When replacing residential fences in Carlsbad, NM or building a new one at your home, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed at your choices. There are many needs to assess to assure you’re making the best choice, and no homeowner wants to risk needing to replace that fence within a few years. If you are looking at a new fence for your yard, here are the elements you should consider:
- Your homeowner’s association: The last thing you need is to put forth the expense and effort on a beautiful new fence, only to get a nasty note from the HOA. If your neighborhood involves a homeowner’s association, first check the covenants and restrictions that affect fencing. Depending on how immense these are, your possibilities may be very limited or expanded. If you have any questions or feel unsure about a favorite fence style, run it by the HOA first. This is a large enough project that it is not worth the risk of making a mistake and hoping your apology will suffice.
- Maintenance: You will also want to consider how much time you are willing to spend on maintaining a fence. Wood fencing can require frequent treatment and painting, but vinyl privacy panels can look good while only requiring an occasional power wash. When it comes to maintenance, there is the ideal and the reality. Focus on the latter when considering how much effort you wish to put into your fence.
- Privacy needs: This is all about your personal comfort zone. Some people like to their yard to be an oasis away from the world, so they choose a tall privacy fence that offers little access to neighbors. Others are very social and want to be able interact with others, even if there is a fence between them. There is also a possibility of mixing this need around. For example, you may want privacy near porch seating, a swimming pool or a hot tub, but install a lower fence where you share a boundary with a neighbor.
- Security: Like privacy, this is also about reassurance and comfort zones. A tall fence with a locked gate may offer security, but can appear foreboding. There are design options, such as using trellis or flush boards with no horizontal rails, that will help keep out intruders, while also welcoming friends. If you have electronic equipment or expensive patio furniture, you will also want to make the fence just high enough to make it difficult for thieves to escape with your property.
- Pets: If you have a dog, you need to recognize whether you have a jumper or a digger. Both are escape artists, and there are fence designs that can keep them contained. You may also have the laid-back sort that is content to just hang out in your yard and never attempt to get loose. If that is the case, count yourself lucky and enjoy more options.
Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC offers a variety of styles for ranch, commercial and residential fences in Carlsbad, NM. Contact us today if you need a comprehensive fencing contractor.