Fences function in a variety of ways, and are often a necessary yard feature for homeowners. Fences can act as barriers between properties, as a way to separate your yard from the street, to provide privacy, or to be decorative – acting as curtains do for a theater – setting the stage for you home. Whatever their purpose, they need to suit your property and be professionally installed. Oftentimes, a fence needs to provide several functions in order to be a good fit for your house. There are many fence design ideas, and there are pros and cons to each type of material used in their construction.