Looking at building a timber fence but unsure where to start? In this quick guide, we take a look at some of the Dos and Don’ts of timber fence construction.
Do – Know what you want it for
Are you looking for complete privacy? A safe yard for the kids? Or maybe you need a strong barrier to stop livestock them getting out? When it comes to building a timber fence, most homeowners want their fence to add to the kerb appeal of a home whilst also serving a purpose. Treated pine palings are considered one of the best materials for fencing as it’s cheap, strong and sustainable, and adds a polished look to a home.
Do – Get a building permit
Not all fences require a building permit but if your planned fence exceeds two metres tall, obstructs the view of traffic or is built on a heritage listed property, you’ll have to get permission. If you hire a fencing contractor, they’ll be able to tell you pretty quickly whether you need a permit or not.
Do – Check before you dig
You never know what might be lying beneath the surface, so it’s important to get a professional to scope out your yard before you begin any work that can disrupt it. If you accidentally burst a pipe or cause serious damage to underground wiring, you could be out of pocket for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Dial before you did services are free, and a professional can place red flags around your property to help you navigate around any underground works while you’re building a timber fence.
Do – Choose the right material
When you think of the ideal home, a white picket fence likely comes to mind. But if you don’t have the time to regularly maintain it, your dream fence can quickly become soiled and unsightly as time goes by. Your lifestyle and garden habits should play a big factor when it comes to considering a fence material, as some are more durable and less high maintenance than others. Timber fences are always a popular choice, as they’re a durable, sustainable and affordable material that’s incredibly versatile to work with.
Do – Research your property line
To make sure your fence is being constructed on your land instead of your neighbours, it may be worthwhile getting a copy of your property survey to check your property’s boundaries. If you don’t have a copy of your property survey, you can head down to your jurisdictions building inspector or land records office.
Do – Hire a professional
Though building a timber fence looks as simple as hammering a piece of wood into the ground, it’s a lot harder and more time heavy than you think. There are terrain conditions to consider, yard size, number of gates and complexity of design – just to name a few. Hiring a professional fencer will ensure your timber fence construction is done quickly and correctly.
Don’t – Forget to tell your neighbour
Letting your neighbour know you’re building a timber fence is a polite way to go about things, considering that it can potentially block out views. Depending on the type of fence you’re installing, facing the more attractive side towards your neighbour is considered good fencing etiquette. This also doubles as a good security measure, as facing the unfinished side outwards can make it easier for people to climb over. If you’re building a dividing fence, you’ll have to get the council to approve your structure before speaking with your neighbour.