Whether you’re building a fence yourself, or having one built for you, it’s just like anything else. The difference is in the details and in many cases the difference is the quality. So what exactly are we talking about? Well, let’s take a minute to go over five things not to overlook when you’re building your next fence, plus one bonus!
Not Getting The Underground Utilities Located
Before you dig that first post hole it’s important that you take the time to call your local utility locator. As you know there are often buried wires around your property. Failing to have these marked could cause tremendous damage to your property, and in worse cases death. You should also go a step farther to locate any private utility lines so that you don’t accidentally hit an irrigation line, which could cost you a couple thousand dollars.
Getting Your Fence Post Buried Deep Enough
Now that you know where your lines are located it’s time to get those post holes dug. Question is how far should you go? Here in the midwest we set our post 2ft deep, which is below the frostline. Getting below the frostline is important because it helps prevent frost heave, keeping your post nice and even for years to come.
Using Pre-Built Fence Panels That Can Be Found At Home Stores
Every yard is unique like a fingerprint. Some are flat, some roll with hills and have small changes in elevation. Pre-built fence panels have limitations because they’re not able to follow the natural shape of your land. So how do you make your fence follow your land? A custom fence built on your yard, for your yard!
Don’t Use Wood Posts And Wood Framed Gates
Ever wonder what the number one call back is on fences? It’s a sagging gate. Wood is an imperfect resource, which means over time it will change. So that wood gate that was built perfectly for your fence will begin to sag and rub. How do you prevent that? By using a custom metal frame. Doing so will keep your gate opening and closing without concerns of sagging or dragging.
Not Building A Proper Transition From A 4ft Fence To 6ft Fence
Sometimes there are fences that transition from a 6ft tall fence to a 4ft tall one. How do you make that transition? There are 2 ways to do it. First you can butt up the 6ft and 4ft section, but in our opinion that’s not as aesthetically pleasing. Instead you can slope the transition down, making it much more appealing on the eyes!
BONUS: Not Staining And Sealing Your Fence
What’s the last thing you should always do after building a fence? Stain and seal it! The first reason is obvious. It keeps your new backyard edition looking beautiful. The second reason, which is even more important, is it will lead to a longer lasting fence. The stain will help wick moisture away, preventing rot, so do yourself a favor and protect your new fence.