You’ve reached a point where you are constantly looking around your yard, and you’re unsatisfied with the state of your fence. For whatever reason, whether it’s falling apart or not modern enough for you or you simply don’t have one yet, you start to do some research.
With so much information out there you don’t know where you would like to start. Look no further you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to help you figure out what kind of materials you need to build your new and improved fencing set up, based on your needs. This will become a repetitive theme throughout future blog posts – do your research!
DO YOU HOMEWORK
Although you may not know all the technical jargon when it comes to fences, at the end of the day you know what you want. With that being said, it’s important to do your due diligence when taking on your new fencing project. Things such as: what is your budget, type of fence you want, and what kind of contractor do you want to partner with? If you can take the time to answer these simple questions, you are already ahead of the game and have set up a structure for you to build your dream fence.
Just like any new project you are considering doing, it’s important to do your own research. Especially when looking to set up a new fence, you need to take into account any city regulations that may interfere with your project.
Furthermore, if you are planning on taking on this project alone, it’s extremely important to inquire about any permits needed in order to build. If you don’t feel like doing this project by yourself, in that case, it’s important to contact multiple contractors to make sure you select the right one that aligns with your needs.
While researching things like material, take into account where you live, as the climate will play a role in the type of materials you will select. In places with harsh winters such as Ottawa, it’s suggested that fences are to be dug 36 inches deep to prevent cracking due to its extreme cold.
During your research process, you will become more familiar with what exactly you want and what type of materials you desire and what their costs may be. Based on this you will be able to come up with a budget that you feel comfortable with spending throughout the duration of this project.
PICKING YOUR MATERIALS
Once you’ve done your research figuring out what permits you need and who you want to hire for the job, it’s time to pick the right material to build your fence. We hear stories about houses with a white picket fence, but choosing wood fences can have the same negative effects as your backyard deck if not maintained properly. Wood material requires a lot of care such as staining and/or sealing to keep out moisture and prevent rotting and warping.
With your busy schedule, you may want a material that doesn’t require as much maintenance and care but still looks great and is also sustainable. Although pinewood and cedar wood fences tend to be amongst the most popular of choices, you’re more likely to run into problems as the ones mentioned in the previous paragraph.
A substitute we would recommend for wood would be PVC (polyvinyl chloride) fences. With the growing popularity of this material, not only will you be satisfied by the appearance, but you will also gain peace of mind due to its longevity and durability. Although a little bit higher on the pricey side initially, PVC fencing is an investment well worth making
READY TO BUILD
Now, we are not suggesting you abandon nor are we deterring you away from your wood fence dreams, we’re simply providing you with an alternative to what you are accustomed to. Once you have gone through the purpose of your fence, budget, permits, contractors, and materials, you will be ready to erect your dream fence.
If you’ve read this article and still having difficulties in deciding what direction you would like to take your fence in? We would be happy to provide you with a consultation to better understand your needs and provide you with our expertise to make this process easier for you.
Contact us today for a free quote and let’s make your fence dreams into a reality.