A wooden fence is a great addition to any home. Wood fencing is a traditional favorite that’s available in a multitude of styles, types, and wood species. It provides a natural and long lasting addition to any property or landscape. Wood fencing can be used for strictly utilitarian purposes (e.g., to keep the dog in the yard), creating an attractive border around your property, hiding your property from prying eyes, or providing safety, especially for around swimming pools. If you’re looking to block noise or add privacy, you’ll want something tall and solid. More likely than not, your ultimate goal with a new fence will be a combination of things. Perhaps you’ll want to keep your pets in, keep would-be intruders out, and enhance the aesthetics of your property.
Before Beginning Your Project
Before getting started with any building project, you’ll want to inquire with homeowners or neighborhood associations and municipal building code officials regarding covenants that dictate fencing look, height, and material. Some rules may specify the better-looking side of a fence (i.e., the side that doesn’t show posts and rails) be placed toward the public-facing portion of the property. You’ll also want to ask how far the fence has to be set back from sidewalks and property lines, and find out if your fence project will require a building permit. There’s no worse feeling that finishing a project only to learn that you have to tear it down because it’s not up to code.
Get Your Project Done Right
Wooden fencing installation is much harder than it looks! It’s best to leave this type of work to a local fence contractor. When selecting a pro for your particular job, don’t be afraid to ask to see examples of fences they’ve installed previously. This may also help generate ideas for your own fence.
Keep Your Budget In Mind
It’s extremely important to consider your budget. You might not think you can afford the sturdiest, longest-lasting wood, however, it’s also important to think about your fence in the long term. More durable wood might cost more in up front costs but may actually save you money if you plan on remaining in your home for an extended amount of time because it will require fewer repairs and is less likely to need replacement. If, however, you’re looking to add curb appeal to help you sell your property in the near future, it may not be worth the extra investment to purchase a long-lasting wood.
In any event, wood is subject to warping and cracking over time, so regardless of how much effort you put into it, it won’t last forever. However, choosing the right type of wood and having it installed properly will give you the best, longest-lasting fence possible. The average wooden fence can last anywhere from 10 years to upwards of 30 years, depending on the quality of the installation, type of wood, and how well it’s maintained over the life of the fence. The fencing experts at Northeastern Fences can help you determine the best wood for your home’s needs and will keep you informed throughout the entire design and installation process. Whatever your fencing needs, we hope you’ll let us help! For more information or schedule an appointment, give us a call at 518-767-9316.