Vinyl fencing is expensive, and hiring a contractor to install it can increase the cost. Fortunately, installing vinyl fencing is a relatively manageable task that you can do yourself. Ideally, though, you should be able and willing to get your hands dirty and address several concerns. Now, if installation suddenly seems like a demanding task, we have listed some tips below.
- Communicate with your building department. Before starting the project, it is very important to contact the building department in your area and find out the existing fencing policies. In some communities, homeowners are required to build the fence two inches from the property boundary. Fence height is also sometimes regulated. If you know these things, you can avoid committing violation and the expenses resulting from reinstallation.
- Make a layout. For a much simpler execution, it will help if you prepare a layout prior to the installation. You can sketch your lot on a piece of paper and draw where the fence is going to be installed. Put the actual measurements of your lot and the fence, so you are guided all throughout the procedure.
- Decide on the style of your fence. What’s nice about vinyl fence is that it has a lot of styles that you can choose from. However, the number of options can somewhat be confusing. So to make the selection process a lot easier, consider the overall architectural theme of your house. Choose the style that closely matches the theme.
- Prepare the area. Once you have determined where to install the fence, make sure to prepare it for the installation. Remove any fixture, landscape elements, and other items that might be an obstruction. If you have an old fence, remember to remove it as well. Try also to communicate with the neighbors in case there is the possibility of you offending them with the fence installation.
- Consider the weather condition when installing the vinyl fencing. Make sure not to install the vinyl fencing during an extreme weather condition. The danger here is to make the fence adaptable only to the present weather condition, leaving it incapable of adjusting itself when the weather changes. For instance, if you install the fence in a very hot weather, during which vinyl extraction takes place, you might not install it too firmly and therefore make it too weak for the cold weather.
- Consider installing the fence with an experienced do-it-yourselfer. In case you are not very sure about doing this own your own, even after reading the manufacturer instructions or online guidelines, you might want to do this with a friend, relative, or neighbor who has successfully installed his own vinyl fence. In the first place, this project is for two to three people to complete. So better be on the safe side and use extra hands.
You can finish the installation at least within two days. After the installation, you can practically leave the fence as it is, as it requires minimal maintenance. Because it is durable and protected from ultraviolet-caused damages, your vinyl fence is likely to last for several years.