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What to consider when choosing a fence height

When it comes to selecting a fence, there are numerous options available. Two of the most important factors to consider are style and material. The height of a fence is an important decision that many people overlook. When people replace a fence, they usually replace it with another of the same type. You do not, however, have to stick with what you have. If you're building a new fence, you must decide on the fence height right from the start.

The factors to consider when choosing a fence height

When deciding how high to build a fence, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Read below:

  • To what purpose does this fence serve?

  • Where is the fence located?

  • Is resale value a concern?

  • Are there local rules about fence height, such as municipal codes or HOA guidelines?

Fencing can theoretically be constructed at any height. Most fences, on the other hand, adhere to a few guidelines. Using a standard-size fence is easier and less expensive than building a completely custom fence. If you build to a standard size, you should be able to find posts, pickets, boards, and even entire sections to match any fence style. There are numerous excellent styles and materials available. The most common sizes are 3', 3.5', 4', 6', and 8'.


Your final price will likely be much higher if you opt for a custom size. It will be necessary to cut or even fabricate the fence pieces to the right size. Due to the wide selection of fence sizes available, there is rarely a reason to select a custom size.

Privacy Fence

The most common residential fence most installers see is a wooden privacy fence. To keep a backyard private, a wooden fence is an excellent choice.

You can keep your private space hidden from your neighbors. It can also help to obscure the view from your backyard. An unsightly location, such as the back of a building or some trash cans, can be blocked from view with a privacy fence if your home is located on a busy street or your yard is in close proximity.

Privacy fences usually stand six feet high. It shouldn't be difficult to find dozens of different styles in a variety of materials at that height. At Buckhead Fence, we specialize in pressure-treated pine fences, cedar fences, and composite wood fences. You can check out some of our wood fence styles here.

Pressure-treated pine is an excellent value that holds up well in all kinds of weather. Natural wood is available in a wide range of styles, both for the boards and the posts. Those looking for beautiful wood at a great price often choose cedar. The insect- and rot-resistant qualities of cedar make it ideal for outdoor use.

Children and pets can also be safely contained and kept safe in your backyard with a six foot fencing. Six feet is tall enough to keep most dog breeds in your yard. You may wish to consider an extended privacy fence if your dog is a large breed like a retriever or has exceptional lapping skills.

Extended Privacy

A six-foot fence may not be sufficient for privacy in some situations. A standard eight-foot fence will suffice in those situations. Because it is tall enough to keep out leaping deer, this height is often referred to as a deer fence. Your home may be ideal if it is adjacent to woods or open spaces with a deer population. In addition to preventing deer from eating your plants and terrorizing your pets, it also keeps them from entering your yard. Large or athletic dogs might be able to jump over a six-foot fence, so an eight-foot fence is recommended.

For complete privacy, an eight-foot fence is actually required in some cases. It may be necessary to build a taller fence if there are properties uphill from your home. The extra height can also help with noise insulation if your property faces a noisy street. You should, however, check your local codes and municipal rules before installing an eight-foot fence. Most municipalities require fences no taller than six feet.

Check the rules of your homeowners' association, as well. A lot of HOAs have even stricter rules governing fences and partitions, such as height, material, color, and style.

A variance can be requested when you apply for a building permit if your municipality prohibits fences over six feet. A variance request may delay the processing of your permit. If it is approved, however, you may build a higher fence than what is normally allowed under local zoning regulations.

Fences with shorter heights

A shorter fence may be preferable in certain situations. Fences and partitions in the front of properties are often limited in height by cities and homeowners associations. Backyard fences, for example, may be permitted to reach six feet, while front yard fences may only reach four or three feet. Usually, that's not a problem, since front yards are rarely enclosed. Fences in the front yard usually serve a decorative purpose or as a visual separation between a neighbor's property and your own. Short fences are commonly found in America, such as the traditional white picket fence.


Picket fences in front yards are typically four feet high. It is beautiful to look at and it can keep people away from your lawn, while not blocking your view in and out. Occasionally, tall fences may be prohibited in front of homes since they hinder drivers' visibility at intersections around corners. Depending on the situation, you may be able to build a taller fence if it does not block the line of sight, such as an aluminum fence.

Fences around pools

A pool fence is a very specific type of fence. Fences themselves can be made from any material. However, the details must be adhered to by law. For instance, pool fences are generally four feet tall. Pickets and rails cannot be separated by more than a certain distance. A pool fence serves the primary purpose of keeping out anyone who shouldn't be using the pool unattended, such as children or pets. Pool fences must therefore be designed so that children cannot squeeze through and can't climb over them. Most jurisdictions require some sort of pool fence or barrier if you intend to build a pool. Ensure you know what regulations apply to pool fences by contacting your pool builder or contractor. It is unsafe and illegal to build an inadequate fence.

Choosing the Right Height for Your Fence

Contact Buckhead Fence Company if you're considering installing a new fence or replacing an old one. To determine the best type of fence for your needs, we will come to your home and look at your property. Providing fences of every style and height is our specialty, so we are happy to provide you with many choices.


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