Fence material and style are just two things to be concerned about, there is other information you should ask yourself before beginning your fence project.
- Local building and zoning codes: Most cities have ordinances concerning the height, placement, and special requirements for fence. Please consult your city website or give your city building department (the link will direct you to a list of Michigan cities, on each page there is a link to the city’s official website) a call and inquire about fence codes. Cities may also require permits to erect a fence. If you are having the installation done by Anchor Fence, there is no need to worry about the city, we will take care of that for you! We can also pull the fence permit, so there’s no need take time off your busy schedule.
- Underground utilities: Before digging post holes, call Miss Dig. Repairing a ruptured water main is no picnic and can cost a fortune. Installation with Anchor Fence is a breeze, we will call Miss Dig for you, just let us know if you have any private underground lines or sprinkler lines in the area where the fence is being put up.
- Property lines: If you’re unsure about your yard’s boundaries, hire a surveyor to relocate and mark the property lines. Most home owners receive a plot survey or mortgage survey at the time of purchase. Some cities will have your plot plan available upon request.
There are possibly millions of fence styles which might be made of wood, metal, vinyl, or a host of other materials. So which one’s right for you? Here’s a lineup of fencing types with a quick overview to help you decide.
- Chain link/cyclone: Versatile and easily available, chain link creates a durable barrier at a low cost. Chain link alone does not offer much privacy. While not as attractive as other fencing types, this system can be made more aesthetically pleasing when ordered with vinyl coating (pictured above in white, this option comes in a variety of color), slats (which are inserts that make chain link a little less see through, these also come in an assortment of color), and lastly chain link is available with a mesh covering (this also comes in a number of colors to match your yard).
- Wood: Adds stability and beauty, pickets are attached to the rails in a variety of widths and spacing. Wood can also provide privacy for your yard, but also comes in semi private options. Because wood is subject to decay and mold, wood requires much upkeep. Recent natural disasters has created a higher demand for wood, not just for fence but for other purposes, which has greatly increased the cost. Species that are naturally decay resistant, such western red cedar, make for great looking fences, but the price and upkeep can be costly.The most favored option is pressure treated (this option features wood that has been soaked in a chemical preservative). Staining, or sealing the wood will add to its longevity. Wood fence can also be reinforced with steel posts (pictured above) in order to provide extra stability and durability to the fence.
- Aluminum/Steel: Homeowners searching for security and permanence often prefer this type of fencing. Handcrafted wrought iron once dominated the field, but now prefabricated steel and aluminum sections are taking over because of better longevity, durability and cost. Aluminum and steel panels are made with a durable factory-applied finish. If you are worried about containing your dog, puppy picket (pictured above) has closely spaced pickets which prevent a dog from going between picket gaps.
- PVC Plastic, vinyl: Consisting of PVC plastic, vinyl fencing is manufactured in a wide range of styles, patterns, colors and textures. Because the color is continuous throughout the material, it never needs painting. Likewise, vinyl won’t peel, rust, or decay. There is virtually no upkeep, which means your time and money is saved. Another up side, white vinyl fence is currently cheaper than wood fence. If you are dead set on the look and feel of wood fence vinyl also comes in CertaGrain (pictured above) which mimics the look and feel of wood without the rotting, mold and maintenance.
Unsure about the type and style of enclosure that’s right for your home? Then simplify your options by considering the various roles a fence performs.
- Privacy and protection: Establish what you’re aiming to keep in–and what should be kept out.
- Maintaining boundaries: Knowing where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins can make life easier for both parties. Also remember when selecting a fence that you’re not the only one who’ll see it on a daily basis.
- Aesthetic needs: If your home represents a particular architectural style, it is important that a new fence reflect this look as well.
- Other concerns: Factors such as noise control and drainage problems can be successfully handled with the correct choice of fencing.