Do you want to put a fence in your yard? Whether it’s to keep dogs and kids in or keep other animals and people out, choosing the right fence will go a long way toward ensuring that your home and yard work for you. The following short guide will help you pick the right fence materials and understand other basics you need to get started.
For the most part, any fence you install will be made of either wood or metal or some combination of the two. Some walls are made out of stone or brick, but that’s another category all together. Chain-link fencing is the cheapest option to install, but it is not the most aesthetically pleasing. Privacy fences are made from tall wood planks.
You need to determine what height fence you want. If you’re just looking to keep children and dogs in a yard, a fence height over which you can easily look might be sufficient. If you want to maintain privacy in your yard, you will want a tall fence that blocks the line of sight. Most people will differentiate based on placement. In a front yard, 3 feet is the average height. In a back yard, fences often are between 6- and 8-feet high.
Before you install a fence, it’s imperative that you fully understand the placement of the property lines. Accidentally installing a fence on your neighbor’s property can trigger a cascade of problems between households. To install a fence, you likely need to obtain a work permit. You can consult the property maps to determine the right dimensions of your yard. Check regulations to ensure that your fence isn't too close to your neighbors and doesn't otherwise violate local rules. You may have to get permission and file plans with a local authority.
You also should consider access to your yard using a gate. A gate generally is integrated into the fence so you just need to determine the best placement for access to your yard from outside your home. You also should ensure that your gate is secure and can be locked to prevent others from accessing your yard when uninvited.