Sometimes you like the idea of having a yard with no boundaries, where you can see everything from your front or back porch with nothing obstructing your view. Or, if you have pets who also like freedom or maybe neighbors you’d rather not have seeing you, you might want to install a fence in your front yard or backyard. Believe it or not, getting a fence installed can take quite a bit of work on your part when it comes to selection of material, parameter of the fence, and finding the right fence contractor.
Here are some tips that will help you get started on the process. The look of your fence and its requirements are totally up to you!
What is the purpose of your fence? Do you want more privace and need a wood-slatted or vinyl privacy fence? Do you have pets that are just as smart as you are and need a secure fence to keep them from “visiting” everyone else in the neighborhood? Do you need boundaries for your neighbors where they can see you and you can see them, but they can’t just walk on over? Whatever type of fence you need, you need to begin there when making the next decision steps of your process.
Materials & Aesthetics
The next thing you will need to decide is how you want your fence to look. There are several decorative fence styles that are popular in St. Tammany Parish. There is the “farm fence” which is a 1/2 to 2/3 tall fence with horizontal poles or boards, typically painted white. There is the popluar picket fence which is seen around many homes in Madisonville and Mandeville. There is the horse fence with is like the “farm fence” but is actually used as a fence to keep horses or cattle in. This fence typically is taller with more horizontal rails. It is also popular in north Covington and Folsom. There is the 6′ or 8′ privacy fence which completely covers the area to make it…private. You can also upscale your fence with a mixutre of materials including stone columns and wood slats or brick columns and wrought iron pickets. Whatever type of fence you choose, be sure to be budget conscious and buy what you can afford.
Fencing Cost & Care
Which brings us to the next point – cost. Not only do you need to consider the cost of the materials but also the cost of installation. In Louisiana especially, you need to consider the elements when installing your fence because the weather here can wreak havoc on your materials. Vinyl, aluminum, brick, & wrought iron will definitely last longer than wood (even treated wood) any day. Going with a cheaper product, such as landscape timbers, may save you money in the short term, but you will definitely be replacing that fence in the near future.
Map Your Fence
If you are located in a neighborhood, you will want to be very clear where your property lines are located so as not to intrude on your neighbor’s property. That is a definite way to keep the peace between you and your neighbor. You will also want to walk the proposed fence line with your installer to be sure that he or she is very clear as to where the fence needs to be installed.
Some homeowners associations have very strict rules as to where a fence can be constructed and even what materials may be used. Be sure to check with them before beginning your project to make sure your fence proposal falls into their guidelines. In some areas, you may have to get a letter from your HOA to get a permit from the city or parish before you begin.