Types of Fencing
Pressure Treated Wood
Steel , Galvanized Steel & Vinyl Coated
What do you want from a fence? Privacy? Establishing a safe play space for pets and children? Security? Architectural and curb appeal? Each function might require different heights, materials, and design, such as vertical member spacing and line-of-sight considerations.
Budget is always a factor, but so is the balance between maintenance and appearance. A chain link or roll fence, for instance, requires little upkeep yet is not very stylish, whereas wood fencing is attractive but will need repair, re-staining, or repainting.
Picket fences complement Victorian, Cape Cod, and other traditional architectural styles, for instance; horizontal or vertical board fencing suits Ranch and Contemporary homes; post-and-rail or split-rail fences give a more rustic look. Post caps and finials can add extra distinction to your fencing.
Not only do you need to know your property lines, you need to know community and municipal ordinances concerning setbacks, placement, and height. (It’s also a good idea to verify the location of underground utilities.) This knowledge can affect your choice of fencing materials and styles.