Who Pays for Adjoining Fences?

When Is It Time for a New Residential Fence?

A new residential fence can be a costly investment, depending on the size of your yard and the type of fence you choose, but it's often a necessary cost. This is especially true if you have children or pets you want to safely contain in the yard, or if you have nosy neighbours you want to keep out! While a fence can be a bit expensive, you might note when it's time for a new residential fence, so you ensure your property is protected and always looks as attractive as possible.

Washing does little to improve its appearance

Giving a wood or vinyl fence a good power washing can often make it look brand new, as this will remove mould, mildew, and lots of caked-on dust and dirt. However, there may come a time when washing just won't cut it, so to speak, and does little to restore the appearance of the fence. A wood fence may simply be faded beyond restoration, due to exposure to sun and humidity. A vinyl fence may have small scratches that are holding dirt and dust, and which you can't reach with a standard pressure washer.

Glass fences can also suffer scratches that allow for built-up dirt and discoloration that won't come clean, and metal fences might eventually rust beyond repair. If you've tried repeatedly washing your fence, whatever its material and condition, and this does little to improve its appearance, it may be time to simply replace that fence altogether.

Your kids or pets have gotten bigger

When you have an infant or a puppy that you never leave in the yard unattended, a smaller fence might be sufficient for keeping them secure. However, once your children get bigger, and that puppy starts to get older, it may be time to get a larger or more secure fence as well, and one that offers more privacy in your space.

This is because adult dogs might dig under a chain link fence, causing damage to the yard and the fence, and larger dogs that jump on fences can cause the mesh or small pickets to sag. A solid panel vinyl fence can then be more secure. A solid panel privacy fence can also be good for when you want to leave children in the yard on their own; these types of fences are difficult to climb and impossible to squeeze through, so even the most active children are less likely to leave the yard with this type of upgraded fence.

If you think it's time for a new fence, reach out to a local fencing contractor to learn what your next steps should be.

About Me

Who Pays for Adjoining Fences?

Hi, my name is Mark, welcome to my blog! As a new home owner, I’m learning a lot about the responsibilities of owning a property. Recently, my neighbour popped around and told me he wanted to put up a new fence between our gardens. My first reaction was that he should just go for it, but then he told me that I had to share the costs as we share responsibility for the fence. Before I agreed to the work (and to pay for it), I did some research and talked to a guy I know who works for a fencing contractor. I learned a lot about shared responsibility and rights with adjoining fences, so I started this blog to pass on what I’ve learned to other people who might be faced with a fencing project with a neighbour for the first time.


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