Adding a fence to your home not only increases your property’s value, it may also bring down the cost of your insurance and help protect your home from opportunistic crimes such as burglary. For most homeowners, fences offer the ideal, sought after privacy from the eyes of the neighbors, while providing the clear boundaries of your property line and making your yard look tidy and contained. When it comes to fencing styles, there are several to choose from and the prices range based on the amount of materials you need and the type materials you use.
A cedar fence, while very attractive can increase the cost of your fence by nearly double, while simple pressure-treated timber can last just as long at half the price. Some people choose to only plank one side of their fence with the timbers spaced closely together, while others enjoy the more traditional style of a double-sided fence where the planks are spaced farther apart on both sides, thus creating complete coverage from both sides. Some fences are now topped with lattice to give the fence a more formal appearance while providing some climbing areas for various types of vines and foliage.
A significant portion of the expense involved in building a fence can be the actual post hole digging. Unless you choose to do this by hand you will have to hire someone to do it for you or rent an auger and do it yourself. Making sure the fence posts are level is also crucial as this will dictate the final appearance of the fence – and no one wants a crooked fence.
Taking care of your fence with a coat of weather sealant can increase the life-span of your fence and keep it looking nice for years to come. Over time, all wood exposed to the environment will look aged and faded but this can be reversed with a good washing using a high-pressure power washer. Watch for signs of wood deterioration and wood rot that may be caused by the elements or insects.