The simple answer to this question is yes, you can have fences and gates installed on (almost) any surface. However, the effective installation of fences and gates on different surfaces depends on how good your fencing specialist is, and the quality and sturdiness will also vary. If you are not familiar with the type of soil that your property has or if you do not know how to drill a pavement, it is recommended that you get in touch with a fencing specialist to help you with your project.
We are not discouraging you from doing it on your own, if you have the skills. If you are a fan of DIY, following are two examples on installing fences and gates on different surfaces. These will give you an idea on what to expect if you are thinking of installing or renovating your fences and gates.
1. Installing fences and gates into brick pavements or poured concrete.
There are two options when installing gates or fences on brick pavements or concrete: core drilling or bolting post with a base plate.
In core drilling, you bore holes through the concrete or pavement. This creates holes without too much strain. A diamond-tip core bit is best for this because it ensures a clean hole no matter what type of concrete you are drilling into.
Using the bolting post with a base plate option is your choice if core drilling is not possible. This method allows for the fence and gate to be installed on top of a timber deck, into tiles, or in cases where there are existing underground services. When using this option, it is important to bear in mind that the surface should be strong enough to support the fence or gate you are installing.
2. Installing fences and gates on a slope.
This can be a bit challenging, especially if you are doing it on your own. Erecting a fence on a slope needs thorough study and craftsmanship. Using individual pickets can be a good idea to follow the contour of the property you are fencing. You can also use preassembled panels or stepped fencing.
If the slope you are installing your fence into is a steep one, you might want to dig out some of the slope instead of having huge gaps under your fence panels. It is also important to note that the majority of fences aren’t made to go underground. So, using a gravel board between posts is the way to go.
What is the key factor when installing fences and gates on any surface that you shouldn’t forget?
When installing fences and gates, your number one concern should be the strength of your posts. No matter what surface you are installing your fence and gate on to, you should always secure your fence posts.
To make sure that your fence will last and that you are not wasting money, fence posts must be set correctly. There are two ways to set your fence posts on soil – setting them in concrete or setting them in gravel. The type of setting to use will depend on the type of soil you have on your property. Quite loose and sandy soil needs concrete while gravel will work best with heavier soils.
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Installing fences and gates on any surface can be challenging. If you are not sure on what to do to start your project, contact a reliable fencing specialist to do the job for you. This way, you can be sure that the money you spend will not be wasted and your property is in able hands. Call us today!