Fence installation is essential to securing your property, marking boundaries and regulating the movement of livestock and people. The fence also adds value to your property. There are different fences to choose from, especially with the advancement in material science today. This piece discusses several factors to consider before commencing a fence installation


Different fencing materials have varied responses to the climate of your area. Therefore, carefully study the weather and enquire about suitable materials for a fence. Your fence installation project may involve a substantial investment, so you must get it right the first time. Some materials you should explore are; welded wire mesh, concrete, iron, wood, barbed wire and stone.

The best approach is to pick one material and investigate its properties and reactions to climatic conditions. For example, wood easily rots due to moisture, and the maintenance cost of alleviating moisture damage is high. Similarly, steel easily corrodes if you use it on a fence near the ocean or lake. Therefore, acquire enough knowledge about climate and materials before the fence installation begins. 


Fences need constant maintenance to ensure longevity. However, different fences have unique maintenance needs. Most people prefer walls that will not increase the cost of home ownership by a significant amount. For example, having a live fence implies that you must pay a landscaper to trim it and keep it looking neat constantly. Metallic walls also need constant repainting to prevent rust.

Therefore, evaluate your options and choose the fence with the maintenance cost within your budget. You may also consider the wall's impacts on surrounding structures such as swimming pools or your lawn. For example, if your fence constantly drops leaves all over the pool or yard, you may require to drain the pool and clean the area. Therefore, always consider the maintenance needs. 


Fences have different purposes. For example, an electric fence, regardless of its height, effectively prevents burglary. Similarly, you may prefer a chain-link wall to enclose your barn since it is effective yet poses no danger to your livestock. If the fence is temporary in places such as construction sites, you can choose one with readily available and cheap materials.

Another issue you must consider is visibility. Some fences are easier to see through than others. For example, concrete walls are opaque and can preserve your privacy. On the other hand, chain-link fences are inappropriate for ensuring privacy. Therefore, ensure the wall protects your privacy where the nature of your operations demands. 

Some factors to consider before fence installation include climate, maintenance and purpose.