5 Tips on Vinyl, Wood, and Metal Fence Installation

After you have decided to put in a new fence on your property and picked the fence you want comes the next, and most difficult step: installation. Depending on your skill level, fence installation can be a do-it-yourself job, but you need to make sure you know what you are doing before you get started. Below are some tips on how to install a fence.

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1. Start with the right tools. To make sure that your wood, vinyl or metal fence installation goes smoothly, you will need to start with the right tools. You will need:

  • Fencing material
  • Post-hole digger
  • Handsaw and/or power saw
  • Hammer & nails
  • Gravel or sand
  • Concrete
  • Chisel
  • Pencil
  • Tamping rod
  • Steel tape
  • Protective work gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Level

Depending on the specific type of fence you are installing (such as wood fence or metal fence), you may also need:

  • Wood preservative
  • Paint or stain
  • Fence pliers
  • Fence stretchers

2. Map out the location of your fence. Before you start digging post holes and putting up fence rails, make sure you have a plan. Start by confirming your property line. Then, mark locations of corner posts, making sure to keep them a few inches from your property line so that the concrete footings don’t encroach onto your neighbor’s property. If you haven’t already purchased fencing material, make sure to measure everything carefully so you know how much fence you need to buy.

3. Always check local building codes and confirm location of utility lines. Before you start putting in your fence, make sure you are aware of any local building regulations (such as limits on the height of your fence). You will also need to call your local utility companies and confirm the location of any underground power, gas, or sewer lines.

4. Consider a partial installation. Perhaps you are looking to save money, or simply want the satisfaction of completing a do-it-yourself home improvement project. If you want to do some of the fence installation yourself, but do not feel up to the more complicated parts of the job (such as correctly setting the corner fence posts), look for a fencing company that offers partial installation. These companies may dig post holes and set up the posts, while you will be able to put together the boards and rails.

5. Hire a professional. Depending on your skill level, available tools and the complexity of the job, it may be easier to simply hire a professional to install your fence. You can easily find a list of local fencing companies online or in the phone book, or ask for recommendations from friends and family. Get a few quotes and then hire the company that best fits your needs. Working with a fencing expert may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it will likely save you time and frustration – and even money – in the end.

Allied Gate is one of the top fencing companies serving the Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Mesa, Surprise, Chandler & surrounding areas. To learn more, call 480-516-0275 or visit http://www.alliedgate.com today. 


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Arizona's Top Manufacturer of Security Doors, Entry Doors, Gates, Enclosures, Fences, & Window Guards.
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