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The Basics Of Fencing Your Yard

Aug 17, 2007
Whenever one looks at houses while driving down the subdivision, fences are rarely eye-catching. Fences are usually a component of the whole backdrop of a house, and perhaps this is the main essence of a fence. The beauty of a house is made to stand out through the use of fences and it should not be the other way around. Fences accentuate the natural splendor of one's home, and properly choosing and installing fences are key ingredients towards attaining that specific goal.

There are many reasons why people would want to put fences on their yard or reinstall new ones. For those houses which never had fences, the owners may want to have some sense of privacy and security, even though in reality, fences don't really provide security and privacy. Nonetheless, fences concretize the boundaries of one's properties. This is a very important thing that fences provide. Other people would want to install fences so that their pets and small children would not go out of their yards.

Types of Fences

When installing fences in one's yard, there are many types that one can choose from. Fences that are made from timber are by far, are arguably the most popular ones. These are quite cheap, versatile and come in different shapes and sizes. These are also preferred by some buyers because they are environment-friendly. However, timber can rot and some types of timber fences are no-good in terms of quality.

Modern houses usually have brick or cement fences. Brick fences are popular because of their sturdiness and durability. The colors selection is also endless. These, however, are more expensive than timber fences. There are also steel fences which are lightweight and quite strong. Steel fences can, however, make irritating noise, especially if it's windy or rainy.

There are also stone fences and those which are made from natural materials such as bamboo, cane and reed.

In fencing up one's yard, one has to take into consideration some of the following factors to be able to make the project a successful and fulfilling. Here are some of them:

Local Laws and Permits

There are different laws regarding the installation of fences in different parts of the country. Most local fencing laws would prohibit fences that are more than 6 feet in height to be able to preserve the aesthetic value of the whole place. One should consult the local authorities before even proceeding with the selection process. A practical idea is to ask one's neighbor about his experiences when he was putting up his fence.

Cost of Materials

After one has consulted the local laws and permit stipulations, he can now go on with the fence selection process (choices will be limited in accordance with the local laws). One of the most important things to look at when selecting fencing materials, as with any kind of materials, is the cost of the different choices. The different materials vary in cost. Timber, bamboo and other natural materials usually cost less than brick and stone fences.


Privacy is one o the main reasons why fences are build. However, fences should not obstruct the view of the owners from inside. Fences that are too tall tend to do this. Avoid building a Berlin Wall between your house and the street as much as possible.

Strength and Durability

Again, different materials vary in terms of strength and durability. Brick, stone and steel fences are to be installed by homeowners who would prefer stability than design and appearance. Make sure that the not-so-strong fences such as timber and bamboo fences are protected from vines. Vines may not seem harmful to fences but they are actually one of the reasons why fences break down. They drag the fences down through their weight.

Installing the Fence

One can hire professionals in putting up the fence. Perhaps, he can contract the friendly neighborhood carpenter to do this for him. If one is to install the fence by himself, he should use a chart where the exact distance of the fence can be indicated. This makes placing the posts much more easier and will make the installation smoother.

These are just some of the few tips that we can share with you. Remember that fences are sideshows and the house is the main attraction. Remember this rule and you'll be fine.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://fences.home-webzone.com where you can learn more about all aspects of fences for your home.
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