Many people think building a wooden privacy fence means putting some posts in the ground and attaching boards to it. However, it is a little more difficult than that. As a fairly large structure, there are many components working together and small mistakes can become bigger issues down the road. That’s why avoiding these 7 mistakes in fencing installation is crucial to having a solid, well-built fence.
Starting Without a Plan
First of all, you need a plan. That means permits, site preparation, obtaining supplies and materials, and then knowing what you’re going to do from the first post to the last plank. There’s nothing worse than starting a project only to realize you messed up halfway through.
At Discount Fence USA, we do all that work for you, from pulling permits to drawing schematics. And of course, building you a solid fence backed by a 1-year warranty.
Not Measuring Properly
Having a plan is vital, but it won’t matter much if you don’t measure properly. From buying enough materials to making sure your final product is the right dimensions, proper measurements are the backbone of any fence installation project.
Setting the Ground Posts Incorrectly
Ground posts, or fence posts, are what holds the whole thing together. So setting them improperly means an unstable fence that won’t stand up to the elements. A major mistake is not setting them deep enough. Another is not waiting long enough for them to set. For a safe and secure fence that will last for years, properly setting the posts is of utmost importance.
Not Following Zoning Laws
Getting the fence right is one thing, making sure it complies with local laws is another. There’s nothing more to this than simply knowing the laws and taking the time to learn them. At Discount Fence USA, we know all the laws for different areas around Austin and Central Texas and are probably very familiar with the HOA rules of your particular community.
Ignoring the Grade of the Yard
In the rolling hills of Central Texas, the grade of your yard can play a big part in new fence construction. Even a slight, barely noticeable grade will become very noticeable if you don’t plan for it.
Not Calling About Utilities
There’s a whole network of pipes and wires running underneath the ground. From plumbing to electrical and gas lines to fiber optics, there are plenty of opportunities to have a bad day if you dig in the wrong area. That’s why it’s important to call ahead about utilities before you start planning, and especially before you start digging.
Not Setting the Gate Properly
“Why won’t my gate close?” is a question you’ll be asking if you don’t set the gate properly.
When a gate is brand new, there should be a 1 ¼ to 1 ½ gap between the gate and the latching bar. Initially, it will look like a large gap, but as an outdoor product wood will warp, shrink, and sag. This gap anticipates sagging. It’s when your gate looks perfect right away that you should be worried.
Austin and Central Texas Fence Company
The surest way to avoid these mistakes is by hiring Discount Fence USA to come out and build a fence for you. We’ve built every kind of fence all over Central Texas. We can handle getting the permits, obtaining the plat maps, ensuring property lines, and then quickly constructing a fence that comes with a 1-year guarantee on both construction and materials. Unlike most fence companies, we’ll also come out for a FREE on-site consultation and give you an accurate quote based on actual measurements and observations.
Contact us today to learn more!
About The Company
Discount Fence USA is veteran-owned and Austin’s number one choice for fence repair and fence installation. Discount Fence USA was founded because of a need for better fence building in the greater Austin area. Their unique process ensures that Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Georgetown, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, and residents all over Central Texas get superior quality fences that are built faster and at a better price.
Customer service comes first at Discount Fence USA. They are responsive, quick, and finish most jobs within 48 hours. Founded by a military veteran, discipline, work ethic, and dedication to excellence set them apart from the competition.
Discount Fence USA is located at 9125 TX-71 D, Austin, TX 78735 and their phone number is 512-334-9546. Contact them today to set up a FREE consultation. Your brand new or good-as-new fence will be complete in as little as 48 hours.