A beautiful vinyl fence is an excellent aesthetic for your home. It adds a touch of class and value to your exterior.

While you can seek professional vinyl fence installation services to build your fence, you can also DIY it. A DIY project might cost you less, and you will have fun doing it. If you decide to DIY the project, you could use a few pointers in the right direction.

Here are a few tips to help you install your vinyl fence.

Prepare the Yard

The first thing you should do is prepare your yard. Before you start the installation process, call the utility companies to show you where the underground cables pass. You could get into dangerous or life-threatening accidents if you dig without knowing what lies beneath.

Request that each company send a representative to help you identify the no-go zone areas. If necessary, you can ask the companies to move their cables. 

The inspection process usually takes a few days, but it could take longer if the utility companies have to move their cables.

If you're installing a new fence on the edge of your yard, get your land ownership papers right. Check your deed or visit the local assessor's office. This step might seem inconvenient, but it's better and cheaper than digging up a fence you built on a neighbor's land.

After establishing the correct boundaries, mark the perimeter of your fence with bright spray paint. Then, remove any obstructing rocks, plants, or debris.

Dig the Holes

Your fence is only as strong as the posts holding it up. Ensure you dig deep holes to set your poles securely in the ground. Posts with shallow holes can lean under the weight of the fence and break when blown by strong winds.

There is no standard depth for fencing holes because of different soil and climate conditions. However, the general rule is that a third of the post length should be in the ground. You should also leave room for three to four inches of gravel, which is an excellent base to drain water from the posts.

Install the Fence

After preparing the holes, the next step is laying the poles and fencing your home. Make sure all the posts are aligned to create a beautiful pattern.

A  simple trick to align the posts is planting the end and corner posts first. Stretch a string between the posts to create a straight line. You can use the string as a guide to plant all the other posts in the middle.

A vinyl fence can withstand strong winds and can bend without breaking. However, its flexibility depends on how accurately you install your fence. If you install your posts too close together, they'll become rigid, leaving the fence susceptible to breakage.

Space the posts panels apart, and don't cut them into smaller sizes. Contact a professional to learn more about vinyl fence installation.