Chain link fences are popular for residential and commercial property owners because they are durable, affordable, and easy to install. You may be ready to put one up but face one problem: your property is on a hill. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to conquer the challenge of installing a chain link fence on uneven ground to get your yard looking stylish and secure in no time. So grab your gloves, and let’s get fencing!
What is a Chain Link Fence?
Chain link fences are made from galvanized steel wire woven together in a diamond pattern, forming a strong and durable structure. One of the main benefits of these types of fences is their versatility and low maintenance. They are popular enclosures for various spaces, including yards, parks, playgrounds, and sports fields.
The Challenges of Installing a Fence on a Hill
Installing a fence on a hill or uneven ground can present many challenges that are not typically encountered on level terrain. Some of these challenges include the following:
- Sloping: A sloping terrain can make it difficult to get the fence posts level, which is necessary for stability and strength.
- Erosion: Fences on hills are also prone to erosion (when the soil, rock, and other materials on the earth’s surface wear away), which can cause the fence to shift or become unstable over time. This can be especially problematic if the hill is steep or the soil is loose.
- Drainage: Proper drainage is crucial for the long-term stability of a fence. If water cannot drain properly due to sloping, it can cause the soil to become saturated and loose, leading to structural instability.
- Access: Installing a fence on a hill can also be challenging due to access issues. Getting equipment and materials to the work site may take extra effort, especially if the slope is steep or the terrain is rough.
- Aesthetic: With chain link fences, in particular, placing the wire can be difficult because the slope of the ground can cause the material to sag or stretch in odd ways, which can affect the overall appearance of the fence.
How to Install a Chain Link Fence on a Hill or Uneven Ground
It’s no secret that installing a chain link fence on even ground is quicker and easier. You don’t need extensive surface preparation, and you’re less likely to encounter issues with setting the fence posts, attaching the material, and applying smooth finishing touches. With that said, here’s a step-by-step guide for installing a chain link fence on a hill or uneven ground.
- Ensure Your Fence Meets Bylaw Standards. For example, in Ottawa, you must comply with Fence Bylaw 2003-462.
- Measure and mark your area. Start by measuring where you want to install the fence and marking your posts and boundaries with stakes and string. Generally, your posts should sit 10 feet apart at most.
- Dig the post holes. Use a digger or power auger to dig holes for the posts at the marked locations. The holes should be the same depth, regardless of the slope. Generally, aim for at least 30 inches, but this can depend on the height of your fence.
- Install the posts. Place the poles in the holes and fill them with concrete. Keep in mind that they must sit at identical heights, which you should measure from a right angle to the ground instead of from the actual standing post.
- Install the fence. Once the concrete is set, it’s time to put up the fence. Start by attaching the rails to the posts and then roll out the chain link wiring along the length of the fence. Use ties to secure the steel to the rails. Always include extra material at each end of the posts, which you will cut in the next step.
- Make bias cuts. Pull the webbing tight and cut the extra fabric that hangs past each post to accommodate the slope of the terrain. Cutting directly along the poles allows your fencing to have even space from the ground.
- Finish the fence. Finally, you can finish with additional features, such as privacy slats. While chain link fences are low-maintenance, ensure to check it once in a while to confirm it’s still in good repair and complies with bylaws.
Working With Professionals
Installing a fence on a hill or uneven ground can be a daunting task. It requires special knowledge and expertise to ensure it’s sturdy and long-lasting without compromising its appearance. At Ideal Fence, we understand these challenges. That’s why you can count on our industry-leading knowledge and high-quality materials to help your chain link fence (or any other option) stand proud. Reach out to us today to learn more about our fencing options or to get a free quote.