Tips for Choosing a Fence Height


How tall should a fence be? It all depends on its purpose and the home.

Are you ready to install a new fence? A new fence is more than just a border; it has a specific purpose and adds to your home’s curb appeal. There are multiple things to think about when designing your fence, including style, material, color, and height. Thankfully, you can find all the helpful tips you need for choosing a fence height for your Maryland property here.

Fence Height Laws

The first thing to know is the laws regarding fences in your Maryland county. The state of Maryland doesn’t have specific fence laws, so these determinations are left to each county. You will find different laws regarding corner and waterfront properties for distance from the corner, height, and space between the rails or pickets. 

As for fence height, you will need a permit if you intend to build a fence that is over 6 feet tall. There is no need to worry if you do need a permit, though; Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence will pull the permit for you as part of the fence installation service!

Consider the Fence Style & Color

The fence style and color could have an indirect effect on its height. In other words, if you are looking to create a colonial look to your home, a white picket fence might do. On the other hand, you might want a border fence like a split-rail or post-and-rail simply to let people know where not to cross. On the other hand, a stately aluminum fence might complete your estate best. 

Consider the Message Your Fence Height Sends

Your fence height might communicate one thing or another about your residence. Typically, a very tall fence comes off as imposing, grand, and possibly unfriendly to visitors. It shows that the owner really doesn’t want anyone to get through to the residence. On the flipside, a shorter fence, perhaps 3 feet tall, makes the home appear friendlier and more welcoming. People are freer to look over the fence and say hello to whoever is there.

Determine Your Fence’s Purpose

Ultimately, your fence’s purpose will determine its height. If security is a priority, a taller fence will be best. If privacy is in your best interest, a taller fence is also better. If you simply want a property border, a shorter fence might fit your needs. Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence can help you make the best choice for your Maryland home!

Call Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence For Your New Deck or Fence!

Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence has almost 30 years of experience in building beautiful custom fences, gazebos, screened-in porches, and decks throughout the state of Maryland. We have the expertise to design your dream fence or custom deck and have it installed in a headache-free process. Give us a call at 1-800-833-9310 or visit us online for a quote today! We offer many different styles of fencing and decking, in addition to custom options designed specifically to suit your preferences and tastes. To see examples of our work and get more tips on how to choose the right decking for your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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