The average residential fence height ranges from 4 feet to 6 feet, depending on the fence material and placement. With that in mind, fences can be anywhere from 3 feet to 12+ feet in height. The key is to find the right fence height for your specific needs. Today we’ll look at average fence heights for different materials, along with tips for choosing the right fence height.
Chain Link Fence Height Average – 4 Feet
Chain link fences are usually 4′ tall, but they come in many different sizes. Common heights for chain link fences include: 3′, 3’6″, 4′, 5′, 6′, 7′, 8′, 10′, and 12′. As with any fence material, chain link fences can be customized to almost any height.
Wood Fence Height Average – 6 Feet
A standard wood privacy fence is 6′ tall. There are many ways to personalize wood fences. Those special touches may change the height of the wood fence. For instance, if you add a 12 inch decorative border to the top of a 6′ fence, the total fence height would be 7′. We can adjust your fence design to suit your height needs.
Vinyl Fence Height Average – 6 Feet
Most vinyl fences are between 4′ and 6′ tall, but there are 7′ and 8′ vinyl fences available. The average height for a vinyl privacy fence is 6 feet, just like wood privacy fences. As with wood, decorative features may add to the height of the vinyl fencing.
Front Yard Fence Height Average – 3 Feet
Front yard fences are shorter than backyard fences as a way to preserve curb appeal. These fences may be made from wood, iron, vinyl, chain link, or any number of materials. Front yard fences are usually between 2′ and 3′ tall. They are mostly designed to create a border around the property, while still allowing visibility from the front of the house. Check out our Front Yard Fencing Guide to learn more.
Factors to Consider for Your Fence Height
The average fence heights listed above may not be ideal for your situation. Find the height that best suits your need for privacy, visibility, security, curb appeal, etc. Here are some factors to keep in mind:
- Other fences that connect with your fence – If your neighbors have 6′ fences that touch your property, you may want a 6′ fence for continuity. If you are only adding a connecting fence on the back of the property, you may be able to get away with a lower-profile fence.
- How high your dogs can jump – Many large dogs are able to jump over 4′ fences. A 6′ privacy fence is sufficient for most dogs, but you still need to watch for digging below the fence posts. There are pet-friendly fence adjustments you can use to increase security and protect your furry family members.
- Average fence heights in your neighborhood – Look at the fences in your area. Are they mostly 4′ chain link fences, or is a 6′ privacy fence the standard for the area? This is an important consideration because it may impact property value and salability in the future.
- How fence height impacts the cost of materials – Taller fences require more materials, which means they typically cost more. We can recommend the best options for your needs and your budget so you can achieve your desired fence height.
- Visibility restrictions – Privacy is important, but so is visibility. For instance, if your home is on a golf course, you may want a low-profile fence in the back that allows you to see that gorgeous view. Think about the property as a whole when selecting a fence height.