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Factors to consider when choosing your fence

When you are considering installing a fence on your property, there are several factors to consider before the actual shovels hit the dirt.

Here is a list of things that you need to ask yourself, and consider when starting to plan.

1. What is the main purpose of the fence:

We all have a main reason for choosing the type of fence we're going to install on our property. Some of us are installing the fence to keep ourselves, children and pets safe. Maybe you need a little privacy from your neighbours. Do you have a pool?  Do you live in an area where you need extra protection and security?  In most cases, there are usually two of the above factors that determine the type of fence we install.

2. How long do you plan on living on the property you're installing the fence?

Sometimes you choose to install a fence to increase the sale value of your home, or to create a sanctuary for you and your future generations to enjoy. If the home you live in is your forever home, much more consideration to style, cost, durability and endurance will weigh heavily on your fence decision.

If you just moved into your first home, or starter home, the importance of endourance will likely take a backseat to convenience, and cost.

3. Local by-laws

In some neighbourhoods, and municipalities, by-laws will come into effect. For instance, some municipalities place restrictions on the height of front yard and back yard fences. Property lines aren't always what you think either. In some areas, 7 ft from the curb is where your actual property starts. Sometimes it's 33 ft from the centre line on the street or road you live on. In ALL cases, it is best to check directly with your local by-law office to make sure you plan your fence perimeters to be inside the allowable areas and heights.


The moral of this story is, planning is key. If you check all the required items, ensure you're working inside your municipalities by-laws, and consider what the fence's primary function will be, you will have a painless, quick, and enjoyable fence installation.

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