If you've decided to build a privacy fence around your yard, there are a few important things to know before you install the fencing. Of course, you probably already know that you are required to abide by building codes and regulations that are in place in your community. However, there are a few issues that may stem off of those requirements even if you meet them. Here are a few things to consider before you install your privacy fence.
Maintenance of the fence, ground & utilities
There are generally several types of fencing options in regard to the property line. The fencing can be installed directly on the boundary line or offset a short distance away to provide an easement for your neighbor(s) and/or utility companies. Your local building code authority will likely limit you to one or the other. However, one thing that some people don't consider is that the fence and the ground underneath it and directly beside it will need to be properly maintained.
- Boundary: If your local building codes require that you install a fence directly on the boundary, you and your neighbor will likely share the responsibilities of paying for and maintaining that section of the fencing. You'll need to check with your local building code authority for more information regarding the specifications for your location, as they are different from one municipality to the next. Alternatively, ask your fence company since they should be well-versed in these regulations, especially when it comes to boundary fences.
- Easement: If your fence will be offset, you'll need to maintain the ground on the other side of the fence. Therefore, you'll want to be sure to leave yourself with enough space to use a lawnmower and/or a weed wacker without also trimming or cutting the neighbor's grass. Even though you will not be able to see this portion of the yard since it will be on the opposite side of the privacy fence, it is still your requirement to maintain it.
Consider a removable panel for easy access
If your neighbor or a utility company has a right-of-way to use your property for their purposes, yet you want to have a privacy fence, it's a good idea to consider installing a removable panel. That way, they can gain access when they need to without destroying your privacy fence. For example, if a utility company needs to bring heavy equipment onto your property to make repairs of overhead wires or underground cabling, a removable panel can allow them access.
A removable panel can allow contractors to gain easy access to your backyard in case your roofing needs to be replaced or you install new windows. Also, a removable panel will allow you to have deliveries of things like firewood or mulch directly to your backyard without having to use wheelbarrows and muscles.
A removable panel can be hinged similar to a standard gate. However, since panels or sections of privacy fencing are wider and, therefore, heavier, your fencing contractor will need to bolster up the posts on each side of the removable panel so the weight transfer of an open panel does not bring down the rest of the privacy fence. This can be done by installing the posts in a firm concrete base and by using thicker posts.
Alternatively, a removable panel can be hinge-less and removed by lifting the panel up on both ends to remove it from bracket system. However, due to the weight of the panel, if this is the option you choose, you'll need to be sure you have space to temporarily store it without leaning it directly onto the fence.
For more information and ideas, you can contact local fencing companies.