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* First thing to do is check with the local utility companies if there are any underground utilities in the area where you want to build the fence and if so, where they are located.
* Be 100% sure
of where the property line is. If not, you may need a property survey which could be costly but believe me, it will be a lot less expensive than finding out later that "your" fence is on the neighbours property!!!!
* Contact your local building department
to find out the proper depth for fence post footings, height restrictions and whether or not you need a building permit.







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Composite Fencing
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Composite fencing.

Composite lumber is made of a made of a variety of materials, some synthetic and some natural or a combination of materials. Many composite fencing materials are made of recycled plastics and wood fibers. It is supposed to resemble real wood and is available in a a few colours that won't fade at all or only a bit. If you don't like the annual maintenance required for your wood fence, composite fencing may be the solution for you.
The cost of composite lumber fencing materials is up to four times that of pressure treated lumber. Composite material won't warp or split, is easy to work with using standard tools. There are many manufacturers producing composite materials each claiming that their product is the best. Do your home work and find out what the composite fencing is made of. Does it contain recycled materials? Composite material is softer than lumber and posts may have to be installed closer than normal to prevent sag. Some manufacturers give you the option of installing a wood fence post set in concrete or placing the hollow post over a steel post. The latter is highly recommended.




Maintenance: The fence should be cleaned annually with water and a mild detergent. A pressure washer can be used but care should be taken to lower the normal pressure settings to avoid 'washing away' the colour of your fence. Also, always spray in the direction of the wood pattern or fence board to prevent damaging the fence surface.
A trip to building department. Contact your local building department to find out the proper depth for fence post footings, height restrictions and whether or not you need a building permit.
Also, be 100% sure of where the property line is and check with the local utility companies if there are any underground utilities in the area where you want to build the fence and if so, where they are located.

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