What You Need to Know Before Building a Wood Fence


If you’re considering a wood fence, there are several things you need to know before you begin. You should take some time to learn a few basics about fencing so you can make educated decisions about what to do and what not to do.

1. Measure

Measure the perimeter of the area where you want your fence installed. This will help determine the amount of materials you’ll need for this project.

2. Professional Markings

Have your property line professionally marked. Many people make the mistake of installing a fence without confirming the property line, only to find out later that they’ve installed their new fence on their neighbors property. This may mean you have to remove your new fence and have it re-installed.

3. Pick Gates

Determine how many gates you’ll need and how high they will need to be. With most gates, two hinges are used. However, if you decide to install a taller gate, you’ll need at least three to four hinges just to hold up the additional weight of the taller gate.

4. Decide on Height

The most common fence sizes are four feet, six feet or eight feet in height.

5. Buy Posts

Your wood fence posts will need to be buried approximately 18-24 inches in the ground so you’ll need to allow for that when purchasing your fence posts.

6. Call Utility

Don’t forget to call and have your local utility lines marked before you begin digging. If you don’t, and you hit a utility line, you could be fined and could also be responsible for paying for all of the repairs and damages.

7. Check Codes

Check your city codes before you begin. Some cities have a height restriction and some cities don’t allow fences at all. Additionally, most localities will require you to obtain a permit before you begin.

8. Pick Wood Types

The most popular types of wood fencing are pine, spruce and cedar.

  • Pine is the least expensive wood and it has a much shorter lifespan than Spruce or Cedar. About five to seven years, depending on whether its been treated or not.
  • Spruce is a middle grade of wood and it’s very economical. A wooden fence made with Spruce will generally last somewhere between eight and ten years or so, depending on whether or not it has been treated or stained.
  • Cedar is the best option for a long-term wood fence. Cedar will last about 50-100 percent longer than pine and should have a lifespan of about 15 to 25 years, depending on whether not it has been stained or treated. There are many different factors that have to be considered when installing a wood fence. Therefore, using a professional fencing contractor, who will take care of all the little details for you, is the best way to go.

A fencing contractor will measure your property line, will know the city codes and will obtain all of the necessary permits for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your new fence once it’s finished.

If you’d like more information about having a new fence installed, please contact us at Beitzell Fence for assistance. We’re here to answer all your questions and to help you decide on which fencing option is right for you.

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