There are many different types and styles of fences available today. With so much to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming when you don’t know which is best suited for your needs and property. To keep you well informed before making your decision, here are some key things to consider before installing a fence this year around your perimeter.
Determine Your Needs
The main purpose of any fence is to create a barrier around a property. But drilling down to your specific needs is one of the first tips for fence installation. These specifics can ensure that you’re truly getting the right option for your home. For example, if you have pets, you’ll need a fence that doesn’t have any gaps or sections where Fluffy could squeeze through. If you’re more concerned about security, a modern, anti-climb fence would be better suited.
How Much Do You Want to Invest?
With proper installation and maintenance, a new fence can last a long time. But certain fences will be more costly than others, depending on the materials and style. For example, vinyl fences are typically pricier than chain link. Always consider your budget and how much you’re willing to invest so you don’t end up set on a certain design that’s not very practical for your wallet.
Consider Your Location and Climate
Since the fence will be exposed to the elements at all times, it’s important to think about your location and climate. Certain materials will hold up better in extreme weather, whereas others can deteriorate more easily. In general, iron fences tend to last the longest due to their structure and the elements they are made from. Your fencing contractor can help inform you about the best materials for your location.
Are you willing to perform some maintenance on your fence to keep it in good condition? If not, make sure you’re being completely honest and realistic about what you decide to go with. As much as you might love that wooden fence, there could be better options that will minimize any potential upkeep.
Consider the Style of Your Home
Having a country-style white picket fence set against the backdrop of your contemporary-style home could end up creating a bit of an eyesore and even impact your curb appeal. We recommend sticking to a theme that matches the architectural style of your home to ensure everything flows and is aesthetically pleasing.
Create a Landscaping Plan
Evaluate the location of your existing vegetation. Most fence companies can work around greenery. However, try to anticipate these obstacles beforehand, especially if you need to remove some plants.
Additionally, consider your future landscaping plans. You can discuss this with your contractor to work together to ensure your fence choice works well with your vision. Consider the following questions:
- Can I plant bushes, shrubs, or trees near my fence?
- Will my fence match my landscaping?
- Will it block any sunlight?
Know the Bylaws
While professionals know the laws for fencing, it is important that you’re aware of these requirements too. For example, a building permit is not required in Ottawa. Still, you must abide by the Fence By-law 2003-462, which outlines standards for installation, maintenance, and repair, and establishes a “good neighbour policy” where the better side of the fence must face outward to the neighbours or the street.
Preparation for the Area
Before starting your project, ensure your fence can go where you want. Contact a land surveyor so they can mark the property lines. Ideally, your fence should sit on the dividing boundary or your side of the line.
Additionally, get your gas company to document the underground locates that diggers and installers need to avoid. Keep in mind that many contractors will request this information themselves because it is a legal requirement, so speak with yours before taking this step.
Talk to Your Neighbours
If you’re putting new fencing between your property and your neighbour’s, it’s a good idea to speak with them about your plans. While this is not a legal requirement, it can help you maintain a good relationship and ensure that your project does not cause any concerns. It would also be helpful to let them know the installation date so they can prepare for noise and keep pets and children out of the yard for the duration.
Research different contractors in your local area. Browse for photos of their completed work and check online reviews to see what others say about the company. Keep an eye out for positive sentiments about the quality of work and customer service. Try to find licensed professionals because these certifications support their credibility. Additionally, licensed experts usually have insurance. Collect a few estimates from multiple installers to compare prices and help you decide.
If you need more tips for fence installation or are in the market for a new one, Ideal Fence has you covered. Get in touch with us today!