Friendly Confines: Your Guide to Fence-Building Basics
From state regulations and safety codes to endless material options, there are many considerations to keep in mind when building a fence. Here are a few points to think about:
- Have a plan. Some cities may request plots of the fence before granting you a permit, says Tasha Cotton, marketing director at Titan Fence.
- Be weather-conscious. When selecting a fence material, keep in mind your region’s common weather patterns, Cotton says. Not all wood materials, for example, hold up as well in every climate.
- Consider a puppy picket. Looking for an option to help keep your dog safe in the backyard but don’t want to go the electric route? Frederick Fence Co. recommends a puppy picket, an aluminum fence with a narrow row of pickets at the bottom. This can help keep your pup from digging out or potentially getting stuck.
- Keep it closed. Not only do most states regulate the height of pool-safety fences, but some also require you to install self-closing latches on fence gates.
- Look into landscaping. Landscaping can serve as an alternative to traditional fences made of wood, vinyl or other materials. It can also help protect your home from certain weather conditions. But, just because these “living fences” are made of planted materials, it doesn’t mean they’re exempt from local codes (especially if you have an HOA).
Want to learn more? Our infographic below can walk you through the basics of building a fence.