Since many home owners in Berks County spend more time at home, they've been taking advantage of this time to make improvements to their property. A good solid fence can add value to your home and protection for your family. Whether you're building an all-new fence or replacing an old worn-down one, it can be expensive. So before you call up a fencing contractor or get the supplies to build your own, it's a good idea to consider what you need in a fence. It it privacy, looks, protection, or all of the above?

Here are a few pros and cons of building a fence to help you decide what you need, or if you even need a fence at all.

PROS

Privacy

Now more than ever, having a private place to play and relax is essential for home owners in Berks County. Having a proper privacy fence will give you protection from prying eyes. Having a fence not only reduces the disturbance to your neighbors, but to your family as they play in the pool, garden, sunbathe, etc. Most privacy fences are made from hard woods that can be stained and, depending on the skills of the builders, can add a great deal of appeal to your property.

Safety

Safety is another key reason people decide to fence their yard. If you have a swimming pool, it's especially essential to have a fence that will protect your family. It's also a great way to keep out the critters you don't want in your yard, as well as letting your dog run free.

Noise Reduction

If you live near a busy street, noise may be an issue. An 8 ft high solid fence can reduce noise by up to 10 decibels. Acoustifenc is a product that has been used to reduce sound along highways and mass transit lines. You can now use it in residential settings, and it's reported to reduce noise by up to 5 percent, depending on fence height, elevations and noise frequencies.

Design Element

As already noted, you can add quite a bit of value and appeal with a fence that's expertly crafted. Even a simple picket fence can add style and charm to your property, as well as define the property boundary.

CONS

Maintenance

If you maintain your fence, it will be able to keep it's appeal for years. On the other hand, if you get laxed on taking care of it, a fence will naturally deteriorate over the years. This is particularly the case with wood fences, as they require occasional cleaning, staining, sealing or painting and can warp and rot over time.

Expense

Fencing an an entire property, or even part of one, is expensive. The price can vary a great deal depending on materials and length, number of gates, and labor. A wooden privacy fence now averages $17.31 to $23.13 per linear foot – that’s $2,596.50 to $3,469.50 for a 150-foot-long fence.

When determining whether to build a fence or not, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Typically, the pros will outweigh the cons.

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