One of the most critical steps when you are a DIY homeowner is to measure and then measure again. Ordering and installing an aluminum fence is no different. It is critical to properly measure the area and dimensions of your property looking for possible obstacles that could occur when installing your fence. Measuring the perimeter of the yard is also important to ensure that you have proper amount of fencing materials when the time comes to actually install the new fence.
In order to properly measure your yard and landscape to add a perimeter fence to your yard there are several steps professional fence installers use including:
Sketch out your home as well as the yard:
- Drawing out the space will offer you a visual to guide you as you are surveying and measuring the space. It will allow you to include the measurements in the exact location of where they will be needed. This also allows you to add obstacles to the sketch as seen.
Mark out property lines:
- One of the initial steps in measuring your yard for the installation of a new fence. Staking out your property line allows you to visually see the yard’s boundaries.
Decide the placement of your fence:
- During this step you will be able to decide whether you are looking into installing aluminum fence panels that are 4’, 6’, or 8’. It also allows you to layout a space that maximizes your yard space. Remember that some HOAs may actually require the installation of the fence to be off the property line and not directly on it. It is crucial to understand and abide by these regulations otherwise you could end up wasting both time and money with a fence that needs to be moved.
Measure from post to post:
- Once the fence is staked out and you have approval on its placement you can start the process of measuring it out. Using a measuring wheel can be beneficial during this process or a 100-foot measuring tape. This will allow you to calculate how much fence is needed when you get ready to get a fence quote.
Mark obstructions and elevation changes:
- Once the initial measurements are taken it is important walk along the fence line and make note of any obstructions or changes in elevation. Obstructions can be anything from utility boxes, boulders, trees, or outdoor structures. Changes in elevation can be small and easily adjusted for or you may need to consider stacked or rackable fencing.
Plan for your aluminum gate:
- One of the final steps in measuring out your fence is to plan out where you would like your gates to be installed. Would you like to install a single or double gate, would you like a gate in place that is big enough for a vehicle to enter the space?
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