Fences: What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Sun, Oct 31, 2010

Most people already understand that there are more benefits than drawbacks to having a fence. This is why fences almost sell themselves in today’s market!

The impact of a fence on a property and its value can be numerous. Fences enhance, secure, delineate, and add increased value in many ways to a variety of fence picks. Single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, apartments, estates, shopping centers, malls, restaurants and many more types real property are enhanced by the installation of vicinity suitable fences. In most cases, fences are used to add security while clearly delineating property lines. Schools, childcare facilities, wholesalers, construction contractors, correctional institutions, and military bases are all in need of the kind of security that is readily offered by fence installation.


Imagine this!  You are at a zoo without fences and the animals are roaming the area freely! Does this seem like an absurd assertion? Well, many people do actually own pets. Without fences the SPCA would be much more challenged to perform their community mission. This same principle applies to schools and childcare centers that host small children. Keeping precious beings such as children and pets confined is one of the chief benefits of erecting a fence. Other benefits can be keeping out would be thieves, hiding eyesores such as dumpsters, and creating a sense of privacy for your own fenced backyard. Another benefit of a fence is the immediate creation of safety. Safety is always of maximum concern to parents, childcare workers and educators. Furthermore, business owners must attempt to create safe areas to reduce their commercial liability.  Another straightforward advantage of a fence is increased property value. Beautiful fences not only increase property value, but also can deftly increase perceived living space. This can transfer to positively affect resale values and create more marketable homes.



There are a few fence drawbacks. Some fences require maintenance and most fences seem to stockpile spider webs and pollen. Wood fences decay over time. The will certainly need a regular painting, staining or pressure washing. Chain link fences can rust, as do ornamental steel fences. PVC and ornamental fences need to be cleaned. Maintenance for a fence is a must. When making the choice for a fence, the chosen material must be considered with a full knowledge of the maintenance cost and time necessitated to complete the, sometimes annual, task. 

Other than maintenance, there are few other drawbacks to a fence. As a child, I can recall a bona fide dislike of fences. They could quickly bring to an end a first-class shortcut. Traffic limitation, whether foot or automobile, could be present a problem in some cases. And, visual limitations should always be considered as a possible drawback during a fence installation. As always, the actual cost of erecting a good fence will never be a cheap as the buyer would like it to be. The wide selection of quality fence materials available in both residential and commercial grade can greatly change the cost of a fence. As always, make sure to get the best fence installation for your money. The long-term cost associated with a cheaply installed fence will be infuriating to the buyer who has to deal with a product that prematurely becomes an eyesore.

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A world without fences would be an unorganized, less private, less secure with no indications of who owns what. A fence determines when a homerun is ‘out of the ballpark’. How about honor system correctional facilities? Who really thinks about the day-to-day benefits of fence?  Fences really are important. There is a need for fences. I don’t think it is debatable that there are more benefits than drawbacks to fences.


Article contributed by fence professional John (J.P.) Patterson

Topics: Perimeter Security, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence, Theft Prevention, Fence, Comparison

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