Remember the old cowboy song, Don’t Fence Me In? It’s been recorded by so many artists since its origin debut by Cole Porter in the 1930s, it really doesn’t matter how old you are, you’ve probably heard it sometime in your life. While the truth is the song doesn’t really relate to fences around our homes, it does provide some food for thought.
While fences have played some sort of a role in the lives of American homeowners for centuries, their function has changed quite a lot. For instance, the quintessential white picket fence has always been an aesthetic must, but not a fence that makes any real difference in terms of safety or security. Metal fences of various types are popular for security, but they don’t usually work for privacy. Decorative fences are often made of aluminum or steel, or even wood. Privacy fences are often made from solid board, or from vinyl.
So, if you’re planning to spruce up your home with a new fence for the new year, the first thing you need to consider is functionality. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose only one primary function for your fence. For instance, you might want a new fence that will give you privacy from passers-by or from your neighbors. But this doesn’t mean it has to be plain or boring. A privacy fence can add charm and character as well as fulfilling a vital function.
Of course, you also need to identify exactly where the fence will go. Security fencing is typically installed on the boundary of the property, while a fence or screen that is designed for privacy might be on the boundary or within the property, perhaps alongside a patio or deck. If it is to be a boundary fence you might need permission from neighbors to build it. Even if you don’t, before you go ahead and spruce up your home with a new fence for 2018 it’s a good idea to chat them about your plans.
Then you can look at suitable materials and various design options. There may be restrictions in your local building codes, particularly when it comes to height. You may also be required to submit plans before you build a new fence. So be sure you check these aspects before you go ahead and order materials or contract a company to do a fence installation for you.
If you live in Atlanta, Georgia and are keen to spruce up your home with a new fence, call the friendly specialists at Natural Enclosures Fence Company. Alternatively, you can ask online for a free estimate. We’d love to help you with your 2018 fence projects.