Installing a fence on your property can be useful for many reasons. Fences can help ward off unwanted animals, section off areas of your property, and ensure privacy. While planning a fence installation, it is important to keep a few things in mind to avoid future headaches. Here are some common fencing mistakes and tips on how to avoid them:
Choosing the Wrong Materials
Do some research before choosing materials for your fence . Ask your city or county planning commission about zoning laws. There may be regulations on the type of fence you are able to build in your area. By researching and planning ahead, you will avoid possible fines or having to remove your fence. Also, consider what purpose your fence will have. The purpose, whether it is to keep wildlife out, keep your animals in, or provide privacy, determines the type of material you will need.
Installing Gates and Posts Incorrectly
Most fences require at least two different kinds of posts: anchor posts and line posts. Anchor posts are found at the corners, dips, rises, and gates of the fence. They provide stability to the fence and are longer than line posts, so they can be driven deeper into the ground. Line posts are evenly spaced between the anchor posts. They should be as straight as possible; a crooked line post can cause strain on the fence.
Give careful thought to where you install gates in your fence. Once gate posts are installed, they are a hassle to move. Consider convenient areas of entrance and exit while planning gate placement. Place them in areas that are well-drained to avoid muddy conditions.
Interfering With Utilities
Before you begin fence installation, make sure your fence posts won’t hit any underground utilities, such as a septic tank. Utility line depth varies, and each state has different regulations on digging. Check on regulations to avoid fines, repair costs and service interruptions.
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Not every property owner needs or wants a fence, but the majority of home and business owners can benefit in one way or another from having one installed on their property. If you are pondering the idea of introducing a fence to your property, there are several factors you should consider. One of these is how your neighbors may be affected by the fence you want to construct and what you can do to keep that impact to a minimum without making major sacrifices yourself.
If you live in a neighborhood where disputes have been known to arise for seemingly trivial reasons, then it is especially important to follow this advice. If the failure to retrieve the newspaper from the end of one’s driveway by late morning has sparked disagreement, just imagine what can result from one neighbor’s displeasure over the placement or design of a fence. To speak with a Chicagoland fence expert about having a cedar wood, chain link, or vinyl fence installed on your property, call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410.
Disputes over fences are common between neighbors, but the bulk of them can be avoided. To get a feel for the nature of such disagreements so that you can do your best to avoid making decisions that may cause one as you build a fence on your property, check out this ABC news clip.
One rule of thumb to keep in mind throughout the process is to not build a fence on your property that you would not want to see in one of your neighbors’ yards. You may even wish to consult with an immediate neighbor about building a boundary fence, as the costs of building and maintaining such a fence may be split between you so long as you neighbor is on board.
Choosing a fencing professional with a knack for building agreeable, low-profile fences can also help you display proper fencing etiquette. To speak with such a highly regarded fence builder in the Chicago area, call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410.