5 Tips for Installing a Fence in the Winter

Margaret Wack
Written by Margaret Wack
Updated September 23, 2021
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Installing a residential fence during the fall or winter offers several benefits, both to your budget and to your lifestyle

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If you’re thinking about installing a new fence, you might want to wait until cooler weather hits to get your project started. There are several benefits to installing a fence in winter, including saving money, preserving your landscaping, and ensuring that your yard looks its best come spring. Here are some tips to keep in mind when installing a new fence during the winter months.

1. Save Money on Labor

Fencing contractors, like most construction businesses, get busier in the spring and summer. In order to keep their best workers on the payroll and busy during the slower months, fencing contractors will often offer discounts or upgrades at no extra cost if you hire them during the winter months. Fence installation costs an average of $2,600, but you could receive a better deal with a winter installation.

You should inquire about any discounts before planning a project timeline. Because costs are generally lower, installing a fence in winter could allow you to stretch your budget to get a custom-made fence, rather than a standard privacy fence, or a vinyl or wooden privacy fence instead of chain link. Planning for your fencing project in the fall and winter also gives you more time to work with professional designers to determine where you can save and spend those extra dollars.

2. Save Time by Installing in Winter

It’s a good idea to be flexible with your project date in order to ensure a quick and easy installation process. By scheduling the work during the winter when crews are less busy, you won't have to wait to get your project started. If you wait until spring, you likely will be on a waiting list and may not see your new fence until closer to summer.

You’ll also save time on any bureaucratic hoops you need to jump through to make sure your project meets all city codes. This process is often quicker during winter when building permit staff are also less busy.

3. Protect Your Landscape

Working during the winter when much of your landscape has gone dormant is less damaging to your plants. If you have bushes or roses that are near where you plan to install the fence, you can trim them back or even relocate them while they’re slumbering. Grass and perennials will also be safer during the winter months.

If you need to replace some plants or re-landscape areas near your fence, getting the fence project done during the winter will give you more time to plan. That way, you will have plenty of time to plot out and get new plants in the ground at the optimal time the following spring. By getting these plants in early, you'll ensure they are well-established before the summer heat causes stress that can harm immature plants.

4. Be Sure to Check the Weather Conditions

Installing a fence may be cheaper and faster in winter, but it can be a trickier project if the ground is frozen solid. You should check in with a fence installation company near you about when to install a fence. If possible, you should choose a time when the ground is easy to work with in order to ensure a quick and easy installation process.

5. Prepare Your Yard for Spring

With fence installation out of the way by the time spring hits and warm temperatures lure you back outside, you can and should be fully able to enjoy your yard. Whether you’re looking forward to quiet times sitting by the pool or digging in your garden, or having the whole neighborhood over for a spring celebration is more your speed, you won't have to delay your plans until your fence is complete.

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