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10 Things to Know Before You Build Your Fence – Part 2

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

If you want to read the first installment of this post, check out Part 1 of this article.

6. Be a Good Neighbor

Being a good neighbour means that you discuss any large changes or additions to things such as a new fence with them before the job begins. Sometimes neighbours even join forces to build a mutual fence, however this should be a written agreement, and the property lines should be clearly identified by a professional to prevent any disputes over the fence in the future.

7. Consider Climate

In a cold climate like Canada, frost lines need to be determined and addressed. Making sure that the footings for the fence posts are down below the frost line, will prevent frost heaving during the winter months, and will help ensure your fence lasts through several of these winters. If you live in an area that is prone to rainfall, and moist weather, wood is susceptible to water damage and rot, and vinyl may be the clear winner.

8. Create Entrances

Entrances to and from the yard are planned for both safety and convenience. These entrances and exits should be easily identified, and large enough to get large outdoor furniture and projects into and out of the yard when necessary.

9. Dress It Up

Don’t be afraid to add things like decorative posts and finials. Sometimes a splash of colourful paint, or accents can help tie the fence into the homes style. Planting flowers and small bushes along the fence can also help turn the fence into a nice backdrop for your landscaping, and even make the fence more of a focal point in the yard.

10. Be Part of the Process!

Building a fence is better left to professionals. It can be a daunting and intimidating process if you're uncertain of how it's done. Don't be afraid to ask questions! If you ask questions, nothing will be assumed by yourself or the builder. We all know what assuming gets us.. right? Most builders would rather answer all your questions, than do a job that the homeowner didn't want in the first place. Be part of the process means, asking questions, knowing what the builder is doing and why, and ultimately getting the fence you wanted, and deserve!

There you have it! The 10 things you should consider when building a fence.

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