Reasons to Install a Fence Around Your Home

Many homeowners consider a fence an essential component of their homes and properties, and for good reasons! Fences provide security and privacy and define your property lines, on top of reducing noise and amplifying curb appeal. Of course, different fencing types have different qualities that each provide their own unique spin on the common attributes we just mentioned.

If you’re still deciding between adding a fence to your property or leaving it bare, keep reading below – we may just change your mind!

Features of Shadowbox Style Fences

One of the more unique variations of wood privacy fences is a shadowbox fence. Shadowbox fences are constructed with the standard picket or dog eared picket, but instead of placed side by side as in a typical privacy fence, the boards are alternated on either side of the fence rail – about two to three inches apart. The final effect creates shadows – resulting in the moniker. If you’re on the fence (pun intended) about selecting a shadowbox style fence, take a look at some of their most notable features below.

Benefits of a Pergola

As Texas temperatures continue to rise and we continue to spend more time outside, now is the perfect time to consider adding additional shade to your backyard. One of the best ways to boost your backyard’s shade is by adding a pergola. Not only will they keep your patio or yard cooler during the hot summer months, but they are also aesthetically pleasing and can tie directly into your yard’s landscaping. Below we will dive into some of the top benefits of having a pergola to help make your decision easier!

Fence on Slope Ideas

Choosing a fence for your backyard can be a difficult decision with all the variations available in today’s market. When your backyard has a slope however, you have another element to consider when making your final fencing selection. To help make your choice a little bit easier, below we cover some of our favorite fencing options for backyards with slopes and the benefits of each.

Vinyl vs. Wood Fences

While historically wood fences have been the most popular option for residential fences, a new fence type continues to grow in popularity: vinyl fences. Of course, both fencing variations have their pros and cons – we will dive into them below!

How to Ensure You’re Getting an Accurate Fencing Estimate

Adding a new fence to your backyard is a big undertaking, so you want to guarantee it’s done correctly and efficiently, as well as completed within your budget. The first step to making sure you’re getting everything you want from your fence and more, is by getting an accurate fencing estimate. While most people assume an estimate for a fence will just include the final price, an accurate and trustworthy fencing estimate should include much more. To ensure you’re getting the most accurate fencing estimate possible, make sure you’re discussing the following topics with the fencing companies you contact.

Parts of a Wood Fence

While you may just assume a typical wood fence consists of pickets, there are actually a few different components. of fences. Besides pickets to complete your fence you need rails and posts. With all three fence components, and proper installation, you can expect to enjoy a stable and complete fence for years to come.

Below we will dive into the three main components of a fence and the role they play in fence stability.

Privacy Fence Styles

Privacy fences are one of the most popular backyard fencing options, and for a good reason! Privacy fences certainly make your backyard more private, and they improve your home’s security by adding an additional layer of defense against the outside world. Wood privacy fences also work with your home in keeping pets and children inside property lines.

While privacy fences are very functional, you also want them to be aesthetically pleasing. If your old and worn privacy fence isn’t cutting it anymore, consider one of these different and custom privacy fence styles to add an element of beauty to your yard.

Fence Etiquette: Sharing A Fence With Your Neighbor

It’s standard practice in many Texas neighborhoods for neighbors to share fences. In almost every situation you will be sharing your fence with at least one neighbor, but often you’re sharing a fence on both sides of your yard and sometimes you’re even sharing your back fence. No matter how many fence sides you’re sharing with your neighbors, you’ll want to be respectful and make your fence installation experience a positive one for all parties involved. Below we will go over some common fence etiquette tips when it comes to shared fences and why they’re important – let’s dive in!

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fences?

Although your fence isn’t part of your home, it is on your property, which means it could be covered by your homeowners insurance if it becomes damaged. Your fence is usually going to be covered under the “Other Structures” provision of your insurance policy, but you’ll need to read the fine print to double check your coverage.

A good rule of thumb for the amount of coverage your policy has in its “Other Structures” provision is 10% of your total policy. So if you have $400,000 of homeowners insurance coverage, the “Other Structures” coverage will be capped at $40k. While that would be plenty to cover any damages that may affect your fence, there are unfortunately a lot of situations where your fence wouldn’t be covered by insurance. Below we will dive into the main causes of fence damage and whether or not they would be covered by insurance!