The fence surrounding your garden will have a big impact on the look of your home and if you're building a new one there are lots of things you'll need to keep in mind. Tearing down an old fence is easy, but putting the right one back up is more difficult. Here are some of the things you'll need to think about before you start ripping anything out of the ground.
Choosing the right color
When you're growing up you hear about white picket fences a lot, but they're not exactly practical. Do you know how long it's going to take until it becomes a brown picket fence unless you clean and repaint it on a constant basis? You want to choose a color that will disguise the dirt so you won't need to look after it as much. It also helps when you choose a color that looks good when you take into account the look of your garden and the exterior of your home.
Keeping your pets inside
Some garden fences won't stretch all the way down to the dirt underneath them and this isn't great if you let your pets roam about freely in your garden. What is to stop your little dog from sneaking under your fence and running into the path of an oncoming car? Wooden fences are also much easier to break which would create a gap for your dog to climb through. If you do have any pets you'll need to take this into consideration when deciding what type of fence to go with.
Avoid nosy neighbors
Do you have any of those neighbors who love to know what other people are up to? You don't want them to divert their eyes into your living room window every time they walk past your home, so if you want a lot more privacy you should choose a fence people won't be able to see over unless they physically climb up it. A high fence is also a great deterrent for burglars, so if you want your home to be a little more secure don't choose a fence they could step over with your TV under their arm.
Is money an issue?
I know I've just talked about the benefits of having a high fence, but there are also a few negatives that come with it as well. Money is something you need to look at because a smaller fence will require less wood making it cheaper to build. There are also different types of wood you can choose from and the difference in price between each one could be significant when you're building a fence all around your properly, so set yourself a budget before you start looking for anything.
Don't forget about research
Unfortunately you can't just throw anything up unless you want to be told you must pull it down again. Depending on where you live there might be rules in place regarding garden fences. You might need to make sure your fence is a set distance away from the sidewalk and your posts might need to be positioned inside your garden. There could even be rules as to how high your fence can be and what materials you use to build it, so do your research before you come up with any concrete plans.
Search for examples
If you were interested in pool fencing it would be different because nobody would see it, but the fence around your home can add a touch of class to your neighborhood. That is why you should scour the internet looking for as many fence examples as possible until you find something you like.
Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for, Feature Fencing, providers of garage doors in Perth. She enjoys participating in art and graffiti competitions. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.