What You Need to Know About Fence Installation in Ottawa
When the snow and frost thaw out every spring, many Ottawa homeowners are looking to install a fence on their properties. Fences add a sense of security and privacy to their properties.
There are a few things to consider before making the decision to hire a professional fence installer to complete this project, however. But what are these crucial steps you must look into? We are so glad you asked.
From not knowing the neighbourhood laws on fence installation, to accidentally beginning to construct your fence on the wrong side of your property line. These mistakes are not as uncommon as you may think!
Because of this, we have assembled this guide to crucial things to consider before contacting an expert to break ground on your brand-new fencing project. Read through some common scenarios to look out for to ensure your project goes off without a hitch!
Understand Local Rules
Before breaking ground on your new fence, it is important to check with your local by-laws to see if there are any stipulations for putting in new fencing.
If the by-laws allow it, the next thing to check is if your local neighbourhood has a homeowners association. If there is an HOA in your area, confirm with them the rules surrounding building a fence on your property to ensure all of your bases are covered and you aren’t in for an unpleasant surprise down the line.
This is an important first step in installing a fence on your property, so make sure you do your due diligence.
Check Your Property Line
It is an extremely important step to double-check where the property line is on your property in order to avoid any unnecessary delays in your project.
Don’t take the risk and assume you know where the property line is, take extra precaution and check the boundary lines for your property on your deed.
A copy of your deed can be found on your mortgage papers at a courthouse, or in some instances, you can access them online.
Choose Your Fencing Material
Before you begin the fence installation process, you must decide which materials you would like your fence made out of.
Wooden fences are quite popular, however, they tend to rot over time and aren’t the most sustainable material to use.
PVC fences are an extremely popular option, however, over time in the elements, the PVC will become brittle and begin to crack. It will last much longer than wooden fencing though. This is something to keep in mind.
For the most long-lasting results, iron fences are the way to go. They will stay sturdy for many years to come and require very little maintenance. The only drawback to iron fencing is you don’t get as much privacy as wooden or PVC fences, so this is something to consider.
Once you have selected the materials you would like to use, do your research and ensure you have covered all other required fence installation preparations. Once you are confident you have, contact us today.
Discuss With Your Neighbours
Although there are no rules saying you have to speak with your neighbours about installing a fence on your property, it is a courteous thing to do as it may inconvenience them.
If you are lucky, your neighbour may be looking to have a fence installed as well, and you can work collaboratively to choose a design, etc. this will save you money since you will split the cost!
Fencing Installation In Ottawa, Done Right
FenceScape has installed thousands of fences for our happy clients in the Ottawa area.
We are committed to providing nothing but the best fencing services to our happy clients, and will not leave a project until you are 100% satisfied.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, contact us today and we can help you get started providing yourself with privacy in your outdoor living space.