Avoiding the 5 Common Pitfalls of Fence Construction
Posted by Admin on 15th March 2016

Fence ConstructionYour property is one of the most valuable assets you will ever have. It is for this reason that you will need to seriously consider improving its security features while adding some degree of aesthetic value to your property. As such, investing in a sturdy and reliable fencing system is a must to provide some degree of security and aesthetics for your property. Unfortunately, there will always be instances when even the greatest don’t always work as intended.

Here are some of the common fencing pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them.

Incorrectly Marked Property Lines

Many DIYers fail to take into consideration their property lines. Installing your fence on your neighbor’s property will lead to some issues later on. Installing it closer to your home will not maximize your property space. To avoid this, you will have to get the services of a property surveyor to give you the correct markings of your property.

Inaccurately Measured Fence Posts

One of the most common mistakes in fencing is that fencing posts tend to be undersized or that the corner posts have not been set deep enough especially if your property sits on sandy soil. To address this, you have to make sure that the depth of your fence post should be at least equal to the height of your fence’s topmost level. The diameter of your post should be commensurate with the strength of your fencing material.

Inappropriate Spacing between Fence Posts

Although there are no clear-cut rules on the appropriate spacing, a more general approach is to allot a fence post for every rod length which should be around 5 meters if your fence is made of barbed wire. If electric fence is used, a fence post every 24 to 30 meters.

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Installing the Wrong Type of Fence

Depending on the purpose of your fence, there are a variety of types to choose from, such as glass, steel, and aluminum fence panels. You also have to consider the overall theme of your property. This should also work hand in hand with existing local regulations regarding the installation of fences.

Improper Placement of the Gate

Just as your door is important in your house, the gate is an important part of your fence. Careful considerations must be exercised in choosing the actual location of your gate. Consider foot traffic as well as roadside conditions. Additionally, you may need to double check if the gate is appropriately-sized in relation to the rest of your fence.

Fencing your property is one way to ensure security and add value. By learning of the different pitfalls of fencing installations, you can initiate steps to avoid these mistakes.