Choosing a Fence for Privacy and Safety
Fences speak of home and security. Whether it’s the classic white picket fence or a more rustic wood fence, it helps to define the area where family, kids, and pets can be safe. Besides privacy, security is an important function that fences fulfill. They can be used to fence in front or back yards, or just areas like the swimming pool. While many people may dream of building a wood picket fence, it’s not easy to get it right. Whether you choose a wood or vinyl fence, it’s always to a good idea to have it professionally installed.
Fencing for privacy and security
Good fences are said to make good neighbors. While we can’t vouch for the accuracy of that statement, we can support the idea that fences provide both privacy and safety. For families with pets and children, safety can be an important concern. A fenced yard is every parent and every pet owner’s dream, giving kids, dogs, and cats a green and healthy space where they can run around and play without fear of encountering traffic, other hostile pets, or even wildlife.
Even though fences mean security and privacy for families, most areas have laws regulating their height. This varies from one municipality and jurisdiction to another, but in general fences in front yards are limited to a height of four feet. For backyard fences, the height limitation is usually six feet. There may be different laws for corner lots, so that fences don’t obscure oncoming traffic at intersections. This also why building a wood picket fence is a good choice for,front yards.
Choosing materials and styles
Maybe it’s the remnant of the pioneering spirit, but for some reason many people have a dream of building a wood picket fence with their own hands. While this may be a laudable goal, it’s important to remember that building and installing fences sounds easier than it is. To start with, the posts have to fixed just right, because they will hold the weight of the fence. A fence that sags or zig-zags is also more likely to be less stable and over time, less safe.
This is why it’s always a better idea to get the professionals to install your fence. There are a bewildering variety of styles and materials to choose from, though the most popular materials for fences are wood and vinyl. Each material has its advantages. Vinyl is more durable and easier to maintain, while wood has a more picturesque and traditional appearance. If a fence encloses a driveway, it may need a gate such as a rolling wood gate.
Fencing a swimming pool
Fences are an important security measure and are often used to enclose backyard swimming pools. Especially if there are kids in the house or even in the neighborhood, it can be necessary to ensure the safety of the children. The tragic fact is that for kids under the age of five years, drowning is the second most common cause of death.
A swimming pool fence can be either decorative or utilitarian, or both. From French gothic fence pickets to chain link double gate fences, there’s a formidable range of styles available. Self closing gates are an additional safety measure. While installation should be done professionally, it can be important to carry out regular inspection and repairs by yourself. Chain links parts and vinyl fence parts are easily available online.
Fences add privacy and security to your home. Even if you’ve always had the ambition of building a wood picket fence by yourself, it’s a good idea to let the professionals handle the installation. Regular inspections and repair of all fencing can help to ensure the safety of your family and pets.