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Privacy Fences: What You Need to Know Before Installing One in Minnesota
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Privacy Fences: What You Need to Know Before Installing One in Minnesota

It's time to install a new wood fence in your home. While looking at the different styles of fences, you come across a privacy fence, and it piques your interest. 

Privacy fences stand tall and strong, giving your property curbside appeal and peace of mind by making your yard a personal haven of privacy. Even if you're sold on installing a privacy fence, here are some things to consider before getting to work.

Check Zoning Codes

Privacy fences sit much taller than their counterparts, such as picket or hog wire fences. When it comes to height, your local zoning codes may have something to say. 

In general, installed in a backyard should not exceed over six feet tall. Furthermore, you may even be more limited by the height in your front yard.

Before jumping into your privacy fence project, you will want to research your city's local zoning codes to properly adhere to the rules and regulations of your local area.

Consider Having Short Parts of the Fence

Yes, the goal of a privacy fence is just that: privacy

However, the height of a privacy fence could get in the way of some features of your property. 

For instance, let's say you have a garden plot in your backyard. Depending on the garden plot's location, a privacy fence can block a lot of sunlight needed to grow your flowers and other crops. 

Shortening parts of your privacy fence in these situations will help you achieve maximum privacy while keeping your garden plot soaking up the sun's rays!

Contact Utility Marking Services

Before you even tear up the ground with your shovel, you must call a utility marking service in your area. Not knowing where utility lines are marked can result in puncturing a gas or power line, which is costly and hazardous!

Properly Space Your Posts

Now that you're up to date on codes and you know where utility lines are, and have an idea of personal customization on height, it's time to start digging! 

The most important part of installing your privacy fence is the spacing of the posts. Doing so helps your fence withstand Mother Nature's impact and helps prevent sagging. Be sure to space your fence posts exactly eight feet apart for optimal installation!

Talk to Your Neighbors About It

Most homes are going to have neighbors nearby, if not neck and neck property to property, and once you've decided to build the fence, one of the biggest obstacles could be getting your neighbors to okay it. 

You want this process to be as smooth as possible, so know what the local fence laws are so you adhere to them and make sure you break down the property lines so there's no disagreement on spacing.

In some cases, they may even be onboard to help with the building process or be willing to finance part of it because it can help raise their property value as much as yours, so help them understand the benefits and only do this if you know there are more than likely to be enthused about the idea.

Why Install a Privacy Fence?

Aside from the most obvious reason, more privacy, adding in the fencing will help increase the value because you've installed a protective barrier around your property. They offer other advantages, like giving you more control, especially if you have small children or pets, because it creates a barrier that can keep them safe in the designated area. 

The fence can also be customized, so you end up with a fantastic finish that works for your needs and style.

Always Hire a Pro for the Job

DIY is great for many different home projects, but when you're navigating large ones, while it might be a great way to save a couple of bucks, you could end up paying more out of pocket for mistakes.

Working with a professional means your fencing will be built to code, and you'll be protected from installation issues because if something does arise, the contractor will repair it. It also means the best quality finish and increasing property value because it's backed by precise and high-quality craftsmanship. 

Contact KNO Woodworks for Privacy Fence Installation

Do you need superior craftsmanship for privacy fence repair or installation? Call KNO Woodworks! Since 2012, we have been creating beautiful fencing, pergolas, and decking that our clients are raving about

Our team is happy to answer any questions or, you can start your project online today or give us a call at 612-226-5172.

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