When people decide to install a fence, they are usually only thinking about their backyard. However, a fence in the front yard can be an excellent addition to your home. Not only can it enhance your home’s curb appeal, but it can also add as much privacy and security as a backyard fence. When installing a front yard fence, there are some questions you can ask yourself to make sure you’re picking the right one.
Why do you want a front yard fence?
Depending on why you want a fence around your front yard, you’re going to need different things. You may also want your front yard fence to perform many duties, from aesthetics to privacy.
Define property lines
If all you’re looking to do is define your property lines, then you have the chance to have a more decorative fence. Ornamental fences are a great option if you’re looking for something simpler or more streamlined than your average vinyl fence.
Ornamental fences are also a great choice if you are looking to add aesthetic value to your home. Ornamental fences made of aluminum can add a level of elegance to your home. They are also difficult to climb, nearly impossible to tear down, and durable enough to withstand common wear and tear.
Keep in children/pets
When installing a fence with children or pets in mind, you’ll need a fence that doesn’t have any gaps for them to slip through. If you have a larger dog that loves to jump, you’ll want to make sure that the fence is tall enough to contain them.
If privacy is what you’re after, then you’re going to need a higher fence. The typical height for a privacy fence is 6 feet tall. You’re also going to need to fence that doesn’t have any gaps, like a solid construction vinyl or wood.
How do you and your guests approach your home?
Oftentimes how you approach your home is different than how guests will. You may be used to entering your home from the garage or a backdoor, while guests are more likely to enter through the front. As the homeowner, you’re going to see your fence from within, rather from the outside. Go out and see what your house looks like from the sidewalk or even from across the street. Seeing your home from an outsider’s perspective can help you decide how much of your home you want visible through the fence.
What is your home’s style?
The style of your home is one of the most important things you want to keep in mind when choosing what front yard fence you want to install. The front of your home is what others see the most and the right fence is an important addition to its style.
Tie-ins from house
One of the things you can do when choosing a fence for your front yard is having tie-ins from the design of your home. If you have stone or brick accents on the front of your home, that can be reflected in the design of your fence.
Compliment vs contrast
Instead of having tie-ins from your home’s design, you may want your fence to contrast it instead. This can turn your fence into its own design element and make it stand out. Contrasting materials, such as wood and metal, can make both your home and your fence pop.
What type of accents do you want for your fence?
A gate is an important addition to your front yard fence. Depending on how you and others can gain access to your yard, there are different types of gates you will need. If you want to enter via a paved or stone walkway, you’ll want a small, walk-in gate. However, you may also want a residential, access-controlled gate across your driveway. No matter what type of gate you want, make sure that it is cohesive with your fence design. Matching handrails on your front porch can also help to tie-in your fence and gates with your home.
Where do you begin with your front yard installation?
Any fence installation can seem like a daunting task. One way you can narrow down your choices is with a simple list. Divide a piece of paper in half. On one side write down what you want from your front yard fence. On the other half, write what type of fence can fulfill that goal. If you’re still having trouble choosing, your fence contractor will be able to lend you their experience and expertise. You can also check out your fence contractor’s website to get a better idea of what type of fences are available to you. If you’re ready to install a fence in your front yard, you can request a quote from Clarksville Fencing!