Keeping your property secure, whether it is your home, your office, or even your farm is of the utmost importance. One of the most effective methods of securing your property is to install a fence using strong fencing and strong fence posts. This will ensure that your property cannot be entered and that any suspicious behaviour is deterred.
When you are looking for fence posts and fencing for your property, there are some aspects that you need to consider. Firstly, you need to know the exact measurements of your property before you make any fence posts and mesh purchases. This will help you with the rest of the process, such as choosing the right fence poles and deciding on the layout of your fence.
Not sure where to start? Below are some top tips for building a fence for your property.
Take Accurate Measurements
The first, and most important, step in building your fence is to take accurate measurements of your property. This will need to include any irregularities in the layout, such as whether or not a fence post might need to be placed next to a tree or if there are uneven surfaces in some areas. Knowing how large your property is will help you to decide on how much of each material you need.
Your measurements should also include how tall your fence is going to be. For example, if you own a commercial property, a higher fence might be ideal, whereas private properties are often limited to a certain height. Be sure to measure how far in from the street the fence will be too. Once you have accurate measurements, you can go to your local fence post and wire mesh supplier and ask them for help choosing the materials.
Layout The Area
Having your measurements will help you to layout yourfence area. This is especially helpful for choosing where the fence posts will be placed. You should always make sure that you have regular spaces between the fence posts so that the wire mesh fencing can be pulled taught and remain properly secure.
Layout your fencing area using stakes and string or line and be sure that you are keeping within the property line. Be sure to keep this in mind when laying out the fence as it would be difficult to have to reinstall it due to being over the property line. If you are going to be using taller fence posts, try to find stakes or other poles to mark out the area so you can see if you need to trim back any trees or plants to accommodate this height.
Choose Your Materials Carefully
Many people opt to have a metal fence due ot its durability and the stability of the metal fence posts, but you will need to be sure that you choose the right material for your needs. If you are building a fence for livestock, you will need to be sure that the fence can hold the weight of the gate and the animals.
For added stability, you could opt for fence posts with an overhang in the corner to ensure that the structure remains upright. Wire mesh is one of the better options to choose for security fencing, and can be built up with shrubs or plants for added privacy. A metal fence is easy to maintain and because many metal fences and fence posts are galvanised, you will not need to worry about any rust forming.
Dig The Holes And Place The Poles
Once you have chosen the correct fence poles and fencing material, you will need to move on to digging holes and placing the poles. Plant your poles 600mm deep, the holes should be approximately 600 x 400 mm in size. Fill the hole with cement and leave for about two days to ensure that they are sturdy and will not waver.
Using your already-laid out design will help to make sure that there is enough space between the fence poles for the fencing material. Once the poles have been placed and secured, you can start stretching the wire mesh along the fence posts. Be sure not to stretch it to its limit as this could cause problems later, such as warping or shrinking.
If you would like expert assistance while building your fence, please do not hesitate to contact Van Schoor Gate today to find out how we can help you.