Privacy Fence Installation

A Privacy Fence is a Great Way to Extend your Home’s Living Space While at the Same Time Creating an Outdoor Retreat

By Mark J. Donovan

A privacy fence is often one of the key components in creating an outdoor living space. Privacy fences are ideal for patios and decks to enable homeowners to decompress from the hustle and bustle of a hard day’s work and to escape from the everyday noises inside the home, e.g. dishwashers, televisions, etc.

There are a number of off-the-shelf privacy fence design options to choose from including wooden privacy fences and vinyl ones. In addition, evergreen shrubs can serve as privacy fencing, however they may need a few years of growth to be effective if you buy them too small.

A privacy fence can also be useful in smaller backyards or building lots where there is a lack of shrubbery and natural viewing obstructions along the property lines. Moreover privacy fences can serve dual-purposes. For example they can act as a screen to prevent others from viewing into your yard and they can also function for keeping things in your yard, e.g. children and pets.

The standard height for an off-the-shelf vinyl privacy fence or wooden privacy fence is typically around 6 feet. However, you can sometimes customize them a bit to extend them higher. In addition, you can come up with your own custom privacy fence design to achieve your own particular style and height. Often homeowners who come up with their own privacy fence design use a combination of solid material along the lower 2/3rds of the fence and lattice on the upper 1/3rd. In other cases the entire privacy fence may be constructed out of lattice sandwiched in between fence posts.

When building a wooden privacy fence it is important to use material that will not rot or decay over time, such as treated lumber or wood types that are naturally rot resistant. In addition, regardless of the wood type, the wood should be sealed in some way to prevent moisture penetration. Also, if you elect to paint the privacy fence make sure to paint all sides of the lumber, including freshly cut ends. Moreover, make sure to use non-corrosive fasteners to build the privacy fence, such as hot-tipped galvanized and/or stainless steel nails or screws. Using other types of fasteners could very likely result in ugly stain marks showing up on the privacy fence as the fasteners slowly corrode. Even worse, the privacy fence eventually could collapse.

Another major concern when building a privacy fence is wind. A large vertically standing solid surface is easily susceptible to wind damage. Consequently make sure to install the privacy fence posts at least a couple of feet down into the ground and preferably set them in concrete. In addition, by using lattice or coming up with a privacy fence design that includes adjacent/staggered vertical lumber pieces that are at angles to each other, wind can more easily flow through the privacy fence and reduce the risk of it being blown over or damaged.

The use of evergreen shrubs is also a great way to create a privacy fence, particularly if you are building a privacy fence around a patio or deck. Though evergreen shrubs can be expensive using them in a small area such as a deck or patio limits the damage to the wallet.

Whatever your plans and privacy fence design ideas are, you should first check with your local building code enforcement officer to see if there are any restrictions on installing a fence, even a small privacy fence. Towns and cities frequently have strict rules on their construction, such as their height and set-back requirements. You may also want to check for any local covenants or restrictions that may exist if you live in a housing development. Another advantage of using evergreen shrubs as a privacy fence is that they are typically exempt from local ordinances and covenants for privacy fence construction.

Dress Up Your Home’s Exterior with an Arbor – If you’ve always wondered what to do about a side door entrance to your house or garage to make it more appealing, or just wanted to simply spice up the backyard, building an arbor may be your answer. The “How to Build an Arbor Ebook” provides detailed, step-by-step instructions and pictures on how to build an entrance-way arbor for your home. Order and Immediately Download today!. 100% Money-Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Planning to have a Brick or Paver Walkway Installed by a Landscaping Contractor but not sure what questions to ask to ensure you hire the right one? See’s Brick and Paver Walkway Bid Sheet. The Brick and Paver Walkway Bid Sheet will help ensure that your walkway project goes smoothly and you get the finished walkway you are looking for.

Additional Landscaping Resources from

Free Home Addition Price Quotes with No Obligation!

Fill out our 3-5 minute quick and easy form, and receive a free price quote on a house addition from one of our prescreened and licensed home addition contractors. This process is free and there is no obligation to continue once you receive your house addition price estimate.