The 4 Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Fence

Before you make the investment in your property, it’s important to evaluate exactly what you’re looking to accomplish by installing a new fence. There are an array of materials, styles, and features to choose from, and figuring out the details prior to the installation process can save you from the dreaded feeling of, “I wish I had thought of that before.”

In this article, we’ll cover the four main questions that property owners should ask before installation. Knowing these answers can help you ensure you get it right the first time.

1.     What is the Desired Function of My Fence?

From privacy to protection, decoration and more, there are an endless number of reasons why you’d have an interest in putting up a fence around your home or business. Different fence materials are great for some uses but lousy for others, so it’s important to identify what your fence’s primary function will be.

For example, you wouldn’t want to install a 4-foot wrought iron fence for the sake of privacy. Additionally, you wouldn’t want to install an 8-foot wood fence if you’re in the market for a decorative landscaping feature. The good news? Whatever your goal, there’s a product designed to get the job done.

If you aren’t familiar with all the options available, we’re here to help. A Mills Fence team member can assist you in your search for the perfect style and material for your situation.

2.     Are There Rule or Regulations to Follow When Installing a Fence?

Whether it’s the HOA, city government, or another organization that has a say in what structures are permitted on your property, it’s important to make sure your fence is “legal” before you begin your project. Even if you notice that your neighbor has a fence, for example, you may want to confirm the specifications which are permitted in your area. You don’t want to install your entire fence only to be told that it’s a foot too high.

Those who have never explored building regulations might be surprised to learn how many seemingly-unimportant rules exist. With that being said, it’s much better to be surprised before you start building. Once your fence is fully complete, if you don’t like the result, renovations can be a costly headache.

3.     What Type of Material Should I Choose?

Wood, aluminum, PVC, vinyl…there’s a long list of fencing materials that can get the job done. The question of which is right for your property goes beyond aesthetic considerations. It’s important to take factors like climate, the need for durability, and longevity into account.

4.     How Secure Does the Gate Need to Be?

A backyard fence which has been constructed to give pets a place to play probably doesn’t need to have Fort Knox-like protection. However, if your fence has been installed to keep unwanted visitors away from valuable commodities that you rely on for your business, you want it to be highly secure.

We offer a range of options for commercial properties that deter prying eyes and make getting inside without permission a challenge. From cantilever gates to Speartop aluminum, we have products that can make your first line of defense your best line of defense.

We understand the need to safeguard your property. We’re here to work with you to find a solution that fits your needs while staying within your budget.


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Whether it’s your first fence installation or you know the drill, we’re here for you. Allow our team to guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Get in touch today to request a consultation with an experienced Mills Fence representative.