Building a fence in your yard can’t be done on a whim. It requires careful planning and consideration.
Stories hit the news on a daily basis that tell of different homeowners, farmers, and commercial companies that built fences only to get in trouble from the local, state, or federal government due to improper fence placement, height, or construction.
You don’t want all of your hard work to turn into a headache, so be sure to consider these factors before installing fencing at your home.
Does Your Neighborhood or Municipality Have Specific Rules Regarding Fences?
Your local municipality most likely has very specific rules regarding fences. This may be true whether you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association, a historical downtown district, or out in the rural country.
You may have height restrictions, regulations regarding the distance the fence must be placed from the property line, or even certain permitted and forbidden materials. Building a fence without first being aware of those specifications can only lead to trouble.
If you have close neighbors, you also want to check with them about your fence. The last thing you want is to create a war with a previously friendly neighbor over a fence, when perhaps a simple adjustment could have avoided the entire problem.
What Purpose Will Your Fence Serve?
A fence can serve security, decorative, and functional purposes, so you need to identify exactly what role you hope your fence will serve.
If you want a fence to add privacy between your home and your next door neighbor, you’ll need to consider certain materials and pay close attention to height restrictions in your community. On the other hand, if your fence needs to contain your three very aggressive dogs, you’ll need to choose a durable fence material that can sustain the escape attempts of three animals.
How Much Maintenance Are You Willing To Perform?
If you know from the start that you won’t be able to give your fence much TLC, then you want to choose a material that can endure wind, rain, and heat with only annual checkups. On the other hand, if you’re ready to commit yourself to caring for your fence on a regular basis, you have a wider range of options.
Who Should Build Your Fence?
It’s easy to find a fence company, but not so easy to find a reliable, trustworthy fence company that promises superior results. West Florida Fence is a full-service fence and gate installation contractor headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with service capabilities ranging the entire state of Florida and Southeast U.S. Call us today to learn more and get the best fence for your home!