When you make a list of reasons why you want to add a wood fence to your property in Orlando or Tampa, Fl., what comes to mind? You might be interested in adding visual interest to your property or in clearly marking out your property's boundaries.

Have you thought about the ways that a fence can make your home safer? Whether you choose a wood fence, vinyl fence or aluminum fence, adding one to your property can help you feel more secure. Here are a few ways fences can help protect your home.

Pool Safety

In the state of Florida, residential pools are required to have a barrier that isolates the pool from the home. Fences must be a minimum height of 4 feet with no gaps in coverage. This is part of the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act which was instated in 2009 to reduce the number of drowning fatalities in the state.

Keeps Burglars Out

There were more than 88,000 burglaries in Florida in 2017, the majority of which took place on residential properties. Installing a fence around the perimeter of your property can be an excellent way to keep burglars out.

Some fences are better than others when it comes to keeping burglars away. The taller the fence, the harder it is for a thief to climb. You might also consider installing a fence that has sharp or pointed details at the top to further deter thieves. As a bonus, pointed details can make the fence look more attractive.

An aluminum fence might be harder for a thief to climb compared to a wood or vinyl fence. Aluminum fences can also be more difficult for burglars to break or take apart.

The strength of the fence also affects how well it can deter thieves. A properly-installed fence, ideally one that's been installed by a professional fence contractor, will be stronger and more thief-resistant than one that isn't installed correctly.

Keeps Kids and Pets In

You want to keep burglars away from your home and property. But at the same time, you want to protect your children and pets.

Luckily, a fence both keep unwanted visitors out and keep the people and animals you love in. Installing a fence around your property means that your children and animal companions can play safely in your front or back yard without you worrying that one of them will wander away.

When choosing a fence, be sure to look for one that has a latch that's child-proof, so that your little ones can't open it and wander away from your property.

Blocks Off Certain Areas

Depending on the size of your property, there might be some areas that you want to make "off limits" to certain individuals. For example, you might have a garden area that you want kids or pets to stay away from. If you have a pool on your property, you might legally be required to install a fence around it as a safety measure.

Not sure which type of fence is going to make your home the safest? The professional fence contractors at Fence Outlet can help. Let us know what you're looking for and what you want your new fence to do and we'll make recommendations to help you choose the style and type of fence that will make you feel the most secure. Visit one of our seven locations across Florida to learn more today.