When it's time to select a fence design for your property,
                 you may be overwhelmed by the number of options from
                which to choose. But selecting a fence design largely comes
                down to two considerations:

 1.   Form (i.e., stylistic considerations)

 2.   Function (i.e., what practical purpose the fencing will serve)

Fortunately, sometimes there is a happy marriage between form and   function. But such is not always the case. For instance, chain-link fencing often make for superior security fences. Therefore, if the intended function of your fencing is security, you may have to choose between form and function: the style of your house may cry out for a wood fence, but security concerns may convince you to go with the metal. Wood fences are an excellent choice for privacy fencing, whether it is in terms of a noise barrier or, more commonly, a visual barrier. Wood fences provide some of the most attractive fencing options available when your chief concern is creating a backyard sanctuary.

Look around your neighborhood at fences for ideas about the different fencing options that are available. Looking at other people's fences might also give you ideas about form and function.

Look around your neighborhood at fences for ideas about the different fencing options that are available. Looking at other people's fences might also give you ideas about form and function.


*At  Hays Home Improvement we take the time to understand your reasons for wanting a fence, and offer suggestions and guidance throughout the fence building process. We offer a variety of styles to suit every fencing need, whether you need a wood, vinyl or chain link fence for your back yard.

Before Starting a Fence:

·         You need to design your fence.

·         Determine the property boundary. This is done by a survey and will verify the actual property boundary.

·         Determine the setbacks. Contact your local codes office to determine the proper (and legal) setback for your location.

·         Contact local utility companies to come out and mark all underground utility locations. This is a free service and is essential before any digging takes place.

·          Check in your jurisdiction for permit requirements prior to building. Some homeowner's associations have guidelines or ordinances governing fence construction.



Wood fences, whether made of Western red cedar or treated pine, combine the natural beauty of the wood and a sturdiness that only Mother Nature can provide. Maintained properly, wood fences can endure the harshest weather and provide you with several years of serviceability.

Southern Yellow Pine, pressure treated (Micro)
Finished on all four sides for dimensional stability, micro pine is dense & strong, resistant to dampness and insect infestation but subject to warping. Mother Nature decides which boards will warp and there is no way to predict problems in advance.  Pressure Treated Pine can be reasonably expected to last for many years.

Western Red Cedar (WRC)
This attractive lumber is less likely to warp than micro. It is lighter in weight, less dense and not likely to last as long as pressure treated. It is not smooth on all 4 sides, with one wide flat side rough cut to show a texture that many users prefer. Cedar is a good choice for wide gates that are heavy and likely to sag.

     Dog Ear                Flat Top         French Gothic          Gothic 


Caps are added to the tops of posts to provide a finished look or further enhance the style. Like posts and boards, caps come in a variety of styles and are matched to their period or vernacular style. Post caps may be modern, Victorian, classical, colonial, gothic, one of several vernacular architectural styles like
Cape Cod
, Newport
, or ranch.

  New England            Gothic                       Pyramid



Want a long-lasting fence that's sturdy and looks perfectly white without painting? Vinyl fences made from PVC will provide years of maintenance-free service. These types of fences are becoming popular with everyone from homeowners to farmers, because they're strong enough to do the job and look great with as little effort as an annual washing. Vinyl fences come in a variety of shapes and patterns, from picket fences and basket weaves to shadow box and several full privacy selections. The initial cost of vinyl (PVC) is higher than wood. However, when all cost factors are considered over the life of the fence, vinyl becomes the true money saver. No painting, rusting nails, rotting boards or splinters, show that wood truly isn't cost effective in the end.  
Vinyl is final!

Chain Link


Chain link fences, whether the traditional hot-dipped galvanized or vinyl coated type, are an economical way to provide years of maintenance-free security and access control. These types of fences are extremely versatile; they can be made in a variety of heights, and can handle anything from a simple boundary marker for a homeowner to perimeter security (they can be topped with barb or razor wire) for commercial or industrial property. And, with the addition of slats, any chain link fence can easily become a privacy fence.


Chain link fences are durable and can provide excellent security. Because these fences don't block views, they are a good choice for keeping an eye on pets and small children.

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