A fence is a property upgrade that may improve the appearance, value, and security of a home. While these benefits can make the addition of a fence a popular upgrade for homeowners to make, it is still a fairly major change to make to a property and will require some extensive thought and planning.
Comply With Your Local Fence Code
As with many other changes that you want to make to your home or property, there are building codes that will have to be followed during this work. Otherwise, the property owner could be forced to pay for extensive fence modifications to bring it into compliance. Additionally, there can be fines and other penalties for failing to comply with these regulations when first building the fence.
Consider The Maintenance Any Potential Fence System Will Require
A fence is a fairly large structure to add to your property, and this will create additional maintenance needs that will have to be met. For example, these fence systems may need to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, and if they are painted, the paint may eventually need to be reapplied. Being aware of the type of maintenance that your fence will require is an important factor when evaluating potential systems for your property. This helps to avoid situations where you greatly underestimate the amount of care that the new fence will require over the years. For those who want an extremely low maintenance fencing system, vinyl, chain link, and masonry fences are among the easiest to keep in good condition for many years.
Ensure The Fence Is Property Anchored And Installed
A fence will have to be able to withstand strong winds, heavy rains, and even shifting or eroding soil. Making sure that the fence is able to withstand these conditions without falling over will require the fence to be securely anchored when it is installed. This may involve digging especially deep post holes and using concrete or other materials to weigh down the post and to help hold it in place. Without these steps, large sections of the fence may actually tip over and fall to the ground, or gaps may form between the sections of the fence. These gaps could compromise the effectiveness of the fence by allowing your pets, children, or even adults to squeeze through the opening to gain access to the property or to wander away.
Contact a local fence contractor to learn more.