The easier the better, that’s is our motto for DIY fence installations.
This doesn’t mean you should use poor quality material or fencing which isn’t suitable for the work you are planning. The best fencing material makes for the best DIY installation, and you should always build a fence to last for many years. It doesn’t matter how competent a DIYer you are; you should use quality fencing material.
Customers are always calling for advice on fencing material for a DIY fence install, and we work off our guidelines when giving our answers.
The types of fencing best for DIY installations would be:
- Vinyl fencing is always easy to install
- Iron or aluminum can be good along the right part of the garden
- Split rail fences for the wood lover
- Always use the best tools and get a helper
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Vinyl fencing is always easy to install
We find vinyl fencing very easy to work with on any job.
The sections come flat-packed and ready to unload when needed along the work line.
All you will have to do is fit the posts into the ground and make sure they are tall and true.
The sections should click into the pre-drilled holes on the posts, without the need for cutting the sections, or for screwing in the rails.
Vinyl is a light material, though very tough, and it may be possible to build a vinyl fence on your own.
Iron or aluminum can be good along the right part of the garden
If you have a garden of uniform size, one that is easy to work in, then an aluminum fence may be suitable for a DIY install.
Like the vinyl fencing, the aluminum sections come in packs, and all you will need to do for the install is attach the rails to the fence post.
The holes are pre-drilled on all our aluminum posts and fence sections, so there is not any messing around with drilling new ones.
They slot into place on the post, and you screw them in tightly.
The units are all a standard size, so there is not any need to cut the top off a post to match the height of the fence.
Iron fencing has all the same qualities, but we use a bracket system for connecting the rail to the post.
It is a simple and secure method, which does away with the need for drilling holes.
You may need a willing helper though, as the sections can be a bit heavy.
Split rail fences for the wood lover
If you are a lover of wood, then the split rail fence may be just the job for a DIY install.
The posts come with the holes pre-punched and they go easily into the ground.
You assemble each section as you go along, fitting the two posts, then the rails between them.
When the section is complete, you move onto the next one, staying straight and true with the one before.
It is possible to work a split rail fence DIY job on your own, but it can be good to hand on your skills to the next generation too.
Always use the best tools and get a helper
We can’t stress enough how important it is to use proper tools on a DIY fence install.
You want the fence to last, and you want it to look good so that you can show it off to friends and neighbors.
The best tools will drill and cut clean holes and lengths exactly to fit the fence and the posts together.
You should always employ a willing helper to make the job easier and to teach them what you know.
We love to talk fencing and DIY installs.
Our experts know how to install a fence and the materials which will best suit your job.
Our Draw It & Quote It software will help you plan the DIY install.
Call us for the best of advice on any fencing DIY job.