privacy fence heights

How to Choose the Right Fence: Understanding Privacy Fence Heights

On average, privacy fences range from 4-9 feet in height. 

What determines privacy fence heights comes down to several factors. One of these factors is where you live and the regulations that may govern your neighborhood. Another is personal taste.  

You should make sure that you understand the rules of your HOA if you are in one. This can make a significant impact on the choice you have when deciding the height of your privacy fence. You should also make sure that you have clearance for a privacy fence of any height. 

Why Get a Privacy Fence?

There are several reasons why people decide to install privacy fences. One is that dog owners are more likely to make an offer if you should decide to sell. People like to know that their furry companions will be safe. 

Another factor is that in some areas, depending on what buyers are looking for, it could increase the value of your home. Both the ease of selling and the potential increase in value is important. 

How about those of us that don’t intend to sell our home? 

In that case, privacy fences are great additions to the exterior of your home. They provide, of course, privacy. Another great benefit is that the fence can be a beautiful addition to your exterior. The key is that you choose the right height for you and your home. 

The Height of Your Fence

There are a couple of additional factors to consider when picking the right privacy fence for you. 

One is the cost. The more wood you need, the more your fence will cost. The other big factor to consider is how much privacy you are wanting. If you don’t require a great deal, then a simple 4-foot fence may suffice. Most fences tend to be taller, though.

When it comes to price, make sure that you are getting boards that are suitable for fence building. You can find boards that are precut so that you won’t waste time and money getting them cut. This also gives you a uniform length for your boards and makes building the fence easier with or without help.

Privacy Fence Heights and Why

How high should a privacy fence be? Let’s break down the reasons why you may want a higher or lower privacy fence. 

1. The Houses Around You

If you build a 4-foot tall privacy fence and all the houses around you are two stories, you’re not getting any privacy. This is also impacted by the proximity of the houses around you. If they are right up on your property line, it may not be as big of a concern as even a taller fence won’t provide much protection. 

It may look better to have a taller fence if those are popular in your area. Here the decision comes down to whether or not you want to stand out from the neighborhood or not. There are benefits to both choices, and personal preference will play a massive role in this decision.  

2. The Size of Your Yard

As already covered, the more wood you need, the more it will cost. If you have a vast yard and want a tall fence, you must budget more for the wood. Garapa wood may be a good choice if you want to save money. This is an attractive option for many people, as it separates their large yard from the neighborhood. 

You may also want to consider the dimensions of your yard in relation to the fence. If you have a standard single lot with a home already on it, a smaller fence may look better. Here the choices are more about personal taste but don’t discount a shorter fence because you think it won’t fit. 

3. How the Fence Looks

One major concern for how tall your fence should be is the look. If you want a sweeping, beautiful hardwood fence, then you may want to consider going taller. A beautiful fence will be even more spectacular the taller it is. 

This also influences what you intend to do with the fence. If you use something like Ipe wood, you won’t have to worry about the durability of the wood. Any paint you add will be decorative. If you want to make an artistic statement, the fence should be taller.  

4. The Outside Look You Want

The height of your fence should compliment how you want your yard to look. If you want a traditional “white picket fence” look, then a shorter fence would be more appropriate. If you want to have a secret garden look to your yard, perhaps a taller fence would then be more appropriate. 

Another important point to consider is whether or not you will be using any other materials to create your fence. If you include wrought iron, for instance, the cost and size may be more prohibitive. 

Putting Up the Fence

If you are installing the fence yourself, something to consider is the ease of work.

It can be harder to move around and position large boards, and in some cases, it takes more than one person to do it right. If you are going to put in a fence yourself, consider having friends help you. 

Fencing For You 

No matter whether you choose to have a 4-foot or a 9-foot privacy fence, make sure that you choose something that makes you happy. The height of your fence is an extension of not just your yard, but how people will see you and your property.  

Make sure that the choices you make are ones you can accept. You don’t want to have to redo or change a fence very often unless you are comfortable with the extra cost of doing so. 

No matter which way you decide to go with privacy fence heights, Buy IPE Direct is here for you. We offer the wood you need and the accessories you’re looking for. We want you to have a beautiful backyard. 

Contact us if you have any questions or need help with an order.

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