Choosing the best fence for your Seattle property is critical in making sure it will fit your needs, level of desired maintenance, its durability, and the visual aspect of what it will add to your property.
Seattle homeowners have many different options when it comes to fence types. Before selecting the type of fence or material, you should consider the goals of your fence. Are you having this fence installed in order to keep your pets or kids contained and safe, to add some privacy to your yard, or to increase the property value of your Seattle home.
Be sure to also consider the level of maintenance you are open to taking on. Not all fences are created equal when it comes to upkeep. The final thing to consider before the fun of selecting your materials is to be sure and check on any restrictions from your HOA. Many HOA’s in the Seattle area have restrictions about the material, height, and gate style of fences. The most common HOA restriction we see at DH Land Pros is that fences must be made of cedar, 6 or 8 feet tall, and stained in a natural color.
No fence restrictions
If your neighborhood has no fence restrictions you can pick from a wide variety of fencing like white picket fencing, an eight-foot wooden privacy fence, or a shadow box fence.. When you meet with your fencing building contractor they will be able to give you a recommendation based on your needs and budget.
What does a fence cost?
Having a fence installed can vary pretty drastically depending on the material used, the land the fence is built on, the type of fence, and the overall length of the fence. Dan, DH Land Pros Founder says “our average fence install comes in between $5000-$10,000. The prices in Seattle vary so much because of the widely varying size and slope of the properties.”
1. Selecting the best fence for your yard
Whether you are having a fence installed for privacy, visual appeal, or for the safety of pets and children. Fences are one of the key landscaping features that attribute to increasing property values. When you are selecting the fence type make sure to put your needs before your wants. It sound self explanatory but clients often times make this mistake, Be sure and ask your contractor for recommendations about the type of fence that meets your needs.
If your main concern is property value and containing children and pets you will likely want to go with anything other than a privacy fence. Privacy fences are often times viewed as “suspicious” by potential buyers. In the case where you need a privacy fence, DH Land Pros recommends wood fencing for privacy fences. The most common wood used in fencing is cedar. Cedar stands up well, when sealed, looks nice, and is very affordable
Vinyl fencing is another good option, but can be expensive. Vinyl fencing often times is not the best fence and does not provide quite the same level of privacy. If containing your pet is the primary need for your fence, be sure to research your breeds temperament to dig under, or its ability to jump over your fence. Husky’s for example are escape artists and can easily escape an eight foot fence.
2. Consider fence maintenance
We all know property maintenance is something homeowners dread, having a fence put up is no different. Fences take a beating here in Seattle. Your fence will deal with heat, cold, rain, wind, seawater, and everything else your family can throw at it. Keeping a fence up is no small task. One of the services that helped DH Land Pros get off the ground as a company was fence repair. When considering the type of fence you are having installed ask yourself how much time you want to spend maintaining your fence.
Wooden fencing requires the most upkeep such as replacing rotted boards and staining every couple of years. That being said wooden fences are often times the most desired and increase property value most effectively. While wood does require the most maintenance, it is the most budget friendly when major repairs need to be made. Wooden fences allow you to replace a single board or two when damaged. Aluminum fences for example can require you to replace an entire panel. We have repaired a few aluminum fences in the Seattle area where it would have been more cost effective to erect a wooden fence in it place.
3. Check with your HOA
We touched on this earlier, but Dan, DH Land Pros founder will ask clients this question multiple times before purchasing materials. “Did you check with, and get your fence approved by your HOA?” In 2012 we had a client who had us out, knew exactly what they wanted, and we installed over the weekend. Two days later they called us and let us know the HOA called them to let them know their fence would have to be taken down. Their fence did not fit within the HOA rules. This was a very expensive and frustrating process. Don’t put yourself through this.
4. Pick the best fence contractor
The Seattle area is filled with contractors who could build you a fence. Make sure your contractor is well rated on HomeAdvisor and can provide photos and examples of past fencing projects. DH Land Pros has more than 125 years of fencing experience on our crew. We have built fences on all types of landscapes and dealt with all types of slope, surfaces, and needs.