Residential & Commercial Fencing
Steps for a successful fence installation
It really doesn’t matter how good of quality your fencing materials are if they are not installed properly by a professional. Depending on the type of material you want, the process of installation may vary. It is absolutely crucial to make sure that the company that you hire is licensed and insured, and that they know what they are doing. The following are the steps that should be taken to install a fence properly, and will ensure with proper maintenance, your fence can last you decades. This is not meant to be a tutorial, rather as a list for you to reference when making an educated decision as to whether or not the company you are hiring is doing the job properly.
Have a Plan
A professional installation will be well planned out. You may need to be a part of this process when it comes to choosing the gate placement, and making your contractor aware of any natural obstacles they may easily miss.
In addition, the company installing your fence should take measurements of each run (a run is the distance from corner, end, or gate post, to the next corner). It is important to measure each run separately because often times it is not possible to recycle cut sections in other sections of the project. You will also want to make sure that the spacing for the post is planned out before any of the digging starts.
Before The Dig
Before any excavation is done for your fence posts, you need to be certain that there are no buried utilities such as electric or gas. In the majority of the country, this step is required by law. There are many systems available to contractors and homeowners alike to make sure that this will not be an issue. Make sure you ask your fencing contractor before they dig to be sure they have been given the clear to start the job.
Preparing Holes and Posts
During the installation, you want to be sure that at least 1/3 of the post is buried beneath the ground. This will help to make sure that your fence will hold strong even in high winds. If you are having a wood post installed, make sure that wood preservative is being used so the wood does not rot or break down over time.
Setting the Posts
Before placing the posts in the ground, there should be 2-3 shoveled scoops of gravel at the bottom of each hole. You will want to make sure a level is used to make sure that every post is plumb. After the posts have been properly aligned, each hole should be filled with dried concrete, being careful not to disturb the alignment during this process.
Attaching Rails to Fence Posts
After the posts have been set, you should install a top and bottom rail to attach to the fence posts. Different types of rails will have to be assigned depending on what material is being used for your project. Regardless of the material, the rails should be aligned perfectly. This step is crucial in making sure that your fence stays strong for a long period of time.
Installing Fence Boards
The final step in installing a fence is to put the boards in place. This is relevant for wood and PVC, aluminum and chain link will have a different procedure. You want to be sure that your fence is straight, and there for each post should be carefully put into place and leveled before it is finally nailed into place. For quality assurance, a professional company will check their work every 10 or so posts to make sure that the fence is straight and aligned properly.
A fence is a large investment, and you need to be sure that the installation is done properly. If you still have any questions regarding the installation of your fence, visit our FAQ, or feel free to contact us.
Backyard Fence, Inc.
5417 Brookline Drive
Orlando, FL 32819