When it comes to residential fencing, you have a wide variety of choices for the materials, style, height, colour, and all other details. This can make it easier to choose the best fence for your property, as you're not limited to a standard hurricane fence even if you're on a budget, but it can also make it more difficult to find the right fence, just because you have so many choices! To help you narrow down your search, consider a few mistakes you'll want to avoid when deciding on a new residential fence.
Not considering kids and pets
You may love the look of a wood or wire fence, but note if children or pets might climb the fence, bounce toys off it, scratch at it, or otherwise cause damage. If so, your new fence could be in need of constant repair! Children often love to wrap their fingers around the mesh of a hurricane or wire fence and pull on it, which can actually cause sections of the fence to sag. Aggressive breeds of dogs may chew on the posts of a wood fence, even pulling those slats from their connectors or cracking them. Consider the risk of damage by your children and any large pets you have, and note if a vinyl panel fence or wrought iron bars might be more durable.
Not considering your climate
All residential fences will be affected by heavy rainfall, lots of direct sunlight, or bitter cold temperatures. If you live in the tropics, heavy rains could cause even the best wood fence to expand and then shrink, so it eventually cups and warps. Direct sunlight can also fade the colour of a wood fence. High winds can cause a glass panel fence to vibrate, pulling those panels out of their footings and connectors. Bitter cold might cause PVC to become brittle and crack. Consider your average climate, and choose what will be strong and durable against your area's weather conditions.
Not considering the view
You may want a fence that affords privacy between you and your neighbours, but will a panel fence block off your view of the horizon? If so, consider a large glass fence that keeps your neighbours from talking over it, and then plant some shrubs or landscaping trees around it, to obscure their view. You might also install panels where you need the most privacy, such as around your patio area, and then break up this fence with iron bars around the rest of your property, to keep the view open and enjoyable.