If your yard is sloped, your fence cannot be constructed and installed the same way it would be on a flat surface. However, this does not mean that you cannot have a fence installed. You absolutely can have a fence installed around a sloped yard. Here are the two construction methods that are used by fencing contractors to install fences around sloped yards.
A raked installation method helps to keep your fence line looking even. With this type of method, your fence line looks like it is running in a diagonal line up and down the slope of your yard. The posts and pickets run all the way down to the ground, helping to keep everything uniform looking. However, this method is not ideal in every situation. You must have a clean slope to use this method. If your terrain is hilly, this is not a great option, as you will not have the clean line you are after. Also, as a general rule of thumb, the slope should not fall faster than 12 inches over a six foot stretch of land. If it does, there is too much of a slope to use this installation method.
The other way that fencing can be installed on sloped land is using a stepped method. With this method, various fencing panels are installed to create a stair-step pattern. This type of pattern is perfect for hiding large or steep drops that can be found in your yard. However, one of the downsides to stepped fencing panels is that the bottom of the fence panel does not always touch the ground. This can allow animals to escape. If your yard is sloped, yet you need to contain animals, you may want to consider having your yard graded so that you can use the raked method or a traditional fence installation method. However, if you don't have pets and just want to contain your yard, this can be a great way to build a fence around a sloped yard.
Installing a fence on a slope can present challenges. It can take more time and care must be taken to ensure that the fence is functional while still looking great. If you have a sloped yard, a fencing contractor will give you the option of a raked installation method or a stepped installation method, if your yard meets the criteria. Taking the time to learn about both methods will help you determine which is the better choice for you. Contact a company like Citi Fence and Concrete to learn more.