A good fence is needed for just about any residential property in order to mark off the property's boundaries and to add privacy and security to the space. A fence can also work to enhance the home's landscaping; you can add climbing vines to a fence, hang flowerpots from the fence, or use it as a backdrop for plants and small trees. When you're ready to get a fence installed on your property, note a few questions you might have about the type of fence you need and its installation so you know what's involved in the work.

Can a fence be worked around trees and other landscaping?

If you don't want a fence to be installed in a straight line along any side of your property, note that virtually every fence type can be installed around trees, vegetation and other such obstructions. However, this will usually require more fence sections and posts, which can add to the time and expense of having that fence installed. Don't assume you need to uproot your vegetation or move a landscaping feature before the fence is installed, but be prepared to choose a different style of fence than you had in mind, or face some added expense for its installation.

What is the difference in metal materials?

You may wonder about the difference between steel, aluminium, wrought iron and zinc-coated fencing, or you may assume that all metals are virtually alike. This isn't actually true, as each metal will have its own pros and cons; for example, aluminium is naturally resistant to rust, so it's good for use near a pool. However, it's very lightweight and may not offer the security you expect. Steel and iron are very strong, and you should note that the term "wrought iron" simply refers to how the iron is fabricated, and not to a special type of iron. Zinc coating is often added to steel or iron to keep it from rusting, so be sure to choose a coated metal fence if you opt for steel or iron.

Should the property be prepared in some way before installation?

Your fence installation professional should inspect your property and note if any preparation should be done; this might include clearing away some brush or grading the property in certain areas. Most of the other prep work for the soil and fence base will be done at the time of installation to ensure the fence doesn't sag or move out of position, even after many years of being in place.