Your Next Home Improvement Project: How To Install a Fence on a Slope

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Did you know that in some states if you do not follow their fence laws you can end up losing out on money and have to take your new fence down? If you are looking to install a new fence for your home but are dealing with uneven terrain you might be looking into how to install a fence on a slope. 

Keep reading to learn the best way to deal with slopes when installing a new fence in your home.

Stepped Fencing

Stepped fencing is one of the options when you are building your fence on uneven land. With this method, you will use rails perpendicular to the pickets. This is similar to the fencing that is used for level land. 

Each fence section is attached to the post in order to accommodate the slope in each section of your land. Once it is all in, the fence will mimic stairs that increase in height as you move up the slope. 

Keep in mind that with stepped fencing you will have gaps that are usually in a triangle shape. If you have smaller pets they might be able to escape out of these gaps. 

The bottoms of the panels will not follow the slope of the land which might create a less uniform look. If you prefer an even bottom then this might not be the best option for you. Does your yard have steep grades? Then stepped fencing might be best for your land because you can make it work no matter how steep your land is. 

Raked Fencing

Another option when building a fence on uneven terrain is raked fencing. This is a fence that is manufactured with a strong angle so the rails are parallel to the pickets and the ground. 

Using the raked method keeps the gap between the ground and the pickets the same throughout the entire fence, whether it is a flat or sloped area. This helps create a uniform look and you won't have to worry about your small pets escaping or other animals coming in through your fence. 

Keep in mind that if your slope angle is too steep then this method might not be possible. Usually, the limit is 12 inches across a six foot section.

Time to Install

Once you choose the best option for you it is time to get started. If you are tackling this project on your own, follow the product's instructions to properly fit the fence on your lawn. 

When using the raked method the fencing section is already constructed which makes it easy to simply move the top rail into place. If you opt for the stepped fencing method you will have the same panels that are used for flat land but you will have to use posts to position the panels where they need to go in order to install on the uneven land.

If you are not familiar with installing your own fence and are doing the stepped fencing method then contact a reputable professional like to ensure that the job is done right the first time. 

Level Topped

If you have your heart set on a fence that has a straight line across the entire fence but are dealing with uneven ground then you might have to look into filling the bottom with more soil in order to level out the land. 

Creating an even surface will take extra planning. You will have to spend the extra money to properly have the land on the same slope. This might require renting special equipment and buying extra soil or rocks in order to have everything uniformed before installing the fence of your choice. 

Before You Start

You will want to get everything in order before you start buying materials and putting up your fence. Take the time to check your local building codes to see if they only allow certain fence materials or certain fence colors. Double-check if you need a legal permit to build a fence around your property as well.

If you live in an area with a homeowners association (HOA) you will have to check with them as well and get written approval beforehand. You might need an inspector to come to check if there are any pipes, cables, or buried utilities in the area you are planning on putting up a fence. 

Last but not least make sure you are 100% sure of where your property lines are. There are too many homeowners that skip some of these basics that sound obvious and end up with fines and they find themselves having to take down what they built only to start all over again. Do not make these mistakes and take care of all the legalities first. 

If you are doing this yourself get your tools in order. Tools will vary based on where you live and your terrain but the basic tools include a laser level, a shovel, string, a measure, and a clamshell digger. 

Now You Know How to Install a Fence on a Slope

As you can see learning how to install a fence on a slope just requires a little extra planning. Once you choose the best fencing for you, it is time to either DIY or call up the professionals. If you do not have the experience we always recommend avoiding unnecessary stress by hiring a pro.

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