Good Fences Make Good Neighbors


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2010 and has been updated for accuracy and timeliness. 

Fences can keep your family safe while providing additional curb appeal to a property.

Robert Frost coined the phrase “good fences make good neighbors” in his 1914 poem “Mending Wall.”  While the meaning in the poem may have been slightly more about ‘turf protection,” it can also be applied to adding value to a home and property.  Good fences can offer beauty, privacy and safety.

According to the Houzz & Home U.S. Renovation report for 2017: Over 50 percent of the homeowners planning a renovation this year will tackle an average of three outdoor projects; adding decks, yard enhancements and fences that create a comfortable relaxing outdoor sanctuary.

Fences can keep your family safe while providing additional curb appeal to a property. The benefits of fences include:

  • Preventing children from getting outside an area and keep out potentially dangerous intruders, such as stray dogs.
  • Providing safety for your property.  If you own a pool, for example, most local building codes require pools to be fenced in with gates that are self-closing and self-latching.
  • Adding privacy to a yard which encourages outdoor living.
  • Low-or-no maintenance options. Many fences are now available in splinter-free and no maintenance materials such as vinyl.

Maximize the overall safety and performance of your fence by working with a professional contractor to ensure proper installation. If you live in a hurricane- or tornado-prone area, look for fence products that are designed to withstand 75 mph winds or 115 mph wind gusts and meet the Miami-Dade building code.

Good fences not only make good neighbors, they make an attractive addition to your home and outdoor living areas.

Curious about the fence in the featured image? It’s our new Breezewood Select Cedar vertical fence.  



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  1. I like that you talk about some of the benefits of fences, including those in regards to privacy. It makes sense that this would be a nice feature to have in the back yard because like you said, it really could encourage my kids to be outside more. Knowing that people wouldn’t be looking at them might make them a little more comfortable playing which I think they really need. Thanks for the post!

  2. It is a very nice article. It becomes one of my favorite . It really touches my heart. we should consider all the important things about fencing while selecting the fence. Keep sharing…


  3. I always have a blast hearing clients talk about neighbors when they want remodel a fence on their property. They always seem confused when I ask them to get permission from their neighbors. “So you are asking us to get permission from our neighbors before we place this fence on their yard?”, they would say.

    Thank you for the great article.

  4. Obviously, we would recommend vinyl fencing, however, not all vinyl fences are created equal. Stay tuned…thanks.

  5. Thats a nice succint article on the benefits of domestic fencing.

    Are you going to follow it up with maybe one on choosing the right materials for each job for example.

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