Things to Consider When Building a Fence

Posted on: 2013-06-26


The old saying “fences make great neighbors” is still true in some cases. Fences are a great way to have some privacy, keep your pets in your own yard, and protect your belongings. However, before you start building a fence in your backyard, there are a number of different factors to consider, including:

What Type of Fence Do You Want?

There are several options to choose from, including metal chain-link fences, wooden fences, and even smaller picket fences. Each has a different degree of coverage, allowing you to choose how much privacy you want. Obviously, a picket fence is more decorative than anything else, but the other two styles are very functional.

How Tall Should Your Fence Be?

The most common fence heights range from three feet to eight feet, but others are available. Before you choose the height that you want, check the building guidelines for your city or county. There may be strict height limits that you have to adhere to. Once you are aware of the regulations, you’ll have to choose a height that fits them.

Do You Need Your Neighbors’ Permission?

You will need to get a permit from your city or county in order to build a fence, but you may need your neighbor’s as well, especially if the fence is on the very edge of your property line. There have been cases where the neighbor’s objected, especially if the fence will block off their views, so even if you don’t need their signatures on a form, ask anyway, just to be polite.

Fences can be tricky to put in, even if you have chosen to go with a pre-fabricated option. There are post-holes that need to be dug out, concrete that needs to be poured… they can be a lot of work! This is why it’s usually best to hire a contractor to build it for you.

If you are ready to add this feature onto your home, contact Parabola Developments!


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