Installing your own fence might seem like an appealing, but daunting task, especially if you have no previous experience in fence installation. However, with careful planning, with the right tools at hand and with materials of top-notch quality, the process is simple, even enjoyable. Here are a few tips for you to make the process easier and to allow you to achieve attractive, long-lasting results.
Check Local Building Regulations
Whatever fence type you want to install on your property, you cannot make the final decision about the height of the fence, the spacing between the posts and the material used for building it until you consult the building regulations applicable in your neighborhood or town – the local council might require any fence that does not comply with its regulations to be taken down or corrected, which would be time and money unnecessarily wasted. You also need to find out whether your fence requires a building permit – erecting the fence without all the necessary documents obtained first might also result in issues later.
Communicate with Your Neighbors
Talking to the neighbors that you share the fence line with is essential for the success of your fence installation project – sharing your plans with them can eliminate conflicts.
Using the Right Materials
If you are planning to add a decorative fence that separates your property from the street or overlooks the road, choose attractive materials, such as wood, stone or iron, but if your fence will delimit the back of your property from a field, a simple wire fence is perfect. If you need your fence to protect your privacy, create your fence design using solid panels that protect your home against prying eyes.
One of the most common pitfalls of DIY fence installation projects is inaccurate measurements. To prevent measurement errors, repeat the operation several times – don’t forget, you can measure as many times as you want, but the material can be cut only once. If your fence includes an entrance as well, make sure the measurements are accurate for the gate, too.
Account for Terrain Features
Plots of land are rarely completely flat and the hardness or the composition of the soil might also vary throughout the property. Make sure that you make all the necessary adjustment to accommodate the features of your terrain to avoid having an awkward looking or not perfectly operational fence.
Dig Deep Enough and Anchor Your Posts Properly
The holes into which you will place your poles need to be deep enough to allow for the building of a stable and solid fence that can withstand high winds, rain and snow as well. Make sure that the holes are at least two feet deep and use layers of concrete and gravel at the bottom to anchor your posts. Start the building process with installing the posts, then wait until they set properly. Install the panels only when the posts stand strong to make sure that the posts do not move or lean as the panels are installed.
If these steps seem a bit daunting for you, count on a professional Brighton fence company to install and complete your fencing needs quickly, with care, built to last!