DIY Fencing Mistakes to Avoid

It is possible to increase the value of your home by adding a fence to it. However, you often make several common mistakes when installing your own fence. You should choose your fence based on your home’s needs and your level of skill, as well as avoid these pitfalls when installing it.

Unaware of Legal Restrictions: Zoning Laws and Property Boundaries

Before adding a fence to your property, you should take into account legal factors and possible ordinances (relating to fence types, styles, sizes, colors, and heights). Before any construction begins, have an assessment performed by a licensed surveyor to verify your exact property lines and have your fence approved by your local zoning office or homeowner’s association. In the event of an unapproved or improperly placed fence, you may have to move it and/or face heavy fines and legal costs.

Inaccurate measurements

You should measure your project areas several times to ensure you have the appropriate amount of materials. Be sure to take into consideration the post holes and any custom cuts that may be required.

Forgetting to Call the Utility Company

It is very important to call the local utility company before digging any fence post holes. Digging a fence post hole before calling the local utility company can result in you hitting a pipe as well as underground wires, resulting in severe injury or death.

Failing to secure fence posts correctly

In order to secure your fence panels and rails, you need to set solid, stable posts deeply (at least two feet deep and anchored with concrete or gravel). In order to prevent leaning, make sure your fence posts are sunk deep enough and big enough. If they aren’t, fence posts may collapse. Give your fence posts enough time to set before hanging your panels or rails.

Not taking slopes into account

If you have a sloped yard, you should be aware that it will have a significant impact on the installation and final product of your fence. Gaps along the bottom of the fence will not only look strange but allow small children and pets to escape.

Putting the gate in the wrong place

The gate placement should take into account the natural flow of traffic. Select the correct size and quality materials since this part of your fence will get the most wear and tear. Last but not least, make sure the ground underneath the gate is level and the gate is positioned high enough to allow movement.

Using low-quality materials

When choosing fencing materials, make sure you purchase from a quality source. Avoid using scrap materials or reusing old materials since they are more likely to degrade and become damaged.

Buckhead Fence: Installation and Materials

Our team at Buckhead provides high-quality materials, so you can always be assured that we will install a fence that will last for a long time. Call (470) 431-0079 or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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