As we begin a new year, many people are looking at their resolutions and thinking about how they can improve this year. There are so many things that we could work on improving in our lives, but one thing that might not cross your mind is a fence upgrade!
However, when you make a fencing upgrade part of your new year’s resolution, you’re investing in your future. Read on for tips and info to help you make an upgrade this year!
Why A Fence Upgrade Is a Great Value
You may be wondering why you would want to upgrade your fence this time of year when it’s cold outside and there is no grass growing yet. Well, here are some reasons:
The fence will last longer, which means it can protect your children, animals, and property for years to come. Upgrading your fence can mean restoring your current face or installing a new one. Either way, you’re boosting the longevity of your fence.
Beat the Rush
Getting a fence in the winter is considered “off-season.” And when you beat the rush, you may get better pricing and quicker service! Especially with most industries experiencing supply-chain issues if you want a new or upgraded fence to enjoy in the spring and summer, start now.
Safety and Security
The fence will provide the safety you need for your kids and pets, as well as help keep thieves out of your yard. You can even upgrade to a fence that is electrified to discourage some people from trying to break in! A strong, secure fence will put your mind at ease all year round.
Planning Your Upgrade
There are many ways to upgrade your fencing situation. To help you plan, here are some questions to address.
What type of material will suit your needs?
Wood fences are very popular, but they require more upkeep than vinyl fences. Vinyl is easier to clean and maintain, but often more expensive. Metal fences run the gamut from very affordable (think chain link) to expensive (steel, electric, etc.). Consider ongoing costs and maintenance, along with climate, purpose, and aesthetics to help make your decision. If you’re installing a new fence and uncertain about materials, the experts at Bravo Fence Company can help you determine the best options for your property and budget.
Do you want privacy or visibility?
Fences with tall vertical slats provide excellent privacy. However, this prevents people from seeing into your yard – which some people prefer. Low horizontal slats offer better visibility without sacrificing privacy too much (only on the top portion). If you have a large area to fence in and want greater visibility, chain-link or split rail is a great option.
What will you fence in?
Will you fence in your pasture or do you want to fence out something? There are all sorts of reasons why people would put up a fence. In the city, you might be protecting children or dogs. However, if you live somewhere rural, you may want to keep bears, deer, moose, etc. away from your garden, crops, or livestock.
If there are animals that need to be fenced off of your property (like cattle) then you should use a fence material that is sturdy and can withstand any damage from the animal trying to break through it.
Considerations When Upgrading Your Fence
So far, we’ve mostly covered tips and questions for upgrading to a new fence. But if you aren’t looking for a full replacement, you can still make improvements!
One way of upgrading your fence is to replace your gate. This can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your fence. You may also want to consider upgrading the hardware on your gate, like the hinges, latch, and handle. If you want a big change, you may even add an electric/moving gate to your existing fence for increased security.
Paint or Stain
Another way to improve your fence without replacing it is by painting or staining it. This will give it a fresh look and is a great way to cover up fence damage or rust.
Fence Repair, Maintenance, and Cleaning
Regardless of whether you are planning on large-scale upgrades, some things need to be done at least once every season.
– fence repair: repairing any broken or damaged fence panels.
– fence maintenance: checking for loose boards, sanding and resealing as necessary, replacing missing or broken fence posts.
– fence cleaning: removing mold, mildew, and dirt with a power washer or brush/hose.
Take a look at your fence and see what minor upgrades you can do to improve it this year! A fence upgrade can make a huge difference in the appearance and security of your home – so don’t wait, start planning now!
Add Height or Length
A more intensive upgrade is to add height or length to your fence. For example, this can be done by adding new fence panels and posts. If you are expanding your fence, it’s important to match the material and style of your existing fence for a cohesive look. You may also opt to add a “topper” to increase the height and privacy of your fence. For example, you could add a lattice top to an existing wood or vinyl fence.
Takeaways On A Fence Upgrade
Have you been thinking about upgrading your fence? Maybe it’s time to do so. Making upgrades can be a challenging task, but well worth the investment in the long run. Fences are a great way to add privacy and security to your property. They can also be a major design element in the landscape. Whether you’re looking for a new fence, or just want to freshen up an old one, there are many options available that will suit your style and needs. And Bravo Fence Company is here to help with all of your fencing needs. Reach out today to get started on your fence upgrade!