Home and property owners in Texas install fences for lots of different reasons. You may want the added security or privacy afforded by a fence, or perhaps you own a farm or ranch and need a reliable solution to keeping your animals on your property. Whatever your reasons, you need to make sure the fence is installed properly, or you may wind up with more than just an ugly fence. You may end up with a safety hazard or even a legal dispute.

As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Building and installing a fence takes a lot of effort and planning. Ensuring your entire project is planned in well in advance will help make your installation is a success. First, you need to decide what you want your fence to do for you. Is it for security? Privacy?Ornamental? Are you protecting a pool to keep the little ones safe, or do you need to guard a balcony? Are you trying to keep deer and other animals out of your garden? Or do you want to keep your animals from straying off your ranch?

Once you know what kind of fence you are you want to build, you will need to plan for a number of other items. For example, you need to make sure your fence is the right height, or determine if there's an incline. How many posts will you need? Fewer posts saves digging, but also creates a weaker fence. Do you need a gate or other access point? Nothing's worse than having to walk all the way around because your gate is too small to fit your wheelbarrow.

Another amateur installers face is not checking to make sure the property lines are accurately marked. As Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but not if you mistakenly built yours on your neighbor's property! Not only are you going to upset the people you share a property line with, but you might also end up in legal trouble. While it's best to hire a company to install your fence for you, if you insist on doing it yourself, at the very least have a professional surveyor create your property lines.

Make sure you install the fence posts correctly. If they're not put in deep enough or anchored properly, they may collapse. Alternatively, if you go too deep, your fence will be too short! Your posts need to be a minimum of two feet in the ground and adequately anchored with gravel and concrete. Failing to properly install your fence posts will compromise the integrity of the structure, and you'll be reinstalling it in a very short period of time.

A new fence is an investment that will last for years. Avoid these common mistakes and more by hiring a professional fence contractor such as Perimeter Fence Co.. By hiring a quality local company that serves Austin, San Antonio, and the surrounding areas in Texas, you can trust that you will get expert workmanship and the highest quality fencing materials in the industry. They'll work with you to help you decide the perfect perimeter to your home or business. Whether you need a basic chain link fence, a custom iron gate, or a complex fence design, hiring a professional takes the guesswork out of the planning process and may save yourself the hassle of making costly mistakes.