Many people seek to improve their outdoor privacy, and for good reason. The nature of home building today makes it difficult for families to enjoy the privacy of their own yards; however, you can try a creative way to improve the sanctity of your yard using fencing solutions. Before you decide to use a privacy fence in your yard, consider a few important factors in achieving your desired results. The effectiveness of your screening, its cost and required level of maintenance will depend greatly on the type of fencing you select. Read on for some professional tips for designing and installing privacy fencing at your home.
Reasons for Installing a Privacy Fence
Today’s houses are constructed on small lots with minimal space between homes. In many subdivisions, two-story houses are interspersed with single-level homes, allowing your neighbors clear views into your yard and even your home’s windows. Although many homes are built with a perimeter wall, this may be insufficient for privacy. Homes built near busy streets may experience both the noise and the visual distraction of traffic. Noisy (as well as nosy) neighbors are another common reason for building a privacy fence. Finally, some homeowners enjoy breaking up their yard into zones, which can give both kids and pets their own space while allowing Mom and Dad time to enjoy a quiet book, al fresco nap or dip in the spa.
Considerations for Privacy Screening
Once you’ve determined that fencing may help improve the livability of your yard, you have a few more things to consider. First, investigate the restrictions imposed by your homeowners’ association, if applicable, and your local municipality’s permit requirements. Next, focus on the layout. Many homeowners invest in privacy fencing only to learn that it is insufficient in height or soundproofing capacity to accomplish their goals. Use cardboard or a similar material cut to the correct height and test your layout by sitting on the deck or patio and having someone hold the test fencing in place. Not only will you be able to tell if the height is sufficient, you will get a feel for how the yard will look once the privacy screening is in place.
Types of Privacy Fencing
Your choices for your privacy fencing materials are many and include concrete block and wood. Many people like to combine fencing material with plants or trees to create a softer, more natural feel. If the upkeep of a wood fence is too labor-intensive for your lifestyle, consider a product like vinyl. Use variable height panels for more visual interest, assuming your material of choice can accommodate it. Although many people attempt to install their own privacy fencing, it can be a much more difficult process than it appears to be. In the long run, you are likely to save time and money by using a professional fence contractor to help you design your screen fence and to install the finished product.
In Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, Outback Fencing is experienced with privacy screening and fencing of all types, for residential and commercial applications. Contact them today to find out more about how to improve outdoor privacy at your home.