Selecting The Right Fence Height For Your Home

Almost every home has some kind of fencing around it. There are several factors one has to consider before getting the right fence: type of materials to be used, design, durability, etc. But what often gets overlooked is how high the fence should be. The height of any fence plays an important role in its function and overall look.

Before you install a fence around your home or property in New jersey, ask yourself some of these questions to help determine the right fence height:

  • Are there any local fence restrictions in your area?
  • Are you planning to install the fence in your front yard or the back?
  • Do want to mark a boundary or simply looking for privacy?
  • What are your security concerns?
  • Do you have kids or pets?

These questions will help guide you to make the right decision. Let’s take a look at the main factors that will help you select the right height for your fence.


A good fence has to blend into your property. Not only does it have to be consistent with the style of your house, but it has to be aesthetically appealing as well. As you choose the right materials and color for your fence, remember that the height of the fence will affect the overall look of your outdoor space. For example, a short wooden fence may appear inviting while a high one may appear austere. Different types of fences generally follow a similar pattern. Shorter fences are seen as welcoming and friendly, while higher fences are grandiose and imposing.


What is your primary goal for setting up a fence in your property? People who own large tracks of land usually put a boundary fence as a step towards claiming the land as theirs and also to prevent hikers and trespassers from making inroads into their property. Whether you own a large property or not, installing a short fence can help you set up a clear boundary between you and your neighbors.  A typical boundary fence is between 3-6 feet high. In a suburban setting, a less than 5-foot fence in the front yard adds beauty and separates a house from the next. Before buying a house or property in NJ, you need to consult with a reliable real estate agent about the local fence height restrictions in the area.


Property owners have different reasons for installing fences around their property. Do you want to keep trespassers or animals from your garden, or are you simply looking to provide a definitive boundary to your land? You need to clearly define why you need a fence and for what purpose. This way, you will be better equipped to determine the height of the fence you want to build.

Before you install any fence around your property, make sure that you are complying with the local regulations. You don’t want to install a fence only to be asked to take it down a month later just because you did not follow the rules.

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