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4 Tips For Designing A Front Yard Fence

A fence around your front yard serves several purposes. It provides a neat appearance and quaint finish for your property line, such as the proverbial white picket fence. It can also help set boundaries for children or pets playing outside. Finally, it can prevent people from cutting across your yard and damaging the landscaping, or animal pests from getting into the yard to do the same. The following tips can help you choose the best fence for your front yard.

Tip #1: Know the Height Rules

Many municipalities have rules when it comes to the height of a front yard fence. Generally, there is a much lower maximum allowed height when it comes to these fences, but the exact height will vary by city. If your fence is for a specific purpose, such as keeping a pet contained, you may need to use an electric fence in conjunction with a front yard fence.

Tip #2: Consider Your Home Design

There are many different factors to consider when picking out the fence design, but the look of your home is one of the most important. For homes with wood or vinyl siding and traditional cottage feel, white pickets may be the perfect touch. A stately colonial or elegant Victorian may look great with a wrought iron fence. Brick or stone may be the most attractive option for a home with brick or stone accents.

Tip #3: Pick a Material

Material options generally include metal, wood, vinyl, or masonry. Metal is reserved for wrought iron designs, so it is only a good option if you don't mind a fence with gaps between the pickets. Wood is attractive and comes in a variety of designs, from evenly spaced pickets to gapless panels. Wood will require some maintenance, including periodic painting or staining. Vinyl offers many of the same benefits as wood, but it is maintenance-free. Even better, it won't develop stains from the sprinklers hitting it. Masonry includes all your stone, brick, and concrete options. These sturdy fences will last a lifetime with little to no maintenance beyond a periodic deep cleaning.

Tip #4: Find a Design

Your final job is to settle on a design. If the fence is primarily for appearances or to set up a border, wrought iron fencing or low, evenly spaced pickets work well. You can see through these so they don't block the view of your home, but they do add to the landscaping. If you want a low border that looks more natural in the landscape and works to keep out non-jumping animals, like rabbits, then consider stone or masonry. If you are looking for a slight barrier for those inside the fence, like small pets or young children, low wood or vinyl panels may be the best option. Talk with a local fence installer like American Secured Fence to see what designs are available.