How to Handle Sloping Ground

Unfortunately, your ground will very rarely be level. It’s almost always sloping at some sort of angle, noticeable or not. This can cause some challenges when installing your fence. There are essentially two ways to deal with sloping ground. To see a more detailed technical explanation on how to step or slope, click here. For more information on sloping our aluminum fence, click here.

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Sloped Install

Stepping

We personally feel that stepping your fence results in a more professional looking install that is more pleasing to the eye. To achieve this, you simply "step" your panels deliberately as your grade dictates. Our unique SnugSlide system enables you to easily adjust your horizontal rails inside the groove on the post so you can easily step your fence.

Because keeping the top of your fence level usually takes a little more installation time and you need to order longer posts, stepping can require a little more time and money. Your fence is a extension of your home, though, and we feel the added effort is more than worth the end result of a great looking fence. See page 2 of our Murphy's Vinyl Fence Laws for detailed instructions, or view this article online.

Sloping

Sloping is simply letting your fence ride with the natural contours of your ground. While this method is perfectly acceptable for installation, we feel that it does not look as attractive as a stepped fence installation. After all, what other man-made vertical element around the outside of your home (i.e. shed, garage, deck, etc.) is installed with a slope?

Most traditional fence must be sloped because the posts come with pre-routed holes which results in an unforgiving install in which you cannot choose where you want to place your horizontal rails on the post. Having said that, you can easily slope WamBam Fence if that is your preference. See page 3 of our Murphy's Vinyl Fence Laws for detailed instructions or view this article.

Step/Slope Post Size Cheat Sheet:

Fence Style

Slope Post Size

Step Post Size

Simple Simon

3ft

Cannot be stepped

Even Steven

4ft

Cannot be stepped

Jiminy Picket

4ft

5ft

Plain Jane

4ft

5ft

Nervous Nelly

5ft

6ft

Steady Freddy

6ft

7ft

Curious George

6ft

7ft

Peeping Tom

6ft

7ft