keep kids and animals safely contained in the yard, and define gardens and flower beds. Choose features that match the mood you are trying to create: a white picket fence has a classic, clean, colonial look, while a stained wood picket fence will provide a natural, simple backdrop to your yard.
Split Rail Fence:
Split rail fencing is one of the most cost-effective ways to define boundaries, fence in livestock and horses, or add a rustic charm to your property. Durable and picturesque, it is a time-proven fence with both functional and aesthetic properties that define the property without blocking the view.
The Post and Rail Fence:
The post and rail are similar to the split rail fence but uses boards or finished logs instead of rough pieces. One of the simplest fences one can choose, it can outline a yard or flower garden with a simple beauty that adds a natural, organic feel to your landscape. Each post of this fence is joined by one, two, or three horizontal rails. This leaves significant open space for those who do not want their views affected by the fence.
Wood Accent Wall:
Wood accent walls create a beautiful backdrop to highlight flower gardens, grow vines on, or create separate spaces in your yard.
What Fencing Material Should I use?
Different fencing materials create unique looks and feel in the yard, and also have different costs to install. Some homeowners choose to install the same type of fence in all parts of their yard. Others mix fence materials to create a yard full of different textures. Wood and ornamental steel have an elegant look that can be combined to add a warm, classy touch. In some yards, using chain link or vinyl in one area serves functional and budget needs, then mixing in wood or steel fencing in another area can increase curb appeal or create a special outdoor space that the family will enjoy. Beautiful wood or ornamental steel gates can frame an entryway and give it a stately, rustic, or cozy feel. The possibilities are endless to give each part of your yard a unique feel.
Choosing the Perfect Fence
Selecting the right type of fence is an important decision you will live with for a long, long time. The professionals at Ivy Fence Company will not only help you choose the fence type and design that will fulfill the vision you have for your yard but will also construct that fence with years of expertise ensuring it’s done right and will hold up for years to come. Call us today at (662) 842-3431to schedule a consultation and free estimate.