WEIRDLAND: Selecting a fence for your Texas home

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Selecting a fence for your Texas home

A neglected fence and a gate hanging off its hinges detract from the look of a property. Texas home insurance is your second line of security against burglary and break-ins, but a powerful, good-looking fence adds to the curb appeal of a house as well as enhancing its security.

A fence marks the boundary between public space and what architects call the defensible space around your house. A low fence might not seem as if it offers much resistance but it can act like a psychological barrier that stops possible intruders. A more sturdy fence with a locked gate is often a powerful deterrent to potential intruders, sending a strong message in regards to the kinds of security devices they may encounter when they got into your yard.

To boost the appearance of your property, a fence should correspond with the design of the house and other properties in your neighborhood. Local planning laws may regulate things such as the style and height of fences as well as the materials used to build them. Talk to local authority planners before you put money into fencing materials.

Enhancing your home’s security by putting up a fence, a lockable gate and other protective devices may qualify you for credits that reduce Texas home insurance premiums. Don’t forget to inform your agent or insurer and claim protective device credits if you decide to have a new fence built.

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