Katy HOA Wooden Fence Rules
Recently a custom contacted us, seeking advice because of a difficult situation. The man we will call "Mike" had recently purchased a beautiful new home the suburbs of Houston and wanting to make his wife happy decided to spend a weekend installing a vinyl white picket fence. This was not the typical fence you think of when you hear “Mom, Dad, 2,5 kids and a white picket fence” this vinyl fence was over 300 linear feet and surrounded the perimeter of their backyard which was backed up to an empty piece of land. With no neighbors to ask Mike thought that this fence would not be an issue but boy was he wrong. Within a week of installing what Mike felt was the right fence for his family he received a letter from the homeowner’s association. The letter was to inform Mike that while his white picket fence was perfect for the Mrs. it did not comply with their rules therefore it would need to be removed immediately and replaced with a wooden fence. If Mike failed to remove the fence he would face stiff fines. What a great way to be welcomed into a new neighborhood in the land of the free. Mike and his wife were in disbelief and unsure what to do googled “fence companies near me” and gave our Katy fence company a call. Being in the fence industry for 20 years we understand how frustrating this scenario can be and sadly this story is not all that uncommon. Last year we received a half dozen phone calls from disgruntled homeowners just like Mike who invested their time and money on a fence project that had to be removed and replaced with a uniformed fence that followed the standards for their neighborhood. While Mike went before the HOA board to appeal the decision, it proved futile. All his money and hard work were washed away as he had to remove the fence and then had to pay to have our Katy fence company build a new wooden fence according to the rules of his neighborhood. While we tried to soften the blow by offering Mike a discount this costly mistake could have been avoided. If you are a homeowner in Katy who is governed by a HOA, it pays to know the fence restrictions of the neighborhood you live in and why these rules exist.
Why Wooden Fence Guidelines Exist
While Mike did not feel the fence, rules were fair as this was his property there is a reason why most Katy homeowner have restrictions in place. The goal of your homeownership association is to be a safeguard for property values within the neighborhood. When you purchase a new home, this is often the most costly investment you will ever make and to ensure the neighborhood looks its best the HOA will require you to do things such as trim your tree, power wash your home and driveway, and if you are building a new fence to follow the guidelines assigned to all the people who reside within your community so that all the fences have the same standard look. If you live in a neighborhood there is a good chance you share a fence with at least the homes on your street and often you share your fence with your neighbors directly behind, you. While the property at Mike was backed up to an empty field it may not remain empty for long especially with the current homebuyer’s market. While your neighborhood fence guidelines may seem, obtrusive let us try to see it from a different perspective. If a neighbor you share your fence with decided they wanted to paint their wooden fence a crazy neon green with large pink polka dots without guidelines they would have that right, then when it came time to sale your home and you had a wooden fence that was a deteriorate the seller could make you an offer for less than your home was worth because of your neighbors fence, doesn’t seem very fair now, does it? Or in Mike case what if the property develops with new homes and a buyer was turned away because they did not feel a vinyl fence was secure enough for their dogs and the home developer missed out on a sale. This is why the guidelines are written but rules only work if they have teeth so if the fence guidelines, power washing, and tree trimming guidelines in Katy are broken the HOA can issue fines so that homeowners follow these rules. However most rules are also written so the homeowner has a little wiggle room and can have a wooden fence that follows their standards while works for your needs.
Typical Fence Rules Most Katy HOA Have
Fence Materials: Most Katy HOA require wooden fences as opposed to chain link, rope, or bamboo because they want to make sure the fence has structural integrity, no neighborhood or homeowner wants a fence that falls over the first severe storm. Sone HOA have stricter rules that requires you to only use Cedar while other will allow for pressure treated and most do not allow for pine because these fences do not work well in our subtropical climate. strictly use the reason for Cedar wooden fences as opposed to pressure treated is because cedar last longer and with their red rich tones look more aesthetically pleasing.
Fence Placement: In Katy, most neighborhood only allow for wooden backyard fences not front yard fences as to not take away from the curb appeal, they want the neighborhood to have a uniformed look and feel.
Height Restrictions: Almost every HOA requires your Katy wooden fence to be 6 foot tall because of safety factors. If you live on a corner home, they want drivers to be able to see around the corner in case there is another car, bicycle, or pedestrian walking around the area. Some neighborhoods do not allow for solid structures because this also blocks visibility.
Scenic Views: Some area have spring fed ponds or golf courses, and, in these cases, they do not want a fence that will block the views that many homeowners pay a higher price for. In these areas its not uncommon that you have a wrought iron or aluminum fence instead of a wooden fence and often these fences are much shorter than six feet.
Tree Preservation: Many of Katy HOA also enforce preserving trees, trees add a certain beauty to your property and as living organism according to fence regulation you are not allowed to build a fence that attaches to a tree, the fence must curve around the tree. Some HHOA even require that if your digging post holes for the fence post f near the roots of a tree you must use a shovel or post hole digger.
The one thing to keep in mind is all guilelessness, rules, and bylaws were created uniquely for your neighborhood so if your considering making a move before buying the house of your dreams visit their site or speak with the board of directors to determine of this area is right for your needs and wish list and if you are having a new fence built then take a moment to do the same and save yourself the hassle of having to tear down a good fence that was a bad match for your community. If you live outside of an HOA and have the freedom and flexibility to choose your fence let us share some of the different types of wooden fences you may want to consider if your having a new fence built in Katy, Fort Bend County, or anywhere in greater Houston,
Katy Wooden Fences Designs
Once you choose between cedar, pressure treated and pine its time to choose the design of your wooden fence, in Katy the most requested wooden fence is a picket fence that is a great addition to any Fort Bend or Harris County property because it makes a great frame, consider your backyard like that of a picture you want to add a frame around. Just like a picture frame comes in many styles and designs so does a fence. Some of those styles include:
Board on Board; Most homeowners who want more privacy than a picket fence chooses to have their board placed in such a way that seeing through them is not easy unless you press your face up against the fence boards. Another great feature about board-on-board wooden fence is that both side of the fence look equally great and they add to your property value as they are more stable and secure then a picket fence.
Spaced Boards: If you want a fence that is a good compromise for both a picket wooden fence and a board on board then you want to space the boards to give your backyard more protection against intruders and trespassers while also keeping what you want inside your yard more secure such as small children and pets.
Privacy Wooden Fences: There are a few options you have for a truly private fence that will turn your backyard into a secluded sanctuary, some of these options include vertical boards, stockade fences, board, and batten fences. The best way to choose is based off the look of your home. If you have a colonial style themed house, then a stockade fence may be your preferred choice but if you want minimum space with a greater height such as an 8-foot fence then choose a vertical board. The board and batten fence are the top of the line in wooden fences as they do not require fence repairs as often as other wooden fences do which over time of living in the home makes these fences far more economical.
Split Rail Fences for Large Properties in Katy
If you have ever taken a Sunday drive around Katy, you will still find there are home that have rather large yards some of which have an acer or more of land. In such cases as these it may be cost prohibited to have a fence surrounding the area like you would find in your backyard, and this is where a split rail fence works best. The split rail fence is created using less material which makes then more affordable. Split rail fences are made from pressure treated wood or cedar wood that makes them more durable and able to withstand the outdoor elements plus they look nice around the property and add a touch of security so if you need a wooden fence around a large plot of land then a split rail fence is the best choice that will keep most large animals on the property and keep trespasser off your land.
Are you looking for a wooden fence or fence repairs in Katy? Contact Emerson Home Exterior Enhancements, we have been building fences for over 20 years and offer the longest fence warranties you will find in Katy, Missouri City, or Richmond TX. We offer 18 months on pressure treated and 5 years on Cedar, this means if there is any fault with your fence due to materials or the construction of your wooden fence we will repair your fence free of charge. For a free quote visit us online or give us a call at 281-545-7740