If you are planning on having a wood fence installed on your property this spring, here are three tips you should keep in mind as you go through the installation process.
#1 Know Where You Want The Gate To Go In Advance
You should know where you want the gate or gates to go before your fence is put in place. In the areas where your gates are placed, the posts for the gates should be put deeper into the ground. The posts for the gate should also be secured with more cement than the other fence posts.
It is necessary to put the fence posts deeper in the ground and to secure them with additional concrete because gates are often heavy and the use of a gate puts a lot more strain on that part of your fence.
#2 Invest In A Heavy Duty Hinges
When you install your gate, make sure that you invest in large, heavy-duty hinges. One of the most common mistakes made with gates is the use of hinges that are too small. Over time, these hinges are not able to support the weight of your gate and they can end up damaging your wood fence. Save yourself a lot of time and hassle, and invest in large, strong hinges and a lock from the beginning to ensure that your gate is properly set up and supported.
Additionally, make sure that your hinges are treated with a protective coating so that the metal on the hinges does not easily rust after being exposed to natural elements.
#3 Let The Fence Dry Out Before You Alter It
Once the fence is installed, do not try to stain or paint the fence right away. Instead, allow the wood to set for a while and dry out in the sunlight. The wood used to make your fence will have been treated with various different products by the manufacturer, and you want to ensure that all of these products have cured and dried before you attempt to stain the wood yourself.
Remember, staining the wood will help seal and protect it from the elements. You can also apply a clear wood preserve to your fence as well to seal and stain it if you want to preserve the current look of the wood and just give it a shiny glossy feeling. If you want to really change how your wood fence looks, you can also paint it. Keep in mind, though, that whatever technique you choose; you are going to need to reapply it every few years in order to preserve the integrity of your new wooden fence.
To learn more, contact a fencing company.