With modern materials and technology, there has never been a better time to install your own fence.
One of the easiest fences to install yourself is wooden fencing. You want to install a long-lasting fence that will remain fit for purpose
Here are the seven top tips to ensure that your fence is built to the highest of standards:
- Material Selection
- Do What You Can To Provide The Best Concrete Base For Your Posts
- Consider The Frost Line When Burying The Base Of Your Posts
- Ensure The Post Spacing Is Close Enough To Provide Support For The Rails
- Ensure The Hinges Are Solid
- Step Fences Up A Hill
- Consider The Neighbors
1. Material Selection
Most of us have heard the saying that you can’t make a silk purse from a pig’s ear. The saying focuses on the fact that the material for any task will determine the finished product.
Choosing quality treated wood for your fencing will help to provide you a great foundation.
Choosing substandard or inferior wood will also provide you a foundation, just not a good one.
2. Do What You Can To Provide The Best Concrete Base For Your Posts
Pouring a dry mix of concrete into a hole and then adding water may seem easier but isn’t the best option. Concrete curing is a chemical reaction and the better you mix the ingredients the more chance you have of a sturdy set.
3. Consider The Frost Line When Burying The Base Of Your Posts
If you don’t bury a fence post deep enough it will affect the strength of the fence. Ground that may appear strong and solid in colder temperatures can become softer when it warms up. Softer ground will not provide as much support for the fence posts and thus the fence.
4. Ensure The Post Spacing Is Close Enough To Provide Support For The Rails
When you build a wooden fence the posts are one of the main elements of the strength of your fence. Installing solid upright posts is a great start but they also need to be correctly spaced.
Ensure that post spacing doesn’t exceed the maximum distance required to provide sufficient support for the fence rails.
5. Ensure The Hinges Are Solid
When you hang a wooden gate it may seem fairly heavy but even treated wood can absorb moisture. That moisture can add a lot of extra weight to your gate and place extra strain on the supporting hinges.
It’s better to be safe than sorry so ensure your err on the side of caution with strong hinges.
It’s better that your hinges seem too strong rather than too weak.
6. Step Fences Up A Hill
It might seem aesthetically pleasing to have a fence with a slope at the top. In reality, stepping the fence by having different fence sections at different heights is an easier way to build a fence. By stepping you are still building a fence upright and it means that the weight is evenly distributed down into the posts.
7. Consider Your Neighbors
Your fence may straddle a neighbor’s boundary or just face a neighbors property. Whichever the case understand the impact your fence will have on them. Ensuring threat you don’t encroach on their property can help you with access issues to both sides of the fence.
Consider which side of the fence will see the rails and the scruffy side of the fence. To maintain good relations, let the nice side of the fence face the neighbors.
You Can Build Your Fence
If you want to feel the pride of looking at a fence you’ve installed yourself, what are you waiting for?
There are lots of options out there and if you need any advice, you can contact a professional for advice now.
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