4 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Old Fence

A quality fence should last more than a decade, but after spending 15-20 years in the elements, it will eventually need replacing. As they say, all good things come to an end.

Removing your existing fence and installing a new fence is no small project. However, the process can be seamless and efficient with careful planning and preparation. Ask these four questions before you begin your fence replacement process, no matter the size of your property or the fencing material you need.

1.     Where Does My Property Really End?

You might think your existing fence has done the job of identifying your property lines for you, but it may be time to revisit that conversation before you install your new one. Not only are you checking to ensure you aren’t building on someone else’s property, but you may also learn you could be fencing in a larger area than before. If the latter is the case, the dogs will thank you.

2.     What Type of Fence Material is Best for My Situation?

When replacing your old fence, you should carefully consider all your fencing material options and not just default to what you had previously. In addition, it’s important to consider the elements your fence will contend with when choosing which material is right for the job. For example, if your fence receives a significant amount of direct sunlight or must stand up to wet conditions (like a fence at the bottom of the hill), you’ll want to consider those factors when making your decision.

3.     Are There Restrictions Based on Local Rules?

Let’s discuss every homeowner and building contractor’s favorite topic – local building regulations! Zoning laws may state that you need a permit to replace your fence, even if you aren’t planning on changing the material, color, or height. Regardless of your fence’s updated specs, if you installed your previous fence several years prior, there’s a good chance at least some laws have changed since you built the original structure. While it may be tedious and frustrating, complying with all rules and regulations will save you several headaches in the future.

4.     Have I Checked for Underground Utilities?

Consulting local zoning laws should be standard protocol for anyone building or installing something new on their property. An underground utility check should also have a place on your checklist.

It’s essential to check your property for underground utilities that could be damaged during your new fence installation. You might think that if your previous fence didn’t interfere with any cables, pipes, or electric lines, you wouldn’t have any issues with your upcoming project, but that’s not always the case. Over time, roots and shifting soil can move utility equipment around and cause preventable accidents. In the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, call 8-1-1 to have the professionals give you final clearance regarding underground utilities.

Get in Touch to Begin Your Project

Your fencing replacement project begins with a call to our experienced team of fence installation experts. Quality materials and the highest level of customer service have led us to become the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky leader in commercial and residential fencing installation.

To discuss your property or any other fencing needs, call us at our Cincinnati Showroom (513-631-0333) or our Northern Kentucky location (850-485-6655). Visit the contact page on our site for details on how to get in touch online.