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Choosing the Right Fence

You know that you want to add a fence to your yard but choosing the right fence material and style takes some research. The best place to start is by asking yourself why you need a fence. Next, you should learn more about the types of fences that work best for your needs.

Fences are usually needed for one of the following reasons:

Curb Appeal

A decorative fence can enhance the look of your home and are more than just traditional white pickets. There are a variety of posts, pickets, rails, and caps as well as several color options to choose from. You also don't have to limit your fence to just one style or even one type of material.

Added Security

A security fence can bring peace of mind that your yard is safe and secure. Including some additional design elements, such as point / spear pickets, drop rails, or a locking security gate, helps to ensure that your fence is effective in keeping children in your yard or unwanted visitors out.

Confine Dogs

Keeping your dog contained safely in your yard is a must. So when selecting the material, height, and picket spacing for your dog fence, you need to consider your dog’s size, jumping ability, and willingness to bark.

Additional Privacy

When you want to make your yard less visible to your neighbors or you simply want to create your own intimate outdoor space, installing a privacy fence is a great solution. The height of your fence and the distance between the pickets will create the level of privacy you desire.

Swimming Pools

If you have a swimming pool that contains water more than 24" deep, you will need a fence to prevent an unsupervised child from gaining access to it. Most city building ordinances have requirements based on guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which include specifications for height, bottom clearance, vertical boards spacing and pool gate security.

Corral Horses

Providing your horses with a safe and comfortable outdoor environment is possible with a well-designed fence. Your fence must be highly visible for the horses to see it as well as sturdy enough to keep them contained.

In addition to the above considerations, here are some other things you should take into account when choosing your fence type:

Your Budget

You will need to determine how much are you willing to pay upfront for your new fence as well as how much ongoing maintenance are you willing to do. Lower cost fences (e.g. wood) need more ongoing maintenance than higher cost fences (e.g. aluminum, vinyl) with low maintenance requirements.

Building Codes

Some local zoning ordinances may limit fence height, style, and location, so you will need to find out your city’s requirements. Also, most municipalities will require that you get a permit before your fence can be installed.

Homeowners Association (HOA)

Most HOAs have guidelines, including board approval, in their bylaws for installing a fence. They may also have restrictions that often limit your choices on what can be done. This is to provide continuity and order to the community as well as preserve its architectural integrity.

Your Style

Most fence materials have a variety of options and colors, so choose one that best fits your style. You may also want to see what type of fences your neighbors have installed and keep with the look and feel of the neighborhood.

Where Peerless Fence Group Can Help

Peerless Fence understands that you need one place to research the best fence material for your individual requirements. That is why we redesigned our website with this mind. Not only will you find detailed information on our products Residential Products, but also our recommendations for variety of fencing solutions Residential Solutions. Our goal is to help you find the best fence for your yard that you will enjoy for years to come!


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