Metal fences have some distinct advantages over other fence types, such as the metal fence's longevity if it is well maintained. However, many factors have to be kept in mind during the installation of those fences. This article discusses some useful tips that will help you to do a good job as you install your metal fence.

Keep Soil Conditions in Mind

Fence posts help to prevent the infill sheets and the entire fence structure from collapsing. This function can only be served if the fence holes suit the soil conditions of your area. For example, the holes in a rocky area may be shallower than the holes in an area with sandy soil. This is because the rocky ground provides a firmer anchor than the sandy ground. Establish what type of soil conditions you have on your property so that you dig holes that will be appropriate for those soil conditions. The rule of thumb in this case is that deeper holes and more cement will be needed in places with loose soil such as loose fill dirt.

Be Careful When Fixing the Poles

Be conscious about two things when you are fixing the fence poles into the holes that you have dug. First, make sure that the metal poles are not in contact with the soil at the bottom or on the sides of the holes. That soil may cause the metal posts to corrode. Prevent that contact by pouring some concrete mix into the hole. Place the post on this concrete before you pour the rest of the concrete on the sides of the post that you have placed in the middle of the hole. The second thing to be mindful about is the level of the concrete on top of the hole. Slope the concrete in such a way that it drains water away from the metal post. This will prevent water from collecting on the surface of the post.

Level the Ground

It is better to spend some time to rake the ground in case the slope is minimal. This added effort will enable you to have a level fence that looks better than a stepped fence. If the terrain is uneven, slit the infill metal sheets so that the top of the fence is not stepped. Avoid stepped fences if you can.

Combine the suggestions above with any specific installation guidelines provided by the supplier of your fencing materials.