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5 Ways to Choose the Correct Fence Height for Your Home

Fences keep people and pets in the yard, keep certain pets out of other people’s yards, and keep small animals from running into the street. Fences also help to add curb appeal to your property.

This is why it is important to determine which fence height is best for you depending on how you will use your fence. For example, you want your fence to be tall enough to keep children and small pets out of the street, but you also want it to be low enough for you to see over it to see what is going on in the yard.

Let’s talk about what fence height is the best choice for your home.

Zoning and/or HOA Restrictions

Before you start thinking about fence height, you need to check that it is even allowed. Many municipalities and homeowner’s associations have restrictions on fence height. If you are renting, you need to check with your landlord to see if the fence height is allowed. Sometimes, in the interest of home value, the landlord will give permission.

You also need to check if your fence will violate state or national regulations. For example, in some states, fence height is governed by the Department of Transportation. This means that if you live in one of these states and you want a higher fence, you will have to get a waiver from the Department of Transportation. 

Before you choose a fence, check with your city and the association of your home to make sure that you aren’t getting yourself into any trouble.

Privacy Needs

The next thing to consider is privacy. If you are looking to install a fence to block your neighbors from seeing your backyard, you will need to choose a fence that is as tall as possible. A tall fence will also help to block out road noise from the street. Another reason to install a tall fence is if you have a pool in the backyard. The fence will help to keep children, pets and other animals out of the pool area.

If you have a swimming pool, you should also be aware that a tall fence will block out the sun and keep the home cooler and provide more privacy in your backyard. 

Style of Your Home

The style of your home and your property plays a big role in determining what type of fence is best for you. We’ll start with your home’s style and then move onto the style of your property.

For example, contemporary styled homes look great with high fences. They tend to be less formal and help to soften the look of a contemporary home. Contemporary homes also look great with nice, long fences.

A more formal, traditional home may need something more traditional in the way of a fence, such as a privacy fence.

Your Neighbors

If you have a neighbor that is very close to your property line or if there is a common fence line between you and your neighbor, you may want to make your fence as short as possible. This will allow for better communication and will also keep the area looking nice and tidy. 

If you have a neighbor that lives a fair distance away from your property, you can easily choose a higher fence without worrying about how it will look.

Location of Fence

If you have a pool, you will most likely want to install a fence that is as high as possible.  This helps keep pets and children out of the pool area. You will also want to choose a fence type that will block sunlight. 

If you don’t have a pool, you can choose a lower fence because you will not need as much privacy and you can choose a type of fence that will allow for more sun.


When it comes to fence height, there are several different factors that you need to consider. Zoning and HOA restrictions are crucial in determining the height at which you build your fence. Privacy is another thing that you will have to think about. If you don’t have any privacy concerns, you can choose the fence height that best suits your needs, your style and your situation.

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