Don't Overlook These Factors When Choosing a New Fence for Your Yard

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Choosing a new fence can mean quite a financial investment, but a good fence can keep your pets in, discourage trespassers, and may even be legally required if you have a pool or to mark off boundaries. When you are ready for a new fence, you don't want to overlook any factors in your decision. Note a few things that some homeowners tend to forget when choosing a new fence so you are sure to get the best choice for your property.

Resale value

You need to consider how your home might appeal to potential buyers if you were to ever put it on the resale market, and this includes your choice of fencing. As an example of what to consider, note if any of your neighbors have tall, wood privacy fences. If not, and you install the only tall wood privacy fence on the block, your home might stand out but not in a good way; it may look like a compound and not a family home. 

On the other hand, if your neighbors have very attractive wood or metal fences and you choose a cheap cyclone fence because you don't want to spend too much money, your home might look a bit shabby when compared to the neighboring homes. Consider how a fence will affect your home's appearance and resale value when choosing a fence, so that it's a good long-term investment.


If your home is in an area with a lot of bright sunlight, will this fade a wood fence and cause it to look worn? If your home is in the tropics or gets lots of snowfall, might this moisture cause a metal fence to corrode? Be sure to discuss standard weather conditions in your area with your fencing contractor and choose a material that will withstand the elements.


Very often a homeowner will choose a fence that enhances the look of their property and provides privacy, but forget any sound insulation they may need. A wood fence might absorb sound waves whereas a metal fence might simply bounce them around, not doing anything to make your property quieter. A glass fence can also block sound waves, but a cyclone fence will typically do nothing to block noise. If you live near a busy roadway, have loud neighbors, or your own children are the loudest on the block, ask your fencing contractor about a fence and material that will help block that noise.