“How high should my fence be?”

That’s an important question to ask before you install a fence. To help determine the answer, here are some questions to consider:


Why do you want a fence?

Are you looking for privacy or do you simply want to mark a boundary? Do you want to keep pets or kids in or are you most concerned about keeping trespassers out?


Where will your fence be located?

Is it going in the front yard or the back?


Do you have local fence height restrictions?

County or city regulations often dictate fence height, and Homeowners Associations sometimes limit maximum fence height along with colors and materials. So it’s very important to check any local regulations or HOA bylaws that apply to you.


General guidelines for fence heights:


Privacy Fence

If privacy is what you’re looking for, a six-foot privacy fence is normally sufficient to keep your neighbors from seeing into your yard.



Dog Fence


Although a four-foot fence is normally adequate to confine most dogs, a six-foot dog fence is often a good choice because it will keep even larger breeds from jumping the fence.

Pool Fence

Pool fences are normally required so uninvited guests can’t gain access to your pool and accidentally fall in. Most pool fences are four feet, but it’s important to check local ordinances because the required height may vary.




Boundary Fence Height

Boundary Fence


A fence can be a great choice for adding curb appeal to your home or for providing a clear boundary between your yard and a street or neighbor. As a general rule, a front yard fence (often picket or ornamental) is three feet and a backyard fence (for privacy or to keep children or pets safe) is six feet.

Garden Fence


Example Garden Fence Height

To show off flowers or vegetables, a shorter fence (3-4 feet) is often a popular choice. A picket fence will keep your garden visible while keeping out large animals, but if smaller animals like rabbits are a concern, then a solid fence may be a better choice.


The help you need

A good fence contractor will help you choose the fence height you need. He or she should take into account why you want a fence in the first place, whether your land slopes, what materials you prefer, and your local fence guidelines. At Accent Fence our Certified Fence Professional has helped customers make decisions like these for more than 15 years. Call us at 770-995-7463 or request an estimate online at accentfence.net.



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