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What to consider when selecting fence material for your property.

What To Consider When Selecting Fence Material For your Property


Fence installation is a big undertaking. Whether it’s DIY or hiring a professional and one of the biggest decisions early on is what type of fence to build and what type of material fits best for your fencing project.  Not to worry, our pros at FenceScape have put together factors to consider when choosing fencing materials for your project.

Before ordering supplies or scheduling a fence installation, there are a few things to consider when choosing a fence type for your yard.


What is the purpose of your fence?

You might be considering putting up a fence in your yard for a variety of reasons. It could be for aesthetic reasons, privacy concerns, keeping animals out of your garden, providing a safe play space for your children and pets, defining property lines, blocking sound or wind or even to increase resale value.

Whatever the purpose of your fence project, there are fencing materials for your needs. However, some fence materials are a better fit for certain projects than others.


What is your fencing Budget?

Installing a fence can be an expensive project, and your personal budget will play a significant part in your decision.

When it comes to the cost of fence installation, there is no such thing as a standard pricing. Here are a few factors that may influence the cost of installing a fence around your home:

  • The size of the land you’re fencing
  • Selected materials
  • Fence Styling
  • Geographic location
  • Cost of labour
  • Time of the year


Setting a budget range for your fencing project and researching the cost of materials can help you streamline your fencing material options.

If you want the greatest results, consider hiring a professional fence installer. A slight out-of-level here or a slight out-of-plumb there will show up clearly in your finished fence.


What do local fencing regulations allow?fence installer going through city regulations

Don’t forget to check with your local homeowners association for fencing regulations as well as county and city fencing regulations. It is paramount to work within the regulations and this could limit your fencing material options.

Regulations give you clarifications on fence height, fence distance from property line, fence colour options, neighbourhood styling requirements, weather resistance requirements and what types of fencing can be DIY.


What are your fencing material options?

Now that you have all the information to make an informed decision, it is time to select an appropriate fencing material for your fencing project.

Whether it is PVC, chain link, wood or ornamental iron, each material has its pros and cons.

Our article choosing the right fence for your home walks you through which fence material will best suit your style and needs!


DIY Fencing Vs Professional Fencing

Professional fence installer in Ottawa

Different fencing materials require different levels of expertise. Regardless of the materials chosen, fences appear to be straightforward to build when the pros are doing it, but keep in mind how much expertise they have. When deciding whether to install your new fence yourself or hire a professional, there are several factors to consider. When choosing the DIY option, here are a few things that might be overlooked:

For fencing projects, all the materials may not fit in your truck and trips to get heavy materials may wear and tear your vehicle. Digging fence holes will result in dirt that needs to be disposed of as well as a trip to the scrapyard to dump construction scraps. Tools are required and renting the tools will come at an additional cost.


Fencing Materials and Professional fencing at FenceScape

If you decide to hire someone to install your fence rather than doing it yourself, you’ll have to find and employ a fence builder.

When it comes to professional fencing, reach out to our  pros at FenceScape who have the technical competence and experience required to build a long lasting fence that fits your purpose and property. Our experts work closely with our customer’s tastes, budgets, needs, and creativity to deliver the best finished product at the best overall value to our customers!


FenceScape is also a certified distributor of Bufftech PVC Fence and SIMTEK Fence products for Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding areas.