Adding a masonry fence to your property can dramatically increase the security and beauty of your property. However, brick and mortar will have very different needs than many of the other fencing materials that you might be considering.
Ensure The Soil Can Support The Brick Fence
Prior to having a brick fence installed around the perimeter of your yard, it is necessary to make sure that the soil will be able to support the weight of the new fence. The brick and mortar used in these fences can be remarkably heavy, and a person will need to make sure that the ground is able to accommodate this extreme weight. Otherwise, the fence may become unstable as time passes due to the way that it may settle on the ground. A masonry contractor will be able to effectively calculate the weight of the fence so that the soil can be evaluated.
Avoid Installing Your Own Brick Fence
A homeowner might be tempted to install their own brick fence. While this work may seem like it is little more than simply laying bricks down in layers, there is far more that must go into it. If the brick fence is not perfectly level, it will be able to fall over far more easily. Additionally, the placement of the mortar between the bricks can be a major factor in determining the longevity of the fence as too little mortar can lead to stability problems, but too much can lead to cracking. After you consider these difficulties and the work that must be done to install a brick fence, hiring a professional masonry contractor will likely become the most obvious option for making this upgrade.
Understand How To Maintain A Brick Fence
Once the brick and mortar fence has been installed, it will have to be properly maintained if it is to last for as long as possible and look its absolute best. The maintenance needs of a fence will be fairly simple to meet, but homeowners can be guilty of neglecting to care for their fence. At a minimum, the brick and mortar of the fence should be kept clean so that it will be easier to spot damage that needs repairs, and this can also prevent dirt and grime from gradually ruining the appearance of the fence. If you had any drainage improvements made to accommodate the fence, these improvements will also need to be inspected to ensure that they are free of clogs and functioning correctly.