Fences are as versatile as any indoor home renovation. The benefits of fencing are numerous: privacy, security, shade, safety, and keeping soccer balls out of the neighbors’ yards. From your local fence builders at New Generation Landscaping and Fence, here are three fun facts about fences.

American Fences Began in the Colonial Era

Fences have served a variety of purposes over time. Farmers have great uses for them, such as keeping livestock confined and, like homeowners, establishing property lines. Over time, the white picket fence became a symbol of the American Dream, and it was a romanticized commodity that stood for privacy, self-sufficiency, family, and domesticity. Local fence companies still make those wishes for privacy and security come true with a wide variety of fencing materials.

Fence Regulations Vary From the Front Yard to the Backyard

Only backyard fences are allowed to be solid with no spaces between the boards. According to Hunker, front yard fences are required to be at least 50% to 75% open, depending on where you live. When you think to invite friends over, go swimming, or have a bonfire, these events almost always take place in the back yard, as opposed to the front yard where neighbors and passing drivers can see. Privacy helps us bond with family and friends, hence why many people choose solid fences for their back yards. Decorative metal fences with articulate spindles are common in front yards with gates, as they appear welcoming.

There Are Advantages to the Type of Fence You Choose

Local fence builders can work with you to find the best fence for your yard and budget. It doesn’t hurt to consider which fences are the easiest to repair. Chainlink fences do not fall under this category and certainly don’t have the benefit of the quick fix if, say, a wooden board comes loose but can be replaced. That said, chainlink fences also do not have issues with mold, termites, or rot. Where you live may determine which of these materials is best for you or if a plastic or vinyl option is more appropriate.

The more you know about fences, the better off you may be when it comes time to decide which style is best for you. If visibility is important, then talk to your local fence builder about their recommendations for board spacing. Contact us today for a free estimate!