DIY Installing Your Fence

DIY with fencing materials

DIY Installing Your Fence has been on the rise and very popular in the last several years. Fences have been a part of human history for centuries, serving a wide range of purposes from security to privacy to decoration. However, as the cost of hiring professionals to install fences has increased over the years.We have seen  more and more people are turning to DIY fencing.

With the right tools, fencing materials, and knowledge, installing your own fence can be a rewarding project.We have thought up ways that saves y’all  significant amounts of money.

But where do you begin? With so many options for fencing materials, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to choose. Wood, vinyl, metal – each material has its advantages and disadvantages, and each requires a different set of skills to install correctly. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get started on your DIY fencing project.

In this article, we’ll cover the basics of installing your own fence using various fencing materials. From choosing the right material to planning your fence layout, measuring, cutting, and installing the fence. We’ll provide you with tips and tricks to make your DIY fencing project a success. So whether you’re looking to add a touch of decoration to your yard or boost your property’s security, read on to learn how to install your own fence like a pro.

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DIY Installing Your Fence Wood 

Wood fencing is a classic option that has been around for centuries. It’s durable, attractive, and versatile, making it an excellent choice for DIY fencing. Here are some tips for installing your own wood fence:

  • Choose the right wood: Cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are the most popular wood options for fencing. They are all durable, resistant to rot, and weather well over time. Avoid using hardwoods like oak or mahogany, as they are more challenging to work with and can be expensive.
  • Plan your fence layout: Before starting, plan where you want your fence to go and mark it out with stakes and string. This will help you get a clear picture of what fencing materials you need and how much you’ll need to spend.
  • Measure twice, cut once: Make sure you measure your wood precisely before cutting it. You don’t want to waste any wood or end up with pieces that are too short.
  • Use quality hardware: Use screws, not nails, to attach the wood to the posts. Screws are stronger and will hold up better over time.
  • Stain or paint your fence: To protect your wood fence from the elements, you should stain or paint it. This will also add to its overall appearance.

DIY Installing Your Fence Vinyl 

Vinyl fencing is an excellent alternative to wood fencing. It’s low maintenance, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Here are some tips for installing your own vinyl fence:

  • Choose the right vinyl: Not all vinyl is created equal. Make sure you choose high-quality vinyl that is resistant to UV rays and won’t fade over time.
  • Check your local building codes: Some areas have strict regulations about fencing, including height and style. Make sure you check with your local government before installing your vinyl fence.
  • Get the right tools: Installing vinyl fencing requires specific tools, such as a posthole digger and a level. Make sure you have all the necessary tools before starting.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Each vinyl fence manufacturer may have different installation instructions. Make sure you follow them precisely to ensure a successful installation.

DIY Installing Your Fence Metal

Metal fencing is a durable and attractive option that provides excellent security. It’s also low maintenance and can last for many years. Here are some tips for installing your own metal fence:

  • Choose the right metal: Metal fencing comes in a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, and wrought iron. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so make sure you research each one before choosing.
  • Determine the height and style: Metal fencing can be tall and imposing or short and decorative. Decide on the style and height that works best for your needs.
  • Consider the terrain: If you have an uneven ground or steep slopes, you may need to adjust the placement of your fence posts. This will ensure that your fence stays level and secure.
  • Use a drill: Metal fencing requires screws or bolts to attach the panels to the posts. Use a drill to make the process quicker and more comfortable.

Benefits of DIY

Installing your own fence can be a fun and rewarding DIY project that adds value to your property. Whether you choose wood, vinyl, or metal fencing materials, it’s important to take the time to plan your fence layout, measure accurately, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. With the right tools and materials, you can achieve professional-looking results while saving money in the process.

However, it’s crucial to prioritize safety during your DIY fencing project. Always wear appropriate safety gear, including gloves, eye protection, and sturdy footwear. Use caution when handling power tools and heavy materials, and never work alone. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the installation process, consult with a professional or an experienced DIYer.

Finally, remember that installing a fence is a long-term investment that can add value to your property and improve your quality of life. Regular maintenance, including cleaning and staining or painting, will help keep your fence in excellent condition and prolong its lifespan. With a little effort and patience, your DIY fence can provide you with years of privacy, security, and enjoyment.

DIY Installing Your Fence Choosing Vinyl 

There are many brands and types of fence in the market these days and navigating these can be sometimes be akin to navigating a mine field – even amongst seasoned professionals! Here are a few brief tips to consider when choosing a vinyl fence for your home or business:

DIY Installing Your Fence Ingredients 

Wholesale Fencing uses Vinyl made From Virgin PVC and not all vinyl fences are created equal. Professional grade vinyl fences are made of virgin vinyl/ PVC. The consumer grade fences are often made of recycled plastics, often the scraps from the ‘good stuff’.

In fact, many brands will have their professional grade materials available from professional fence and deck dealers only, and then create a separate brand for many of the ‘big box’ stores for consumers. 

Although, it is hip to use recycled products and shop for environmentally ‘green’ fencing products, some are simply less than desirable as a building product that needs to withstand the weather. 

Such as the elements, high winds, and sun (UV) damage. Vinyl fencing made of recycled plastics will often sag prematurely, become brittle (especially in cold climates), and fade and warp prematurely.

Professional Grade Vinyl

Professional, contractor grade fencing will not only use virgin vinyl, but also mix UV inhibitors in to help prevent against sun (UV) damage. If you wish to simply buy a couple sections of 3-4′ high spaced picket fence for a corner accent, a consumer grade fence may be a perfect fit.

Installing it would only be a couple hours at best and it would be easy to replace when it wears out…and this is only a question of when it wears out, not if it wears out. 

If you wish to buy a taller fence, install 10, 20, or 30 sections of fence with gates, and have it last more than a season or two, choose a professional grade fence worth investing in and installing. Installing fence is a significant investment, sometimes thousands of dollar even as a do-it-yourself project.

Spend a couple hours digging holes and mixing cement and then think about setting in concrete inferior fence posts and sections which will not last. I think you will soon agree, professional grade materials are the only type to consider using.

DIY Installing Your Fence Component Sizes and Wall Thicknesses 

To make a vinyl fence, or nearly any fence more budget-friendly, manufacturers will make components thinner  and smaller in size. 

Many inexpensive styles of vinyl fence will utilize fence posts measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Further, because the wall thickness is insufficient, a 4 x 4 wood post must be inserted inside the vinyl for strength. 

If you must use a 4 x 4 wood fence post on the inside of the vinyl fence post, that will tell you something about the quality of the vinyl post – it’s too thin and weak to hold the fence panel by itself. The 3-1/2″ square vinyl post might be inexpensive, but add to this the expense of a 4 x 4 wood post.

DIY Installing Your Fence Post

Pay attention also to the length of the vinyl posts. Consumer grade vinyl fences often come with shorter posts. Posts should be of sufficient length to extend into concrete footers for support. 

While looking  at the wall thickness, of  horizontal rail sizes, and picket sizes. Then  you will find each of these components to be significantly less in size and thickness when compared to professional grade products. 

Professional grade fences will utilize true 4″ square posts on shorter fence and fences which allow air flow; they will use true 5″ square posts on taller fences and privacy fences. These posts do not need wooden 4 x 4 posts on the inside of them to support the fence panels. 

It is common though on all grades of vinyl fence, to use a a post insert (aluminum or steel), or the method of filling a post with cement for a gate (hinge and latch post) and terminal posts for extra support.

DIY Installing Your Fence Fence Section Widths 

Check pickets, rails, and posts for manufacturer’s recommendations on interior reinforcement. A quality fence will often have interior ‘ribbing’ on pickets, or other forms of reinforcement vs. a hollow rail. Quality taller vinyl fences and privacy fences will. 

Also have either a galvanized steel reinforcement channel in the bottom rail to help prevent sag; these rails are a full 8 feet in length! Be careful comparing material costs and installation time with these comparisons. A cheaper vinyl fence product may not be that much cheaper in the end.

DIY Installing Your Fence Design

In order to make a vinyl fence less expensive and easier to inventory, it is common for consumer brands to offer one single ‘blank’ (no holes) post. Then use a bracket of some sort to attach all horizontal rails to fence posts. 

Often these rail brackets are even a painted steel which will rust on a white vinyl fence. These brackets can be brittle and usually don’t have much to attach to seeing how it’s a vinyl fence. Having simply one post, is much easier to inventory though.

In general, better fences will have posts routed to accept the horizontal rails. Vinyl fence end posts will have holes routed on one side only to accept fence horizontal rails and terminate a fence line. 

Corner posts will have routed holes on adjacent sides to create a 90 degree or there about turn. And line posts will have holes on opposite sides to be used as an intermediate post. There are various ways in which fence manufacturers have found to ‘lock’ the rails inside the posts.

DIY Installing Your Fence Quality of Material

The Point is, the section is not going to come off the posts without practically tearing down the post too. Further, a fence system with routed posts is often more aesthetically pleasing when compared with a fence with brackets.

In general, a routed post system will surpass a bracketed system in strength, appearance, and ease of installation. This is a generality, and there are some types of railing and fence sections with brackets which are designed well. 

Also, don’t forget to add up the costs of these fence brackets in estimating and comparing brands. The same principle will apply to how vinyl fence manufacturers design pickets to attach to rails. Inferior brands will simply glue, or screw pickets to the face of horizontal fence rails.

These will not last. Better brands will often have routed rails which accept pickets through the center of them, or into extruded grooves. 

One better way of attaching pickets to the face of a horizontal rails is from the backside with larger lag screws and caps which hide the fasteners from the weather and your sight. Keep in mind, a fence is only as weak as its weakest point.

Privacy fences should have tongue and groove pickets so that the fence remains private when, not if the ground shifts.

DIY Installing Your Fence Gates 

– Inexpensive vinyl fence systems will often cut a panel down in width, screw on a diagonal vinyl piece of some sort and call it a ‘gate’. Gate hinges are inferior to others as they only ‘face-mount’ to the post and gate. 

Better systems will have a ‘true’ gate with better design to help prevent gate sag. Gates constitute the largest quantity of call backs to installers as they can be tricky, are usually the only part of the fence designed to move, and are often underestimated when designed and installed.

A gate is a bad place to ‘skimp’ on your fence project as it could cause hours to years of aggravating maintenance when adjusting, realigning, and replacing parts and hardware.

A better quality gate should have gate uprights fastened to horizontal rails in a secure fashion. Better brands may have ‘gate sockets’ glued and riveted into uprights to accept horizontal fence rails. Steel, or aluminum frame are often used to help prevent sag on better quality vinyl fences.

Wholesale Gate Hardware

You will also find a variety of quality gate hardware sets available to compliment vinyl gates. Better hardware will be designed to mount to two sides of the gate hinge post and often the gate upright itself which allows for multiple points to install screws or ‘thru-bolts’. 

Avoid hinges which are single dimensional and will only allow you to drive screws into the face of the gate. The gate post will easily be pulled from both during wind.

The same principle will apply to latches and having attachment point on both sides of a gate post and gate upright. When choosing a low-to-no maintenance fence, use stainless steel hardware. Which has been powder coated, or a quality polymer piece of hardware. 

Installing regular painted steel hardware on a vinyl fence will cause rust stains to bleed down the face of your new fence in a few years. 

Worse yet, you won’t be able to replace it with better hardware without then seeing old holes in your fence and gate where the old cheap hardware used to be.

Pay Attention to Your Dealer and Fence Manufacturers’ Credentials – 

Buy from a well-established fence dealer and long-standing manufacturer and you will rarely err. Professional fence companies and manufacturer’s will service your needs. This isn’t to say they also won’t make mistakes, but they will work feverishly to fix them.

For Questions or to order your fence please contact us at 877-573-5561 or email us at sales@wholesalefencing.com 

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