Vinyl fences are one of the most poplar fences chosen today for yards. Not only are they durable but they’re also maintenance free compared to some wooden fences which sometimes rot or fade from weather and time. Vinyl fences can sometimes be expensive, so here are some instructions on how to install a vinyl fence on your own.
A few things to keep in mind before beginning this process:
- Ask yourself if a Vinyl fence is the right style of fence to blend in nicely with your landscape and home?
- Putting in a fence is a 2 person job
- Be sure to figure out your property lines before starting
Here’s a list of Materials/Tools you will need:
- Digging Bar
- Post Hole Digger
- Tape Measure
- String Line and Drive Stakes
To ensure the posts are in a straight line, begin by setting your drive stakes past the furthest ends of your fence line and stretch the string between them. Determine the location of your first post and mark out each of the holes. Depending on your style of fence the most common distances between posts are either 6’ or 8’. Mark on the ground where each post will be placed.
Start digging holes for each post. Hole depth should be approximately 2.5′ to 3′ deep. We recommend digging the hole in a bell shape, where the bottom of the hole is wider than the top. This will allow the concrete to better resist frost heave. Place the first post in the first hole, backfill the hole with concrete and set the post plumb and to the string line, using the level.
Place the second post in its hole, and insert the bottom rail between the posts. Add concrete to the second hole, and then set the post plumb using a level, being careful to keep it close to but not touching your string line. Be sure to leave enough space above the concrete to go back and cover the footing with dirt.
Install the top rail, and begin inserting the fence pickets. Make sure to level the posts to one another and to grade visually for a clean professional look. Be sure to take a step back occasionally to view the fence from afar to ensure the line of the fence is consistent.
Cover the rest of the footing with dirt. Add caps to the top of the fence posts and the fence is complete!
If you are feeling overwhelmed about trying to put in a fence yourself don’t worry, that’s when you contact Orange Fence! We’re happy to help and guide you in the right direction. If you’re still unsure then we can always provide you with an estimate for how much it will cost for us to install your fence. Click here to get a free estimate.