Here are some guidelines when planning on doing a fencing project.
- Check the zoning code applicable to your area before starting any project. It will give you an idea if fencing is allowed, the maximum height limit and the distance from the property line.
- Before deciding with anything, make sure your neighbors know about the fencing and that they are okay with it. There are some that might get angry once the fencing is done without their knowledge. They can also give you idea on the distance of the property line if you haven’t had the chance to have your lot surveyed.
- It is important that you know your goals when you decided to start fencing. The purpose of the fence will help you choose the right kind for your yard. Basically, there are four categories:
- Privacy. If your goal is to prevent anyone from seeing inside your property and you from looking out then you should consider fences that are tightly spaced such as vertical boards, pickets or framed panels. The height should be at least 6 feet tall or taller if your neighbors are gifted with terrific heights. If you don’t mind a little bit of visibility, you could have spaces in between your pickets or you can use other decorative patterns.
- Security. If you want to keep intruders from entering your property then you must plan a fence that is higher than 6 feet to prevent anyone from climbing over. Use fencing materials that have a smooth surface to eliminate climbers and you can even add spiky tops.
- Decoration. If your goal is to simply put a fence around the property line or to add more substance in your landscaping decorations then you could do with a fence that is not so large or even obtrusive. Choose something that is around 2 to 4 feet in height and with enough spacing that is needed. The purpose of this type of fencing is to enhance the view, not block it. For those who want something simpler, a rail fence will do and just add your personal touch.
- Safety. If your purpose is to make sure your pets doesn’t wander beyond the yard or enclose your swimming pool then a wire fence is the best option since it is durable. Most commonly used for practicality is the galvanized steel mesh with and added dark coating to make it almost unnoticeable when viewed.