Seeking Privacy: A Guide To Fence Options for Your Home

Fences can be a great way to set boundaries for your kids or pets, contain your garden and living space, and provide you and your family with some much-deserved privacy.  When thinking about adding a fence to your property, however, there are some guidelines that homeowners both new and old should follow.  Here is a quick reference guide of 3 items to consider when planning your fence.

What is Your Goal?

You may be hoping to block sight lines into your property or simply add a polished appearance to your yard.  There are 4 main types of fences that you can add to your property, so keeping your main goal in mind when going fence shopping is important.  If you’re looking for a security fence, bear in mind that it should be at least 6 feet tall and made of iron to keep out any unwanted visitors.  You may also want to consider adding a spiky top to the fence—it can still look decorative, but it will function as an added deterrent.  If you want more of a privacy fence, the main issue is making the fence solid so that no one can view out or in.  Panels should be tightly spaced to give a more opaque impression.  If your fence will be decorative in nature, choose something that adds structure and follows property lines.  Beyond this, you can maintain flexibility in terms of height or panel decoration—try latticework for an aesthetic touch.  Finally, if you’re going for a security fence, a wire fence will help keep pets, kids, or your pool inside your own property lines without drastically changing your view.

Be a Friendly Neighbor

Before embarking on this project, warn your neighbors to prepare them for their (potentially drastic) new view.  Make sure you agree upon the property lines so that you don’t have to re-do your work if you misunderstood.

Follow Local Guidelines

There are often rules for certain areas that specify how high your fence can be, how far it is allowed from property lines, and many other aspects of your fence project.  Check your local zoning codes before getting to work.
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