Many cities and townships have zoning laws in place that restrict the height
or style of fences. Additionally, your neighborhood may have further rules,
particularly if you are part of a homeowner’s association. It’s
essential to check with your city and your neighborhood first; putting
up a fence that does not comply with restrictions will only mean you must
tear it down or modify it later.
Choosing the Wrong Material
Using the wrong material to build your fence means it won’t serve
the purpose you want. Chain link is great for enclosures, but provides
little privacy. Wood fencing is a handsome choice, but requires regular
maintenance to look its best. If you have a specific purpose in mind for
your fence, such as providing privacy or keeping pets enclosed, make sure
that the materials and the style of fencing you choose is right for the job.
Fence gates are an excellent way to create access points where you need
them. However, it’s important to consider where you will place a
gate and how large it will be before installing your fence. Gates that
open onto driveways, roads, or pool areas should provide sufficient room
for the gate to open into the space to prevent damage or accidental injury.
If your gate needs to keep children or pets contained, the latch must
be placed high enough that it cannot be accessed except by adults.