Erecting a fence around your residential or commercial property represents a significant investment. With important specifications such as height, building material, and further accessories, it’s a job you want to get right the first time. To make sure you make a lasting decision with your new fencing, here’s what to consider before deciding on your fence.

Purpose and Dimensions

Before you commit to a fence, think about how many feet above the ground you need your fence to rise. Are you simply demarcating a property line, or are you looking for added privacy? Are you trying to keep your pets in and the neighbors’ pets out? If you’re pursuing privacy, you may want a higher fence than the standard three to four feet. In turn, you may also want wider posts to your fence, thereby ruling out chain link fences.


A good fence excels in form and function alike. Ugly fencing that looks slapdash or poorly maintained practically gives people a subliminal invitation to breach it. Choose a fence with an appearance that will command respect. Wrought-iron fencing is not only reliably sturdy, but it benefits from added ornamentation, which makes it even more visually pleasing. Chain link fences are as affordable as they are durable but won’t win any beauty pageants in an unadorned state. However, you can use chain link fencing to feature added greenery. Creeping vines such as Boston ivy and honeysuckle work their way up and around links as they grow, giving a lush and verdant appearance to your property’s boundaries.

Local Climate

The homogeneity of American culture does not extend to American climates. The prerequisites for fence installation vary wildly from the arid Southwest to the lush Pacific Northwest to the harsh Northeast. These considerations should influence your building material and specifications. Here in Connecticut, the unforgiving New England winters mean wooden fences face not only water damage but also frost damage, as the wood can dry out and crack. What’s more, frozen ground causes ill-set fence posts to heave or slightly lift from the ground. Gradually, this will uproot an entire fence, calling for heavy repairs if not a full reinstallation. Whichever material you decide to use, be sure to break the frost line by securing posts at least three feet underground if frost heaves threaten to wreak havoc.

Who Should Do the Job

Good fences make good neighbors, and bad neighbors try to install fences themselves. Part of what to consider before deciding on your fence is deciding who should make the fence a reality—and the reality is that it probably shouldn’t be you. Properly setting fence posts so they’ll stay plumb and last for years is the province of professionals, not weekend warriors. In the Hartford-New Haven area, Durham Fence Company of Middletown, CT, has both the fencing you’re looking for and the experience to install it.