The fence is an integral part of so many homes and other properties everywhere. In fact, some fences can be built by the average homeowner when using pre-built fence kits. It’s still important to know some useful tips from the professionals. Before you get too far in the fence building process, read these six tips on how to build a fence in Westchester County, NY.
Choose the Right Material
Not every fence material will work well with the design theme of your home, and it may not fit within the practical needs. Wood fences, for instance, are a top choice for privacy fencing and decorative fencing, but they have regular maintenance needs every few years. Chain link is a relatively inexpensive fencing material, but it isn’t sought after for a decorative look. Aluminum fencing is a top choice for security, but it doesn’t offer privacy. Vinyl is fast taking over wood as a great choice for privacy and decorative functions.
Knowing your goals will quickly narrow your choices. In some applications, you may want to use two different types of fencing, such as an aluminum fence around the perimeter of your property and a vinyl fence to add privacy to a backyard retreat. We can help you choose the right materials.
Carefully Measure Again and Again
The success of a fence installation depends on accurate measurements made during every step of the process. You will need to carefully measure the entire length of the fence down to the inch, especially the location of the posts. Of course, there is a margin for error during this stage. However, like dominoes, if one fence post is off, it will affect the look and the functionality of the rest of the fence. Don’t hurry through this step. Make detailed notes on a plan that includes not only post placement and width of each section but the placement of any gates, and note any obstacles that could interfere with installation.
Locate Utilities and Get a Permit
Depending on the size and scope of your fence, it may require a permit—you do not want to go through the entire process and discover you missed this critical step. Be sure to look into the requirements for your home, know your boundary lines, and do not start digging without checking the location of underground utilities.
Dig Deep and Wide Enough
Post holes are the difference between the strength and weakness of your entire fence. Each post hole needs to be dug to a minimum depth and a good radius. If a hole is too shallow or narrow, the integrity of that section of fence may be compromised at some point, and this can affect the structural integrity of the fence.
Remember, Straight and Level
Each piece of your fence needs to be level and straight to look professionally installed. This is one of the most challenging aspects of building a fence because land is rarely perfectly level. Use a level to ensure perfectly vertical posts. If your rail sections are traversing a slope, we can help you figure out the best solution: either angled sections or a staggered approach where the tops are perfectly level but with gaps at the bottom.
Consult the Experts
Fence installations can be fairly straightforward, but for a first-time fence builder there are always bound to be questions and unexpected challenges. ActiveYards fences, which we supply, make installation as simple as it can be, but we’re always here to help you navigate site challenges or answer any installation questions you have.