What Are Some Things to Know About Installing Your Own Fence?

Are you still on the fence about installing a fence? If so, you might want to consider all of the many benefits:

First and foremost, is for the protection of you and your family. Fences provide a barrier to retain privacy and prevent intruders from entering your home. It also prevents your children or pets from leaving the grounds.

Second, you’ll have natural property demarcation.

Third, they can help add value to your home.

Fourth, you’ll accent the landscape of your home.

Fifth, pool ownership makes having a fence around it necessary.

However, having a fence installed by professionals can be on the pricey side, so many Do-It-Yourselfers are bypassing this by installing the fence themselves. This is certainly something that is possible and much easier with a fence estimator. Here are some things you should know as you plan for the big project:

  • Get an idea of your budget: The first thing you’ll want to do is determine the budget for your fencing project. The type of material you want will have a varying effect on your total cost. Chain link fences are generally the cheapest by square foot, but you can find aluminum and bamboo prices that won’t break the bank either.
  • Know what you want out of your fence:  If you’re looking for a fence in order to maintain privacy, a chain link fence might not make as much sense as an aluminum fence. However, if you’re just looking for just property demarcation or a physical barrier to protect your children, it should work just fine.
  • Get the height and length: Get a hold of your land survey to determine the amount of footage you’ll need. If you don’t have a land survey, you’ll need to determine a rough estimate through measuring.  In regard to height, this will be determined by your personal preference as well as the zoning laws in your area.
  • Determine the number of terminal posts and gates: Once you have all of the measurements, the next numbers to consider is the number of terminal posts. A terminal post is needed every time a line of fence stops and starts. You’ll need three types of terminal posts total: a gate post, end post and corner post. In regard to the gate, you can either get a single swing gate or double swing gate.

By having all of these things in your head and on paper beforehand, you can easily have the groundwork for an affordable fencing project that will allow you to enjoy all of the benefits of having a fence around your yard.

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