When you have a large property to identify or protect, the right fence is vital. However, most property owners have to balance cost with reliability and visual appeal. How can you do that when you have to work with a very large space? Discover a few ways to make your budget last as long as your fence needs to be.
1. Know Your Fence Goals
Today’s fence buyers have a wide range of choices, some of which are more trendy or ubiquitous than others. This can make it hard to fit the right fence to your particular situation and avoid being swayed by others. Define what you want to fence in or keep out, what overall visual theme you want to achieve, and what your budget is. By focusing on goals rather than specific materials, you will be flexible about how to achieve these.
2. Choose Fewer Materials
In many cases, the lower the number of permanent materials you must use to put up a fence, the less it will cost both to install and to keep up over the years. Reducing materials, though, can happen in big ways or small ways depending on your budget needs.
So if you just want to keep your kids and dogs close to the house, consider lowering the fence height from the traditional six feet to four feet in that area. Want a wood fence, but do not want to go all out on a solid cedar privacy fence? Try post-and-rail or split-rail fences, which give a similar rustic appeal with much less material.
3. Focus on Installation Cost
The biggest cost of most fences is installation, so this is where many property owners should focus their efforts. This is one of the biggest reasons why economical and attractive wood slat fences, for instance, remain popular — even though they take more maintenance and future repair work than vinyl or composite, for example.
Upfront installation costs take a big bite out of many budgets, but you can spread out future work — like plank repairs, painting, and cleaning — over time to minimize their impact on your wallet. If you can’t prioritize every single fence feature, decide if it’s more important to save now and take some risk down the line.
4. Make It Low Maintenance
On the other hand, some property owners are more prepared for a higher cost when building a fence as opposed to maintaining it. Maybe it is just a line item in your overall construction or renovation budget. Or you may just have a larger amount of financing available than you normally have access to.
In either case, you may find it better to bite the bullet, as it were, and pay more upfront in return for lower bills later. Vinyl, steel, and aluminum fencing, for example, are hardy and long-lasting with few maintenance needs. And paying more for a fence that better fits the Northwest climate — like a sturdy gabion wall or rust-proof aluminum — means it will last longer and need fewer repairs in coming years.
5. Use Multiple Fence Styles
The advantage of a large property is that you are not limited to just one choice for the entire space. Install a decorative and inexpensive picket fence in the front yard, add a galvanized metal fence to block the view of your neighbor’s outbuildings, and finish it with a post-and-rail fence to keep livestock in. Or install a wire fence only along a trail where wildlife or pedestrians pass your property border.
Mixing up fence styles can be tricky, of course. You will need to find the right places and methods to transition from one to another. A defined property feature, like a tree line, can make this easy. In some cases, though, you may want to use other tricks to make the change, such as adding a berm or an outbuilding to mask the transition.
6. Add Greenery to Fences
Do not forget that you can dress up a number of fences to alter their appearance and function. Perhaps you want privacy, for instance, but you can’t afford a solid plank or vinyl fence. Consider alternatives like a budget-friendly chain-link fence with climbing vines or shrubs layered in to block views over time. Want a tall fence but can’t get one? Add a row of potted trees on the inside fence line to add height.
Ready to start planning your cost-effective and attractive fence? No matter what your goals or how large your property is, the best place to begin is by meeting with Town & Country Fence. We have assisted property owners with all their fence needs since 1965. Call today to make an appointment to talk with a fencing specialist and get answers to your questions. We look forward to helping you choose the best fence for your property and budget.