Building a fence around your yard may seem like an straightforward thing to do, however the process can actually be very tricky. Choosing the correct fencing design, materials and contractors to carry out the works can be the difference between a picturesque front lawn and a monster headache. Therefore, ask yourself the following four questions before undertaking your renovation project:
What is the Purpose of Your Fence?
The most crucial part of any construction or renovation project is choosing the correct design. When it comes to fences, your options are limited. However, careful consideration over the few choices you have can save you a lot of money in the long run.
The main thing you should think about is the purpose of your fence: what do you want your fence to do? If you have large domestic animals that will be running around in the yard, then you have to keep them from disappearing through a gap. If you have a smaller animal (such as a rabbit) in the yard, then you want to keep them safe from other animals. If you have nosy neighbors who like to spy on your lawn in the summer, then you have to build your fence high enough to keep them out. Answering these simple questions will allow you to choose the best fence design for your needs.
What Material Should You Use?
After deciding on the design, you should begin to consider the different materials available to you. Typically, you have three main options: concrete, wood or metal (steel or wrought iron). Wood is the most elegant choice (think white picket fence); however, it is also the material that requires the most upkeep. This is because wood is susceptible to staining and rotting over time, which can be difficult to remove. If you think this is going to be a problem, you should consider a less degradable material such as wrought iron.
Where Does Your Property Line End?
Before you even consider placing down the first post, you have to gauge the exact perimeter of your property and understand where your property ends and your neighbor's begins. This division is what's known as the "property line" and everything on your side of the line is yours. However, if you want to build your fence close to (or even on) the property line then you will have to seek your neighbor's permission. Check with your regulatory body to see how far out you can build your fence before you even consider buying materials. Also, check with your neighbor on whether or not they are comfortable with building on the division. Who knows, they may even offer to help out with the costs!
Who is Going to Install the Fence?
Installing a fence may seem like an easy DIY job, however it's actually far more difficult than it looks. Not only does it require considerable manual labor, but it can actually be quite a dangerous task to carry out. This is usually because of underground cables that can be damaged if you don't know where to stop digging.
Therefore, it's recommended that you hire professionals to carry out the work on your behalf. Make sure to ask for examples of previous work, recommendations and whether or not the fence is guaranteed. Sorting these things out in the preliminary stages means that you can avoid cowboys and hire only the most skilled of professional tradesmen.
As you can see from the above, there's actually a lot of thought that goes into designing and installing a new fence. By considering the above questions, you're putting yourself in a much better place to make a great choice and have a fence that your neighbors envy.