Priscilla Bentley. Fence. July 07th , 2018.
What benefits are there for homeowners to have a fenced in backyard? This is a question many people ask themselves when looking at homes on the market with yards that are fenced in verse one that aren't. There are many great selling points about a home with a back yard fenced in. I always tell my buyers the same thing; it is a good thing the owner did it now you won't have to. Eventually people who buy homes in neighborhoods will install a fence. It is just a matter of time. If you happen to be the homeowner "without" a fence it is only because the neighbors installed theirs first enclosing your property in the process.
The purpose of the fence As you consider the style of fence think about what you want the fence to do. Is the fence intended to keep pets and children in the yard, is it for privacy, or to secure a swimming pool, or is it simply to add style and texture to your yard? Once you know this you will be prepared to select your fence style: privacy, semi-privacy, or decorative.
Another thing to consider in your fence planning is the measurements. Careful measurement is a necessity if you want to purchase the proper quantity of materials and avoid problems during installation. It is always important to check your property's boundary lines when measuring for fence construction. You do not want to have to make your neighbor upset and have to remove a just installed fence because you did not stay within your property boundaries. Another important item to check during fence measurement and before fence construction is your local ordinances and homeowners association rules. You need to make sure that the fence you build meets all required specifications.
People often think that a steel post is too expensive. A steel post can in fact cost less than a wood post. A wood post will use more concrete than a steel post does. The hole for a fence post should be three times the diameter of the post itself. This means that a wood 4 x 4 post requires a hole that is 12 inches in diameter while a steel post needs only a 6 inch diameter hole. And, the hole needs to go below the frost-line which can be up to four feet deep. A wood post should also have gravel below the concrete to allow for water drainage. When the cost of the post, the concrete and the gravel is added together the total price of a wood post may be more than that of a steel post. And then of course there is the additional labor of digging a bigger hole and disposing of all that dirt.
There is no fencing material that has the natural beauty of real wood. Most people assume that a wood fence requires yearly maintenance and that it will not last very long. But that is certainly not the case. If a wood fence is installed properly there is actually very little maintenance and the fence can last for many, many years.
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