A PVC vinyl fence is fast becoming popular in rural and residential areas for security and privacy of homes, yards and pools. They are also being used in agricultural lands for grazing cattle and as boundaries for farm lots. Being durable, maintenance-free and more attractive, many people are choosing it over metal or wood fences. Even though vinyl fences can be more costly, the advantages outweigh the initial outlay because they dont discolor and depreciate over time. It will serve you for many, many years.
Before getting and installing a PVC vinyl fence, you should prepare and plan your fencing project. Before you make any purchase, you should know what materials you will require as well the location of your fence posts. Like with any project, careful planning will save you the time and effort and minimize errors and delays.
One of the most important planning step is to do your research. First of all, you need to know the existing legislation regarding fencing in your area. You may need to secure a building permit. Even if fences are small and non-structural, some states may require you to get a permit before you start installing.
Secondly, you need to check and ensure that your installation will not affect location of utilities such as water, power, gas, telephone and sewers. You do not want to damage these buried lines when you dig for your fence posts.
Thirdly, if you have a neighbor, you should consult with them before installing a fence regarding your boundaries and property lines. While laws do not require agreement, it is essential that you maintain good relations with your neighbor or neighbors by asking or informing them. Some people are also open to splitting costs when it comes to purchasing and installing fences on adjoining properties.
Lastly, be sure to verify easements. If you will place your PVC vinyl fence in a location where utility companies have right-of-way, they can legally remove it without your consent.
When you have carefully accounted for the abovementioned factors, then you can proceed to choosing your fence style and design. You need to plan your gates and spaces for fence posts. Prepare a scale drawing of your lot so you can see where you will place the components. This way, you can determine the right amount of materials and solve dimensional problems even before you encounter them.
Choose which type of vinyl fence will work for you: privacy, semi-rail, ornamental, or other types. After purchasing, you will have to make sure that the PVC vinyl fence installation is done properly and that fence panels are attached securely. Keep in mind that with your fence project, as with any endeavor, the time you spend planning and preparing is never wasted and it will save you a lot of money and effort.
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