Preparing for Your Wooden Fence Installation: Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for Your Wooden Fence Installation: Frequently Asked Questions

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Whether for home or commercials needs, properly installing a new fence is an important process. In particular, wooden fencing carries a strong appeal; it improves the overall look of your land and provides quality security.  However, first-time installations run the risk of costly mistakes or installation flaws. Before you install your new fence consider these frequently asked questions.

What Material Should I Choose?

Fences come in a huge variety of materials. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding what type of fence you'd like to install. However, there are several things to keep in mind before making your final decision. Certain types of fencing work better for your specific needs in certain cases. Important considerations include:

  • What type of land will the fencing be on?
  • How much security am I looking for?
  • What type of fencing do I find most attractive?
  • How strong does this fence need to be?
  • Am I looking for decorative fencing or something more functional?
  • How large or small do I want this project to be?
  • What is my price range?

Many beautiful wood types are available for your specific needs.  Whitewoods, yellow pine, cedar, and red cedar are several great options. Wooden fencing offers a natural, down-to-earth look that greatly enhances the natural beauty of your yard and patio. It's very cost-efficient, even for covering large portions of land. It's also practical for a huge variety of projects. The array of colors and styles makes it easy to customize and accessorize.

How Should I prepare My Yard or Land?

Personally installing your fencing is often a massive project. It requires a great deal of personal time, energy, and preparation. Self-installation often includes a large checklist of preparatory tasks.

However, choosing a trusted, professional installation service simplifies many of these preparation details. Selecting a company with certification or endorsements from organizations such as "The American Fencing Association" ensures the quality and of your fencing project. In addition, selecting companies with a great customer track-record also takes a great deal of stress off your mind.

In addition, selecting companies with a great customer track-record also takes a great deal of stress off your mind. Considering browsing through customer reviews. Asking friends and family what service they've used is another great option.  With a little research, you can guarantee good service and a great working relationship with the fencing service you choose. 

If you choose to hire an installation service, always inquire beforehand what preparation is needed on your part. Company guidelines vary, but most of these pre-installation tasks are fairly obvious and simple. Common pre-installation tasks include:

  • Checking if any building or zoning permits are required for your land.
  • Finalizing your material choice.
  • Carefully checking--and double-checking--the required measurements.
  • Cleaning the yard or removing any obvious obstacles (yard equipment, furniture, vehicles, toys, etc.).
  • Ensuring that you have the right time and day selected well in advance.

Will This Really Affect My Neighbors?

We've often heard the old saying, "Good fences make good neighbors." This funny adage is more accurate than we may think. With the added privacy and beauty a good fence provides, you may find yourself on better terms with your neighbors.

However, the opposite is also true. Chaotic installation projects or awkward fencing shapes and sizes may lead to unpleasant tension with your close neighbors. This is especially true if they feel your fence is somehow encroaching on their own properly lines.

Fortunately, many misunderstandings can be easily avoided by keeping the lines of communication open. Talk with your neighbors in advance and discuss your fencing project. Although this isn't so much about asking their permission, it gives the impression that you care about your relationship with them. Most neighbors readily accept and appreciate this neighborly gesture.

What Type of Maintenance Should I Expect in the Future?

Depending on your material type, future maintenance and fence care vary. Some fencing types require very little owner maintenance; these types often take care of themselves. However, other materials such as wood do require some care to keep it looking fresh and neat.

Although wooden fencing requires some occasional maintenance, when well-kept, this fencing style is one of the best choices in terms of beauty and charm. Guard your fencing investment with high-quality moisture sealant to prevent unsightly warping and rot. In addition, many beautiful wood stains highlight the wood's natural coloring. They can be reapplied over the years to keep your fence looking like brand new. Periodically, always check your fence for signs of breaks or loose boards. If the fencing posts seem loose, arrange for repair quickly. Loose posts can take down entire sections of fencing. With some basic maintenance, your wooden fence will last you years to come.

Periodically, always check your fence for signs of breaks or loose boards. If the fencing posts seem loose, arrange for repair quickly. Loose posts can take down entire sections of fencing. With some basic maintenance, your wooden fence will last you years to come.

Preparing for a new fence is exciting. If you're a homeowner, this fence is a vital extension of your home. Your children, pets, and property will be much safer. The appearance of your home and yard will also improve. Commercial land or property owners also benefit from high-quality fencing. You will rest easy knowing your investments and property are safer. Neatly installed fencing also gives a far more professionally appearance. Although starting a fencing project may feel overwhelming in the beginning, asking key questions and starting your preparation

Commercial land or property owners also benefit from high-quality fencing. You will rest easy knowing your investments and property are safer. Neatly installed fencing gives a far more professionally appearance. 

Although starting a fencing project may feel overwhelming in the beginning, asking key questions and starting your preparation early easily removes many obstacles. For more information on fencing types, including wooden fencing, or to request a project estimate, please contact us today.

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Brett Crouse