Adding a fence to your property is a significant decision. By planning to build a fence around your yard, you are committing to investing time, money, and labor into installing and maintaining this fence. Placing a fence around your property can be very rewarding, and it offers a lot of benefits for safety and appearance. However, if you don’t properly plan before building your fence, you may end up with a bad investment. Before you start plans for your new fence, consider these factors to ensure you know exactly what your goals are.
Know Why You Want a Fence
The first thing you need to know before building a fence is why you want one. Is it just for keeping the dog in the yard? Is it for privacy? These wants will dictate the materials and styles that are best for you.
Choose Your Fence Materials
Every fence material requires different maintenance tasks. Fences can be wooden, vinyl, aluminum, steel, or wrought-iron. Wood fences require the most maintenance as they are prone to rot over time, while vinyl fences offer a similar look to the wood without needing constant care.
Research Neighborhood Rules on Building a Fence
Before building a fence or making design decisions, research neighborhood associations and municipal building codes for any limitations on fences. These rules may dictate the look, height, and materials permitted for your fence, and whether you need permits.
It is best to seek a professional to help you in building a fence so that you ensure there are no mistakes that need to be paid for later. Hercules Fence has been constructing all varieties of fences for over 50 years and has the expertise to advise you on your fencing project.
Inform Your Neighbors
Tell your neighbors that you are building a fence, along with when you expect construction to occur. This can be useful to them, as the construction may be noisy during that time. Also, try not to block your neighbor’s views unnecessarily; be conscientious of your surrounding area.
Consider Your Climate
In cold northern climates with frost, concrete anchors may be necessary for fence posts, and posts should be secured 36 inches deep to avoid cracking. If you live in a warmer, damper climate, building a vinyl fence is best, as wood fences are susceptible to water damage.
Create Fence Entrances
For your convenience, you should plan on building a fence entrance at two points along the fenced area. Make sure at least one entrance is wide enough to accommodate lawn mowers, or garbage cans, or anything you will need to transport between yards.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
Hercules Fence DC has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their home safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.