The line between dividing healthy and bad relations with your neighbors is drawn by a fence. Keep the good side facing them and they’ll be happy. Enter one inch into their property and you’ll have to prepare for a war.
Fences come in all shapes and sizes. The options are unlimited which is always a good thing. It gives the homeowner a chance to set up a fence which fits his requirements within a decent budget. But this same buffet of styles creates problems when it comes to the actual purchase and installations.
Any mistake made while purchasing or installing a fence can mean costly repairs or even worse, an expensive replacement. That’s why being aware of the common pitfalls is so critical. Here are some elements of fencing building that you should know before and during the installation of the fence –
Get the Permit
You should always learn about the city or community guidelines in regards to the fencing. There are always some restrictions and limitations on the materials, height or division. After studying your local building codes and ethics, get a permit if required. It may seem unnecessary at this point but it is worth the effort because you don’t want to tear it down later on.
It is common to see this issue pop up in housing associations. So do update yourself.
Choosing the Right Materials
Fences are available in a variety of materials. From the traditional wood to the highly rugged wrought iron. But the material you will choose will largely depend on the aesthetics, privacy, functionality and the use case scenario. That’s why it is important to get the materials right from the get-go.
Wood looks good but requires regular maintenance. PVC is cheap but not durable. Vinyl is good for dry climates but can be expensive to set up. Chicken wire or chain link is perfect for low risk and small area coverage but lack privacy. Metal-based fences like iron, steel, or even aluminum are a great option for style and longevity but lack the privacy unless you spend more. Brick is the extreme and most secure option and can be adapted to different needs. But the time and expense are on the higher side.
The Maintenance is Just as Important
Your job is not over with just the installation of the fence. If you want to achieve a long life of the fence, it is important that you take proper care of it and maintain it in accordance with the instructions. This is especially important for wooden fences which are prone to rotting or insects. Ask yourto guide you about the maintenance properly.
A Professional is Always Better
Fencing your perimeter may look easy on paper but it is a difficult job that needs precision and focus. While a simple garden fence is okay for a DIY Sunday but anything that deals with metal or bricks is best handled by a professional fence contractor. He will have access to secure designs, tools, and the labor to finish the job on time and without causing any damage.