Last Aug we had our 6ft ceder fence installed and it was Beautiful.within the first month a few of the 4x4 posts started to warp..so one of the few posts that were warping was replaced,,last week i was cutting my grass and noticed 2 more posts doing something different,,they are twisting and causing undue pressure on the wood..at this rate the fence wont last 3 years.last Monday i wrote a email with our concerns and haven't received a response yet.this is a concern about the installation,,im sure jut a few defective pieces of lumber.i do flooring for a living and from time to time i see defective pieces and they must be left out of the completed job.im just asking for Rick Guier to come look and our fence and see if he would put his name on it.and please let us know either ya or nay and rather this issue can be resolved.. Melissa Smith & Robert Pierce
We have used Guier for several projects and could not be happier. They will be our first choice for any fencing needs.
I have never been as disappointed in my experience with a professional company in my entire life. Let me explain my journey. I called there company to get a quote and sales Representative Nate came to my house to bid me quote. I signed and agreeed to there terms of putting my hard earned money down as Ernest money. I was promised my fence would be put up within 6 to 12 weeks of agreement. I received no follow up through why my fence wasn't underway after the 12 weeks. So I called my sales guy and he never returned my calls or emails and this went on for over a week. Frustrated, so I call there shop and I'm told they are backed up and that I'm on the list to be helped! After complaining to them Nate calls me to tell me that he was sorry the business is hurting right now and that they are behind and he promised to continue to follow up. So I said OK. Several weeks go by nothing no follow up.So finally the crew shows up to start my fence and then they come up to the house to ask me where my fence is going!! So I said is that my job to know!!! Cody apologies to me and said he will call Nate. Cody said that sometimes the sales guys forget to flag the yard and spray paint where the fence is going. Cody was extremely professional and I felt he had my back through the process to figure out best next steps! Nate calls me and says he will be up the next day and then start construction. I am extremely upset with this process. So I call the shop and I tell them that they are breaching my contract and I'm going to be seeking outside counsel to take care of this mess. 10 mins after my conversation with home office in Blue springs Nate calls. Says he is 10 mins away and wants to fix this comes over and we talk about the fence. He missed measured my fence by alot . it comes down in price due to less fence. He then goes out and sprays my fence and ask me which way I want gates to open I said inward he said no problem.So my fence goes up and I walk around my fence to look at the work its great except one gate did not open all the way due to a slope in my yard. So I call Nate says oh that's an easy fix just go out there and dig around the area and it should open. I said excuse me I'm paying you guys and you should have tested my gates your suppose to be the professional. So he says it will take 3 to 7 days to fix it. He fixes and switches the direction of gate which I'm on with. So I talked to Nate when I was at a funeral in Chicago and I asked I'm if I could pay credit card he said that he would charge me 2.7% inconvince fee! INCONFINCE FEE!!!! WOW. So then I asked if I could pay him when I get back he says normally we get money when job is done then I told him that there is no way I can drive down there to do that. Then Nate made it sound like he was doing me a favor to except my check when I get back. Them asked me to write a review! So he said he would drive to my house to pick up the check to make up for all the trouble I went through. So I called him on Thursday to confirm that he was still coming up he said yes between Noon and 5 pm said perfect. He calls me that night @ 7pm to inform me he wasn't making it. He tells me to drove the check onto the office that they will know what to do. So I drive up to there location on my break to pay my dues. I am greeted by Carl from the back. I went to give her my check and she said I owed the original amount. I said excuse me. Nate told me that this was the price and we agreed to that amount several weeks ago!! Super unprofessional to have my businesses done right in the middle of the showroom. Never took me to an office and I had to reshare this story with them !I receive a call from there GM Corey Crandall. To ask me the same questions and asked for my referrals of friends and famiky . But what did you do for me to make things better ?? No discounts of any kind for my trouble. I never asked for one either but the kindness to make the offer would have been good enough!Do research
My name is Christopher Edwards & I just had Guier Fence install about 270' of fence on Midland Road. I cannot say enough about Frank & Ryan who installed the fence. Not only is the fence absolutely gorgeous, but these two gentlemen were a delight to know. They were prompt, courteous & worked hard to install my fence. They are an asset to your company. Also, Gary, our salesperson was great. I will definitely call you again for my next fence.
We design and build NetZero Duplex properties. The final touch to make the property pop and Guier Fence fills that bill. The sales team communicates and shows up on time. The install team communicates and shows up on time and does a great job. Dustin and Joseph were in and out with no fuss and left the property looking awesome. Thank you Guier Fence.
The customer service I received was worse than poor. It took double the time quoted to receive a date for my fence installation and only happened after I called to check on it. I am confident that I would still be waiting on it, had I not called. The communication from Dan was non-existent. After the completion of my fence I found multiple problems including a warped post, left tree limbs, unfilled post holes, and a section of fence that was not completely nailed in. When I was finally able to get someone on the phone, to voice my concerns for the second time, I felt as though I was an inconvenience and that my concerns were unimportant.
We are getting our aluminum fence installed today and I'm very grateful. The owner Valerie and her installation crew Kenyand Anthony have answered all of our questions and have provided customer service it is hard to find. Not only do we have the best looking fence in our neighborhood, The quality of the fence exceeds our expectations. I would highly recommend Guier fence to any of them. Thanks again guys are friends for making this a great purchase and installation.
I called office and they were really nice. Got a call back the same day letting me know that they give my contact info to the sales person in my area. Never got a call. Went with different company.
My new wooden fence looks beautiful! I enjoyed working with Leon. He explained the entire installation process and answered all of my questions. I'm so very, very pleased with the high quality of materials and workmanship! The installation crew members were skilled professionals who worked diligently to provide superior fencing for my home. My new fence has greatly increased the resale value of my home. I highly recommend Guier Fence as a reliable, professional and dependable company. Great job!
Our fence came out great. Leon was always available during the planning of our fence project, during the construction of our fence, and following the completed installation. Justin and the rest of the installation crew did an awesome job and were extremely friendly and polite every time i spoke with them. I would recommend Guier Fence and would personally do business with them again for any future fencing needs.
Homes are among the most expensive purchases you'll make in your lifetime, and it's important to make it your own, both inside and out. A fence can serve a number of purposes, including keeping a rambunctious pet or child from straying too far, creating privacy for your yard, improving the value of the house or simply making your home more secure.
More than 99,000 businesses offer fencing services and products in the United States, and the industry generates about $51 billion in revenue a year. With all of these options, homeowners can team up with a fencing contractor that meets their budget and requirements.
Types of Fences
No fence is one-size-fits-all. Each home is different, with its own character and charm, and homeowners should expect their fence to reflect this aesthetic. Fortunately, there are a number of fence materials that you can choose from to add to the look and function of your home.
When people dream about a house with a picket fence, wood is often the material that comes to mind. Wood is the most popular fencing type in the U.S. because it provides privacy thanks to its build and height options, looks attractive, and will likely last for the lifetime of the home. The downside of this option is that the height and size can impact the price, and it can take time to install.
Aluminum may not provide the type of security that wood and other options might as it would need fill-in panels. It requires little maintenance and can be decorated any way you want. However, this type of fencing is not ideal for areas with severe weather.
If you like the look of a wood fence, but not the price, PVC could be a good option. PVC is much cheaper and can be used to replace wooden stakes and pickets. While it's not as sturdy as wood, it can significantly cut down on material costs and comes in a variety of heights and colors. A PVC fence can last for years and has a high resistance to the elements.
Vinyl is one of the cheapest and most durable fencing types on this list. A vinyl fence has four times the flexibility and five times the strength of comparable wood fences. Although it has a high upfront cost, it requires no maintenance and is overall less expensive than other options.
Homeowners that are looking to be green may find bamboo fencing to be an appealing option. Bamboo is grown naturally, rising up to a foot a year, and can be planted to create a fence. Rolled bamboo and bamboo cane options will be the sturdiest choices and are optimal for colder climates.
If you think that fences are an eyesore, an invisible electric fence might be the optimal choice. These are especially beneficial for homeowners with pets. A trench is dug along the fence's boundary, and a wire is buried within. A wireless transmitter can then interact with a pet's collar to warn the animal when it is near the edge. Pets will stay within your yard, and you won't have the bulky structure of a fence.
How to Know if a Fence Works for Your Yard
Now that you know what materials are available, you might have an idea of what type of fence you'd like. However, there are a few considerations you'll need to address to verify that a fence will work for your yard:
Check Your HOA Regulations
Before you can begin planning for a new fence, you'll want to double check the rules for your neighborhood. Some homeowners' associations have stipulations concerning fences including standards for what materials can be used, as well as height requirements. Using this information, homeowners can thoroughly assess their options and stay in line with HOA regulations. You'll want to refrain from building excessively tall structures unless permitted by the HOA and municipality ordinances. Without this allowance, your fence will end up costing more.
Draw the Lines
Now that you know what guidelines are in place for fences in your area, it's time to determine if a fence will work for your yard in particular. You'll need to confirm your property lines to ensure that you stay within your established boundaries. A fence consultant will need to come out and locate utilities and other obstructions that could interfere with construction. The slope and contour of the terrain can affect the measurement of your fence as well. Understanding these elements will help determine if your yard is a good candidate for a fence and make planning run more smoothly.
Lay out Your Reasons
Establishing a fence takes some time and investment, so it will be important to consider why you're installing a fence in the first place. If you have kids or pets, safety might be your main reason. You might put in a fence for privacy if your landscaping isn't enough to provide your desired level of seclusion. For those selling their home, a fence can add visual appeal and increase property value. These considerations may guide you on what type of fence will be best for your home.
To properly maintain your fence, you must first learn about what problems you may face:
Utility lines must be marked before fence installation to prevent any damages. A simple visit from a professional can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
If you build a fence that doesn't adhere to ordinances, it can cost you a lot to address. Be sure to check with your HOA and municipality for regulations concerning what is required to build a fence in your area.
If you don't maintain your fence properly, you can expect it to come down with a few problems. You may notice that your fence is leaning or sagging, and this can be a fairly expensive problem to fix. If you don't close the gate properly, your hinges might sag and prevent your gate from closing securely. Homeowners can prevent these situations by performing regular maintenance on their fences.
Fence installation often occurs in stages. First, the fence company will mark the utility lines in your yard. Then, a crew will dig posts and set them in concrete. About a week later, the company will come and install the stringers, gates, fencing material and everything else. The average installation cost is slightly more than $4,500, but it will largely depend on the materials used. It's inadvisable to try to make this a DIY project, as a high degree of skill is required, and many costly problems can result from a bad fence installation.
Aluminum, vinyl and PVC fences all require little to no maintenance. Homeowners may use soap and water to clean off these materials, but they generally don't require much more than that. These options can be good for those that want a sturdy but low-touch fence.
Wood fences, on the other hand, require a little bit more work. With exposure to the sun and the elements, wood fences are prone to cracking, warping and cupping. To prevent this, homeowners are encouraged to clean, seal and stain their fence at least every three years. Clean the fence with a specially formulated cleaner. After 15 to 20 minutes, use a pressure washer to remove any mold, mildew and debris from the fence. From there, you can seal and stain the fence to protect it and help the wood look good as new. An oil stain is recommended, as it penetrates the material and can maintain its condition for years.
Choosing a Service
With tens of thousands of fencing service companies to choose from, how do you know which one will be the best for your needs? Here are some considerations to help you make a decision:
Are There Portfolio Examples?
You'll need to do some homework on your potential contractors. First, see if they have a website and a portfolio of samples. These can indicate the provider's level of experience and highlight their capabilities.
What's Their Reputation Like?
You'll want to have a contractor that has a good reputation. Look at customer reviews as well as how long the provider has been in business. If a contractor requires an immediate decision, asks you to pay cash or doesn't provide an estimate, it should serve as a major red flag. A friend or family member may also be a good source for recommending a contractor.
Is the Work Guaranteed?
Some organizations may offer a variety of promises, such as time to completion and discounts, simply to get you in the door. It's important to question the validity of these guarantees and research whether the contractor has delivered on these commitments. If it's clear that the contractor constantly misses deadlines or doesn't meet obligations, you'll want to renew your search.
Is There a Warranty?
No matter how good a contractor is, there may be an issue with the fence a year or two down the road. You should ask about what type of warranty is offered. A warranty could help offset repair costs if you have a sagging fence, while enabling you to fix any warped or cracked panels that may occur after exposure to the elements.
Homeowners should work with a fencing contractor who is certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations. Some of the biggest associations in this industry include:
American Fence Association
Since 1962, the American Fence Association has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry. The group aims to benefit fence-industry professionals and customers by promoting professionalism, education and certification of its members while keeping up with the latest developments, materials, standards and tools.
The AFA has created a rigorous certification program and requires recertification every three years. Professionals must prove a history of service in the industry prior to taking the certification exam and complete the multiple-choice test.
North American Fence Contractors Association
The NAFCA is a group of fence professionals who look to bring contractors and vendors together for better affordability and accessibility to educational opportunities within the industry. It's run by a number of volunteers and encourages all contractors who want to develop their skills to join.