You may have already secured your home with a home security system, but what about your yard? If you have pets that you like to let off the leash or if you simply don’t want to always put everything in the house each day (such as large, unwieldy lawn chairs), a fence can protect your pets and provide a valuable deterrent for burglars. Check out the following fence options to find one that matches your security needs:
A common choice for many homeowners, a chain-link fence can keep people out of your yard while still allowing you to see outside the perimeter of the fence. This option also requires little maintenance as a result of galvanization, which prevents rust.
If you choose this affordable type of fence, be sure that it is at least six feet high and features 9-gauge wire at a minimum. Given the rugged look of chain-link fencing, you may be tempted to hide it with shrubbery or by weaving fence slats into it. However, doing this will prevent you from seeing anyone lurking outside the fence’s perimeter, which is one of the main advantages of this option, aside from affordability.
Another option that provides transparency, a wrought-iron fence is a more attractive option than the chain-link fence. Despite its name, these fences are usually made of steel but feature a wrought-iron design. Wrought-iron fences are more expensive than chain-link fences, but they may enhance curb appeal and even increase your property value.
If you decide that wrought iron is the right option for your home, you should watch out for cheaper versions that feature galvanized steel on just the outside of the fence. This will save you money, but you may find that the inside of your fence will begin to rust. You should also check for a high zinc rating so that you know you are getting high-quality metal. In terms of aesthetics, you can choose to powder-coat or electrostatically paint the fence to match the color of your home.
A traditional fence material, wood is unique in that it makes a great privacy fence in addition to offering security. Although you may be tempted by the low price of this material, you should also consider the cost of maintenance, as you will eventually need to replace some boards due to rot or termites, which makes this a more expensive fence material in the long run.
Offering visibility and durability, aluminum fences also allow you to see outside your yard and aren’t susceptible to rust. While they are more expensive than wooden fences, they require less maintenance. They are also more affordable than wrought-iron and steel fences, and they are even work well on sloped yards, as they don’t leave awkward gaps under the fence on slopes. Moreover, you can often find aluminum fencing made from recyclable materials. Aluminum fences are great for houses with hot tubs or pools, because their strength and durability can easily keep children and animals from taking an unsupervised dip.
The strongest type of fence, steel fences are galvanized and come with a powder coating that prevents rust. However, steel fences are so heavy that they are hard to install without professional help. Consequently, many fencing experts think they are best reserved for commercial properties.
A versatile type of fence that is ideal for DIY homeowners, vinyl fencing is lightweight and snaps together easily for simple installation. Many vinyl fences contain aluminum for durability, and they don’t warp or blister as they age. These benefits come at a price, but the lack of maintenance allows you to make up for the upfront cost over time. However, one downside to this versatile fencing option is that it can crack in climates that experience extreme temperatures.
Regardless of the type of fence you choose, be sure that the fence door has adequate locks and that it doesn’t have gaps that allow an intruder to reach through and unlatch the door. Also, during installation, make sure there aren’t spaces underneath the fence, especially in sloped areas of your yard. Depending on your security needs, you may even opt for pointed spikes on the posts to deter intruders from climbing the fence.
Finally, take a look around your neighborhood to see what types of fences your neighbors are using. You may even ask your neighbors why they selected a certain kind of fence, as some of them may have picked a material based on security concerns or weather conditions that are unique to your area. With a little research, you can choose a fence material that keeps you and your family safe without breaking the bank.