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Choosing the Right Fence for Your Home

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Most homeowners add a fence around their property for instant privacy and a sense of security for children and animals. Some put fences to add beauty and to boost the value of their homes. But whatever your reasons for installing these, make sure the fence you pick meets the needs of your property.

The Purpose of the Fence

Owning land is a smart and challenging investment. It requires round-the-clock maintenance to keep your property secure and in good condition.

If you own a farm, you might want a barbed wire fence for confining livestock. If you want a stable and hard-wearing fence for your ranch, wood is the best choice for fencing to keep horses and other large animals secure at all times. If you want to increase your home’s privacy, you might want to choose a fence with little to no space between boards. Do you want to enclose your yard so you can let your kids play outside with their furry friends? A picket fence could be the solution. Knowing your priorities will help guide your decision-making process.

The Style of Your Home

Have a short trip around your neighborhood and surrounding areas. By knowing the style of fences in your community, you can easily decide which designs interest you the most. Your home’s basic architectural style and landscaping will also help you make the right choice.

The Material of the Fence

Budget is a major factor when doing any project on a home. The cost can vary based on the material type, height, length, and the quality of the material you will use.

Wood, metal, and PVC or vinyl are the three basic materials used to build fences. Each has its own advantages, comes in a wide variety of styles, and provides a distinctive look.

Wood Fences

A wood fence is the classic American archetype. It remains popular because it can be built in any style, size, or height. If you prefer a more natural look for your yard or you need to keep your equine friends safe in your ranch, a wood fence is the best choice for you.

Metal Fences

Chain link fencing is maintenance-free, sturdy, and long-lasting. It’s affordable and easy to install, which makes it a popular choice if you have to t cover a lot of ground. Although chain links give off a utilitarian look, the material is completely recyclable. Are you looking to enclose your land? Chain link is a durable and budget-friendly option for demarcating your property.

Ornamental metal fencing lends a distinctive, traditional look to your grounds. This fencing can be worked into as many styles, sizes, and heights as wood. Rust is the only possible maintenance issue for wrought iron or cast iron (but can be sanded off!). It is also very sturdy and can be painted any color you wish.

PVC or Vinyl Fences

Plastic fencing is one of the most popular choices in fencing materials by homeowners all across the United States. It is maintenance-free and cleaning it can be easily done with a garden hose. But if you have large, active dogs, you might want to consider sturdier materials. Pro tip: White PVC is easily seen by horses so you might want to put up vinyl fences on your horse properties.

“Good fences make good neighbors,” may be true, but in reality, the right fence means more than that.

The Dana Benjamin Team has solid expertise in dealing with homes on acreage, land, and horse properties in the greater Kansas City area, particularly in Johnson County, KS. If you need expert guidance in choosing which fencing material is the best for your property, we will be happy to assist you. Get in touch with us, the Dana Benjamin Team, at 913.522.4277 or send us an email at DBenjamin(at)ReeseNichols(dotted)com. You can also browse more of our blog posts if you want to learn more about country living in Kansas City.