Installing your own fence might seem like an easy task, especially if the fencing design that you are planning to use is simple. In most cases, the process is fairly simple, indeed, but even so, many property owners who choose DIY fence installation are eventually dissatisfied with the outcome. The reason why DIY fences are sometimes less than perfect is the mistakes and poor judgement during the material purchasing and installation process – here is a list from Metro Fence with some of the most common DIY fencing mistakes to help you avoid them:
- Buying poor quality materials – lower quality material is cheaper, but very often looks just as attractive as more expensive varieties. However, lower quality material is likely to get damaged prematurely, so you should never make that compromise;
- Using fence posts that are too short or not digging holes that are deep enough for installing the posts – the posts will give your fence its stability, so they need to be anchored properly in the ground to be able to withstand winds and storms. Ideally, fence posts need to go down at least one third of their height and they also need to be secured with concrete and gravel;
- Using untreated material for wooden fences – wood should always be treated with suitable, moisture and insect repellent coatings to prevent premature deterioration. Don’t forget to reapply the coatings at regular intervals, too.