Does a Fence Add to the Value of Your Home?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you need to sweeten the deal. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your chances of selling your home with an added value?
Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. For some the monetary value of a fence may not be the attraction, but rather the privacy and decorative benefits that a fence adds to the appearance of the yard.
A cheap or quickly thrown together fence may not bring the expected added value to a home. For this reason it is important to research the different styles of fencing along with their material costs.
When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.Lattice Cedar Fence

When the Focus is Function

There are special circumstances in which wood fences, despite their beauty, may not be your best choice for fencing. Maybe someone is looking for a low maintenance fence. Cedar Fencing is anything but low maintenance. Between staining and power washing the cost for maintenance is incredible. Many look for low maintenance fencing like Fortress Ornamental. However, ornamental fencing is not conducive to privacy.  Many times there are trade offs when selecting a functional fence.

Security is another practical function many homeowners demand from fencing, a function for which, as mentioned above, metal fencing is generally considered superior to wood fences.

But wood fences are an excellent choice for privacy fencing, whether it be in terms of noise barriers or, more commonly, visual barriers. Wood fences provide some of the most attractive fencing options available when your chief concern is creating a backyard sanctuary.

The stockade style offers an example of a wood fence design that can afford a solid visual barrier between your yard and your neighbor’s, resulting in almost total privacy. While masonry work such as brick can do the same, it costs significantly more than does a wood fence.

Others prefer a compromise on privacy, choosing wood fences with a certain amount of airiness to them, to avoid fencing out the outer world altogether. Tall picket fencing, for example, can afford partial privacy, as can lattice fencing.

A popular alternative to these privacy-fencing options is a hybrid wood fence design: i.e., a solid barrier for the bottom three-quarters of the fencing, with lattice on top to inject an element of airiness and decoration.

As noted above, one factor in choosing between the different types of wood fences is their potential for compatibility with one’s landscape design. Solid wood fences can provide compelling backdrops for plantings, while the airier wood fence designs (e.g., split-rail and picket-style wood fences) can serve either as foregrounds or backgrounds for planting beds

Other types of fencing which are not mentioned in this article that are gaining great popularity are composite fences such as Trex Seclusion Fencing and SimTek a simulated rock wall.

Problem Vinyl Fencing

Occasionally, we are asked if we install vinyl fencing. We do not – we specialize in wood, Trex, and iron.

During the 1990’s when demand for vinyl fencing exploded in Utah, our company joined the rest of the local fence community that was experimenting with the product. However, after just two years of working with vinyl, we decided to drop this product from our offerings. Here are the primary reasons why:

Cost: Basic white vinyl fencing is roughly the same price as a basic wood fence. Other styles and colors of vinyl fencing rise in price just as more ornate styles of wood fencing (such as our Canyon Winds or Estates styles). In general, therefore, vinyl and wood fall into the same pricing ranges.

Appeal:  The advantage to a buyer of vinyl fencing is that it doesn’t require staining. The disadvantage is that it isn’t natural looking, so if a buyer prefers a fence that ties in better with their landscaping, vinyl wouldn’t be the logical choice.  The majority of our clientele looking for privacy fencing chooses cedar or Trex specifically because they are not interested in a vinyl fence. One significant criticism we hear is that vinyl has a “shiny” reflective surface and lacks the look of an upscale product. Aesthetics are a personal choice and should carefully be considered when selecting a style and type of material for a fence.

Strength: This is perhaps the most important problem with vinyl fencing. The thickness of the material is substantially thinner than that of a product like Trex. Correspondingly, vinyl cannot withstand high winds and is much more prone to damage from force against it or even from small objects that strike it (such as rocks or hard balls). Because it is a fully plastic product, vinyl also tends to become brittle over time, even with UV inhibitors.

It is important to note that there are no fences with perfect properties. Wood will require maintenance. Trex can be costly compared to vinyl. All fences are products that are exposed to the severity of the elements and will naturally degrade over time. Given that a fence is typically a significant investment for any buyer, it is worth thorougly researching strengths and limitations of the various options. We encourage our prospective customers to use the resources available on this website to assist with that evaluation.

Please contact us with any questions: 801-374-6428 (Utah County) / 801-990-6888 (Salt Lake County). Or fill out the Contact Us information request form.