5 Factors That Will Determine The Best Height Of Your Fence

When purchasing and installing a new fence on your property, you will have many decisions to make. You will have to decide what types of material to use, what spacing you want, and what overall purposes you want your fence to serve. One of the main decisions that you will have to make early in the process of selecting a fence is what height you prefer your fence to be. There are several factors that you should consider when determining the ideal height for your fence. Below are five things that you should keep in mind. 

Standard Sizes and Custom Sizes

One way to quickly narrow down your fence selection is to opt for standard sizes of fencing. Standard heights are heights that are readily available from the manufacturer and do not require special cutting or construction to be made. Some common fence sizes include 3, 4, 6, and 8 feet tall.  Besides being cheaper, standard fences can also be installed more quickly since your contractor can easily order the supplies and will not have to make any adjustments. However, custom heights can give you greater control over your fencing solution. 

Privacy Issues 

If you are installing your fence for privacy purposes, its height will be determined by how close your neighbors are as well as the slope of your yard. For example, if you live on top of a hill with your neighbors relatively far away, a shorter fence will give you sufficient backyard privacy. However, if you live at the bottom of a hill, you may require a taller fence for the same amount of privacy. 

To determine your privacy needs, you should sit or stand in areas of your yard you use frequently and look for potential windows or public areas that are easily visible. In general, if you can see something while you are in your yard, then someone at that position will also be able to see you, so you will need a fence tall enough to block your view of these frequented places. Keep in mind that you can use fencing of varying heights around your yard to create the exact privacy profile you want. 

Security Issues 

If security is a major concern for you, it is better to opt for a taller fence. Generally, you will want to opt for a fence with a top rail high enough to be difficult to reach without the assistance of another person or something to stand on. However, these tall fences can sometimes be intimidating and block out too much light, so they are best for small spaces, such as between your home and garage, whereas you may want a slightly shorter fence around your yard. 

Pets and Animals 

If you are using your fence to keep pets in or animals out, you will need to think about the height that your pet can jump over. For example, if you have a chihuahua, you may be fine with a 3 foot fence. However, a labrador may require a 6 foot fence. It is better to err on the side of too tall to prevent unexpected escapes and avoid future fence replacements. 

Local Fencing Codes 

Finally, local fencing codes will influence the height of your fence. Some HOAs will not allow fences over a certain height, which may limit how tall you can build your fence. At the same time, city and country regulations may require fences to be at least a certain height if your yard has possible dangers such as a swimming pool, trampoline, or an aggressive dog. It is important to check all local codes before making your final decision.

Contact a local fencing contractor, such as Nickelston Fence Inc, for more information when you're ready to have your fence installed.