Normally we like to only share very positive blog post titles. There are so many positive topics for us to discuss on the Taylor Fencing blog. But if there’s one thing that we value its honesty. And if there’s another thing that we value, it’s transparency. Low and behold, we decided it would be a very good reason to stand up this blog and share all of the information that we possibly could, with our community of customers. You’re our biggest asset and we’re your biggest fans. That goes far beyond installing the perfect fence for your property. It means that we will always have your backs with any questions, concerns, opportunities or challenges that have to do with your home. We’re there to at the very least educate, if not help you fix the problem. And yes, unfortunately, there can be problems when you install a fence. So, we thought it would make sense to put together a blog post about what can go wrong when you install a fence. We’re not just talking about horror stories or alienated experiences. These are common and frequently occurring instances which are totally normal and very easy to avoid. Read on for more information:
Not Doing Enough
First and foremost, you can simply do it wrong. And there is an abundance of ways that collateral damage can occur. Most, if not all, fences, rely on posts that stake into the ground. It can be very easy to assume that you’ve properly nailed in the posts, only to find out at the first sign of weather, that they weren’t fully in the ground. After all of the time and money, not to mention the emotional investment, that you’ve put into thinking about installing your dream fence, it can be whisked away. The best piece of advice here is to overthink and plan your fence installation. If you think you’ve properly staked your posts, go that extra distance. It’s like when you’re told that if you think you’re speaking too slowly, you’re probably speaking at the right pace. If you think that you’ve done enough work installing your fence, you probably haven’t done enough.
The above example is assuming that you’re doing all of the work by yourself. This is easily avoided if you work with a company like Taylor Fencing. Not that we’re biased or anything like that… That being said, before the work can even begin, you need to do some shopping. And that can be a misstep in itself! It’s referred to as slipshod shopping and you need to make sure that you do all of your shopping with care, thought and organization. Otherwise, you will most likely end up with an unsatisfactory fence. Think about your current situation, your budget, the terrain of your home and your timeline. Bonus points if you go the extra mile and think about maintenance, privacy and style. Finally, don’t overexert yourself here. You may be an expert in a dozen different capacities, but not one of them has to do with home construction. Evaluate your skill level and choose your fencing solution with this in mind.
Let’s dive deeper into the whole “doing it wrong” science. Granted, we’re not chiding you in any capacity. It’s taken us decades to get where we are and we only want to impart the wisdom that we’ve picked up along the way. Measurements are the next thing that we want to discuss, and these are yet another way that you can easily make a mistake when you install your fence. Here’s where repetition comes in handy. Measure, measure, measure again. Have a friend or family member drive you in the adventure so that you get a second pair of eyes on the work and you feel confident before you even think about purchasing materials. This can be the most annoying mistake if you don’t purchase enough materials and have to venture back to the store multiple times. OR, you may purchase too much and not be able to return the materials, so you’re stuck with them for good. Insider fun fact? Know where your post holes are as well.
Ignoring the Incline
There are great reasons to live on a hill. Above anything else, you most likely have an amazing view, right? That’s all well and good, but if you’re installing your own fence, this is a completely different beast of real estate. Repeat after us, don’t ignore your inclines. Most properties do have some sort of slope. It may be slight and it may be significant. It doesn’t matter – it will impact your fence and you need to be aware of it. Tips from the experts? Account for the grade when you purchase anything, adjust the panels so that you have a uniform final product and think about fences that can be easily racked. If you follow these simple tips, it won’t matter the size of the hill on which you’re building.
Choosing a Wrong Gate
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention gates. They can be integral to the design of your home, but they can also be the biggest and trickiest pain, especially if it’s an adventure that you’re embarking on by yourself. Location, location, location, is the first speed bump here. You may assume that a gate belongs in line with your front door, but – to the point of above – that might not be feasible if you’re building a fence on a huge hill. Repositioning a gate can be a total nightmare – both difficult and expensive, but that be avoided if you do your homework in advance. You also need to think about the type of fence that you want to install. It can be smaller if only people will be passing in and out. It needs to be much larger if you’re dealing with animals or sizeable items on a regular basis. Lastly, this is not somewhere where you want to cut costs. While your fence will require maintenance, a gate will require much more as it’s being used multiple times on a daily basis. So, look at premium and quality materials. You’ll be glad that you did and save a lot of money over time.
Questions? Let the Taylor Fencing team know!