Building The Right Backyard Fence

Deciding to build a backyard fence happens for a variety of reasons. Pets, children, protecting a garden, securing a pool, providing safety or simply adding a new look to a property are all reasons.

Making the decision to build is one thing, ensuring you have the new backyard fence you imagine is another. There are a variety of considerations when deciding to build, and we look at a few in this blog post.

Building Your Backyard Fence To Last

Building a backyard fence to last takes planning, care and attention to detail during fence construction. There are plenty of online resources with help for DIYers looking to build a backyard fence as a weekend project.

Ensuring a fence is built to last requires quality materials and proven construction techniques. While these can be learned online, there is value in considering using an experienced, proven Twin Cities fence contractor for the job.

Right Style For Your Backyard Fence

Deciding the style of fence you seek is among the first choices. Should it provide privacy, or allow sunshine and wind to pass through it?

Identifying the height of the fence to do the job you seek is another step. Is it designed to keep dogs and children enclosed and safe? Or, are you seeking some security, making it more difficult for people to get into your yard.

Right Material For Your Backyard Fence

Providing security is also a consideration for the material you are using. While stronger fence materials provide better security, the aesthetic of the choice is likely even more important.

Seeking a more natural look to the fence? Try installing a wood fence, which come with a variety of designs and construction styles, either pickets spaced apart, or tongue-and-groove boards fit together and attached to cross beams.

Weather-resistant aluminum fencing provides the traditional look of an iron fence as well as security as the strongest fence material.

Chain link is also an option, providing security and containment as well as allowing light and sun through.

Our next blog post will identify other factors to consider when building a backyard fence, including cost and environmental considerations.

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show and Midwest Fence

  • Spring is almost here

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 30- April 8. Midwest Fence has always been a strong supporter of the show, but due to the “big game” downtown, the date was moved to the end of March. Consequently, Midwest Fence will not have a booth at the show this year due to the late date.  Don’t miss Paige Davis from TLC’s Trading Spaces on the main stage on March 30th and 31st.

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Do I Need A Fence?

Scalloped cedar wood picket containment fence need itIf you are a pet owner or your neighbors have wandering pets, your life can be made easier with a new fence to contain your property. Maybe your neighbor’s unsightly yard has given you thoughts of moving to a new neighborhood.  No need to move, you can have an attractive privacy fence installed. There are many reasons why people buy fences. Are you wondering “Do I need a fence?”- here are three things to consider.

Need Containment?
Pets

A common concern for pet owners is dog containment. Consequently, a smart cedar picket fence can enhance the appearance of your property and also keep “Rover” safely at home. Therefore, Ornamental steel and aluminum systems have a classic look. Additionally, Ornamental fences are typically maintenance free and are equally effective at containing pets.

Children

Homeowners with small children looking for a lower cost way to keep their little ones safe may choose a chain system.  Hence, chain link fences are a great way to contain any size yard at an affordable cost. Galvanized chain link systems have been available for many decades. Vinyl coated black, green and brown can be more attractive options. In summary,  if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, be sure that they allow chain link systems as many do not.

Need Privacy?

Visually blocking out the things that are beyond your borders is easily completed with a Privacy fence.  It will provide a layer of security as well. These fences have many benefits but are often not allowed in front yards due to city regulations. Privacy fences can be made of cedar, vinyl or composite (Trex) materials.  Cedar would require a level of upkeep (staining, board or post replacement, etc) but with vinyl and composite, effort would be minimal.

Need Security?

Fences can add a great amount of security to your home and for your family.   A high quality, sturdy fence will be extremely effective in keeping animals or intruders off your property.  Also, it will improve the appearance of your home, and can enhance privacy as well as the aesthetics of your landscaping.

In the end, the reasons you purchase a fence are unique to your needs and a qualified fence professional can help you make the right choice.

Pros And Cons Of A Wood Fence

Pros and cons - King style cedar wood privacy fencePros And Cons Of A Wood Fence

Considering building a fence for your yard means evaluating what type of fence you should build and with what material. Among the most popular fencing materials in the Twin Cities is wood. Lets look at the pros and cons of a wood fence.

Selecting wood for a fence means choosing one of the oldest materials used for fencing. Wood allows for a wide variety of styles of fencing for a project, and is also traditionally the material used by do-it-yourselfers.

Similar to any material considered for a building project, wood has pros and cons when used for fencing. We will examine those advantages and disadvantages in this blog post, just as we reviewed the pros and cons of vinyl fencing as well as the advantages and disadvantages of chain link fencing. Continue reading