What To Consider Before Installing A Privacy Fence

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There are many reasons why people put up privacy fences. Maybe you want your yard to feel like a sanctuary. Maybe you like to sunbathe. Or maybe you just don't get along particularly well with your neighbors. But whatever reason you may have, there are some important things to consider before having a privacy fence installed.

What Are The Local Codes?

Many municipalities have rules about fencing – although there are exceptions. If your local building code does cover fencing, it will likely have rules limiting the height of fences as well as what materials they can be made from. The height requirement is particularly important for privacy fencing, so be sure to visit your local city hall or building department or contact a fencing contractor to ensure you know the rules.

If you want a higher fence than the codes allow, ask about the rules for hedge fences; although the upkeep will be more work, a thick hedge can block sight and may not be subject to the same regulations.

How Will The Fence Hold Up Over Time?

One very common form of privacy fencing is a stockade fence, where the boards are installed tightly against each other with no space in between. This may be fine for materials like vinyl that can be expected to retain their shape. If you're installing wooden fencing, on the other hand, warping can be a problem in the long run.

For added privacy, consider a fence with overlapping boards or panels instead of a stockade fence. This greatly reduces the chances that material warping, ground settling, or even wind damage will cause gaps in the fencing.

Do You Want To Block Sound As Well As Sight?

If you have a noise problem, you might want a privacy fence that reduces or blocks out noise. But you should be aware that this is much more difficult to do than simply blocking sight. First of all, you're going to want your fence to be as tall as possible; unfortunately, depending on local building codes, that might not be very tall.

In addition, the choice of material will be important. Concrete, stone, and brick are dense materials that do a good job of blocking out sound, but they can seem very overwhelming as fencing materials, especially for small yards.

If you're still committed to the idea, however, it's a good idea to work with an experienced fencing contractor. They will be able to advise you on the local building codes as well as how to balance attractiveness with sound reduction in your fencing material and design. Contact a company like Family Fence Company for more tips and information.

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11 August 2015

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