From dealing with overly friendly neighbors to fixing plumbing and electrical issues, being a first-time homeowner can be tough. So fences are probably the least of your concern. However, a low-quality or outdated fence can seriously damage your property, both aesthetically and safety-wise.
If your fence is saggy, unsafe, or simply unappealing, it’s time for a new one! To help you choose the best one for your home, here is a short guide that explains the most popular and practical fences out there:
If you are a dog owner who likes friendly chats with neighbors, unobstructed views, and unique design, then hog wire fences are the perfect option! Hog wire comprises welded metal rods with corrosion protection which means it’s extra safe and durable.
It started as a farm fence, but manufacturers started experimenting and created a new model which is visually appealing, safe, and easy to maintain. Recently, it became the most sought-out option for modern homeowners. At Chattanooga Co, we even install hog wire fences with string lights, and what can we say – everybody loves them!
For those who like to have a more private life, we recommend the privacy fence. Made of wood, this type of fence encloses your outside areas and prevents people from watching what goes on in your house. Since it blocks all views, it significantly reduces the risk of robberies and unwanted visitors. For these reasons, it can sometimes lower your insurance rate and increase resale value.
Just like hog wire, a privacy fence is great for keeping pets safe and sound. Depending on placing the wood posts, it can be horizontal or vertical. People mostly install it if they have a pool or use their backyard for exercise, meditation, and entertainment.
Black Aluminum Fence
A black aluminum fence is a classic option. It is low maintenance, long-lasting, and strong. It doesn’t provide maximum privacy, but like hog wire, it allows you to enjoy views outside your property. The biggest issues with black aluminum are that it can look unappealing and that it’s less safe than welded fences.
Worst case scenario is a robber finds the juncture points and unscrews enough of them to enter inside. To eliminate this risk, you can ask your chosen fencers to put the screws inward and make them harder to unscrew from the outside.
If you like the idea of a privacy fence, but don’t enjoy caring for a vulnerable material like wood, you can always choose a composite fence. It can look exactly like wood, but it is much easier to maintain and is more durable. Plus, it can last more than 30 years, as opposed to wood which can last from 7 to 30 years (depending on climate and quality). Since it’s a mix of plastic and wood, composite fencing is usually recyclable or made of recycled materials. Its biggest advantage though is that it comes in a variety of colors and styles, and you can choose a design that perfectly matches the rest of your exterior.
There are many types of fences on the market, each with its pros and cons. Before you decide which one is the best for your property, make sure to set clear goals. Start by asking yourself these questions to arrive at your answer:
- Why do I want a fence? Is it to increase privacy or visual appeal?
- What kind of style do I prefer? Do I want a more traditional design or a cutting-edge modern one?
- Which is the best fence for my pet?
- Do I have time to care for a vulnerable material like wood?
- Do I live in an area with a high robbery rate?
If you have any further questions or if you are looking for experienced fence installers, feel free to contact us! We are happy to help you upgrade your property and give it the fence it deserves!