Fence Installation Mistakes

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in News
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Homeowners on the Treasure Coast install fences for many reasons. You may need backyard privacy in a busy neighborhood. You may need to surround a new pool and a fence is required by code. Regardless of the reason, a quality fence is the ultimate goal. Homeowners often make mistakes when they decide to install fences on their own. Even the smallest mistake can alter how your fence turns out. To avoid these mistakes on your fence installation, you should become familiar with some of the common errors that occur. This could save you time and money in the long run.

South Florida can present unique challenges for fence installation. Many counties in Florida have strict regulations that must be followed. Not getting the correct permit, improperly marking your property lines, building too close to your structure, making your fence too high, can all have devastating results. Depending on the severity of your mistake you may need to remove the entire fence.

If you still want to install a fence on your own you start by hiring a professional survey company. Using a professional surveyors will make sure you mark your property lines correctly. Next, you must find out your counties zoning regulations and apply for a permit. Some cities require that you build a certain distance inside your properly line. If you do not do your research this could result in ripping your entire fence down.

Once you complete all the research on your city it is time to begin building the fence. Setting your fence posts is the most critical step. Take the extra time to ensure your posts are level and square. If you’re 1 inch off in the front of your fence it could result in being several feet off in the back. Next, make sure you set your fence posts deep enough. If you place your posts too shallow they could collapse at some point. Your fence posts should be at least two feet in the ground and secured with concrete or gravel.

Building a fence requires a lot of hard work and planning. You need to plan your fence project in advance to make sure you have all the proper materials to complete your project. Depending on the topography of your land you may need special panels or framing to ensure your fence remains level.

When in doubt contact a licensed fence company. Although it may cost slightly more up front, a professional fence builder can save you thousands in the long run. A Great Fence Company has been building fences in Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Martin County, Palm Beach County and all over the Treasure Coast for over 15 years. We know the zoning regulations, we know the terrain, we know the soil and we can guarantee you have a strong, quality, great looking fence that will last.

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