The three basic steps to installing a new fence on your Calgary property are: design, planning and installing.
There are no cutting corners if you want to build a lasting fence. Here’s a little more information about each of these crucial steps…
Designing your fence
Design your fence and outline exactly where it will be on your property. This is about putting your idea onto paper.
You should understand why you need the fence and any stylistic/design/material preferences at this stage.
Measure the dimensions of your fence (length, width, and height) and add them to your design.
Planning the build
In the planning stage, you prepare for your fence to take shape. The most important aspects of your plan are:
- Keep neighbours onside and abide by the rules and regulations
Keeping neighbours happy and ensuring you are not contravening any city bylaws are necessary before you get too far down the line with your fence. If you need a permit, that should be secured before you start the installation.
Before you order your materials, ensure that they are durable enough to withstand the Calgary climate. Unless you are prepared to frequently maintain your fence, select a material that doesn’t need much care, like vinyl or chain link.
- Consider all the factors and possible complications
Are there any factors that could create complications that require planning for, such as special gate requirements or obstacles in the ground that could impact the positioning of fence posts?
Special equipment may be required to install your fence if there are concrete slabs, thick tree roots, or clay deposits.
- Gather quotes and check that costs come within your budget
Once you have a clear idea of what you need, it’s time to gather quotes for the installation. You will likely have a set budget to come within, making it easier to field quotes.
Select the fence installation company that provides the best value rather than the cheapest (they may cut corners or use inferior materials).
Installing your fence
Finally, it’s time to install the fence. Your fencing installation company will handle everything and likely go through the following steps:
- Mark out the lines indicating where the fence will be installed
- Ensure that the utilities are located before digging commences (Alberta One Call)
- Dig holes for the fence posts
- Place fence posts level and plum within one-eighth of an inch of the proposed fence line. Set in concrete and backfill.
- Attach fence panels between two secured posts.
To finish a wooden fence off, you may want to stain or paint it.
Fence installation is beyond most DIY enthusiasts. It’s best not to plan on doing the job yourself unless you have extensive experience and the right tools.
If you want your fence installed the right way — and do it only once — the Reliabuilt team is here to serve you. From initial advice and quote to installing any type of fence on your Calgary property, we will project manage it from start to finish.
Remember, our estimates are FREE and always will be.