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What Does 'Fence Post Depth' Mean? Your Questions, Answered

Monday, May 24, 2021

Whether you're looking to install a privacy fence for your yard or you want to upgrade the one you have now, understanding the installation process is key to ensuring the fence is properly planted. 

You've likely seen a downed fence before after a particularly windy day. To ensure that doesn't happen to you, taking fence post depth seriously is key to keeping your fence standing. 

Keep reading to find out what exactly a fence post is and its importance in proper fence post installation.  

What Is a Fence Post?

While looking up "fence post definition" will get you a few different explanations, simply put, the fence post is the part of the fence that gets inserted into the ground when constructing and installing a fence.

Think of it as the foundation of your house. A fence post provides the necessary foundation to keep the rest of the fence upright and secure.

Posts are installed at intervals around the perimeter of the area being fenced to support the rest of the fence. The posts are often cemented in the ground and surrounded with gravel to ensure they stay anchored into the dirt. 

There are also different types of posts - wood, aluminum, and vinyl posts can enhance the overall look and aesthetic of your fence. 

Fences not only add value to your home but also provide appeal, privacy, and security. Proper installation of fence posts can help keep your fence sturdy, ensuring you remain undisturbed and safe.

How Deep Should a Fence Post Be?

This is one of the most common questions when it comes to fence installation, as the fence post depth is important to keep the fence in the ground.

While generally, one-third of the fence should be in the ground, there are other factors that impact the depth needed for a fence post to get installed.

The type of soil in your yard and the type of fence you install can change how deep a fence post needs to be installed. Similarly, the frost line in the ground and groundwater and rainwater can raise posts over time. 

Some municipalities need a certain fence post depth in order for a fence to be up to code. Be sure to check local ordinances to ensure that your fence meets the requirement.

Ensuring your fence is properly installed not only keeps you and your property safe from damage but proper installation also saves you money in the long run.

Understanding the Importance of Fence Post Depth

Though you may wonder, "why are fence posts important?" they determine the sturdiness and acts as the foundation for the rest of the fence.

Trying to install your own fence can be a headache - everything has to be done meticulously to insure proper fence post depth and placement. Yard planning, digging, and installation take time and demand intense attention.

Save yourself the frustration of installing a fence only to have it fall over on the next windy day, and let us help you! Contact us today to get started on your fence installation. 

Montco Fence is the number one family owned and operated fencing contractor for Phoenixville, King of Prussia, Downington, Norristown, Douglassville, Pennsburg, and nearby East Pennsylvania communities. Our services include, but are not limited to: Wood fencing (custom red cedar), PVC/Vinyl fencing, Chain link fencing, Aluminum fencing. 

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