In today’s real estate market, large houses are built closer together on smaller lots, which makes outdoor living difficult. If you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl, it might be time for a privacy fence.
A privacy fence is a good way to maintain your own sense of peace without prying eyes invading your space.
Start your fence planning by determining what area you’d like to keep private. Maybe the fence needs to go around your entire yard, or perhaps you’re only looking to enclose a small section. Mark this area out with stakes or spray paint, ensuring it is at least 6 inches inside of your actual property line.
A closely spaced lattice combined with foliage, ivy, or other climbing plants can provide almost as much privacy as a solid material fence. However, if your goal is true and instant privacy, look for a fence option with no space between the boards or a fence with solid panels.
To achieve full privacy, be sure you accurately measure your property to determine the height you need, while taking into account the slope of your land. It may help to have a friend hold up a length of paper or cardboard at both 6 ft. and 8 ft. heights and test the area to determine what height fits your needs.
If you live in an area that is susceptible to wind, a strong fence can block out the breeze to provide some protection for outdoor entertaining. If the wind is an issue, choose a privacy fence with few to no gaps in between the boards and a heavy material that will be durable against strong storms.
Types of Privacy Fences
Chain Link Privacy Fence
Most people may not associate chain link fencing with a viable privacy option, but inserting slats into the webbing provides a privacy option that ordinary chain link fencing lacks. You can buy sets of slates of wood or vinyl to add color or style to your property.
Pros and Cons
Chain link slats are the cheapest, easiest, and longest-lasting fence material. If there is already a chain link fence in place, you can add privacy by installing wood or vinyl fencing slats to the existing fence. You can also use the lattice of a chain fence to grow plants or bushes which provides a more attractive privacy option.
Even with these options, chain link is often seen as the most unattractive option. In addition, chain link still provides only a minor shield against wind, sound, and onlookers.
Wood Privacy Fence
Wood is the most common material for a privacy fence because it is beautiful, effective, and has the least restrictions from HOA or zoning regulations. We offer several different types of wood fencing including composite materials that are more durable than traditional fir or cedar fencing.
- Vertical Board: Vertical boards are a popular choice for wood fencing. They are classic, attractive, and gives only a tiny space in between the boards, providing sufficient privacy for most.
- Pickets: Pickets are similar to vertical boards, but they have a point at the top of the post. The pickets can provide additional security by deterring others from trying to scale the fence and climb over the top.
- Framed Panels: Also known as board fences, these are solid sheets of wood installed with beams on either side. Framed panels are quick to install, but might not be the most attractive wood option. However, they can be stained to match the house and you can add a lattice or baluster to the top to break up the solidity and add a little curb appeal.
Pros and Cons
Wood is easy to adapt to a sloped or contoured yard and can be a very beautiful option with lots of style choices. The privacy level of a wood fence depends on the style you choose and how far apart the posts are installed.
The biggest drawback to wood? Price. It is one of the most expensive options because it must be treated on a regular basis and natural imperfections will cause the wood to decay over time. Composite wood is more durable, but also more expensive.
Vinyl Privacy Fence
If you’re not sure what you want, start by looking at vinyl fencing. There are so many styles, colors, shapes, and options that it is easy to find something that is within your budget and meets your needs. Vinyl fencing comes in post style or panel style, similar to wood, but it doesn’t have the maintenance needs that wood requires.
Pros and Cons
Vinyl is a good choice for privacy because it is premanufactured and has little to no space for gaps between the posts. It is lightweight, easy to install, and maintenance free.
The only drawback to vinyl is situations where you have a significant slope to the property. Because the sections are premanufactured, slopes and curvature of the land can make installation difficult.
Stone Privacy Fence
For the ultimate security and privacy, you can install a stone wall around the perimeter of your property. Sometimes a stone wall can be installed in combination with either a wood or vinyl fence to break up the monotony and add height.
Pros and Cons
A stone fence is a beautiful option and adds a sense of stately elegance to your property.
However, installation of a stone wall can be a lengthy process and it is the most expensive option.
Privacy Fence Regulations
Before installing a privacy fence, check with the public and private restrictions in your area. There may be zoning laws, building codes, or HOA requirements that limit or specify fence rules.
If you are considering a privacy fence for your home or business, give us a call today and let our experts help you determine the best choice to fit your needs. We provide free estimates and no-obligation consultations on site. Let’s get started!
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