Choose the right fence by first determining its purpose

Fences can serve many purposes for homeowners and business owners alike. Just like most other products that come in varieties, certain fences work better at accomplishing certain goals than others. When looking to buy and install a fence, Rajul Patel, president and founder of Fence Outlet, strongly suggests homeowners to first determine the fence’s number one purpose, as this will impact the product selected, style and costs.

Before purchasing a new fence make sure to consider the following:

PRIVACY

For optimal privacy, choose a fence with little to no spacing. Wood fences provide privacy and protection, but requires regular maintenance. A lower-maintenance alternative is vinyl fencing. Also, consider your lifestyle; for example, you can incorporate bushes or climbing plants to your fence to add more privacy while you’re outdoors. To determine the right fence height, consider the layout and structure of your backyard as compared to your neighbor’s, or contact Fence Outlet for a professional recommendation and quote.

HOME PROTECTION

When your utmost goal is security, some homeowners prefer the strength, security and durability of a steel fence, while ornamental aluminum is a very popular alternative because it imparts a secure, “estate look.” Some important features to consider when it comes to home protection includes the height, the sturdiness, and the type of gate lock you install on your fence. Minimum height for security is 8 feet and fencing with flush boards offers more protection from intruders.

PET SAFETY/SECURITY

First identify the nature and behavior of your dog.  For example, is your dog a digger? Or a jumper? For smaller dogs a 4-foot fence will suffice, but larger dogs will require a 6- to 8-foot fence. Chain link fencing requires little upkeep and is an affordable option for corralling pets, but is more lightweight than steel or wood fencing.

KEEPING OUT WILDLIFE

If you live near a wooded area or greenbelt, Florida wildlife can be a nuisance.  Normal fencing will not keep larger animals like deer out of your garden. Since deer can jump a 7-foot fence, a high, solid fence is optimal. The privacy will block deer from viewing what is in your yard. Another option is to add poles and attach netting to make a taller fence, but still maintain an “open” feel to your yard.

POOL PROTECTION

For liability and safety reasons, it is crucial to surround your pool area with a security fence.  Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years, so building codes have required fences around swimming pools for many years. A four-sided pool fence with self-closing and self-latching gates is almost universally recommended as the best way to prevent children from gaining access to a pool. To maintain reliability and efficiency, vinyl fences are a good option for pool fencing.

BLOCKING AN UNSIGHLTY VIEW

Some homeowners want a fence to block an unwanted view. The right fence can create a peaceful backyard or front yard, even if you live on a busy street. Depending on how much privacy you’d like, you can choose fences with spaces to bring in light or a smaller fence with higher plants to help block noise.

In conclusion, homeowners need to do their due diligence in advance of buying and installing a new fence. Fence Outlet has the inventory and expertise to meet most needs. “Our team will help you determine what type of fence to select based on your goals and handle the installation,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire project over to us and know that you made a sound decision.”

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