Most people who decide to replace their fence or to add a fence to their property do so because of all of the practical benefits of them. A proper, sturdy fence can last you years and even decades, providing safety and security for your family and property.
Fences can keep kids and pets safely in your yard while keeping intruders out. They can limit the noise that bleeds in from neighboring properties or the streets. Fences even increase the privacy of your yard so that you can have your own oasis. Aside from these benefits, there is one other thing that fences can do—they can be decorative. That’s right; they just plain look nice and add to the curb appeal of your home. Here are some tips for choosing and properly installing the best fence for you.
Can You DIY?
Many people decide they can DIY their own fence, especially with all of the options available (like prefab fence panels) that make it easier. This does not mean that the job is right for everyone, however. You need to be honest with yourself about your skill level and ability. Building a fence is hard work, and if you do it poorly, it can be a big problem. Not only can a shoddy fence be a liability (if it falls on something or someone), but it also won’t serve its decorative purpose if it looks terrible.
Fence Types and Design
There are tons of options for fencing, from the classic wood to the ornamental metal to the easy-to-install vinyl, and many others. Choose a fencing material that matches your home and style. Once you choose a material, you still have many decorative options. For instance, just because you selected wood doesn’t limit you to a stockade fence; you could do a decorative lattice instead. Make sure you know all the options before deciding.
Fence posts are one of the most common places that wood fences experience rot. This is because they’re not just in contact with the soil; they are actually buried in it. Rot is natural, but the process can be sped up by insects, poor drainage, and poor wood quality, sometimes leading to needing to replace those posts in as little as five years. Make sure that you’re choosing the right wood, soak it in a preservative solution, fill at least six inches of the hole with aggregate, and, finally, fill the cement up to the soil level.
Choose Hercules Fence Northern Virginia for All of Your Fencing Needs
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.