There can be many reasons for putting up a fence.
To begin with, a fence creates a frame around your garden, protecting it from both prying eyes and from wind. Marking the boundaries of your plot also reduces the risk that others will use your land by mistake. Another benefit of a fence is that it protects small children and pets from nearby roads. Last but not least, the fence can look pretty good. A classic white fence around the plot can enhance your house immensely!
Of course, there are other ways to mark boundaries and ensure peace and quiet, but an advantage of fences is that they are relatively easy to maintain. If you plant a hedge, it will need to be regularly cut and taken care of. In comparison, a fence usually requires minimal maintenance, needing only to be painted or simple repair work at times.
How do I know if I am allowed to build a fence?
Can anyone build a fence? Yes. A normal fence does not usually require any building permit. However, there may be rules to follow when it comes to planking and walls.
What is the difference between planking and a fence? The distinction is not always totally clear, but planking usually refers to enclosures that are higher than normal fences. As a rule, the dividing line is usually drawn somewhere around the 110 cm mark. It is worth remembering that young children and small dogs are usually effectively enclosed by a fence of 100 cm.
The material does not matter; rather, it is the design and appearance that determine whether an enclosure is deemed to be a fence or planking. Alongside the height, the density of the enclosure is sometimes taken into the equation. For example, a higher fence can be deemed to be planking if it is denser than 50%. On the other hand, if an enclosure comprises more air than building material, it may be deemed to be a fence.
As you see, there is a lot to think about. This is especially true if you intend to build a high fence. Many municipalities have therefore developed a policy for fences, planking and walls. This policy is an indicative document used when assessing whether or not building permits are required.
How do you build a fence?
Some people choose to build fences themselves, using leftover materials from previous buildings. A simple and practical alternative is to buy a complete kit for the fence.
No matter how you choose to build, it is important that the fence is properly fastened to the ground. Frost, rain, and children climbing on the fence can expose it to a great deal of stress.
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If you use ground screws instead of digging or casting a concrete base, you don’t have to turn the garden upside down, which would otherwise be the case. It saves a lot of time and effort, and the result is also more stable than a buried concrete block.
We have different screws for different soil conditions and types of job. For installation of a wooden fence, a post screw is usually used, while a steel fence usually requires a pipe screw.
However, in some types of mountainous terrain, ground screws are less suitable. In that case, you can drill holes in the mountain and use a steel spike for anchorage instead. We will of course help you find the best solution for your site!
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