Whether you have just moved into an existing home, just built your own home, or are in the process of building a home, you might be wondering about whether or not to put up a fence around your yard. If you decide that fencing is necessary for decoration or property protection, you must then decide on what type of fencing you need and are allowed to have. Instead of having the guy at the big box store talk your ear off trying to sell you the most expensive type of fence, take a look at this objective list:

1. Legality of Fencing

Surprise! The Government has rules for fencing. Many local ordinances prohibit types of fencing or have stipulations limiting fence height and its distance from your property boundaries. The first thing you should do is contact your local government and find out about any building codes or ordinances lest you find out about them in the middle of your fence installation. For example, in Durham, CT, your fence can be no taller than 6 feet and can only be on the sides and back of your yard. So, if you put a fence in your front yard, there would likely be a fine involved. Also, your community may require you to have your fencing a certain distance from your property line, such as two, four, six, or even eight inches. So, you would need to take laws like that into account before installing a privacy fence.

2. How Does It Match Your House?

It might not seem like a big deal whether or not your fencing matches your house, but you might be surprised at the difference fencing to compliment a home can make. If you choose a fence that matches or compliments your home, it can look stunning. If you do not, it can look very tacky. If you have a deck, consider using the same color for your fence if you are going with a natural wood color. If you are going to paint your fence, consider whether the color of the fence will match that of your siding. For example, a yellow house with a white fence might look nice, but a different color might not. Will a picket fence look good next to your house, or should you go with another option? This, among other questions, can be asked to the fence professional who you decide to use prior to your fence installation.

3. How Will Pets Affect Your Fencing Choice?

This is a very important question that should be asked prior to fence installation. Your fence professional will know what animals will be stopped by each type of fencing. If you or your neighbor has a big, curious dog who will want to dig underneath a fence to explore, you will want to consider a fence that makes that harder to do. Your fence installer might be able to pour some type of footing (Although check first to see if there are any laws concerning this) or may recommend an invisible electric fence for your dog as well. Again, contact a fence installer to ask these questions to before choosing a type of fence.

One fence expert and installer isĀ in Durham, CT. They are fence installation experts and will help you choose the right product for you and your family.