Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Residential Fence


Installing a residential fence is easier today than ever before, as many fence styles and materials come in kits that include preassembled parts and sections and which might only need standard household tools to put together. While it can be easier for a homeowner to install their own fence with such a kit or other fabricated pieces, there are some common mistakes you'll still want to consider and avoid in order to ensure your home's fence is erected properly and will last for years to come. Note a few of those mistakes here, and remember that calling a fencing contractor to install the fence for you is the best option if your fence installation gets overly complicated and difficult for you to manage.

Not buying enough material

When measuring your yard for fencing material, you may forget that the fence might need to work around a tree or other landscaping feature, or sections might need to be cut to fit certain curves and angles of the yard. In turn, you may come up short of materials; if the store where you bought your supplies does not have the same kit or materials, you can wind up with mismatched sections. Always buy more materials than you think you'll need, and check the store's return policy so you can then return unused portions of the fence if necessary.

City codes

Always check on local ordinances and homeowner's association restrictions before buying any fencing materials; even if you're thinking of buying the same type of fencing as your neighbours have installed, ordinances may have changed since their fence was erected. You may also face special restrictions if you have a pool on the property. There are also usually restrictions as to how close to a public easement, like an alleyway or sidewalk, you can locate any fence. Not checking these things beforehand can mean steep fines from your city and even being forced to take down the fence once it's installed.


Installing a fence post usually means digging into your yard, but many homeowners forget to call their city and have buried power lines and plumbing pipes marked off before they start their excavation. This can result in costly damage to those pieces as well as a power or water cut-off in your own home or flooding of your property. You also need to have the proper tools for digging, as using a shovel may be very cumbersome and time-consuming, whereas an auger, which digs straight down into the dirt, can make the work faster and easier.


26 October 2017

How to Choose Security Fencing

If you want a security fence, you probably want to keep something safely inside the fence and/or something (or someone!) outside of it. That’s the easy bit. Choosing the right security fencing for your needs can be a bit more difficult. For example, before you can buy the right fencing, you need to think about all kinds of stuff from the size of the fence to the material it’s made of. In some cases, you may also want to add security extras like anti-climb features. I created this blog to cover the ins and outs of security fencing in more detail. Hopefully, it’ll help you learn more about how to choose the right fencing for your security problem.