As a Dallas home owner, you may be considering a fence to add value, beauty, security and privacy to your property. Before you do, consider these important factors, ranging from practicality of materials to current fence laws in Dallas, when it comes to your fence installation needs.
Why do you want a fence? If it’s strictly for function — say, to keep your pets in the yard — a chain link fence would be fine. But if you’re going for privacy or aesthetics, perhaps something taller, made of cedar, with solid panels would be in order. Yes, a fence can achieve many things, but the first step is to consider your primary motivation and work outward from there.
A white picket fence is the dream of many a homeowner. While it may look gorgeous with your cute little ranch or Colonial, you should think about the time commitment involved with maintenance. Are you prepared to seal, paint or stain it every few years to guard against peeling paint and rot? If you still insist on the charm and natural beauty of a wooden picket fence, that’s great. But if you know you won’t have the time or patience for upkeep, perhaps a vinyl option would be more suited to you. You’ll still get the great look without all the hassle.
3. Research the neighborhood:
Before installing a fence of any kind, check with your homeowners or neighborhood associations. Many of these organizations have contracts in place that dictate the look, height, and material of any fences installed within the neighborhood.
4. Check with town hall:
Likewise, your town or city may have rules regarding how far a fence must be set back from sidewalks and property lines. You’ll also have to find out if you will need a building permit. For example, in Dallas, a fence permit is required when installing a fence or wall that exceeds four feet in height in a front yard, and more than six feet tall elsewhere on the property. There may be other requirements if your home sits in a flood plain area, conservation district or historic district. Be sure to check with your town before starting your project.
5. Don’t forget entrances:
A fenced-in area should have at least two entrance points. One should be large enough to fit bulky equipment such as patio furniture, garbage barrels and lawn mowers. Use stepping stones, pergolas and decorative stone pathways to indicate these entrance points.
Once your fence has been installed, it’s time to consider how you will dress up the area. Usually, just a fence alone can look plain. Consider adding decorative posts, finials, archways, flower beds, gardens and shrubbery to accent the fence and really bring out your style.
If you can’t afford the cost of outfitting the entire perimeter in cedar, for example, you may consider using this material for the front and sides, and chain link for the back yard portion that may sit against the woods or some shrubs. This will save you on installation costs, as well as maintenance tasks because you won’t have to stain or paint as much material, points out Better Homes and Gardens.
Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas
Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how Outdoor Home Living can help you install the perfect fence for your needs in Dallas. We can answer all your questions and give you a free estimate as well.