Reading the reviews, I felt compelled to add mine. Craftsman Fence did an excellent job on our small project. We contracted with them for about 20 feet of fence and a gate. The workmanship is of the highest quality. Mr. Medina worked with us to make sure we got the extra touches we wanted, and followed up to make sure we were satisfied. If we ever decide to expand our outdoor facilities with an outdoor kitchen, deck, or pergola, Craftsman will receive my first call.
I called Allied to have someone come and give me a quote for a fence in my front yard. I spoke with "Smokey" and told him what I was looking for. He told me what they can do and what was available. After I gave him my address he informed me that they are not doing residential properties anymore.…
Mr. Rodriguez crew came out to our home today in Lancaster to cut down two large trees and three stumps. They did a wonderful job and price was very good. They are a very likeable group of guys and I have recommended them before and would again.
Patrick was the sales associate assigned to me. He arrived on time and ready to provide service.\r \r He took the time to explain to me different types of material. It was a pleasant experience.\r \r I have recommended him to my mom and co-worker. An well satisfied with the service. \r \r One ca…
Dallas, TX 75217
From Business: Welcome to Hernandez 89 Wood Fence Services!We hire nothing but the most skilled personel in order to assure that your custom needs are met. We calculate size and cost precisely. Speed is an essence with us as well as our skills.Doing business with us gives you the assurance of not having to call the repair man for a while…
10. Jose Ramirez
Dallas, TX 75234
From Business: We work all around the metroplex! We are a family bussiness and our home office is located in Farmers Branch! Anywhere you live we come to you! We provide free estimates, if you call us and we come to you, there is not obligation or a surprise charge! We have worked all around the Metroplex, from Farmers Branch to Forth Wo…
Trinity did our fence and they did an amazing job. They use cedar planks and we were very impressed with the end result. I've had neighbors asked who did our fence because stained it looks so high quality. Thank you TrinityRobert & Tammy KnightMesquite
2815 Hickory Tree RdBalch Springs, TX 75180
From Business: The Binford name has been synonymous with the fencing industry serving the Dallas-Ft. Worth area dating back to 1950. Binford Supply has since expanded beyond the DFW area covering the entire state of Texas and neighboring states as well. Our mission for Binford Supply is to be the most respected fence and gate distributor…
17. AJS Remodeling
4932 Highbank DrArlington, TX 76018
From Business: Thank you for your interest in A.J.S. Remodeling. We know that when home projects are necessary, finding the right contractor is a must. You wouldn't let just anyone into your home, so you need to make sure they are qualified to do the job and will put the same care into the detail as you would. We specialize in both resid…
294 S Highway 175Seagoville, TX 75159
From Business: A & R Rent-A-Fence provides temporary fencing for commercial building sites, industrial areas, demotion, events, concerts and erosion control. When you have a project, you want to keep costs down while protecting your materials and maintaining safety. We build our own high quality, chain link fence and gates. This helps ho…
I called for an estimate, they came when they said they would. We agreed on a price to do the work, they came to repair the fence when they said they would at the price quoted. Cleanup of all materials was great. Would not hesitate to use them again.
1278 Justin Rd Suite 109-a11Lewisville, TX 75077
From Business: To Schedule An Appointment Please Call: 214-532-1488. Metropolitan Contractors is the premier residential construction company in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Metropolitan Contractors is a name you can trust. Metropolitan Contractors takes the owner's vision and makes it a reality.
Mckinney, TX 75070
From Business: At Golden Eagle Roofing & Construction, we offer the highest level of professional service for all our customers needs. Our experienced roofing crews are best in quality for installations and are backed by a 10 year warranty replacement on our workmanship. From gutters and painting to fencing and windows, give us a call to…
26. ABA ROOFING
ABA roofing was the most professional contracting company I have ever worked with. They were there when they said, they finished on time and left absolutely no mess. I would highly reccomend this company. Their bid was fair and their work was second to none!!
210 Ouida RdIrving, TX 75061
From Business: Ebanks & Sons Construction is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1949. Our owner is a finished carpenter and has a great deal of experience working on various projects. Please feel free to review our services page for a more detailed list of the services we offer.
After multiple attempts to find a landscaping company that could make my vision into reality, Davey from Scapes Incorporate was the forth landscaper to come out to look at our front yard and give an estimate? best choice I ever made! The other three people wanted to give me almost the identical …
Cowboy Fence & Iron Co is wonderful! The last storm that blew thru took my fence with it. Cowboy Fence & Iron Co was able to make it out in a reasonable amount of time to give me an estimate to replace. I was so impressed I ended up not only replacing the fence that the storm took down but ad…
Great company .Very detailed and on point with everything. It is worth every buck we spent ....
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.