Before Building a Fence

Whether you are hiring a contractor, or doing a DIY project, constructing an outdoor fence is a big project that will have a substantial impact on the overall appearance of your outdoor space. Before putting the first board into the ground, here are some things to think about before you start building your fence that will sure help to make the process as painless as possible.

Know What You Want
One simple question to ask before starting the project is asking yourself why you need the fence. If it’s for, let say, keeping a dog inside the backyard, you can most likely get a simple chain-linked fence. However, if your purpose is for security or to block noise then you would want to get something that is taller and made of a thicker material.  There are a number of different kinds of fences on the market today, so finding out what your needs are will be a great starting point on finding that right match.

Choosing The Right Materials
While you may want that white picket fence when constructing an outdoor space, you should know the pros and cons of the materials you decide to pick from. For instance, wood ends up requiring a substantial amount of maintenance as it needs staining and sealing overtime and may be a victim of rotting. We suggest that if you are looking for low maintenance, try options such as PVC or vinyl that will require less lifetime upkeep.

Researching Town Restrictions
Before you go purchasing any materials it is important to ensure you are not breaking any local laws. Converse with homeowners or neighborhood associations pertaining to the rules around fencing heights, look, and materials. From what side the fence has to be facing, to how far it can be from the sidewalk, these are critical facts you must know before building.

Dressing It Up
After the last board gets planted into the ground, the last job for you to do is decide on the finishing touches. Depending on the style of your home, you may want to paint it a certain color or plant a particular plant to help bring warmth to your outdoor space. By dressing up your fence you be able to ensure that it becomes connected to the rest of your space so that family and guests can feel comfortable in your home’s outdoor area.

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