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8 Tips for Wood Fence Installation

Looking to add a wood fence to your home? You should learn a few tips and tricks before you go start your wood fence installation project. Here’s 8 things you should know before you get started.

  1. Measure the perimeter of where you want your wood fence installation to begin. Use this to plan how what you need for the project.
  2. Have your property line professionally marked. Don’t mistakenly mark your property line. You could your wood fence installation on property that isn’t yours. Avoid blunders by having a professional mark the property line for you.
  3. Determine how many gates you’ll need and how high they will need to be. Gates are very important in a wood fence installation, and the height is used to determine the amount of hinges needed for the gate doors.
  4. The most common wood fence installations have heights either at 4 feet, 6 feet, or 8 feet.
  5. When purchasing fence posts for your wood fence installation, keep in mind that they have to be buried approximately 18-24 inches in the ground.
  6. Don’t get fined for damaging a utility line. Call and have your local utility lines marked before you start working on your wood fence installation.
  7. Check your city codes before you begin your wood fence installation. 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. Wood fence installation can involve materials such as pine, spruce and cedar.
    • Pine is the least expensive wood, and it has a much shorter lifespan than spruce or cedar. A wood fence installation that uses pine can last around seven years.
    • Spruce is a middle grade of wood and it’s very economical. A wooden fence installation made with spruce will generally last somewhere between eight and 10 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 installation. 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 to be considered with a wood fence installation. 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 wood fence. If you’d like more information about fence installation, 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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