3 Key Steps Before Installing a New Fence

Spending time in your own backyard is the perfect way to spend long summer days. As neighborhoods develop throughout the state of Maryland, it can start to feel like your neighbor’s property is uncomfortably too close! A new fence, however, can help you create a much-needed private outdoor space that becomes an extension of your home.

Home improvement projects, especially changes to your backyard, may seem like a huge undertaking, but with experienced installation crews, a variety of materials, and custom designs that fit within any budget, building a fence can be a quick and efficient process. Below, you’ll find five key points to consider when planning your new, private outdoor “room”:


Nobody likes surprises, so a nice “heads up” will go a long way. Reach out to your neighbors to discuss your fencing plans and be sure to have information about your property lines handy. If you have an HOA, you’ll also want to make sure you follow all rules and regulations. Estimating your property lines can lead to future disputes with current or future neighbors. Additionally, don’t assume that your lot is perfectly square or rectangular, as properties have uneven or unusual shapes shapes. Fence installation companies, such as Fence & Deck Connection, will use your plot plan to identify your property lines and mark them with wooden stakes and string. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when dealing with property lines!


Before purchasing your fencing materials, you’ll need to determine the perfect height that will give you a sense of privacy and security. You’ll first need to check with your local zoning laws regarding construction. Likewise, if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, that can dictate the style and height with very little wiggle room. Depending on the slope of your yard and those of your neighbors, you may discover you may actually need to revise your envisioned height. Project Consultants are extremely knowledgeable and can help you determine the necessary height for ideal privacy. You may want to consider, however, varying the design to enable differing views — a fence too high might make you feel boxed in and shut off from your neighborhood!


Your new fence should reflect your home’s personality, so the material its comprised of is one of the most crucial (and exciting) decisions you’ll make during the installation process. It’s important to understand exactly what type of materials your fence will require for not only budgetary purposes, but for care and maintenance as well. Different fencing materials require particular maintenance needs. Fence & Deck Connection offers a variety of materials to choose from that fit within any budget — wood, aluminum, vinyl, chain link and pool code fencing.

Wood fencing never goes out of style and matures with age. However, it does require occasional maintenance including staining or sealing, as it can rot over time and is susceptible to weather and termites. Vinyl fencing, on the other hand, is a lower maintenance material because it does not peel, fade, warp, rot or chip. It’s also one of the more cost-effective options. All materials have their advantages and disadvantages which can be discussed with our fencing experts!