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Preparing For A Fencing Job Helps Expedite A Project

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The right fencing provides an aesthetic boost for a property while serving the practical purposes of marking boundaries or securing pets in children within a yard. A variety of material options are available to meet specific needs for longevity, easy cleaning, or containment, and an assortment of sizes covers privacy requirements. A fencing contractor can help answer any questions regarding the best fit for a particular parcel and assist with navigating any local red tape, such as zoning approval or permitting. Before moving to this step, tackling prep work can help expedite the construction phase. 

Obtain a survey

For a property that hasn't had an official survey noting all boundaries with surveyor-placed markers, obtaining a legal survey is a great first step before erecting a barrier fence. While informal property lines, such as a hedge row or tree lines, often work out for mowing and recreating, a barrier fence can stir up fresh interest in enforcing a formal line. Removing a fence and reinstalling it on the real line is a major expense easily avoided with a survey. Surveys are also extremely important when selling a property, so the investment in the service can pay off in more than one way.

Consult local ordinances 

Before going too far with fence considerations, reviewing local ordinances and any other regulations governing a property can help avoid other headaches. A homeowner association may stipulate allowed fence heights, color choices, or materials. Similarly, city or community zoning ordinances may restrict fence placement in high-traffic areas or busy intersections. The city or county planning and zoning coordinator can help clarify codes and share any unique considerations based on a review of an address or neighborhood. Specifications can vary from street to street in certain locations, so never assume another fence in a nearby neighborhood would be suitable for down the road.

Review material options

Fencing materials range from plastic and chain-link steel to aluminum and wood. The fence's purpose can help dictate material choices, but it's also important to consider personal capabilities and maintenance desires. A plastic fence can be attractive and decorative while also being easy to clean with a water hose or a pressure washer. A wood fence is a classic choice and staining options are often aesthetically pleasing. However, a wood fence needs fresh stain and weather sealant periodically to slow deterioration, and individual pickets and posts will require replacement at regular intervals. Metal fences are low maintenance overall but can rust over time and also benefit from regular cleaning.

Reach out to a fencing company to learn more.