10 Most Silly Fence Installation Mistakes Many of Us End up Making
Whether you have a large property, spreading across acres of land or a duplex house with a small garden, you should protect your property from trespassers by erecting a fence. It is being said that “good fences make good neighbours”. However, fence installation requires knowledge, proper skills and experience. If you have never installed a fence before, then you may make some serious mistakes and waste your money. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid.
# Untreated wooden fence: Different people use different fencing materials. While some prefer steel, some prefer wooden fence. Wood is prone to termites and must be treated properly before using it for outdoor usage. If you install a wooden fence, then ask the vendor whether it is termite proof or not. Untreated wooden enclosure does not last long under severe weather condition and attack from bugs.
# Unaware of property line: This is one of the most common and worst mistakes. You must be aware of your property line before installing fences. If you install the fence on a neighbour’s property or public property, then it is a legal crime. Your neighbour or the local government can file a case against you for property usurping. Even if your neighbour does not sue you, the re-installation cost can burn a hole in your pocket. Therefore, you should correctly identify the property line by taking help of a land surveyor.
# Fence is not laid properly: If you have seen white picket fences, then you must have appreciated their beauty. Do you know why they look so beautiful? The equal space distribution between every single post makes white picket fence so eye-catching. Therefore, when you plant the posts, make sure that the gap between two posts is always the same. Measure the gap carefully and maintain it thoroughly.
# The posts are not at the same level: Fence posts must be on the same level. For instance, if the fence should be three feet tall, then it should be three feet tall all across the property. Uneven posts not only look ridiculous, but also make the fence unstable.
# Weak gateposts: Gateposts carry the weight of the gate. Therefore, compared to the other posts in the fence they need to be a lot thicker. When you place order for a fence, tell the supplier the approximate weight of the gate so that he can build gateposts strong enough to carry the weight.
# Too little space between gateposts: Whether a fence will surround a garden or an entire property, there should be enough space between the gateposts. The space between gateposts determines the width of the gate. If it is too narrow, then you won’t be able to accommodate automatic grass cutters or cars inside the property.
# Solid fencing is not a good idea: Some people prefer to use solid fence to ensure maximum privacy, but it is a risky choice. A high, solid fencing hinders the view and more importantly, it blocks the sunlight. So, the plants in your garden may die due to lack of sunlight.
# Improper installation of anchor posts: Fence posts need to be inserted deep inside the ground for better stability. When you insert posts inside holes in the ground, cover the hollow using concrete and gravel mix. The mix will provide superiors stability for years and your fence will be secure.
# Barbed wire fence: Barbed wire looks ugly and can hurt both humans and animals. The worst thing about barbed wires is that exposure to water and humidity cause rust to the wire. So, if kids or your pet accidentally scratch their body-part while playing in the garden, the consequences can be dire.
# Not paying attention to a slope: Installing fence on a slope is a tricky business. You have to be very careful about the height of the fence. If your house is located in a hilly region, it is better to hire a professional for fence installation.
Try to avoid these mistakes while installing fence at your home. Select the fencing materials carefully. If possible, hire a professional to install the fence. It may cost a few dollars extra,