Checking the local laws before designing the fence
If you choose to build a wood fence, then you will have the possibility to decide on any type and style you want. This chance of choosing your favorite style and the fact that is affordable to build and repair, make the wood fence one of the most popular choices.
- First, determine the function of the fence which can be privacy, security, area separation or even animal control.
- Take a walk on the fence line and make any necessary measurements. Also try to detect any obstacle that may be a problem for you when building the fence. If there are any trees or plants in the way of your fence, then you may rethink your plan or transplant them. Any steep grades or slopes may have a great impact over the height of the fence, which means that you’ll have to change the design or the materials needed. Also, you may have a problem with the time required to complete the job.
- The type of wood is very important to decide because you have to take into consideration factors like affordability, durability, appearance and availability. You can choose pressure-treated lumber which will last longer, cedar which is a very good option for an inexpensive choice or redwood which costs more but resists better in wet conditions and is durable.
- The height of the fence should be established according to its purpose. Some examples may be a privacy fence which has at least 6 feet, a children’s play area surround fence which doesn’t need to be more than 3 feet high or backyard fences which are 5 to 6 feet high. If the fence is for a front yard then 3 or 4 feet high is enough to make it visually pleasing.
- Durability and strength should be the main factors to determine the size of the wood panels and the number of horizontal structural members. A size that is mostly used for panels in case of residential wood fence is about 6 feet high and 8 feet long. It’s better to put a post between each panel and sunk it to about 18 inches. Search for fence designs that have resisted the longest.
- Don’t finalize your fence design until you have checked all local laws and codes.
- Start your diggings only after you have called the local utilities to show you where the underground lines are positioned.