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3 Common Issues With Building a Fence on a Slope September 25, 2019

Anchorage, Anchorage County
3 Common Issues With Building a Fence on a Slope, Anchorage, Alaska

When you install a fence, it won’t always be on flat ground. Many yards have different elevations and natural slopes that a contractor will consider. While the installation process might be a bit more laborious, fencing companies know some of the most common issues with sloped yards and know how to build around the problems.

3 Sloping Problems for Fences

1. Rises

A slight up and down inconsistency with the grade provides issues for contractors, especially if the rises are due to large rocks. If the obstacles aren’t easy to remove, it may limit the type of fencing you choose or require heavy construction equipment.

If the cost isn’t a concern, the contractor can smooth out the slope and use the chosen fencing material. If you want to save money, you can opt for a stepped fence; the fencing company uses pre-manufactured panels and slowly lowers the height with each section they install.

2. Gaps

fenceIf you opt for a stepped fence, gaps could form underneath the panels; the steeper the slope, the larger the gap. This issue gives children, pets, and small animals access to and from the yard. Creative landscaping can help hide the gaps, or concrete structures, like a retaining wall, can fill in the area.

3. Drainage

Water flows downhill, and a fence-line lying flush with the ground can prohibit water from continuing its natural flow. Panels should be raised slightly to allow water to escape, or an irrigation water trap can be placed slightly underground in front of the fence to allow runoff. The trap is composed of PVC pipes with holes drilled into them; this allows the water to be diverted under the fence.


Regardless of the type of fencing you want or the slope, AAA Fence in Anchorage, AK, will make sure it’s done right. With almost 35 years of experience, their professionally trained installation specialists make customer satisfaction their number one priority. All installed fencing products have an exclusive material and labor warranty. Visit them online to learn more about their services or call (907) 349-7000.


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