6 Reasons to Jump-Start Your Fence Installation Project Today

Kristi Pahr
Written by Kristi Pahr
Updated February 18, 2022
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Don’t let winter give you cold feet if you’re on the fence about building a fence

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It might be the coldest part of the year, but if adding a new fence or updating an existing one is on your springtime to-do list, don’t wait. Winter is actually the best time to start on your fence installation. Here are six reasons to start planning your fence project before spring rolls around.

1. Get the Job Done Quicker

You probably won’t see a lot of landscaping or outdoor construction projects happening in the middle of winter. That means you’re in luck! 

Your local fencing contractor may not have a lot on their work plate right now, so you can get started on your fencing project right away. Whether you’re interested in installing wrought-iron fencing, utilitarian wood privacy fencing, or a low-cost dog fence, winter is the time to get started. If you wait until warmer weather, you’ll likely be placed on a waiting list or have to schedule your construction out several months in advance.

2. Protect Your Landscaping

While your backyard may not be in all its spring and summer glory right now, the lack of new growth and foliage is a blessing for contractors. With dormant landscaping, there’s less risk of damaging your plants and trees with construction equipment, and it’ll be easier for your fencing contractors to maneuver the fence through planted or wooded areas.

3. Gain More Privacy During the Winter

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If you depend on trees and shrubbery to provide privacy during the growing season, your backyard is probably more exposed than you prefer during winter. Adding a fence to your property during winter adds that sense of security you’ve probably missed since the leaves fell during autumn.

4. Avoid Outdoor Time Interruptions During Springtime

There’s not much worse than trying to enjoy your backyard in the spring and hearing the sounds of construction all around you. If you wait until spring or summer for fence installation, you’ll have contractors and equipment making a racket in the yard, which—while necessary—is less than relaxing. Installing your fence during the winter means no interruptions of your spring and summer outdoor time, and since you’ll probably be inside during most of the construction process, you probably won't hear them at all.

5. Save Money With Possible Pricing Decreases

Demand for outdoor landscaping and many fence builders are slow, so the price for your fence could be less than if you wait until the busy season. Some fence contractors may offer winter discounts to bring in business, which is good news for your bottom line. When you’re discussing the terms of your contract with your fencing pro, be sure to ask if there’s any room for negotiation in the final price. You may be pleasantly surprised!

6. Preserve Your Wood

The cold winter temperatures are a huge bonus if you're budgeting for the cost of a wooden fence and planning on installing one in your backyard. Colder weather allows your wooden fence boards and pickets to cure and become seasoned. Scorching summer heat can cause fence boards to warp and split, but installing it during the winter means your wooden fence has time to settle before the brutal heat of summer rolls in.

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