A new fence for your property can be a very expensive investment, but when choosing a fence material and style, you don't want to shop by price alone. A few extra dollars invested in that fence can mean something that coordinates better with your home's exterior space, and which keeps your property more secure overall. Note a few details to consider when choosing a new fence for your property, beyond its price, and why these details are so important.

Can you change or enhance it?

After some time, your property's fence might seem a bit drab and dull, and you may want to make a change without actually replacing it. Note if you can easily change or enhance a fence over time; for example, a wood fence can be painted, and a metal fence can be powder coated a variety of colours. A hurricane fence can have privacy slats inserted through that mesh, allowing you to change up the look of the fence.

However, a glass or vinyl fence cannot typically be changed, as these surfaces don't allow for a paint colour or any other type of coating. You also cannot usually drill into a glass or vinyl fence, to install hanging flower baskets and other items. If you know you like to change up the look of your home's property, avoid vinyl and glass for these reasons.


If you have dogs that bark at the slightest provocation, you may want a solid panel fence so that they don't get distracted by pedestrians, a neighbour's pet or car arriving home, and so on. This is also especially good to consider if your dog or cat tends to start chasing after other animals; if they were to see another animal outside the yard, this can encourage them to try to jump the fence and run away. Keeping their view obstructed can keep them both safe and quiet.


High winds tend to make glass panel fences, as well as hurricane or chain link fences, rattle. This can be an annoyance and also cause damage to the fence. Lots of hot, direct sunlight can fade the colour of a wood fence, and extremely cold temperatures can cause a vinyl fence to become brittle and then crack. Very wet weather can allow a wood fence to absorb that humidity and then expand and shrink, or hold mould and mildew. Be sure you take into consideration your area's standard weather conditions when choosing a fence so you know it will be durable throughout the years.