Link to Topics on this Page
- Our Fence Building
- Steps Prior to Building The Fence
- Problem Fence Posts
- Types of Fencing Materials
- Mississauga Fence Building code & Permits
- Insurance Issues Covering Fences
- Responsibilities of Sharing a Lot Line Fence
Our Fence Building
For a fence repair you may simply need the posts replaced and the board sections reattached. We can help you do this job well. Most gates just need a few adjustments to have them closing properly again.
Quality work involves a contractor or your self buying better fasteners, Posts being properly installed to ensure they last well into 15 years or so. Ensuring style and design chosen is adhered to. Boards should be spaced as per agreement and post size and installation as per contract.
Steps Prior to Building The Fence
Anticipation of costs, would is your budget or affordability.
Co-ordinating with neighbours on all sides of your fence to discuss possible cost sharing (or not) styles, and time frames.
Styles of fencing and types of materials you will be using. Examples being Aluminum, Composite wood,Chain Link, Wrought Iron, pressure treated Wood or cedar.
Determining all lot lines by getting out everyone’s surveys involved in sharing the fence to avoid futures issues or having to move your fence in the future.
Getting all locates done in a timely manner for everyones safety and to save you thousands of dollars should something terrible happen. The lines get spray painted so ensure you call for the lines being drawn where contractor will still be able to see them.
Acquiring quotes done from local contractors – too low a quote and it may result in many corners being cut which will not be evident until a few years have past
Problem Fence Posts
Fence Post are the one thing that tend to be the problem for most people they hold up the weight of the fence and therefore take all the force.
Posts are planted or installed many ways. Here is a list of how many people plant or install posts
1- dig 3 feet down into the dirt and plant the post filling the areas with dirt
2- will do same as above but cover the bottom of the hole with a few inches of gravel.
3- some will put in a small amount of concrete and leave dirt around the top of the post – in order to save on concrete
4- digging hole 3 – 4 feet filling a small sonotube with concrete up to 3 inches below the soil and wrap solid and grass.
The main problem with any of these methods is that the post sits in dirt that is wet and dry for year eventually rotting.
What happens is water gets absorbed into the wood and if the ground never dry out the post eventually will rot and break.
Even with concret added the wood will shrink and expand all the while water will get into the cracks.
Concrete absorbs moisture as well so that many wood post only last 15 years or so even with the best of methods if the areas never gets a chance to dry out. very often.
Types of Fencing Materials
Dealing with Obstacles on your Lot Line
In established neighbourhoods, trees, rocks and roots become a big obstacle.
If all care is abandoned the fence will be installed and the tree may die.
With old 18 inch diameter tree stumps protruding from the ground by 12 inches or more. Best to have them removed with a stump remover at a cost of $400 or so.
large roots from beautiful trees. This becomes a touchy subject, nowadays people care little about their environments and more about themselves, having expensive toys and esthetics. So most times the thought process is the hell with the tree. I want my nice fence to be symmetrical.
Large Rocks, If a post can be placed down a few feet from the boulder then that may be best.
Fence posts do not all have to be installed at a six foot width. In established older treed areas working with the land seems to make good sense.
Trees on the lot line – Fences can be built around trees but thought should be put in to ensure room is allowed for future growth of the tree.
Mississauga Fence Building code & Permits
Insurance Issues Covering Fences