3 Things To Check Before Installing A New Fence

20 October 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Installing a new fence seems like it should be an easy and straightforward task. However, this is not always the case. There are quite a few obstacles that may pop up. These common obstacles can delay a fence installation or even prevent it altogether. Before a new fence installation there are three things that homeowners should take into consideration.

The Weather

One of the biggest sources of delay during a fence installation is the weather. Installation of the concrete used for anchoring fence posts can be greatly affected by conditions that are too hot or too cold. When it is cold it takes concrete longer to harden. Also, any water used during the mixing process can freeze, which may lead to cracks. When it is hot outside, the top of the concrete can dry faster than the bottom which can lead to shrinking at the top of the concrete. These issues can be solved by either waiting for milder weather or by hiring a professional fencing company to do the installation. Before installing a new fence, homeowners should check the forecast and look for a string of dry days with moderate temperatures.

Neighbors

Fences affect more than just the homeowners. They can also mean big changes for surrounding neighbors. Before installing a new fence, it is very important to check in with the surrounding neighbors and notify them of changes ahead. It is also very important to follow the property line and to make sure that the new fence does not intrude on a neighbor's property. It is also a good idea to choose a fence style that matches the style of the neighborhood and that does not impede any other homeowner's view of the surrounding scenery.

Zoning

One of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner after installing a new fence is finding out that it does not meet certain legal standards and that it must be torn down. Checking zoning laws is a very important thing to do before installing a fence. Many places have laws on the book that specify fence height, materials, condition, and location. Some places even require that fences be built around certain types of properties. Checking local laws should definitely be on the checklist for any homeowner adding a new fence.

Adding a new fence may seem like an easy thing to check off the home to do list but there are some potential roadblocks. Before installing a new fence, homeowners should check the weather, consult with their neighbors, and check local zoning laws.