Fences can be installed either for privacy, security, or decorative purpose. Here’re certain aspects that can help you ensure your decorative fence remains in place for at least a decade.
The ‘design’ connection
Wood or vinyl railing can look best for contemporary ranch homes. On the other hand, ornamental metal fences can suit older houses that have a classic architecture. The fence and the house that it surrounds should have a design connection. So, considering the architecture of the house becomes crucial while selecting the decorative fence style. Keep your property’s existing gate measurements handy. The local codes and regulations also need to be checked.
There are different types of fences that can make your property look marvelous. If you are looking to add an elegant decorative element, lattice fence made from natural whitewood, pressure-treated pine or cedar can suit the needs.
The white picket railing is another impressive option. The ever-charming, durable, and beautiful picket fence can increase the marketability of any given house. The installation needs to be done by experienced professionals.
Digging the post holes
If you plan to execute a DIY (do-it-yourself) fence project, the first thing that you should be concerned about is digging. Check your property’s map and make sure no underground utility lines are passing below the area selected for fence post holes.
Mark the outside edges of the posts with a string. Then, mark the center point for each posthole. In case of root and rock-free soils, you can consider using power augers for digging, else, there is no option but to use clamshell digger, a digging bar, and shovel. You may also need to use a reciprocating saw if there are tough roots in the ground.
Protecting fence posts from rot
Wooden railing posts often rot at the bottom due to improper installation. The rot forces homeowners to replace wood posts within five years from installation. Unfortunately, people end up installing the new ones precisely in the same place and position. Usually, the damage caused by insects, low-quality wood, and poor drainage are the reasons behind the rot.
While installing a new wooden post, it is advisable to soak the post’s bottom in a wood preservative solution. Fill the bottom of the posthole with aggregate (grained particulate material) up to six inches. Then install the wooden pole and pour concrete around the same. The concrete layer should remain above the soil level. Create a slope on the concrete-top so that the water won’t stay accumulated on the same. Doing this would ensure that the job lasts for at least ten years or more.
DIY or a contractor
A poorly installed railing can make the property appear ugly. DIY can be suitable for containment fences. However, railing installation can prove to be a tedious task in the absence of post holes and framework. Outsourcing the job to one of the experienced fence installation companies is always better to get the job done correctly with a certain quality.