Many homeowners are quick to build fences and these fences serve an important function. However, a fence can last a long time if you take the proper steps to ensure that it is well maintained throughout it’s time, and many of these hacks can be done when you put the fence in.
There is an old saying that says, “Good fences make good neighbors”, and it’s true for the most part. Fences eliminate property disputes and many other issues that can arise from property line confusion.
One thing to pay attention to as you begin to install your fence or reconfigure it is calling 811 ahead of time. This will allow you to know where there are lines buried, which is very important so that you don’t accidentally dig into something that can be potentially very dangerous.
1. Don’t Seal Before Setting the Fence
The sun is excellent at drying out any moisture in your fence, so set your fence first, give it time to dry out. Then proceed to seal it or stain it. Whatever you use to preserve the wood, reapply every few years, and your fence will last much longer.
2. Durable Gate
Most people when installing a fence fail to properly secure the gate itself. Either with hinges that are too weak or posts that are not properly secured, if your gate is too heavy, it will sag and the rest of your fence will follow suit.
3. Use Steps on Hills
The proper way to work on hills is by stepping up the fence sections. Be sure to keep the sections level as you step up the hill. The process for hanging the sections will be the same, but you can fill in the gap on the bottom of the section with fill.
4. Be Courteous
Fence etiquette will help you maintain your fence. The first thing you should do is have the finished side facing your neighbors. This will make it easier for you to do maintenance along with keeping the fence looking nice, which keeps your neighbors happy.