Fence Etiquette: Share the Good, Keep the Bad
Being a good neighbor comes easy to most people, as long as space, boundaries, and personal lives are respected. Being a great neighbor means that you are able to clearly communicate with one another, work together, compromise when needed, and maybe even enjoy a drink together on the weekends. Many neighboring disputes arise due to either the lack of boundaries and fences around the properties or the lack of consideration when it comes to existing ones. To avoid these conflicts with your dear next-door neighbor, your friends and experts at Permacast, have a few tips when it comes to fence etiquette and the pros of having a good barrier.
Next-Door Neighbor and Fence Etiquette
Confirming Property Lines
Before setting up an appointment to have a fence installed, it is courteous to have a brief conversation with your neighbors. This gives you an opportunity to simply give them a heads up of the installation and ensure that everyone is aware of, and in agreement on, property lines. If you are unsure about your specific boundary and the property line, you can always hire a land surveyor to clear up any confusion. Some companies even suggest installing a fence one foot within your property line, just to be on the safe side.
According to most HOA regulations, the height of your fence should be under six feet around the sides of your property and back yard, while the front yard portion should remain under four feet. In special instances, for example, blocking a grotesque view or minimizing noise from a busy highway, you can apply for a variance through your zoning board in order to legally install a larger structure. It is also important to keep in mind that fencing companies are not responsible for keeping up to date with HOA height, style, and maintenance regulations when it comes to your personal property. Rather, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know what is appropriate and stay within the guidelines.
Which Side Faces Out?
It may be obvious, in the mindset of being a great neighbor, that the “most finished” side of your fence should be facing your neighbor’s yard and/or the street. In other words, it is always better to “put your best ‘face’ forward.” If your fence starts to show signs of discoloring, deterioration, or leaning, it is your responsibility to maintain both sides of your fence. Luckily, Permacast fences and walls require little maintenance, are easy to wash, and could use fresh paint only every five to ten years.
Who is Responsible for This Fence?
While it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain the upkeep of their fence, if there is already an existing wall or barrier on the property line, what happens? In most cases, both neighbors are required to contribute to the maintenance of the “shared” fence. Many great neighbors will set up a time to discuss the matter, communicate openly, and compromise on a system that works for everyone. In addition, neither neighbor is authorized to remove or replace the fence unless both property owners are in agreement and split the costs.
Why a Good Precast Wall Makes a Good Neighbor
In the 21st century, one of the most important factors to consider when building a fence or wall around your property is the Wi-Fi signals and internet connections. Many concrete structures interfere with these networks, cutting off access to the outside world and making life more difficult. Precast walls, however, are perhaps the most technology-friendly when it comes to construction materials and allow for an easy and free-flowing connection. Your neighbors will be sure to thank you.
Keeps the Heat
While precast fences and walls open the airways for Wi-Fi, the two-way street for heat is closed. This may be good news for your neighbors as you keep the heat contained to your side of the fence. Precast material is a slow responder to any change in outside temperatures and is able to contain a fire and act as a protective barrier for an average of three hours.
Absorbs the Sound
On the same token, sound is also contained by the high density of this material. Precast structures are phenomenal at absorbing sound, making them the perfect option for residential areas to combat noise from loud neighbors, busy downtowns, or highways.
Sustainable and Earth Friendly
Not only will a precast fence ensure you keep the bad and share the good, but these structures are also durable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Precast walls help reduce energy consumption, are made with locally sourced products, and prove to be one of the most durable and long-lasting construction materials out there. A fence made to withstand termites, rain, earthquakes, tornadoes, and winds up to 250 miles per hour, can also assist in lowering insurance costs and maintenance costs.
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