Things To Consider When Choosing A Fence Height

Posted on: 11 May 2022

When you start working with a fence company to arrange for a fence to be installed, one of the questions they'll typically ask you is "how tall do you want the fence?" A lot of people don't quite know how to answer this question, so they just blurt out a height without much thought or tell the fence installer to do what they think is best. The problem with this approach is that fence height really is an important feature of your fence. You owe it to yourself to put some time and effort into selecting an appropriate fence height. Here are some things to consider as you do.

How important is privacy?

Is privacy one of the key reasons you're installing a fence? Maybe there are specific neighbors you do not want looking into your yard, or perhaps you just don't want anyone to see in. When privacy is really important, you want a taller fence — one high enough to come past most people's eyeballs. But if privacy is not a key reason you're installing a fence, a shorter one will generally be more affordable. Plus, it won't block your view completely.

Do you have a dog?

If you have a dog, your fence needs to be on the taller side in order to keep them from jumping over. Even if you don't have a dog but plan on getting one in the future, this is a reason to consider a taller fence. On the other hand, if you have a toy dog or no dog at all, a shorter fence can be totally fine.

Do you want to be able to see over the fence?

In addition to considering whether you want others to see over the fence, consider whether you want to be able to see over the fence. In some cases, you may want to create a really secluded backyard. But if that's not your goal, spending time in a yard that you can't see out of due to a tall fence can feel a bit claustrophobic. Choose a shorter fence to preserve your view unless you have reason not to.

If you're still not sure how tall you want your fence to be, have a conversation with your fence contractor. Tell them more about why you're installing the fence and what you hope it will achieve. They'll give you feedback and height recommendations in return. Talk to a fence company near you.


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