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How to Measure Your Property for a Fence Installation

Fences are a great way to get privacy and beautify your home at the same time. While it might seem like an easy task to accomplish, there are a few considerations you need to get out of the way before you can begin your fencing project. One of these considerations is the measurement of both your property and the amount of material you’ll need.

In this article, DryTech Roofing Company, Inc., one of the top roofers and fence installers in the area, discusses how to measure your property for fence installation.

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Prep Work

Before you start pegging down your posts, you must first determine and confirm where your property lines lie. Know where your property ends and where your neighbor’s begin. This will save you from a potentially embarrassing (and costly) mistake. You might need to check your county records for the correct property line measurement. You can also ask a land surveyor for assessment. 

Just as roofers take measurements before starting a project, you, too, need to take proper measurements for your fencing project. Keep in mind that there are obstructions such as trees and utility lines to consider. In some states, you’d need to inform the authorities before building your fence around, in front, or behind any gas, cable or electricity line. Check whether this applies to your area.


Once you’ve figured out your property’s measurements, mark the corners with a stake and measure in feet. The corners are where the panels meet at a 90 degree angle. Use tapes and keep them taut around the stakes to give the most accurate measurement. Divide the perimeter total by the size of your fence panels. This should give you an idea of how much material you’d actually need.

Ready, Set, Fence

When you need high-quality fences, DryTech Roofing Company, Inc. is the company to trust. We also offer roof repair services. You can call us today at (240) 491-5600. We serve Maryland and nearby areas.