Buying a new fence is an important decision, and deciding between wood, vinyl, and aluminum can be difficult. How do you know if a wood fence is right for you? We've put together a list of essential questions to ask yourself before making a decision:
How long do you plan on living at your house? This is one of the first questions we ask our customers before helping them decide on the fence. How long do you plan on living at your house? If you plan on moving within the next five years, it might make the most sense for you to buy a wood fence. The reasons for this are simple: Wood fences will last a solid 10-20 years, and they are generally cheaper than vinyl or aluminum fences. So, if you plan on moving soon, a wood fence might be your best option. On the flip side, if you live in a forever home, you might consider spending a little more money on a vinyl or aluminum fence. Wood fences usually turn grey in about 1-2 years and will slowly decay after that. They still last a long time, but if you plan on living in your house for more than ten years, investing upfront in a more sustainable fence will be the better option.
What is your fence budget? Regardless of the fence style and material, knowing your budget for a fence project is the most critical question to answer before scheduling a fence estimate or deciding on a fence. What is your total budget? How much are you willing to spend? Knowing this will help you, and the fence company determines what options are best for you. If you compare similar heights and styles of a wood fence vs. a vinyl or aluminum fence, generally, a wood fence will be cheaper. However, if you compare a 6' privacy fence with a 4' aluminum fence, the wood fence will be more expensive. So there is a lot to consider when deciding on your fence, but knowing your rough budget is crucial for the decision-making process.
Are you allowed to have a wood fence installed in your city/neighborhood? You need to check two places before deciding on a wood fence: Your HOA (Home Owners Association) and Village. If you have an HOA, then you want to start there first. Do they have restrictions on height? or style? What about material restrictions? There are many HOA's that allow you to have aluminum only, or wood only, etc. If you don't have an HOA, great, this doesn't apply to you. However, if you do, I would check their rules and regulations first, then move on to the village. Most villages generally don't restrict styles or materials used, but more significantly, the height of the fence. Usually, unless you are unincorporated, you aren't allowed to have any fence greater than 6' tall. If you back up to the main street or are unincorporated, you might be able to get away with an 8' fence. Confirming the rules and regulations of your HOA and village should be done before the fence estimate, if possible!
A pandemic, a shortage of materials, and a goal. We were extremely fortunate to find Carmen and the team at Timber Ridge Fence Company. Our choice was easy after meeting with several fence companies, as Timber Ridge Fence was the only company to bring out materials for us to view. Coupled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, not to mention competitive prices, we were sold. Our experience didn't disappoint. From day one, we got honest estimates on our timing and answers to any questions we had. While there was a wait, it was worth it as the final product has given our home a picturesque view. The fence crew was fast but precise. They knew how to do the job with no interruptions and without leaving anything for us to clean up. I've heard stories. I can't begin to thank Timber Ridge Fence for the job they've done. They've helped complete our oasis and provided us with the yard we've been dreaming about for far too long. Thanks, team! It's perfect.
Mike S. - Carmel, Indiana
Benefits Of A Wood Fence
Durability: When it comes to durability, wood fences are at the top of the list. Do you live in a windy area? Do you live by an open field? These are essential questions to consider because wood fences can withstand strong winds and hold up against the elements reasonably well. A wood fence can endure the elements; you can have peace of mind whether you choose a 4x4 post or a full 5x5 post. Unlike vinyl posts and rails, which are all hollow, wood fences are incredibly durable to the wind. One of the most important factors with any fence, not just wood, is the installation process. Here at Timber Ridge Fence, all of our fences are installed with concrete. Nothing is dry set or tamped. We mix all of the concrete ourselves to ensure long-lasting, durable fences.
Affordability: When comparing apples to apples, a wood fence will be cheaper than a vinyl or aluminum fence. If you are looking for the most affordable fence option, a 4-foot wood picket fence is your best choice. Or maybe you are looking for a privacy fence, but you are unsure whether you want to do wood or vinyl. If you are looking for the most cost-effective privacy fence, a wood privacy fence is your best option. With that said, there is a reason wood fences are cheaper! Wood fences won't last as long as aluminum or vinyl fences. Wood fences will still last 15-20 years, but they will eventually decay and rot out. So, before making your decision, please consider your budget and how long you plan on living in your house.
Customization: One of the big perks of getting a wood fence is that it can be customized to meet your specific needs. Here are a couple of scenarios to consider: You have a yard with a significant slope and are worried about the gap underneath the fence. A wood fence can be built on-site to ensure no gaps if that's your biggest concern. Or maybe, you have a tree with giant roots sticking up near the fence line. We can custom cut the pickets around the tree roots to ensure a nice look on top and no gaps. There are lot more scenarios where a wood fence might be your best or only option. It is essential to consider these things before making your decision.
Jordan and the entire Timber Ridge Fence company did an outstanding job! Extremely professional and courteous. The fence installers did a great job! Communication was perfect! Our vinyl fence is gorgeous! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to install or replace a fence.
Robert L. - Fishers, Indiana
Schedule Your Free Wood Fence Estimate Today!
If you are interested in scheduling a wood fence estimate, please fill out the contact form below. One of the scheduling department team members will call you and go over the fence project to make sure we are a good fit and schedule a fence estimate with you. On the day of your fence estimate, one of our fence specialists will walk the yard with you, go over the different fence options, and put an estimate together for you. Due to the uniqueness of each yard, the appointment takes about 30-45 minutes, and we do require you to be present.