Should I Install A Privacy Fence?


When you build your home (or sometimes, when you move into it), you'll have a lot of options when it comes to how to partition your territory. Some may opt for a simple chain link setup, while others may decide to have no fence at all. But one of the most common types of fences is the privacy fence, which is built to increase privacy for you and your family.

Typically, privacy fences are between 6 to 8 feet in height, although they can be constructed taller than that depending on local ordinances. Privacy fences are also usually constructed out of wood, but you should check with your local fence company to see other available options. The main feature of privacy fences is not only the visual protection but also sound protection. No matter what they're ultimately constructed out of, privacy fences are almost always solid enough to cut down on noise from the environment.

When deciding on a privacy fence, it's best to consider a few other factors, such as...

What Will Your Neighbors Think?

Though not technically illegal, it's basic etiquette to inform your neighbors about your plan to build a privacy fence, especially if it's particularly tall or if it's a shared fence. In some cases, they may even chip in on the construction of the shared fence if they decide they want it too. Regardless, a fence company will most likely need occasional access to your neighbor's property in order to build your fence, so it's good to have them on your side first.

What Will Your HOA Think?

Your local homeowner's association (HOA) — if you belong to one — most likely has rules regarding how tall you can make your fence, as well as what styles are acceptable to keep the appearance in the neighborhood similar. Some neighborhoods only allow for rod-iron fences, while others don't allow any fencing at all. To be sure, consult your paperwork to find out if you can have a privacy fence, and if so, what type you can install.

What Will Your Local Municipality Think?

Beyond your neighbors, it's worth checking into the guidelines for your city and state. Even if they don't have any rules about fencing specifically, you may need permits to allow the fence company to begin construction in the first place, so contact city hall and ask what you need to get started.

For more information, reach out to a fence company in your area. 


16 June 2020

Choosing From Fence Contractors

When you start thinking about different ways to make your property better, you should think carefully about reaching out to a fence contractor for help. Fence contractors are skilled at helping you to construct a sturdy, beautiful fence that will work with the exterior of your home. However, since it can be tricky to choose a contractor, it is important to know what you are looking for. Think carefully about which contractors in your area are offering the kinds of fences you are looking for, and work with them carefully. Talk with them about what they are able to offer you, and what they can do to help. Choosing a fence should be fun and interesting.