Selecting The Right Fence for Your Needs
Helpful tips to make selecting the fence thats perfect for you that much easier.

Considering a new fence for your yard? Several factors should first be resolved before you make that purchase…keep these handy reminders top of mind when choosing a fence for your outdoor environment.

  • Know What You WantBefore you install a fence, ask yourself what your reason is for installing it. If it's strictly utilitarian -- keeping the dog in the yard -- you can probably get by with a basic chain-link fence. If you're looking to block noise or add privacy, you will want something tall and solid. Chances are your wishes are complex: You want to protect pets, but you also want to add a decorative element to your home's exterior. Whatever its purpose, a fence can function in many ways, but the first step is deciding what you're looking for to choose one that works for you.
  • pool Choose Your Materials - A white picket fence is quintessential, but before you buy wood posts and whitewash, think about the commitment you're making. Wood fences may require occasional staining or sealing. Consider a low-maintenance material, such as vinyl, that offers the look of wood without the elbow grease. Other material options include aluminum, steel, wrought iron, and bamboo.
  • Mix It Up If cost is an issue, mix different types of fences. Wood picket fencing could be placed at the front of the home, for example, connecting to chain link fencing in the back. Not only will this combination fence potentially save installation costs, but it also will reduce the amount of fence that might require repainting.
  • Do Your Research Inquire with homeowners or neighborhood associations and municipal building code officials regarding covenants that dictate fencing look, height, and material. City and neighborhood rules may specify the better-looking side of a fence (the side that doesn't show posts and rails) be placed toward the public face of the property. Ask how far a fence has to be set back from sidewalks and property lines, and find out if your fence project will require a building permit.
  • Think Green Landscaping can be used to protect your home from weather and views and to mark property lines. Remember, local building codes and neighborhood fence rules may cover such living walls. Additionally, you'll need to ensure that planted materials don't overgrow such restrictions in the future.
  • Hire Professionals If you decide to hire a pro, ask to see examples of fences they have installed. This may even generate ideas for your own fence.
  • Be a Good Neighbor Be open and up front with neighbors about your fencing plans, and try not to block their views unnecessarily. A party fence can be built and shared by two or more neighbors, but such agreements should be made in writing and only after the property boundaries have been professionally determined.
  • Consider Climate In cold northern climates that experience frost, concrete anchors are necessary for fence posts. For warmer, damper climates, vinyl is your best material choice, as wood is susceptible to water damage.
  • Create Entrances For safety and convenience, plan at least two paths into a fenced area. Ensure that one of these is large enough to accommodate bulky outdoor equipment such as a lawn mower, large garbage cans, and the like. Stepping stones and pergolas can help indicate the locations of gates, as can finials or other decorative elements.
  • Dress It Up Once your fence is in place, customize it with decorative posts or finials. Consider planting a row of flowers in front of it for a truly welcoming facade.

Source: "10 Things to Know Before You Build a Fence." Better Home and Gardens. Meredith Corporation, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2015. 

Complement Your Fence and Gate with Gate Hardware Products
Boerboel gate hardware gives your fences that finishing touch.

Adding functional and decorative hardware to your gate is easy with Boerboel Gate Solutions. Hinges, latches, drop rods and accessories will make your gate stand out, and will protect and secure your yard for years to come.

Boerboel’s DIY products are strong, versatile and easy to install and operate. Boerboel has everything you need to turn any fence panel into a fully operational gate. Some of the products feature advanced technology, for even better functionality. If you are looking for the ultimate gate solution, Boerboel has you covered!

1.) Gate Latches: Latches are offered in a variety of styles to secure your gate. Whether you require locking options that are accessible from either side of your gate or a simple, yet effective gravity latch, Boerboel has what you need.

2.) Gate Hinges: Standard or heavy-duty butterfly hinges feature Tension Control Technology™ which allows you to customize the speed and resistance of your gate closure. Strap hinges, heavy-duty chain link and farm gate hinges are also available.

3.) Drop Rods: Ideal for securing gates without using a latch, Boerboel offers standard and heavy-duty drop rods in white and black, in 24”and 36”.

4.) Accessories: Complete the look of your gate with a stylish gate handle -- Boerboel offers several styles to choose from. Or, prolong the life of the gate with a gate stop.

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To learn more, and to see an array of how-to and informational videos, visit Boerboel at http://www.boerboelgatesystems.com/

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