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Fence Building Tips For Homeowners

April 23, 2018 by  
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Before You Build A Fence, Know What It Takes

A fence can provide security, increase your privacy, offer protection from the elements, and improve your home’s curb appeal. For max functionality and the best look, keep the following in mind.

Know What You Want

Ask yourself what your reason for fencing is. If it’s strictly utilitarian (keeping pets in the yard), a basic chain-link fence will do. You’ll want something tall and compact if you’re looking to add privacy or block noise. Most fences are multifunctional and will work for you whether you want to keep intruders out or glam up your home’s exterior.

Choose Your Materials

A white picket fence is visually appealing, but before you buy whitewash and wood posts, think things through. Wood fences require occasional sealing or staining and can rot and warp over time. Go for a low-maintenance material, like vinyl, that offers a woody look without the elbow grease. Other fencing options include bamboo, steel, aluminium, and wrought iron.

Do Your Research

Find out from municipal officials and neighbourhood associations what dictates fencing look, material and height. City and neighbourhood rules may specify that the fence’s better-looking side be placed toward the property’s public face. Ask how far a fence should be set back from sidewalks, and if your fencing project will need a building permit.

Think Green

Landscaping can be used to mark property lines and protect your home from views and wind. Remember that neighbourhood fence rules and local building codes may cover “living walls”. Ensure that no planted material overgrows such restrictions.

Hire Professionals

Fence installation isn’t that easy. But sites like Hipages make it easy to find a local fence builder. While hiring, ask to see examples of installed fences. This may generate ideas for your own fencing. Finding a local fencer will save you a lot of headaches, especially because experts know all the specfic details and won’t cause damage to your property when installing. is an example of a local fencing website that targets customers in their community. They also have a Facebook page describing their services.

Good Neighbourliness

Tell neighbours about your fencing plans, and avoid blocking their views unnecessarily. A fence can be installed and shared by two neighbours. Such agreements should be in writing and made after property boundaries have been determined.

Consider Climate

In cold climates that experience frost, use concrete anchors as fence posts. Secured 36 inches deep, a post won’t crack in a cold wave. As timber is susceptible to water damage, opt for vinyl in warmer, damper climates.

Create Entrances

For safety and convenience, create at least two paths. One of these should be large enough to accommodate outdoor equipment like large garbage cans, a lawn mower, and other bulky stuff. Pergolas and stepping stones can help indicate gate locations.

Dress It Up

Once your fence is up, customise it with decorative finials. Plant a row of flowers in front of it or paint it a contemporary colour for a welcoming façade. What you settle on depends on your home’s style.

Block Noise

Putting up a fence between you and a busy road or noisy neighbour gives you peace of mind. The best soundproofing fence is tall, thick and airtight. Timber (either cedar or redwood) is effective at blocking out noises from traffic and the kids next door. Fencing companies sell acoustic barriers for back gardens.

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