Fencing can make or break the security, curb appeal, and functionality of a property— be sure it’s built to last! When it comes to a fence build, there are a myriad of things to keep in mind. Whether you’re replacing an old fence or looking to build an entirely new one, here is a comprehensive list of the basics to consider.
One of the most important factors of a fence build to keep in mind is the budget. Oftentimes, projects can start out with rough budgets and continue to grow as the build progresses. Save yourself the hassle now and stick to a budget and plan prior to getting started with a build.
Budget can be a tricky thing for some, as pricing on materials and labor varies depending on location. Do some research on your local market to get a good idea of costs on the materials you’d like to use and labor you will need. This will help you to come up with the best budget and idea for how the project will play out. It also doesn’t hurt to ask around for different quotes to find the best deal possible.
2. Time Frame
In addition to budget, time frame is another huge consideration for a fence build. Due to many supply chain issues, be sure that the materials you’d like are in stock or at least on their way to the facility of your choosing. Time frames can greatly vary so be sure to get a rough estimate before starting your build.
Depending on availability of materials and labor needs for your fence, time frames can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months! Know going into your fence project that things can go wrong, and allot time accordingly just in case.
3. Functional Needs
With any project, it’s important to make a list of ‘must-haves’ for your build. Fencing can provide an extensive range of benefits so it’s a good idea to write down what you absolutely need for your own. These kinds of things can include the height, certain design accents, differences in elevation, or the addition of gates.
Understanding what you need out of your fence before a build can help you to best come up with a budget and the materials you’ll need. Again, doing a bit of research to see what you do and don’t like from other fencing is a great starting place.
4. Materials Available
The next step of the process is getting acquainted with the materials available in your local market and what fits into your budget. There are so many different fencing materials available depending on the performance and design needs of a build. As we mentioned, call some local lumber yards to get an idea of which materials are having supply chain shortages and which are readily available.
We also recommend doing research on your local climate and what that means for outdoor materials. Some wood materials like cedar thrive in all-weather climates and can endure harsh elements. While some other wood species may only be cut out for a more tropical climate.
5. Upkeep Required
Lastly, you’ll want to understand how much regular maintenance is required to keep your fence looking and performing like new for decades. This may just be as simple as a quick look and wash, but can be as complicated as a semi-annual stain. Take the necessary maintenance into account before deciding on materials and budget, as this can change things later on in the process.