At the perimeter of your property, the fence is the first thing that many people see when they arrive at your house. The type of fence that you install impacts curb appeal and ultimately, the value of your home. Each type of fence requires its own maintenance and upkeep, and serves its own purpose. Before choosing a fence for your house, it's important to know all the possible types of fencing and the materials fencing is made from. This information can help you make an informed decision, so you can buy a fence you'll love.

Fence Styles

Privacy Fence

Privacy fences are tall, solid fences with no gaps between pickets. The value of a privacy fence is in its name: it provides a level of privacy and security that can keep pets and children in, and keep other people out. Many home buyers look favorably on privacy fences because it’s practical and attractive. In fact, some experts say that a wooden privacy fence can net an ROI of approximately 50% upon installation.

Picket Fence

Picket fences add beauty to the house while keeping little ones or pets in the yard. Picket fences create a natural perimeter, establishing where one yard ends and another begins. Picket fences are not the best solution for security or privacy, but they have practical value all the same. Some picket fences are designed to be more decorative than others, with pickets of varying heights.

Chain Link Fence?

A chain link fence is a practical solution for a homeowner who needs an inexpensive fence to establish a perimeter around their home. Chain link fences are not generally considered attractive, so they add little to the value of the property. Chain link fences are more commonly used in the back yard than in the front. However, for a homeowner who needs a no-frills fencing solution, chain link fence has been the go-to product for many years.

Fence Materials

The type of fence materials you buy is just as important as the style of fence. Each material has its own maintenance needs. Knowing the maintenance requirements of each type of material can help you decide which material to choose for your fence.

Wood?

Wood is the traditional fencing material, so it has a special place of consideration for homeowners who want to add something of value to their home. Natural wood needs regular upkeep, including regular cleaning and refinishing. If you're going to install a wood fence, be ready to maintain it. Some semi-transparent stains last up to 5 years, but plan to restain your fence every two or three to protect it and extend its service life. Wood fences also naturally warp and crack so be prepared to replace damaged posts, pickets and rails as part of your regular maintenance.

Vinyl?

Also called PVC fencing, vinyl is flexible and strong, completely rot free and requires almost no maintenance. It's the perfect material for a homeowner who wants the look of a traditional privacy or picket fence without the constant upkeep of wood. Vinyl fencing is easy to clean, relatively stain resistant and available in a variety of colors. It's also strong, so it doesn't damage easily. If you're looking for a fence that you can install and then forget about, vinyl is an excellent choice.

Aluminum?

Aluminum fencing is strong, durable, lightweight and never rusts. It's a good material if you're looking for a fencing solution that is similar in appearance to wrought iron, but requires almost of the maintenance. The light weight of aluminum also makes it easier to install.

What Kind of Fence is Right For You?

Before you buy a fence, ask yourself some simple questions.

• What purpose will the fence serve?

• What's my budget?

• What do I like?

To choose your fencing solution, take some time to answer these questions. Do your homework. Ask about warranties and quality – remember you get what you pay for!

Fence in a Box?

Fence in a Box is a practical, attractive and economical fencing for a DIY project. Available in a variety of styles, including privacy fence style and metal picket, Fence in a Box is designed for homeowners seeking to fence in their lot for an affordable price. Fence in a Box comes with everything homeowners need to install a sturdy, permanent fence, including cement mix, hardware, gates and post.

Contact Your Fencing Supplier

Ready to install a fence on your property? Fence Outlet is your source for attractive and high quality fencing solutions, including Fence in a Box. Contact us today? to learn more about fencing materials and get started with your purchase.