Customers often ask us ‘what sort of fencing hardware should I use on the install?’ or ‘any way to for a DIYer like me to do a top job on the fence?’
Our answer is yes, and we have a few guidelines for getting the right fencing hardware for a better installation.
Remember that a fence is only as good as the quality of the installation work.
You may have the best of materials, but if the construction isn’t as good as it should be, then the fence will fail to impress. The fence may not be as secure as it should be or it may not make the impact you want to see on the property.
Using top quality hardware on the construction will make for a better fence, but it will also make the install easier.
An ultimate guide to fencing hardware includes:
- Always use top-quality tools
- Use the best fencing material
- Treated screws, hinges and locks
- Fence mounts for concrete areas
- Laser guided mapping tools
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Always use top-quality tools
A bad workman blames his tools is an old saying.
The good workman only uses the best could be an extra line, which would make a lot of sense.
By investing in top-quality tools you will enjoy the benefit for many years to come, and your work will see the benefits too. Electric drills, screwdrivers, and saws, from the best of brand names, will last and do quality work always.
Specialized tools such as a Vinyl Notching Tool are crucial to jobs when you may need to cut and fit a length to suit your fence size.
A trained eye can tell the difference between average tools and quality ones.
You will see the difference in your work.
Use the best fencing material
This may seem obvious, but not everyone sees the point in using the best fencing material.
It surprises us when potential customers ask for less than the best, because what is the point in installing a fence which will not last?
The best fencing material will last for a lifetime, but it is also much easier to work with on an installation. The wood, vinyl or metal will come appropriately cut from the factory. There will not be any bends or cracks, and the authentic feel of the material will be obvious.
Quality fencing will stand tall and proud, will fit together easier and there will be a lot less ‘making do’ than with low-standard material.
Your fence will go up quicker and easier with the better quality material, always.
Treated screws, hinges and locks
Crucial little extras such as treated screws, hinges and locks make for better installations.
The effect may not be apparent immediately, but after a winter or two the rust will seep from the screws, hinges will creak, and locks will stiffen.
A treated, well-made screw will fit tightly and easily into the wood.
You do not want to be continually tightening and replacing these small extras during your fence installation.
Fence mounts for concrete areas
Rather than trying to fit the fence posts around the edge of the concrete, you should use fence mounts.
These will fit directly into the concrete, and the posts will sit tightly into each one.
There may be a bit of drilling into the concrete, but the installation will go a lot better.
Always think of the quality way of doing a fence installation, it works out better for you.
Laser guided mapping tools
This may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but laser-guided mapping tools are in use everywhere.
If you want a straight fence running around your property, you will need to mark and place every fence post directly in line with the one behind.
A simple to use self-leveling laser level will pinpoint each fence post position as you build.
Not only will it make the fence go in a straight line but you will do it a lot quicker when there is no messing about with builders line and the like.
Our experts love to talk fencing.
Getting the installation right is crucial to the look and long-life of a fence.
Use our Draw It & Quote It software for an idea on costs and materials.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.