Adding a fence to your home is an excellent way to upgrade your property. Whether you are installing a new fence or repairing an old one, a new fence will make your property more hospitable and add value. When appropriately installed, a new fence can last for years. But, before you begin your fencing project, you should look out for these common errors homeowners often make. Let’s go over some fence installation mistakes to avoid.
Not Identifying Property Lines
It is common for homeowners to choose to build a fence along their property lines. It provides the largest space possible and helps identify the borders of the property. But, you must be careful when building on property lines. If the fence is just a few inches over the edge of your property, you may face some legal trouble. It is illegal to build a fence on someone else’s property without their permission. If you do cross the line, you could face expensive fines or be forced to take down the fence.
Choosing the Wrong Material
The most important decision you must make when installing a fence is to choose the fence material. The material can make or break the value of a fence for your property. Wood, vinyl, composite, chain-link, and aluminum are the most common fence materials, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Consider how much maintenance you will need to put into the fence long-term, how much you are willing to spend initially, what style will fit with your home, and how much security you need. Your answers to these questions will determine what kind of fence material you need.
Not Locating Utility Lines
Before digging any holes in the ground, you must be sure the installation will not interfere with any underground utilities. You should contact your utility company to determine the official location of any utility lines. During an extensive fence installation, the last thing you want is to dig a fence post and hit a utility wire or pipe. Hitting wires could be dangerous, and breaking a pipe can cause serious problems. It’s best to avoid these problems from the beginning by locating any utility lines with your local utility company.
Not Accurately Measuring
When deciding the number of materials needed for a fence install, always make sure that your measurements are accurate to prevent costly mistakes. Before purchasing any materials, take exact measurements around your property so you will know exactly what to buy. Too many materials can leave you with extra that you don’t need. However, not having enough can cause you to spend more money.
Contact Hercules GSA Today!
Whether you need a commercial or a high-security fence, Hercules Fence GSA can do the job for you. We have been providing professional, quality service since 1955 and work to uphold our reputation every day. We have locations across the Maryland and Washington Metropolitan area and are ready to cater to your fencing needs. Give us a call at (410)-799-1555 or contact us online. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for more updates.