Installing an aluminum fence is surprisingly doable on your own. Just keep these tips in mind before you get started to avoid disappointment later!
Whether you are very handy or just starting your first do-it-yourself project, installing a fence has some extra factors that are important to know. These include things like watching out for underground utility lines, checking zoning laws and other factors that you might not need to worry about if you were just doing a quick DIY inside your home. The following tips will help you cover your bases before you begin installing a residential, commercial or industrial fence.
Call a professional
Even though you will be installing the fence yourself, it’s always a good idea to call the fence company before or during your purchase. A professional can answer any questions you might have and run through a checklist of things you should know before beginning your digging. Calling the company where you purchased the fence is very helpful if it is your first foray into DIY-ing. This is especially true if it is a commercial or industrial fence because of its larger size. After all, you won’t want to have to dig up those fence posts and start all over!
Check your perimeter
Utility lines and pipes are present under your front and back yard in places you might not even realize! It’s best to check either your records or with the utility company to determine the exact location of these lines and pipes. While you won’t want to start digging and break a very important pile with your shovel, you also won’t want to put your fence right on top of deeper pipes. Just imagine having to redo your whole fence if there ever happen to be any plumbing issues!
Research the law
There are a few boxes you need to tick when it comes to following all of the rules and regulations surrounding putting up a new fence. You first need to check with your town’s building codes or homeowner’s association if there are any specific rules on the height of your fence. They may also have certain rules regarding pool fences. All of these rules and laws exist to keep you and your neighborhood safe and looking up to a particular standard. You will also want to check your home’s blueprints and speak with your neighbors or the city council to ensure you are only putting a fence on your own property and not the neighboring lots.
Plan it out
By now, you most likely have an idea of how you want your fence laid out around your property. To avoid any disappointments after the fence has already been installed, first try to put up a makeshift barrier to get an overall picture of how the area will look fenced off. You can do this by putting up thin poles and tying string or rope between them. This is especially important around corners or if there is a particular area of the yard or property that does not turn at a ninety-degree angle or has to go around an odd corner or hill.
By preparing and planning everything right from the start, you should end up with an amazing DIY fence experience. Just be sure to cover all of your bases and check that you are following all rules and regulations regarding your fence. If you have any questions, just ask a fence professional to ensure you are purchasing the right fence for the job.