Owning a piece of property and a home can be a great privilege and responsibility. Adding a fence to a property allows the owner to demarcate their space while creating privacy. Homeowners looking to add fencing need not worry about the costs of hiring professional contractors. There are some straightforward DIY fencing options that can help homeowners save money and enjoy privacy with relatively little stress. Below are a few DIY tips for fencing a home.
Planning for a Fence
Like most projects for the home or yard, it’s important to sufficiently plan before jumping into adding a fence. After all, it requires not only money, but also time, effort, and disruption of space, so you’ll want to make sure that you have thought through the process before beginning.
For homeowners adding a fence to outline their property, it’s essential to ensure that the fence is put in the right place. To do so, measure out and draw on paper the property lines as well as the planned fence lines. Once these lines have been measured and drawn, contact local utility companies to ensure there aren’t any underground utilities that could be damaged or create potentially hazardous situations by having a fence post installed into them.
Once you have decided the area of the fence perimeter, demarcate the fence location using wooden posts and string. This can help you visualize the exact area that will be fenced off and indicate how much fencing materials you will need to purchase to complete the fence.
Choose a Fencing Type
There’s a huge range of fence types available, and you will need to select the kind of fence you want based on its purpose as well as your personal style and aesthetic choices.
Wood is a classic material for fencing, and is often considered to be one of the most attractive. Wood fencing usually offers a lot of privacy, so it’s not a good choice for anyone who wants a clear view through the fence. Wood also requires more maintenance and upkeep than other materials, so it’s not a good selection for a low-maintenance fence.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fencing is one of the most popular and affordable fence types. Chain link fences can be seen through, so they’re often not used for privacy. Also, since they tend to be low, they’re usually not used for security, unless topped with barbed wire. Chain link fences are a good weather-proof choice for demarcating property lines.
Vinyl fencing is a good for anyone who wants a low maintenance fence. While vinyl can look like wood, it’s weather-proof, so it doesn’t require as much upkeep as wood fencing and often lasts much longer.
Ornamental fencing is usually made out of a metal-like wrought iron and, as its name suggests, it’s one of the most attractive types of fencing. Ornamental fencing is used to demarcate areas, such as pools, but does not offer much privacy.
Garden fencing is most often used to keep unwanted critters out of gardens. Thus, the fencing is made of tough plastic or metal mesh, and is hung by tough wooden or metal posts. Garden fencing can protect property, but it is not often used for privacy.
Installing a Fence
Installing a fence can be simple if you take the right steps. The first step is to purchase the right amount of materials for your fence from a retailer like a brick and mortar hardware store or an online option like eBay. Once you have purchased the materials, research how to install the type of fence you’ve chosen. Finally, insert fence posts into the ground, add the fence to the post, and the fence will be complete. Some homeowners will want to add a gate to the fence in order to easily pass through.