Building a fence can be a solution for practical and aesthetic reasons, and you can build a gorgeous functional fence without professional experience. Here are some tips and tricks on how to build a fence the right way in Rockland County, NY.
1. Plan Your Fence Thoroughly
Putting pen to paper is one way to get an idea of the realities of a fencing project. It’ll also help you organize and find exactly what you need to get done. Take some pictures of the property and pay special attention to any places where you think fencing may be difficult, such as marshy areas, rock outcroppings, uneven ground, etc. Also be sure to consider the design styles of your existing landscape features and home, since you want the fence to be complementary to the rest of your outdoor surroundings.
2. Choose the Right Materials
Choosing the right material is important for achieving the intended functions and appearance of the fence. You could start by visiting our showroom to check out design styles and materials. This is the time to talk about your functional and aesthetic needs, ask questions about the challenges of your landscape, and inquire about fencing materials and installation techniques. Our experts are on hand to answer all of your questions.
Chain link fencing is relatively inexpensive and very effective at securing a landscape without boxing it in. It is considered relatively easy to install, durable, and weather-proof. Chain link is commonly used for containing pets and for security. It’s not the prettiest fencing material, but it gets the job done and presents a clear view of the surroundings.
Aluminum fencing is primarily used for security and for pool safety. It has effectively replaced expensive and difficult-to-install wrought-iron fencing. Aluminum is lighter and is much easier to install and maintain than iron, which can quickly rust if the paint isn’t applied every few years. Aluminum fencing is classy and modern while also providing excellent protection for your property, and it’s virtually maintenance-free.
Wood fencing is one of the oldest forms of protecting property and is a favorite for its versatility and stunning natural beauty. It is used for privacy fencing, decorative fencing, and securing pets (if wire fencing is added). Wood fencing has a gorgeous character when new, and this beauty can be maintained with regular sealing. Left unsealed, it weathers to a gorgeous silvery patina, although it will need replacement after many years of wear and tear.
Vinyl fencing is often considered the most modern and versatile form of fencing. It is used for privacy and for decorative fencing as it can mimic the elegant look of aluminum or wood. It is relatively light and easy to install and available in many colors. Aside from the occasional cleaning, it is virtually maintenance-free.
3. Follow Directions—and Know When to Ask for Help
Proper fence installation requires careful adherence to a plan so that your fence is straight, level, and structurally sound. In fact, planning is usually considered the most important element.
You will need to mark both the fence line on the ground as well as the exact location of posts and gates. This needs to be accurate, or your fence panels won’t fit. Digging holes and setting fence posts is best done with a helper, but using ActiveYards fence panels makes the installation much simpler thanks to pre-built panels that snap securely in place. Even if you have to ask for a little help, you’ll have the wonderful pride of installing your own fence.