The decision to install a fence around your home or property can be made for many reasons. Fences can provide privacy, security, beauty, safety and the right fence will provide some combination of all of these things. But, before any fence is installed, there are a number of steps to take and decisions to consider. Installing a fence is a significant project. Making sure to complete the proper steps, before digging starts, can help make the project go smoothly and within budget. Failure to complete the proper steps can lead to frustration, delays and more expense. So, what are the steps to take? Let’s consider the process from the beginning.
First, decide why the fence is being built. The function of the fence will go a long way in determining what material is best to use. For example, chain link fences work well to contain dogs or prevent intruders, but may not fit the aesthetics of a Victorian home. A decorative white picket fence may add just the right touch to a back yard garden, but may not be tall enough to keep the deer from grazing in the flower bed. Do your research on what fence material will best fit your needs.