Commercial fencing provides security, professionalism, and peace of mind… unless you make one or more of these common commercial fencing mistakes. Some common mistakes include failing to obtain permits, taking incorrect measurements, or setting up improper post settings.
A lot of things can go wrong during what seems like a simple fencing project. All it takes is a slight error or oversight to jeopardize the outcome of your fencing project. We are trusted to install commercial fencing for a wide variety of industries, and you can rest assured we pay close attention to every detail.
8 Common Mistakes We’ve Seen Plenty Of Times, And You Don’T Have To Make Any Of Them!
#1. Failing to File for Commercial Fencing Permits
Even the smallest construction projects require proper permitting, and that includes installing commercial fencing. If you forget to file a permit you could end up with a fine, and/or be forced to tear your fence down and rebuild it.
#2. Not Checking Local Zoning Laws & Regulations
This goes hand-in-hand with #1, because in order to obtain permits you’ll need to follow local building codes. Certain types of fencing may be banned in your area, or there might be height requirements. Some zones allow you to place your fence right on your property line, while others require the fence is set back X amount of feet from the property line. If the fence is containing a body of water, there are additional requirements, laws and safety codes. If you put up a fence that doesn’t fall in line with regulations, you’ll be forced to take it down and start back at square 1.
It is equally important to check the official division of land space so that you don’t end up installing your fence on someone else’s property.
#3. Not Taking Precise Measurements
Even the smallest inaccuracies can result in mishap. Materials will not line up correctly if anything is off at all. Every measurement should be taken twice to ensure accuracy and avoid oversights. We use special tools to ensure proper measurements.
#4. Digging Before You Know What’s Underground
Generally speaking, 1/3 of the total fence post should be buried underground. Aluminum fence gate posts must be at least 30-inches deep. Digging underground without checking first can result in hitting a utility line or water pipe.
#5. Using the Wrong Post Setting Techniques
If you want a secure fence you’re going to need proper fence posts. Posts should be able to weather storms, as well as connect to fence panels and hold up adjoining materials. That’s a lot of work, especially if posts are not properly installed.
Posts that are not anchored in place by flush-to-the-ground gravel are at risk of collapse. The same goes for posts that do not penetrate underground at least 2-feet. You can add more depth or additional anchorage, but you don’t want to do less than the minimum or else you’ll end up replacing your commercial fencing in no time. Give posts time to settle after installation before adding railings or fence panels.
#6. Forgetting to Account for Property Slope
Most properties are not 100% flat, there is some type of measurable grade, even if it’s not visible to the naked eye. Commercial fence installation varies based upon the grade of the land. Panels must be adjusted for inclines or declines to create a neat and solid fence. Surveying tools and advanced carpentry skills are fundamental to properly installing a fence even on a very slight grade. You may also need special types of fence panels to accommodate the slope of your property, otherwise you could end up with big gaps in your fencing.
#7. Improperly Installing Fence Gates
The fence gate is an important element that’ll let people in and out of the property. The gate must be attached to sturdy hinges and there must be adequate ground beneath the gate for it to swing open and closed without getting stuck.
#8. Not Hiring Kleenco Construction
Kleenco Construction is the leading name for commercial construction projects, including the installation of security or perimeter fencing. We take every detail into account, double check all measurements, use the highest quality materials, and work within local building codes and regulations to produce the best results, every single time.