How to Measure for a New Vinyl Fence

Before you order your fence, it is necessary to complete some pre-planning tasks to make sure you get exactly what you need and do not end up with too little or too much. Proper planning before constructing your fence will ensure that you don’t run out of materials halfway through your install or end up with a bunch of leftover material. Follow the steps below, and you’ll be sure to have exactly what you need.

  1. Locate the boundary lines of the property and make sure they’re adequately marked.
  2. Decide exactly where you want your fence to be located, and using marking paint, mark the ground where the centers of all post holes will be.
  3. Determine gate post locations. Gate posts should always be the first posts set.

To properly estimate the number of panels needed for your fence, you must calculate and consider the following important factors:

  1. Fence Perimeter – The fence perimeter is also known as the total length. If the area you need to enclose is a rectangle, the perimeter is the total length of all four sides. In order to get this measurement, all you need to do is measure along the fence lines until you arrive where you started. Jot down this information for later use.
  2. Landscape Slope
  3. Gates