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What should I know when installing a fence?

Thinking about installing a fence?  Before you buy or begin the installation process, keep in mind the following to help ensure your installation goes smoothly.

 
Function
What is the purpose of the fence? Is it to provide privacy, define a border, or add a decorative touch? Is security your primary concern? You may want a fence to keep your children and pets safely in your yard, or enclose a swimming pool. The function of your fence will determine the style and size you choose.
 
 
Material
There are a variety of fence materials on the market, each with their own distinct advantages. Vinyl fencing is an increasingly popular alternative to wood fencing and is ideal for people who want a beautiful, long-lasting fence but don’t want to deal with the time and cost of maintaining a wood fence.
 
 
The Bufftech line of vinyl fence includes a variety of styles featuring our exclusive CertaGrain ™ texture which delivers the look and feel of wood without the maintenance. For those who prefer the look of traditional stucco, we also offer fence with CertaStucco™ texture.
 
 
Location
If you are installing the fence along a property line, discuss your plans with any neighbors whose property borders yours. Have the land surveyed to make sure the fence will be on your property.
 
Contact utility companies to confirm the location of underground supply and power lines.
 
Review your deed for any easements that could impact the design or location of your fence. 
 
 
Code compliance
Visit your local building authorities to obtain any necessary permits and to verify zoning laws regarding the size and placement of your fence.
 
If you live in a planned community, check with your homeowner’s association for any guidelines on fence installation.
 
 
Installation
Will you be installing the fence yourself, or do you plan to hire a contractor? CertainTeed’s Contractor Locator can help you find a qualified contractor in your area. If you plan on doing the job yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions completely. CertainTeed offers complete and detailed fence installation instructions for all our Fence products.  
 
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