Primer on Fence Height Choice, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the rules and regulations governing fence height. These are some of the most important considerations when choosing your next fence and how tall it will be, but they aren’t the only ones.

At Utah Fence Warehouse, we can help you with every element of fence selection, from height to details like supplies and accessories. We know that one of the other important factors for choosing fence height is the purpose the fence is being used for – let’s go over a few of the most common here, and look at the types and heights you might consider first.

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Property Lines and Curb Appeal

One of the simplest reasons some homeowners get a fence is to clearly define their property line. There can be several reasons for doing this, and it’s absolutely not some offensive gesture to a neighbor by any means. When this is your primary goal, shorter options like three-foot picket fences can be the way to go.

Another property-related element here relates to property value. Fences are a big part of what real estate experts would call “curb appeal,” or the way your home looks upon first glance – this area has an outsized effect on your home’s value if you ever decide to sell, so visible elements like a fence are great assets to have.


Another primary function of some fences is to protect the garden and various plant life from any potential damage. This damage might include stomping feet, neighboring pets and even too much sunlight in some cases.

The height you choose here will depend on exactly the kind of protection you’re in need of. If larger animals like dogs or deer aren’t a concern, you can consider shorter fences that just block sunlight as needed and stop people from walking in those areas. If you’re worried about larger grazers, on the other hand, a taller fence option might be the right call.


One of the most common reasons for getting a fence is to secure a pet in the back yard, usually a dog. How high a fence you need here depends entirely on your dog’s height and leaping ability – a tiny pup with short legs won’t be able to leap over a simple four-foot option, but a giant hunting dog may require a taller option that you apply for a local variance for.


Some people just want a little privacy, and this is totally understandable. In these cases, six-foot options made of solid materials like wood or vinyl (not spaced pickets) will be the best options.


One situation where you might actually be required to get a fence by law is if you install a pool in your back yard. There aren’t too many restrictions on these fences – they just have to be enough to prevent any accidental falls or danger for people who may not be aware the pool is there (such as neighbors who can’t see it from their house). As such, you can use open fence looks like vinyl or aluminum at standard four-foot heights – these materials also resist water damage, so they’re good for close proximity to a pool.

For more on fence height, or to learn about any of our fence supplies or installation services, speak to the pros at Utah Fence Warehouse today.