DIY Essentials: Do You Know How to Install a Fence Extension?

Author: Emerson Beck

Author: Emerson Beck


If you are happy with your existing fencing but have realized that it is not actually the right height for your needs, the good news is that DIY fence extensions are easy to complete if you have some basic handyman skills and the tools needed for the job.

A number of homeowners in Sacramento County choose a fence extension for privacy reasons. With plenty of privacy fence extension ideas to choose from you should be able to find a solution that meets your requirements and gives you an enhanced look and layer of security to your property.

If you are considering a fence extension, here are some ideas to consider, plus a step-by-step guide to completing the task yourself. You can also read more on the 10 things to to know about putting up a fence.

Dark stained wooden fence in California against a blue sky

Different types of fence extension

You can add a fence extension using a variety of different materials and finishes. However, adding a wood fence extension for privacy and aesthetic reasons is often the best solution.

The natural beauty of wood is hard to beat. It has all the natural aesthetics that allow it to blend in with the garden in the best way possible. A timber fence also gives you great options when it comes to complementing your existing fencing whilst giving you the added privacy you’re after.

Things to consider when extending your fence

One of the main things you are trying to achieve is to make your fencing taller without spoiling its appearance in any way.

You can use a fence extension to create a focal point by using contrasting fence posts, for example, and you could add lattice extensions, as one option, or allow the natural grain of the timber to either take a prominent role or blend into the background.

Your options in terms of design and finish are varied. That means you should be able to find an extension fence solution that is just what you want.

Once you have chosen the best fence extension that meets your aesthetic and security requirements it’s time to plan the installation process.

Installing a Fence Extension

Here are the key steps to take in order to complete the DIY task of installing a fence extension.

Step 1: Check Your Property Line 

Make sure that the work you are doing is within your boundary line and that the height of the extension doesn’t require any permits.

Step 2: Measure & Mark Your Fence

It is always best to take the time to measure your fence and mark where it is going to go before making any cuts or adjustments.

Step 3: Select the Type of Fence

Decide what you want to achieve with your fence extension other than add an extra level of privacy. Choose the style that fits your requirements, whether that is to blend in or make a design statement.

Step 4: Gather Your Tool Kit

Have all the tools you need ready to go. If you need to install some more posts you will need a fencer’s graft. It would also help if you have a chisel and a point crowbar. You might not need to use these tools if everything goes to plan but it would help to have them if you encounter some minor issues.

Importance of Safety

Gloves and safety glasses would also be highly recommended.

Step 5: Joining Materials & Tools

Make sure you have plenty of the right galvanized screws and a good quality impact driver to save you from manually screwing the extension into place.

Step 6: Finishing and Maintaining your Fence Extensions

You will probably have chosen fence extensions that are already treated and stained as this will save on labor and ensure a good finish with minimal effort.

Make a note of the details relating to the material used so that you can rectify any subsequent damage or carry out periodic maintenance to keep everything looking good.

Most areas in Sacramento County allow you to have a fence that is eight feet tall. That means you could add a two-foot high extension if your existing fence stands six feet tall, without any problems.

The solution if you want greater privacy and to enhance the look and feel of your garden is to consider installing fence extensions. It is a DIY task that you should be able to complete easily and the result will often be something to be proud of.

Isn’t it time you thought about adding a fence extension to your property?

Hiring a Fencing Contractor in Sacramento County

While installing a fence extension is an everyday task for us, we understand that you might not have the tools or skills in order to do that residential project yourself. You should always consider hiring a professional fence contractor. At Classic Fence Company we guarantee superior craftsmanship & material quality so you’re left with an exquisite and durable fence. If you would like to know the cost of hiring a fence contractor you can call us at (916) 330-1144 for a free project estimate. If you’re looking for further information you can check out our fence buying guide


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