So you’ve decided you want a fence. Great choice! A fence makes a house a home as well as providing many privacy and security benefits. You may be drawn by the low cost of a DIY fence from your local hardware store. It’s true, these fences are likely a lower cost investment than a custom built wooden fence by a licensed contractor. Before you borrow your neighbor’s truck and head to the hardware store, here are a few DIY difficulties to keep in mind.
Permits. Depending on where and why you’d like to erect a fence, you may need a permit. Fence location, materials, height, and maintenance may be regulated by your HOA, city, and/or county.
In addition to city and/or county permits, it’s important to be careful where you dig to avoid potential injury and fines. Check with your local underground utilities department before digging so that you don’t accidentally puncture any buried utility pipes.
Topography. If your property has trees or large bushes, you’ll need to plan around those obstacles. If there is a change in elevation on your property, it can be very tricky to move a fence up and down hill.
Post stability. Fence Central wooden fence gate posts are secured 4 feet into the ground by 180 pounds of concrete. This insures that the fence doesn’t move, even during the high winds and pelting rain of a hurricane.
Quality. It’s true that you get what you pay for. A hardware store fence will likely be made of lower-quality new pine boards and small nails that are prone to rusting.