Good fences make good neighbors, and we can help you become one of the best neighbors ever.
Red Valley Landscaping is known for creating stunning environments, opulent pools, and outdoor structures that add new dimensions to our clients’ homes. One of our many products that people often overlook is one that can do the most to define a space – the fence. So let’s take a look at one of the most effective and under-rated ways to redefine your home.
Knowing your needs
For most of our clients, the fence not only serves to mark a boundary, it’s also the backdrop to their outdoor space. It’s like the background in a painting, or the place setting at a fine meal. When it’s properly done it’s not the first thing you see, but when it’s wrong, it’s the only thing you can see. Some clients like their fences to echo the architectural style of their home, while others opt for a more subtle and simple design. There’s a lot to choose from, but if you’re not sure, you can always build a small section of fence that’s a few feet wide to give you the idea of the height, color, and shape you can expect. This also lets you play with different designs and finishes before committing all your resources to the project.
Budgeting and maintenance
It’s helpful to determine your budget before you get started, because changing materials and designs once the project has started can dramatically alter the final cost.
While plastic and metal can offer a lifetime of little to no maintenance, the cost factor can be a deal-breaker for some people. Traditional wood fences are more cost-effective in the short run, but you need to be ready to perform regular maintenance. This often isn’t anything too elaborate, but replacing pickets and applying a weather-resistant sealer are tasks that you might have to undertake every few years.
Utilities, city codes, and property lines
When installing a fence, you’ll want to be sure to check on a few things before you start. Most utilities will come out and mark your lines for free, so be sure to give them a call. It might take a few days for them to send somebody out, but that’s far easier than dealing with the consequences of digging through your gas line.
Property lines are another detail that you should verify before you get started. If you happen to build across onto your neighbor’s property, you may have to pull up your fence and start over, incurring costs that could have easily been avoided.
So, are you Team Picket or Team Wrought Iron? If you’d like to dress up your yard or get some privacy from the neighbors, get in touch and we’d be glad to get one of our fence experts to show you all the options that are available for your home.