FAQ

Below we try to answer some of the most common fencing questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, e-mail or call. A member of our staff would be happy to answer your question.

Many times, homeowers choose to build a fence on their own to save money. If your fence project is small and fairly straightforward, you may feel this option works best for you. However, there are times when hiring a fence professional is a better route to go because it will save you money and frustration down the road. The most difficult part of building a fence is setting the posts in the ground properly. Secondly, you will need to make sure that you secure all appropriate permits and contact JULIE before you dig. A professional fence contractor should take care of this for you. Thirdly, you need to take into consideration the quality of the fence material and how long you want the fence to last. A lot of the fencing material you find at do-it-yourself stores are not made of the same quality fence material as what a professional fence contractor uses; hence you may learn down the road that your fence does not withstand the elements or last as long as you would have liked. Lastly, many fence professionals will not repair fences that they did not install. If you find that down the road you need a fence you installed to be repaired, it may cost you more. A professional fence contractor should warranty their work.

What should I take into consideration when choosing a fence contractor?
Following a few simple guidelines will ensure that you are correctly choosing a fence contractor. The contractor should have product samples. You should request samples along with a written contract. Reputable contractors also should fully insure their work and products. Asking for references is also a good idea. For more information on these as well as other guidelines, see Choosing a Reputable Fence Contractor.

There are so many types fences to choose from. Do you have a guide or brochure?
The American Fence Association has an Online Consumers Guide to help you understand and learn more about the wide variety of fence styles and uses for fence that are available today. It illustrates the broad range of fence products available, and will introduce you to the proper terminology used in the industry to describe fence materials, uses, and finishes, so that you can better communicate what you want. You can also view our photo gallery sorted by fence types to familiarize yourself with our work. Based on your interest, our professional can bring brochures so you have plenty of information from which to make your decision.

How does one go about choosing the right fence?
First, think of the type of fence you will want and how you will want it constructed (see above FAQ). An experienced fence contractor will ask you questions about the type of material, finish, height, post size, spacing, and width of slats (if applicable). Also, consider whether or not you want any decorative elements such as lattice or special features (e.g., an electronic gate). Lastly, it is important to make your contractor aware of any restrictions on your property due to a community building codes, which vary by community. For example, posts must be sunk below a certain level and the fence must be within a set distance of your property lines and set back a certain distance from streets or sidewalks.Also, you may be allowed to build only a certain type of fence in your yard. Some communities limit fence heights, styles, etc. Most mandate some type of minimum fencing around swimming pools.

We have a wide variety of catalogs you can look through as well as our online gallery. This should give you a good starting point in determining what design will work best for you. Following are 10 questions to get you started:

1.) What is the purpose of your fence? Is it to keep pets and children safe, for privacy, security? Is it for windbreak, sound insulation or to block light? Different types of fences have different qualities. For example, a chain link fence is extremely functional where a privacy fence may give you some sound buffering, but will also block sunlight.

2.) What is your budget?

3.) How long do you want your fence to last?

4.) How much effort are you willing to put forth to maintain the look of your fence?

5.) Does your design need to blend with your surroundings?

6.) Are there trees and/or shrubs that may be in the new fence’s path that you don’t want cut down?

7.) How high would you like your new fence to be?

8.) Where will you want your gate or gates placed? Keep in mind the location of your garage, utility meters, and trash storage containers?

9.) Do you or will you want a deck, shed, gazebo, or other feature built to match the fence?

10.) Will you be adding on to your home, digging a swimming pool or doing other future work that will require removing a section of the fence to allow heavy equipment access?