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10 Things to Know Before You Build Your Fence – Part 1

Thinking of building a fence? This week we'll be looking at the top 10 things you need to consider when starting a new fence project.

1. Know What You Want the fence to provide

Before you install a fence on your property, you need to take the time to ask yourself why you’re building a fence in the first place. If it is simply to keep family members and pets safe, you can choose the basic chain-link fence. If it’s for privacy or sound, you may consider something more solid and taller. But if you’re like 90% of all homeowners, your reasons for building your fence will be more complex than that. You may want to protect your pets from the dangers of city streets, as well as keeping noise down in your backyard. In the end, whatever the reason you’re choosing to install a fence, the first step is deciding what exactly it will be providing, then choose the best option for you and your family.

2. Choose the right Materials for your job

A white picket fence is one of the first things we picture when we think about fences, but there’s some things to consider before buying your wood and paint. Wood fences will almost certainly require occasional staining, painting or sealing and often warp and rot over time. A low-maintenance solution such as vinyl can offer the look of real wood, but without all the maintenance involved in having a wood fence. Other material options such as aluminum, steel, and wrought iron make good choices for low-maintenance fences as well.

3. Mix It Up a little!

Don’t be afraid of mixing styles when building a fence! Maybe a nice wood picket fence in the front yard, and a chain link fence in the back to protect the neighbourhood from your vicious teacup terrier! This combination can cut down on both installation, and maintenance costs, while providing the right fence for all your needs.

4. Do Some Research

Check with your neighbours, and local building code officials about the rules and regulations on fencing in your area. There may be certain building codes that specify height, and materials. Not taking this step can be even more costly than the fence itself. Some cities and towns require you to install your fence with the nicer side (the one without posts and rails) facing your neighbours or city property. They can also regulate the distance your fence needs to be from the sidewalk or property lines. Some areas may even require building permits for fences. Checking the rules and regulations can save time, money, and even neighbour relationships.

5. Hire Professionals

Fence installation is harder than it looks, but with a little research, it can be easy to find a local fence contractor. Visit our Fence Installation page to learn about the fence types we install, and take a minute to look at the work we’ve already done here. This may even generate ideas for your own fence.

Stay tuned for the next 5 things to consider when planning your fence project!

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