From local regulations and security codes to material options, there are many considerations about building a fence. Here are some points to consider before installing a fence on your property:
1. Do Your Research
It is important to be aware of local limitations or requirements before installing a new fence. Some cities or counties require that you apply for permission before you can insert a fence and there may be restrictions on how high or near the edge your fence may be or what it's done by The Spruce says. Check the rules for your city as well as your homeowner association, if you have one, to make sure you follow rules.
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2nd Choose your material
The fence comes in a variety of materials and styles. It's a good idea to think about the purpose of your fence when considering your options, Angie's List suggests. For example, if you want to add visual appeals to your farm, a single fence can be an option. But if you want a privacy stall, a higher wooden roof can be more meaningful. You may also want to consider maintenance, Angie's List says. While a vinyl grill probably does not require much maintenance, the wooden roof may need periodic cleaning, painting or staining. The type of care that your fence may need, as well as how long it is expected to be, may be factors for choosing the right fence for you.
3rd Determine the right length
It's also a good idea to make sure your new fence is the right height for its purpose. For example, if you install a security fence around your back yard pool, local codes often dictate how high the fence needs to be. Or if you want your new fence to prevent your dog from leaving the farm, it's important that the dog can not skip it – but it's also in height control.
If you are about a privacy stake, remember that some of the fences must be installed underground. So if you plan to have a 6-foot ceiling, you may actually need to buy 8-foot services, says Angie's list.
While you want your fence to look great, it's also important that you choose the right material and height for your needs and that it meets your community's requirements. With a little preparation you will be about to buy the fence as it is right for you.
Originally published April 5, 2016.