A fence is one of the first things people notice when viewing your property. Residential fencing is most commonly used to define properties boundaries, hide an unsightly view, provide privacy, to keep children and pets safe and secure, or to enclose a swimming pool. In addition to fencings aesthetic function, your residential fence helps to provide for the safety of guests, as well as the security of your family. When constructed from attractive, durable materials and installed correctly, a fence enhances and showcases the beauty of the landscape and adds value to the property. A broken down fence in need of repair may serve as a barrier but distracts from the attractiveness of the home and diminishes real estate values. Make sure that the fence installation is both appealing and practical by choosing a design and materials that will best enhance your landscape. When installing a fence along a property line with an adjacent home, it should be visually appealing to both property owners while creating separation and privacy. Other considerations to keep in mind when selecting a residential fence include local ordinances; Home Owner Association covenants and if the fencing material you select will withstand the climate of your area. For homeowners living in a historic district, fencing should comply with the district design standard. A visit to your fencing contractor’s display lot will present a diverse array of choices in fencing materials and styles. Be sure to select an experienced, established and reputable fencing contractor that warranties their work. Types Of Fences The American Fence Association with chapters throughout the United States and Canada is an excellent resource for finding a local experience and reputable fencing contractors. A traditional wood fence is a classic approach to fencing, available in designs ranging from picket, rail, stockade, or privacy styles. Rough-cut Cedar is a popular material that presents a rustic, natural look to your landscape and is resistant to rot and decay. Keep in mind; a wooden fence will require periodic maintenance and painting or staining to retain its attractive appearance. Wood is strong enough for most home installations and will add beauty and visual appeal to your property. Vinyl fencing is attractive, durable and virtually maintenance free. Manufactured with state-of-the-art technology offers a crisp, clean appearance and never requires staining or painting. PVC fences will not chip, fade, rot or peel. For families with children, PVC fences are free of splinters and outlast the majority of other fencing materials. For additional information about the merits and value of vinyl fencing contact the Vinyl Fence Manufacturer's Association. Iron fencing presents a sense of permanence, quality and security. Although an iron fence is initially a bit more expensive than other fencing materials, iron fences will last for the life of your home, require little maintenance and add a feeling of understated elegance to the landscape. When installing an iron fence, your fencing contractor can readily add a custom gate system with remote-controlled panels for easy access, located to offer excellent visibility for a home video surveillance system. Ornamental fencing made of aluminum or steel is maintenance free and available in a wide variety of colors, heights and styles. To enhance the beauty of the ornamental fence, add scrolls, finials and rings for visual appeal and attractiveness. Ornamental fencing is a popular choice for swimming pool enclosures. Remember, to comply with local pool code safety ordinances; a self-closing gate must be installed. For homeowners that want a higher level of security, anti-climb fences are an excellent option that keeps out unwanted persons and pests without losing their aesthetic appearance.