Twin Cities Homeowners Plan Ahead on Fence Projects

Having a fence installed on your property may seem cut and dry, but there are steps that have to be taken before a single fencepost can go into the ground. With the summer months coming up, it is good to do like many people throughout the Twin Cities have done and plan ahead for your fence project. That way you don’t have to deal with the hustle and bustle of fence planning in the midst of the summer chaos.

There is also the fact that the summer is the height of the fence company’s season, which means there may be a waiting list.

But good things come to those who wait, right?

By planning ahead, you can relieve yourself of the scheduling frustrations. Building a fence is more involved than many think. For instance, your location may require that you obtain a permit to build a fence.

You may also have to have the land surveyed if there are no property pins so you can see where the property line is. While you may already have a fence on your property, the property line may need to be re-verified because, believe it or not, some fences of the past have been built outside of their property lines. In other words, it is not always as simple as installing a new fence exactly where the old one sits. If your property pins are in place and you are confident of their placement, you may not need a surveyor.

Decide On A Fence Type

There are different types of fences that you can consider. You have vinyl fences, wood fences and split rail fences, wrought iron fences, aluminum fences, chain link fences, and ornamental fences. Also think about the degree of security you want. Do you want to keep pets and children in? Do you want a privacy fence? Or are you in need of a motorized security gate?

The fence type you choose may also depend on what kind of maintenance you are willing to do. Wood may require a bit more maintenance, whereas metal fences and vinyl need very little.

If wood is what you want, here is something to consider: Northern White Cedar is commonly used in Minnesota because it is a durable type of wood. It absorbs very little moisture, making it ideal for the serious weather seen in the Twin Cities. Just keep in mind that the freezing, thawing, soaking, and drying cycles wreak havoc on wood no matter the species.

If you think treated wood is going to perform better than Northern White Cedar, that’s not necessarily the case. However, water-repelling stain or a clear seal can make a difference.

Custom Built Means Longevity

So as you can see, there are some things to consider, which is why fence building requires planning. When you opt for a fence company to install your fence as opposed to buying panels and nailing them to fence posts, you are getting fencing that is durable. Durability translates into longevity, which means your fence is going to serve you for a very long time.