Fenced In

Posted on: 7 March 2015

Having a fence installed is a costly, necessary, and permanent addition to any home or business. Consider this guide to fence types before you make this important decision.


We live in a busy world where neighbors (and their noses) are closer than ever. Good fences make for good neighbors as the saying goes. The right fence will establish a border of privacy by clearly determining your property line, and interrupt the line of sight into your home. Select a fence that is high enough to keep any intrusive eyes from seeing over, and solid enough to keep them from seeing through. There are a variety of wood, chain link with vinyl stats, and vinyl options, and your fencing contractor can help you select what material is best for your budget, style, and privacy needs. 


Keeping pets contained is important to reduce your liability from them hurting others, and to keep them from hurting themselves. Dog breeds come in many shapes and sizes. Selecting the right size fence is important for your dog. Smaller dogs require a fence that is difficult to get through, but don't require much height. Larger dogs need a higher fence, but squeezing through isn't much of a concern. Selecting a fence that is durable enough to withstand any chewing, ramming, or digging is also important. There are a variety of materials that suit the needs of pet owners including aluminum mesh, chain link with vinyl, wood, vinyl, and picket fences. 


Keeping your property safe from criminal activity is an important safeguard against loss. Heavily trafficked areas are easier for criminals to case, and should be properly protected. A high fence with additional security features such as barbed-wire, limited horizontal slats, electric charge, or electronic monitoring are sure to deter most burglars. Clearly communicate any past security problems you've had with your fencing company. They will know what special measures can be taken to prevent future security breaches. 


Each material has distinct pros and cons. Three basic attributes to consider are:

  1. Appearance. A chain link fence may be suitable for an industrial lot, but not all residential applications.
  2. Durability. Wood doesn't last as long as vinyl or metal. 
  3. Maintenance. Aluminum doesn't need to be painted, and won't corrode as quickly as other metals. 

Having prepared yourself with some basic attributes you're now ready to call a fencing contractor and tell him to come install your fence. To learn more, visit American Secured Fence