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DIY Planning and Installation Tips

A fence, carefully planned and chosen will enhance the appearance and add value to your property. A fence can emphasize an entrance, provide a handsome backdrop for plantings, or define property lines. Besides being decorative, a fence has some very practical purposes. It can afford you privacy, or deter children and pets from straying. Whatever your reason for wanting a fence, practical or personal, there are some important steps to take before beginning the project.

This was designed to inform you and help you make a more discriminate decision regarding your new fence purchase. Remember, the contractor or home warehouse with the lowest price may not be the best bargain in the long run. Not all materials are the same: an unbelievable price is usually that. You can have confidence in both our products and installation.

  • Check for building ordinances in your area:

It is the homeowners responsibility to check with their local municipality to see if there are any restrictions or guide lines governing the construction of a fence on your property and if a building permit is needed. If this is around a pool, check for particular rules concerning this situation, including a call to your home owners insurance company.

  • Know your property line:

It is important to know your exact property line. We recommend a property survey if you are not sure. If you would be wrong it could result in your fence becoming your neighbors property unless you move it.

  • Location of underground utility lines:

Laurel Highlands Fence Company, is a member of the PA One Call System and will provide this service at no charge to you when the fence is installed. The utility company will mark all public utility lines

Note: The utility company will not mark your private utilities. These are your responsibility to know where they are. Some examples of these are propane gas pipes from your tank to your house, gas or electric lines on your side of the meter, underground lawn sprinklers, swimming pool filtering lines, etc.

  • Choosing the style of fence for your yard:

Consider the contour of your ground when choosing the style of your fence. Most fences are installed to follow the contour of the ground. If your ground is sloping, please discuss with your estimator or sales person what styles of fence will fit into your situation.

  • Gates:

Carefully plan where and how many gates will be needed. Take into consideration where large objects will be brought in and out (furniture, lawn equipment, pets, etc), and where traffic flows in and out of your yard (to garages, pools, neighbors, etc). Try to choose a level spot in your yard for the gates to insure a level opening and closing of the gates. Decide which side of the gate opening to hinge the gate and which direction the gate will swing (into or out of the property).