With spring coming up sooner than one may think (yay warm weather!), it’s time to start considering your plans to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis that you’ll be able to enjoy through the warmer months! Although it’s always very exciting to design your ideal backyard with a beautiful fence, gorgeous landscaping, and great patio furniture, it can be hard to know the right steps to take and the right things to consider when you’re working on getting started on your fence installation project here in Edmonton.
Today, we’re going to go through our top 5 tips for doing Edmonton fence installation the right way. From choosing the fencing company you’ll go with to considering the sturdiness and longevity of your fence, we’ll help you make sure that you’ve got all the information you need to choose the right fencing company to help you transform your outdoor space.
Tip #1: Confirm that the fence you’ll be installing is going to be sturdy.
Let’s face it: the weather here in Edmonton is less than ideal for… the majority of the year. Not only does this mean we have to make the most of the warmer, more pleasant months, it also means that we have to ensure that fences can withstand the cold, the snow, the wind, and anything else that gets thrown at us!
Cold temperatures can especially cause problems for fences as they can make materials more brittle and more prone to breakage. When choosing the fencing material and installation method for your fence project, it’s important to make sure that the fence you choose will be sturdy and resistant to breakage, even at the -40 degrees Celsius that we get to experience each winter.
Additionally, although Edmonton isn’t known to be particularly windy, we do experience some very strong wind storms here and there throughout the year and it’s essential to have a fence that is installed deep into the ground for maximum stability.
Beyond the elements, it’s also important for fences to be resistant to any wear and tear caused by the people and animals in your backyard! When backyard football matches get intense, it’s important for your fence to hold up against the hits that it takes and when your dog gets the zoomies, it’s essential that the fence will be okay after experiencing a bump or two.
Strong, thick fence posts, deep gate post installation, sturdy fence materials, sag-resistant spans between posts, and strong but adjustable gate hardware can all make a major positive impact on the sturdiness of your fence and are all important to look for when getting a fence installed in your outdoor space.
Tip #2: Research the fencing company who will be providing and installing your fence.
Fence installation isn’t the type of landscaping project that can be completed well by just anyone. Without industry knowledge and experience, it can be very hard to know how to install a fence so that it is sturdy, works with your property and landscaping, and lasts for a long time. That is why tip #2 is so important; without researching and learning about the fencing company that you want to hire, you can’t be sure that they will be able to provide you with the highest quality fence that you and your property deserve.
By reading reviews online, chatting with representatives from the company, and asking around in your community, you’ll be able to learn more about the quality of customer service and fence installation service that the company will be able to provide you, helping you to make an informed decision. You deserve to work with a company that truly cares about you and provides you with the fence of your dreams.
High quality fencing companies in Edmonton should have industry knowledge and experience, good customer reviews and ratings (and responses to the lower ones, making things right), great customer service throughout any interaction, and will often be locally owned and operated to ensure the highest level of local experience and knowledge. Edmonton fence installation companies that have these qualities are who you want to hire and work with for your fence installation process because they’ll be sure to go above and beyond your expectations.
Tip #3: Keep safety and security in mind throughout installation and beyond.
When it comes time to install your fence, you want to make sure that the entire installation process will be done safely. Fence installation technicians with industry knowledge and experience will be able to maintain the highest level of safety while installing the fence on your property. They will wear the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), use the proper installation procedures and practices, and will complete the fence installation project in safe conditions.
Although this is of the utmost importance, it’s also crucial to consider the long-term safety that your fence will provide you, your family and animals, and property. At the end of the day, a fence serves as a barrier between your outdoor space and others’ space, roads, alleys, etc. Fences delineate the difference between what’s yours and what is someone else’s. They also provide a barrier between your property and belongings and the outside world and are an essential part of keeping your backyard private and safe.
When choosing a fence to install in your backyard, make sure to consider the amount of privacy that it offers you (eg. vinyl privacy fence vs chain link fence), and the level of protection it will give you against theft and trespassing. Fences that are sturdy and difficult to climb will offer you the highest level of protection and privacy fences will, not surprisingly, offer you the highest level of privacy.
By ensuring that your fence is structurally sound and truly closes your outdoor space off from the rest of the world, you’ll be able to give your family, friends, animals, and belongings the highest level of comfort and security possible.
Tip #4: Consider the longevity of your fence.
As exciting as fence installation in Edmonton can be, nobody wants to do it more than once, especially on the same property within a short amount of time. Part of the excitement that comes with installing a new fence on your property comes from knowing that the fence will last and continue providing its benefits for years to come.
Many factors contribute to the longevity of your fence. However, the structure and materials of the fence and integrity of the installation itself are the most important. By making sure that your fence is sturdy and structurally sound (as discussed in Tip #1), you’ll be able to greatly reduce or even eliminate the possibility of a sagging, shifting, leaning, or falling fence. By avoiding these things, you’ll also avoid the necessity of re-installing a new fence soon after your original installation.
The materials that the fence is made of are also of the utmost importance in terms of longevity of your fence. If you want the most long-lasting fence possible, it’s important to find a fence that is made of materials that are rot-resistant, chalk-resistant, peel-resistant, and stress-resistant. As aesthetically pleasing as wood fences are, they often begin to rot, lose their paint, and, therefore, their beauty and integrity over time.
By choosing a fence that is made of vinyl, you’ll be able to avoid these issues and have a fence that stays both beautiful and structurally sound for years and years (typically around 20). Vinyl fences do not rot, even when wet, because they aren’t made of wood, they do not chalk, the paint won’t peel off of them, and they can withstand the pressure and force that comes with busy family lives in backyards.
Tip #5: Make sure that you choose the most cost-effective fence installation option.
This tip is one of the most important ones to know before starting on your fence installation project. It’s important to note that it doesn’t say to go with the fastest or cheapest option for fence installation companies in Edmonton. This is because, oftentimes, when you hire the company that offers the cheapest fence installation, you risk giving up quality of customer service, quality of your fence, and longevity of your product. Frankly, these aren’t worth giving up for a cheaper option.
Finding the most cost-effective option for fence installation means choosing a fence that gives you the highest quality for the best price. Cost-effective fencing solutions are determined by labour costs, installation time, fence sturdiness, and fence longevity. It’s important to strike a balance between these factors to find the fence installation solution that will offer you the most bang for your buck.
Again, it’s important not to give up quality for efficiency, however, choosing a fence that is simple and fast to install will reduce your overall cost by reducing labour time. Additionally, by ensuring that you’re getting a sturdy, long-lasting, high quality fence installed, you’ll be able to guarantee a longer lifetime for your fence, reducing the possibility of fence replacement costs.
Further, by choosing a fence made of materials that do not require constant maintenance/upkeep, you’ll be able to bring your expenses down even further by removing costs associated with fixing and maintenance of your fence. Materials like vinyl are much more likely to require no maintenance and last for much longer whereas fences made of wood often require replaced slats, repainting, or complete reinstallation due to rotting.
We hope that these 5 tips that we explore for doing Edmonton fence installation the right way will help you to have the best possible experience with fence installation this spring! If you have any other questions or are looking to get a fence installed in your backyard, feel free to reach out to our friendly, knowledgeable representatives by calling 780-651-1562 and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!
Happy fence installing this spring and don’t forget to stay tuned for more blogs to come!