Replacing Your Existing Fencing
Last Updated Oct 23, 2013 · Written by Rob Schneider
If your fence is looking shabby or is in need of constant maintenance or repair, it's time to start thinking about replacing your existing fencing. We've all admired the appearance of a neatly built fence with vertical posts, parallel rails and perfectly spaced pickets or solidly constructed panels, but have you ever stopped to consider how difficult it is to achieve such professional looking results? A look at how a well-made fence is built shows why replacing your existing fencing is a job best left to professional fencing suppliers and installers.
Steps in Fencing Construction
There are only three basic steps to fence construction, but within each of these steps, there are many technical issues that have to be addressed. These are the 3 basic steps and some of the things that have to be considered:
- Fence posts must be installed to the correct depth and fixed firmly into place. Timber posts must be properly treated to prevent them from rot and infestation below surface level. Each post must be perfectly plumb and all posts have to be spaced at precise distances apart. If the job isn't done perfectly, imperfections will "stick out like a sore thumb" and ruin the appearance of the entire fence.
- Post rails must be fixed firmly to their posts and all rails must be perfectly parallel with each other. This is difficult to achieve even on level land, but on a sloping block, it is a job for experts only.
- The cladding, whether pickets or panels, must be evenly spaced and fixed firmly to the fence rails. As with fence rails, a sloping block makes this much more difficult to achieve.
A number of things can go wrong at each stage of the construction process. A professional fence installer will anticipate everything in advance. First they will come to your home or property and carefully measure the entire fence perimeter. As they do this, they will calculate the slope of the land, note any obstacles that have to be overcome and suggest the most appropriate fencing materials
and styles for your fence. After that, they will give you a quote based on the area to be covered and the requirements of the job. When the installers arrive at your home, they will have all the tools and supplies necessary to quickly and efficiently erect your fence with a minimum of disruption to your home environment. Before they leave, they will clean up after their work, leaving you with a perfectly built fence you can be proud of.
The difficulty of installing a fence is compounded when you take the type of fence you need into consideration. Pool fences, for example, must conform to certain minimum standards and glass fences can only be installed by professionals. If you need to have deck railing or a verandah fence installed, the last thing you want is a rail or post that is not completely secure and if you are looking for security or sound reduction fencing, only a profession will know the right materials and construction techniques for the job.
As you can see, replacing your existing fencing is much more than just "planting" some posts in the ground and nailing rails to them. If you want a fence that will look perfect when it is installed and stand up to the use and abuse of time, you are far better off getting the pros to do the job for you. You will also find that it is the cost effective solution, since a professionally installed fence will far outlast an amateur job. Contact a fencing
professional in your area and ask for a quote. You'll be glad you did.