Thinking of Taking On The Vinyl Fence Installation Yourself? Read This First
You! With the new vinyl fence! Stop right there!
First of all, it’s generally better to let a professional install this type of fencing for you. They’re trained in the art of vinyl fence installation kwon do, and can defend themselves far better than us mortals. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, though, nothing I can say will stop you, so I’ll give you a few words of warning.
Before you begin the vinyl fence installation, realize that these come pre-assembled. With a wooden fence, you have a little breathing room with your measurements. If something is too long, you can always pare it down. Not true with a vinyl fence. Since the material you’re working with is incredibly sensitive to temperature changes, and since the entire fence will usually be pre-assembled at a factory, you have to be incredibly accurate with all of your measurements. One slip up means that your fence is ruined.
Do you live in a cold climate? Let’s define cold with a little more accuracy: does your ground ever frost over in the winter time? Even a little? Then be aware that the cold ground is capable of ejecting your entire vinyl fence installation if the holes are not dug properly. By properly, I mean that the holes must be wider at the bottom than they are at the time. If the reverse is true, you need to widen them at the bottom. You must also ensure that your posts are going to go well beneath frost depth.
You must, in any climate, leave room fro the vinyl to move. Try your vinyl fence installation on a temperate day. If you do it when it’s too hot or too cold, the fence might change radically when the weather changes to the opposite extreme. If you installed the pieces of the fence to tightly together, get ready to do the entire job over again: it’s going to pop right out of the ground. Make sure you obtain the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them to the letter.
Does all of this sound like a lot of work? If not done correctly you’ll waste more money than you can save by hiring a professional company like Clinton Fence. Clinton Fence offers reasonable prices and quality work. We’d love to talk to you about your new fence installation.