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Fences serve many purposes. If you don’t have one, or the one you have needs replacing, this is a good time to review the many good reasons to have a privacy fence around your property. Here are the top reasons why, as the saying goes, good fences make such good neighbors.

Added Privacy

One of the best reasons for fences is privacy. Lack of privacy spoils the ambiance of your home and property, whether you’re concerned about eavesdropping neighbors or people passing by. A privacy fence is the best solution to this situation. Fencing for privacy is also important if you ever want to sell your home. Potential buyers value privacy, so if a home falls short in this regard it’s value is reduced.


Fences are also great for security. Whether you live in a high crime area or not, it’s nice to feel safe from potential intruders. There are many options, depending on your needs. Security fences may be wood, metal, vinyl or other materials. Higher fences are intrinsically more secure, though the method of construction also matters. Picket fencing, for example, is more difficult to climb if the tops are cut in an angled way. Metal fences with spikes are also hard to climb. Attaching an alarm system to fences makes your home even more secure.

Marking Property Lines

Fences are also useful for demarcating property lines. In some areas, property lines are not obvious. Confusion over property lines can cause all kinds of conflicts and even lawsuits. Without a fence, people may walk on your property without even realizing that they’re trespassing. If you’re not sure where your property boundaries are located, consult with a land surveyor. Then fencing can be used to make the boundaries clear to everyone.

Safety for Children and Pets

Another important function that fences serve is to protect children and pets. If you live near a busy street, for example, you don’t want young children to dash into the street. If you have a dog, it’s important to keep him contained on your property. This is for the comfort and safety of others as well as your pets, as wandering dogs can cause conflicts with neighbors. Fencing also prevents other people’s pets and stray animals from entering your property. There are dog fences made especially for the purpose of containing pets.

Decorative Purposes

Fences can also serve a decorative purpose. They add prestige and style to your home. Many fences are ornamental and may exhibit styles from many different places and eras. With so many choices of styles and materials, it’s not hard to construct an ornamental fence that perfectly matches your home. If you want fencing for aesthetic reasons, research different possibilities and find a style that matches your preferences. A decorative fence can add to your home’s value and curb appeal.

As with any update to your home, make sure to review your deed restrictions and municipality ordinances before installing a fence to make sure it meets the requirements.

If you’re looking to build a new home in the Pasco or Pinellas County areas, contact Covenant Homes today.