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How to Build a Secure Fence on a Slope

by Judy Knowler

Typically, installing a light-duty fence is a simple matter of marking out your posts and running your wire between them. Unfortunately, the process of installing on an uneven or sloped surface is a bit more involved. Sloped fencing requires taking into account the land’s natural grade and trying to match the fence to its ebb and flow.

When you start planning your fence installation, you’ll need to consider spacing at the ground level to assure the clearance isn’t too great, while creating a pleasing visual line at the top of the fence.

Types of Wire Fencing

Based on the purpose of your fence, the material could vary. Red Brand offers a multi-purpose fence specifically designed for your yard and garden. This fencing is great for enclosing your garden, keeping pets safe, and keeping predators out. When dealing with rugged terrain and large animal containment, field fencing is a great option for sloping areas. Lastly, heavy-duty fencing like non-climb offers great protection and versatility. Materials made with knots, like the fence styles we named, will flex during installation. The mesh remains safe and secure while adjusting to uneven terrain. Plus, the knots keep the horizontal and vertical wires secure, preventing penetration through the fence.

Options for Installation

When installing a fence on a sloped surface, consider the following options. Be sure to plan for gates to access your enclosure and have the proper tools and materials handy to help make your job go smoothly.

Contouring Wire Fence

This method sets the posts along the natural contours of the land. The resulting fence line looks more natural on more dramatic inclines.

Contouring works best with knotted fence materials due to their flexibility. They can conform to the shape of the land and ensure there are no gaps at the bottom.

Proper post and bracing installation is an essential first step. To ensure stability and reduce pressure from the fence, be sure to install wood posts and bracing and at every peak and valley. Then, you can space out the t-posts at regular intervals between these points.

Post and Rail Installation

If you choose to use alternative fence materials, like post and rail, the method will be different. In the case of post and rail installations, we recommend that you begin to install the fence at the highest point and work your way downward. The rails typically follow the slope of the terrain if the slope is significant. Depending on how much variance you are dealing with, you can attempt to keep the rails horizontal. In this case, take care to consider how much space may result between the ground’s surface and the lowest rung.

Stepped Panels

Stepped fencing starts at the lowest incline and works its way up. The final installation has a stair-like appearance. This method is popular for installing privacy fences but could be used for a variety of fence styles. Start by leveling the ground as best you can for consistency. Posts need to be adjusted along the stepped incline to assure that the top of each section of the panel is level. Once the fence is securely installed, fill in any gaps at the base, or use landscaping to conceal uneven terrain.

Sloped Surfaces and Fence Installation

Sloped fence installations can be a little more complicated, but with the proper installation methods, materials and tools, you can create a safe and effective enclosure.

We’ve been manufacturing wire fence products since 1889. Our legacy is built on quality products and loyal customers. You’re important to us, and we want your fence project to be a success. That’s why we’ve got an entire library of fence installation tips and tricks to share with you. Be sure to check out our library of videos, browse our products online, or talk to your local Red Brand dealer. If you need professional help to install your fence, you can find one here.

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