Good Fences Make Good Neighbors and Happier Homeowners


A recent Harris survey for the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that an overwhelming majority (75%) of homeowners feel it is very important to spend quality time in their back yards. Whether it’s entertaining, gardening, or just relaxing, we love being out in the yard.

But as much as we want to be outdoors, we like a sense of privacy and security as well. We may get along just fine with our neighbors, but as families grow, we need to consider the safety of the little ones and make sure Fido is contained, too.

That’s why residential fence installation is a sound investment. It adds considerably to the value of a home. In fact, residential fence installation is at the top of the list for property upgrades, according to home improvement and gardening television network HGTV. Beautiful fences not only increase property value but also can deftly increase perceived living space. This can transfer to positively affect resale values and create more marketable homes.

Fencing companies support HGTV’s findings. They point out that some fences are for keeping things in or out, and some are for privacy. Fences are also great for decorating your front lawn and back yard to accent your home and to indicate property lines. This concept is beginning to gain more acceptance with homeowners. Instead of a cold-looking chain link fence, the trend is now moving toward less imposing fencing. Homeowners are installing inexpensive picket fences, then dressing them up with colorful paint, whimsical artwork or other personal decorations. The intent is to create a friendly effect all while ensuring some privacy and security.

If a garden art fence is not appealing, there are many other artistic-looking fences. These would include fences with lattice upper detail or New England arbors.
If cost is a factor, the types of material are abundant. Besides the traditional wooden fence, there are vinyl, bamboo, and reed fences.

With so many different types of fences out there, you just to need to know your needs and your taste and build one that will last you and your family a long time.
Enclosing your yard is a sound decision, no matter what side of the fence you’re on.

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