Flanked by two major cities, New Jersey has just about every type of housing stock there is. Many suburban homeowners have dreams of that legendary white picket fence, but those who live in urban areas can also definitely appreciate the importance of demarcating their property. Many condos and co-ops in New Jersey have fencing installed around their property, whether for security reasons or just as a nice aesthetic touch to make the building community stand out.
Not Just for Looks
The type of community you live in and its surroundings determine what kind of fencing you have. In co-op and condo buildings in Jersey City and Newark, fencing doesn’t just mean privacy, it’s also a form of security. That often means metal—predominantly iron, but also steel, aluminum, and other alloys.
“There’s no one-option-fits-all approach; it’s just a matter of what people want from an enclosure,” says Michael Costanza, president of Olympic Fence in New York City. “All buildings have their own opinion—it could be based on the architectural design, what’s easiest to maintain, or just the price.”
In most cases, particularly in suburban New Jersey, condos and HOAs opt for fencing that provides the most privacy. “Usually the fences go out about from the back of the building maybe 30 feet, 20 feet, and then each unit's different in size obviously,” says Brian Hefferon, vice president at Master Wire Manufacturing in Folsom. “You put six-foot high fences between the units, so that it gives you privacy from your neighbors. And then most of the time, the fence that they put out facing away from your building, if you're looking out the back of your condo out to the back property, they usually drop it down to four feet high across there,” he says.
Thanks to new technologies, there are more types of fencing available on the market than ever. While new types of fencing that tends to incorporate vinyl materials are becoming extremely popular, some of the more traditional mainstays are still prevalent.