It's not difficult to see why wood is still the fence material of choice for most homeowners. Its look is as timeless as fences themselves. The versatility of wood to work as picket fencing, panel fencing, post and rail fencing, and other forms of privacy and landscaping fencing allows it to reach into every corner of the residential market. In Phoenix, wood fences are actually the second most common fencing project we see next to the ultra-classy look of wrought iron. If you don't want to spend the big bucks for this customized fencing material, however, wood fencing is often the best place to turn.
Wood Fences in Phoenix
The open look of the Phoenix terrain has made residential fencing generally less common than in other parts of the country. Many Phoenix homeowners still have the same practical concerns of pet containment, privacy, and security that eventually lead them to build a residential fence. Though not popular with wood, a pool fence is also one obvious use for fences in the Phoenix area.
In Phoenix, fence building also has greater restrictions than in other areas. Generally speaking, you can't build a fence taller than 36" in your front yard or taller than 72" in your backyard. Design covenants, homeowner's associations, and other forms of local government can add further restrictions to the design of your fence. A local Phoenix wood fence professional should have a handle on any possible restrictions, as well as obtaining any necessary building permits. Otherwise, you'll need to do some research on your own.
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Phoenix Wood Fence Installation
More than just local regulations, the expertise involved with fence installation is something we have to stress to homeowners time and time again. Fence building is, needless to say, about a lot more than manual labor. You'll need to watch out for irrigation and electrical lines that may be embedded in your lawn. Simple DIY building kits may not allow for easy flexibility if you want to level the fence to any contours your lawn may have. Plus, the climate of the Valley plays a larger role than many generic online guides specify. Soil consistency and monsoon winds can vary the recommended depth of your fence posts. It's not impossible to make a fence installation a DIY project, but it's also not a project you should enter into lightly. Even competent DIY fences won't last as long as those built by the pros.
Cost of Phoenix Wood Fences
Other than the aesthetically questionable chain link fence, wood fences on average are among the least expensive fences you can install. On average, they cost about $3,000, whereas aluminum and vinyl fences will cost about $3,500 and $4,000, respectively. Of course, these are only comparative averages and the price of your specific fence installation can range widely. In fact, we see some of the cheapest and some of the most expensive overall fencing costs come from wood fence projects. If you've got your heart set on a rare or exotic wood species for a larger fence, the cost of your fence can increase exponentially.