Your landscape requires safety and security that doesn’t sacrifice the function and beauty of the home or your family’s outdoor lifestyle. When securing the property is next on your wish list, building a DIY fence around your backyard could enable a better feeling for your home. You may be surprised that the average handy homeowner can take on the project of building a security or privacy fence. Here’s how to build a fence around a backyard perimeter in the Morris County and Passaic County, NJ, area.
Choose Your Fence Material
The choice of material depends on the demands of your family and property as well as the aesthetics of your landscape and home design. We often recommend aluminum for security and elegance; vinyl for privacy and charm; and chain link for pet containment. This is just a rough guide—come into the showroom and let our experts help you decide on the best fence for your exact needs.
Find the Exact Property Line
A crucial step in the building of your perimeter fence is the determination of where the property line lies, which may require the help of a surveyor. For obvious reasons, you wouldn’t want to minimize your backyard in the enclosed area or, worse, encroach on your neighbor’s property. Make sure to review your plans with the neighbors to avoid disputes. Measuring this area will also be the determination of how much your fence project will cost.
This process is not always about whether the local offices will allow you to build a fence on your property, but how you build. There could be a danger of rupturing electricity, gas, or water lines that may run underneath the ground. There may also be local ordinances on what a fence may look like. This process may need to be started as soon as planning is finished.
Locate the Gates
Finding the best location for the entry to your enclosed area should be done by considering the natural flow of your backyard activities. A gate should ideally be located near the entrance to the home. Consider convenience as you determine where your gate(s) should be.
The strength and longevity of your fence depends on proper installation of posts. The posts should typically be around 6 to 8 feet apart to minimize cost and maximize strength and beauty. Measure carefully, and dig the holes to at least one-third to one-half the post height above ground. A post hole digger is often considered the best tool for the job.
Once your post holes are dug, enlist a helper to support the posts while the hole is filled with concrete—be sure that the posts are perfectly vertical during the concrete setting process.
Assembling the Panels
Here’s where special fence panels make fence installation faster and easier. The patented ActiveYards technology allows the fence builder to simply “snap” the panels into place . The most physically arduous part of the project has been made so much easier with this advance in technology!
Various fence packages have different finishing touches such as post caps with many styles, each of which gives the fence a different look.
Expert Help When You Need It
Remember, we’re always here to help every step of the way with expert advice and tutorials. Soon, you’ll be able to sit back and admire your secure and beautiful fence that you built!