Installing a new fence at your property? A quality fence provides an additional layer of safety and security for a home, and, when installed the right way, can increase its overall curb appeal. Before you decide to put up a fence yourself, you need to have a basic understanding of good installation practices to maximize the lifespan of your investment. Read on to learn some helpful tips for proper fence installation.
What are the general rules regarding posthole depth?
The basic rule of thumb when it comes to fence installation is that the depth of the posthole should be one-third to one-half the above-ground height as the post itself. It’s best to consult a professional fence installation company who understands the ideal depth for the overall weight of your fence, your local soil conditions and your local climate. In addition, building codes and ordinances in your area may specify a legal depth and diameter for postholes. Always conform with local codes and make sure that postholes lodge below the frostline in your area.
What are the general rules regarding posthole diameter?
In addition to depth, you need to carefully consider the ideal diameter of postholes during installation. As a general rule, the diameter of each posthole should be three times the diameter of each post. Traditional wooden fences usually have four-inch by four-inch posts, which would call for a 12-inch diameter posthole.
How do I prevent moisture from rotting fence posts?
If you’re installing an attractive wooden fence, keep in mind that no matter how deep you dig your fence posts, you need to protect them from moisture damage. Always add pea gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of the posthole to prevent moisture from rotting the posts from the bottom up.
It’s best to add gravel in layers. Start by pouring in gravel to a depth of three inches or more, then use a piece of scrap lumber to tamp down the stones. Pour an additional three inches of gravel and tamp a second time. By adding these compacted layers of gravel, you help rainwater drain freely into the subsoil and protect the look and function of your fence posts. Once you’ve determined correct posthole depth and diameter and added the appropriate amount of gravel, you’re ready to fix the posts in place with fast-setting concrete.
Why is correct posthole depth important?
Following the instructions of a professional fencing company regarding posthole depth is extremely important to the overall stability of your new fence. You should pay special attention to posthole depth if you’re setting a post into soft ground or if your area frequently experiences high winds—in these cases, bury posts a bit deeper and set them with extra concrete.
Fence installation, regardless of the fencing material you choose, is a significant investment that can make your property more secure and more attractive. For best results, rely on a professional fence installation company to get the job done right. Contact Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC to explore the benefits of adding high-quality fencing to beautify and secure your property’s perimeter.