Choosing The Right Height For Your Fence

There are various things to consider when deciding on the right height for your fence.

Some fencing may be supplied in a specific panel size and that may determine your fence height.

One of the main factor when choosing the right fence height for you will be the purpose of the fence.

  • Decorative Fencing
  • Privacy Fencing
  • Pet Fencing
  • Livestock Fencing
  • Pool Safety Fencing
  • Rules And Regulations

Decorative Fencing

Because decorative fencing is only designed for decoration, the height isn’t as important as for other types of fence.

A typical type of decorative fence is traditional picket fence.  They are usually located at the front of the house and are commonly built at only three feet high.

Although three feet is a common height for decorative fencing, you must consult your city code for local rules.

Privacy Fencing

A privacy fence is designed to provide you privacy, by concealing your yard from neighbors and anyone else passing by your property.

This type of fencing needs to be high enough to block out the view and tend to be built to heights ranging from between six to eight foot high.

Although your fence needs to be fit for purpose, some local regulations may not allow fences over six feet high.

Always consult your city code and any local regulations before starting construction.

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Pet Fencing

When purchasing pet fencing, the spacing of uprights can be an important consideration for small dogs and pets.

When you are considering the height of your pet fence, you must ensure that your pet cannot clear the top.

A fence height of four feet is usually deemed sufficient to stop its clearance by most small dogs.

Unfortunately, four feet is not high enough for larger breeds of dog.

To contain larger dogs will usually require a fence that is at least six feet high.

Most localities have animal control laws. Ensure that you consult these laws and any local regulations before starting construction.

Agricultural Fencing

The main purpose of agricultural fencing is to keep animals in or out of a specific area.

Most agricultural fencing is built at an average height of four feet.

One exception to this is Deer fencing. Deer can jump high, Some Deer (such as the Whitetail Deer) can jump up to twelve feet.

Luckily Deer can’t jump over a distance and height so flaring a fence avoids the need for a Deer fence over twelve feet high.

Even with a flared design, most Deer Fences are seven feet high.

Most localities have animal control laws. Ensure that you consult these laws and any local regulations before starting construction.

Pool Safety Fencing

One of the main reasons for pool safety fencing is to create an obstacle to limit access to the pool.

Pool Fencing is primarily aimed at stopping children up to five years of age.

Although there are various other specifications (based on Fence material) most fences must be a minimum of four feet high.

The various States will have different legal requirements for Pool Fencing. Ensure that you consult your local municipal rules before starting construction.

Rules And Regulations

You will have noticed a common theme running through the information above.

When it comes to fence constructions you need to check the local rules and regulations.

From city codes to animal control laws, each type of fencing may have rules specific to it.

Although the heights above are commonly associated with these types of fencing, local regulations should always be consulted before construction.

The Height Of Your Fence Needs To Meet Your Needs

This post has provided a variety of suggestions for fence heights relevant to the purpose-specific fencing.

It can be a confusing decision determining the right fence height so why not consult a professional now?


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