A fence is one of the best investments you can make for your property. The right company, the right material, the right embellishments—these are the things most people consider when they are preparing to install a fence. What customers do not always consider is that unlike an interior remodel or installation, fence installation has a ‘sweet spot’ during the year that will yield the best value on the investment.
The majority of the United States is hit at some point or another in the year with snow and freezing temperatures. The hard ground can slow the installation process, costing you extra money for labor and extra materials. You may also see problems with the sturdiness of the posts. Hard ground can make it more difficult for posts to settle, which can’t happen until the soil around the posts is more tightly compacted. The same issues arise with muddy ground caused by spring rains. The mud makes it difficult to set a post well, and as the ground dries there is a good chance your posts will shift. Aside from the complications with the weather, spring tends to be a busy season for fence companies and other contractors because people have waited out the winter to start their projects. Late summer may bring a larger team of employees (to finish your fence faster), or a discounted off-season rate.
There are some practical, non-building related reasons to have your fence done this time of year as well. In terms of yard maintenance, dry months are the best time to perform weed management. Left unchecked, weeds and their root systems can severely damage fence posts. Destroying them in the dry heat kills them faster, and keeps them gone longer.
Whether you are putting your fence up for protection, privacy, or simply for aesthetics and a bump in property value, it is important to make sure that you are setting yourself up for success. Choosing a time of year for installation that has a lower chance of resulting in future problems (and, by extension, future expenses) is wise, even if it means waiting longer than anticipated. Choose the right company, and the right material, and the right accessories—and make sure all of it is done at the right time.