Building a fence comes with many benefits. Whether you’re trying to keep your loved ones close or block others out, a fence can add immeasurable value to your property. However, the dimensions you choose will play a crucial role in its effectiveness. Many people who set out on a new fencing project become perplexed by an important aspect: fence height.
You might have to consider a number of factors in order to settle on the right fence height for your needs. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Look Over Local Laws and Ordinances
For many communities, local laws and ordinances dictate how high your fence can be. For instance, an ornamental or picket fence in the front yard may have a set height at three feet. Backyard fences in your area may only be able to be built to six feet. Check on your local city or community’s laws regarding fence height, which could include respective homeowners’ associations’ (HOAs) guidelines.
Define Your Specific Needs / Purpose
Once the bureaucratic standards have been met for fence height, it’s time to identify your specific needs. If your installation is mainly for appearances, you don’t need to worry about maintaining a certain height. In fact, a shorter fence will be more inviting and may add to your property’s curb appeal.
However, if you’re installing a barrier to prevent small children from entering your pool, you’ll need a wall of at least 4 feet to prevent them from climbing over. Also, if your intention is to get some privacy from your neighbors, choose an option that’s at least 6 feet tall and has no gaps between the planks.
Large dog breeds may need a fence height between four and six feet—or even north of that depending on the breed. German Shepherds, for instance, are quite agile jumpers and would more than likely need at least a six-foot fence to contain them. The same thing applies to deer and other larger critters. A fence for smaller animals like chickens or rabbits would not need to be incredibly tall. However, the fence should extend at least six inches in the ground to deter burrowing.
For pools, many municipal codes require a specific fence height. You might want to build taller depending on your specific circumstances, such as your pool’s penchant to collect unwelcome guests or wandering children.
Build for Safety and Security
When building, don’t forget the primary purpose of your fence, whatever that may be. Your fence height will largely be based upon that. Fences are great for privacy, safety, and security—and their height (within reason) should enhance those aspects.
If you’re still having trouble nailing down a suitable fence height, consider giving Buckhead Fence a ring at (470) 431-0079 or by visiting our website and/or contact page. Our fence experts can help you determine exactly what your fencing needs are, including how tall your fence should be.