When it comes to installing a fence around your property, some DIY-ers may find that the project ends up being more than they bargained for. Fortunately, with a little know-how and some help from fencing professionals you can have a beautiful, functional fence in no time.
1. Which Material Should I Use?
This is, by far, the most common question asked of the professionals at HoCo Fence. The answer? It depends. Are you installing a fence around a pool or in a place that already has a concrete pad poured? How much are you willing to spend on materials? Do you want to do regular maintenance on your fence? The answers to these questions will generally direct you to one fencing material that is best for your property. Wood may be a beautiful choice but requires regular maintenance. Decorative metal fencing is beautiful but may not keep your animals where they belong. By law, pool fences must be made of certain materials and installed in a particular way to be compliant with state laws. The material you choose will depend on where you are installing your fence, the main purpose of your fence and how much time and money you are willing to spend now and in the long run.
2. Help! My fence is leaning! What do I do?
One of the most common problems we see in fence installation is not setting fence posts deep enough. Typically, post holes need to be dug at least two feet into the ground and posts must be set in concrete or cement before the fence installation can proceed. This is the only way to ensure your fence won’t sag or lean when you begin attaching panels chain link. If you are installing your fence into an existing concrete pad, you will need to use metal post brackets secured with concrete screws to attach your fence posts to the concrete. This installation method is ideal if you are putting a dog run in an area where you already have concrete poured.
3. How do I attach my fence to my house?
Whether you attach your fence to your house is a matter of personal preference. When it comes to a home with vinyl siding, the more holes you punch in the siding, the more likely you are to have insects and moisture infiltrate your home beneath the vinyl. Some builders would argue that you should sink your last fence post a foot away from your home and allow the fence panel to overlap the final post into that space. If your home is built of bricks and your fence is wood, it is possible to drill four holes into the post and corresponding holes into the masonry of your home. You will then want to secure the post to your home with lag bolts for the finished look you want.
Whether you are an experienced fence builder or a new DIY-er, HoCo Fence has all of the materials you need to create the right fence for your home or property. Our installation experts can even answer your unique questions about installation.