Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Fence

The decision to add a fence around your property can give you instant privacy and a feeling of security for you and your children. A beautifully crafted fence will add character and value to your home. When making a decision to invest in a fence there are important factors to consider.

What purpose will the fence serve?

Usually there will be a specific reason to install a new fence:

  • Privacy Fencing: Privacy can be an important part of comfort and lifestyle. Choosing the right privacy fence can give you either a partial or complete shield to the outside world.
  • Safety and Security Fencing:  Keeping children safe and pets confined offers great piece of mind while they play in the yard. This type of fencing helps protect your children, to some extent, from strangers.
  • Property Values and Appearance: A well designed and constructed fence can increase your home’s value and curb appeal. A properly installed fence can dramatically change your homes appearance and outdoors functionality

What Kind Of a Fence Do You Like?

The choices of materials used to construct fencing and the large number of fence styles make it easier to personalize the look and feel of your fencing.  You should look around your neighborhood when considering the style fence you want. Your personal preference should consider your  homes architectural  style and landscaping. A landscape design or fencing consultant can help you make the right decision.

 What is Your Budget?

When considering a fence it’s important to understand quality. The cheapest fence is not always the best fence. It’s always helpful to have a fencing professional explain the economics involved when making a decision. You should factor weather, maintenance and installation costs when choosing the right fence.

 Basic Choices in Fence Materials

No matter what your tastes are, your reasons for installing a fence or the style you would like, there are three basic materials used to build fences—wood, metal and PVC or vinyl. Each has different advantages, comes in a wide variety of styles and provides a distinctive look. Below is an overview of each of these fence materials, their advantages and some examples to check out.

Wood Fences

For the homeowner who prefers a more natural look, wood provides the opportunity to quickly and easily install a fence the look of which can be changed from time to time by simply changing the paint or stain color.


  • Beautiful, natural look
  • Affordable
  • Easily & quickly installed

Once you have decided that you are interested in a wood fence, we have many types of wood from you to choose from:

  • Stockade
  • Shadowbox
  • Solid Board
  • Picket
  • Split Rail

Metal Fences

Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fence is usually thought of for commercial properties, however, this is a very affordable product that is a very popular choice with homeowners who want to keep pets safe and secure. There are several varieties of chain link fence available; from the plain galvanized type, to a vinyl-coated type that comes in several colors. Also available are vinyl slats that are inserted into the body of the fence, providing additional privacy. Without the vinyl privacy slats, a chain link fence is a wonderful way to achieve a fenced in yard and yet still keep an open airy feeling around your property.


  • Economical
  • Maintenance-Free
  • Pet Control
  • Graffiti Resistant

Ornamental Aluminum Fencing

Ornamental Aluminum fences are an affordable alternative to traditional wrought iron fences and provide homeowners with a unique, upscale look without the high maintenance costs for yearly scraping, sanding and painting of ornamental iron.

PVC or Vinyl Fences

As you may have already noticed, white vinyl fences are springing up all over the country. This is the fastest growing and one of the most popular choices in fence materials by homeowners all across the United States. Even if it’s not the least expensive alternative, Vinyl fences offer homeowners a virtually maintenance free product. The product is also very beautiful and has the effect of creating a more expansive feel to a property line.


  • Virtually maintenance Free
  • U.V. Protected – never needs painted
  • Color goes all the way through – scratches or gouges almost invisible
  • Does not rot or rust
  • Strong & Flexible

Below are the many types of Vinyl fencing that we offer:

  • Privacy
  • Semi-private
  • Picket
  • Pool fences

Contact a New England Fencing Specialist

At Hastie Fence we have made a Commitment to Top Quality Product and Exceptional Customer Service for over 35 years. We offer a complete Customer Experience from your initial consultation to custom fabrication and a timely installation. We make your decision easy; we’ll cover every detail from dimensions to aesthetics with your free design consultation. Your complete satisfaction is our goal. You can contact us today at one of our 3 locations.