Should A Fence Touch The Ground?

How far off the ground should a wood fence be?

two inchesIn most applications, a wood fence should be installed at least two inches off the ground.

Your posts and rot boards (if you choose to install them) should be the only fence components that contact the ground..

Do you need to leave a gap between fence boards?

When building a solid privacy fence, the fence boards are either butted tightly together, or spaced 3/8 to 1/4 inch apart to allow the wood to expand and contract in wet and dry weather. … The fence boards alternate on the sides of the rails, overlapping by at least 1 inch on each side of the boards.

Do I need a permit to put a fence around my yard?

When You Are Most Likely to Need a Permit to Build a Fence Even where you will be installing the fence within your own property makes a difference. A privacy fence in your backyard will often not require a permit unless it is to be over 6 feet tall, while the cut-off for the same type of fence.

Is 2 feet deep enough for fence posts?

The minimum depth that you should dig your fence post holes for panel sections is 2 feet. A general formula is to dig the holes one-third to one-half of the post’s aboveground height. The deeper you dig the holes, the more stability your fence has, but you must also purchase longer posts.

Should you nail or screw a fence?

Screws should never be used when installing a wood fence. While research shown that nails are better for the installation of a wood fence, using the right type of nail is paramount. … Lifetime Fence & Roofing Company uses stainless steel ring shank nails for all wood fences.