The saying goes that having a child is having your heart walk around outside your body. When you have kids, it’s stressful to worry about their safety at all time, but also inevitable. Part of that worry is about knowing where they are, and part is wanting to know that where they are isn’t posing a danger. That’s where your fence comes in.
There are various reasons why you might be interested in building a custom fence. Maybe your property has unique features that present challenges. Maybe you just want to enhance your curb appeal with something no one else has. In these situations, DIYing a custom fence may be the way to go. Plus, by building your own fence, you will save money on installation, and you’ll take pride in the accomplishment of making something that’s both functional and aesthetically enjoyable for years.
Fences come in many different heights, and for good reason – different sized fences serve different purposes. Depending on your needs, wants, and can-dos, you may choose a short, 3 foot picket fence or an 8 foot fortress of privacy. The placement of your fence, such as your front yard or backyard, can affect the height of your ideal fence. Unfortunately, local regulations may dictate height for you and limit your options. That’s often the first concern for homeowners, but it’s not the only reason to think about height. Here are some considerations when deciding on the perfect fence height for you.
Building your fence directly on top of your property line has the obvious benefit of enclosing your entire yard, giving you the maximum area in which to play, plant, and relax. Whether or not it’s a good idea to do that, though, depends on a few factors, including where you live and your neighbor’s feelings on the new fence. We’ll help you figure out how close you can build your fence to your property line.
One major benefit of a fenced-in yard is being able to let your four-legged friend out with minimal supervision and without a leash. This is especially nice when it’s raining or cold outside, and it’s a definite time saver on those mornings when Fido wants to sniff each and every tiny hole or plant in the yard, and you really want to get inside to refill your coffee.
Living in the Mid-Atlantic, harsh winter conditions are a fact of life. The same things you don’t like about winter, especially snow and cold, can also affect your fence. The winter preparation and care needed to preserve your fence for years to come will depend on the type of fence you own and the winter […]
Chain link fences are common because they are inexpensive, functional, and easy to find. Just because it’s cheap and easily available doesn’t mean chain link is the best fencing material choice for your backyard. While chain link fencing has been around for decades, it has some major drawbacks that should have you considering other fence styles. […]
A vinyl fence can be a stylish, crisp, and practical addition to your yard. Aside from the glossy, modern look of vinyl, the main benefit of this type of fence is that it can withstand more than your average wood fence. Still, if it’s been a few years since you’ve installed it, you may notice […]
For the most part, dogs don’t care much about privacy. They’re happy to go about their business where the whole neighborhood can see, so a privacy fence is not number one on their wishlist. After all, no fence is as exciting as a ball, pizza crust, or pile of leaves. For a dog owner, a […]
The Fence Authority’s Fence Wars series has so far covered two potential conflicts that can arise amongst neighbors due to their fences. Part 1 explored what to do when your yard is surrounded by neighboring fences that conflict with your design goals, and Part 2 discussed how to decide who gets the “good side” if […]