Awful experience. Number one issue was when I was getting my estimate. I told the guy there were buried lines (invisible dog fence and cable/internet) . He ignored my and dug down anyway. What do you know... He cut my dog fence and cable/internet lines. How about call before you dig. Next it took over 2 months and constant bothering to get the quote back. Finally the quote was over $1500 more than a comparable quote. Not to mention the staff appeared incompetent and had poor customer service. I recommend to avoid this company at all costs.
We received several quotes for installation of our fence. We had the work done with the month. We had them install the vinyl coated chain link fence around the pool and Lanai. So far we are enjoying the fence and the backyard now.
This company could be so much more if they took the time to get organized, and if they actually cared about their customers. They do not respond to phone calls or emails. I mean - zero response. It took them 11 weeks to install the fence in our yard. They also hit our sprinkler line causing the yard to flood. I understand that happens often, but they didn't even tell us. They just buried the hole. It would have taken us all of 1/2 hour to fix it had they brought it to our attention ... but they didn't. They buried it back up and left us to deal with it. When I brought it to their attention, they didn't even bother to call us. They sent me an email stating they weren't responsible, and wanted to know when they would get the rest of their payment. This "family owned company" doesn't care about you at all. Save yourself a lot of aggravation and go elsewhere.
start out very good but soon turn sour pay the 50 percent and promise that the fence will be up a soon never hear from them again. keep calling but got the round around even was told that they was waiting on permit but check after a week of my down payment and non permit filed. said the city was not telling me the truth but I also had three other permits at the same time so I know that they were lying to me it got so bad for time to delay the fence that they forgot which house the fence was going up on and marked the water,cable and telephone line at the wrong house still getting the round around that it today and no call or no show and different stories and I am so sick with my health as I am a senior citizen and just had transplant I still have not have my fence I would not recommend this compay they think they can say one things and do the work when they want to and when to keep calling to find out about your fence after they required 50 deposit they come up that you harassing they because you just calling to get answer as they promise your fence on time the brown family7/12/15
What a SHAM! How does he stay in business. We gave him a 50% deposit and were told about 2 to 3 weeks till installation. 3 months later, after a lot of calls that never got answered, some woman in the office who tells different lies every time you call. Average results once installed. This guy should be put out of business.
To start I wish I could give him worst the 1 star. This guy sucks he sub contracts work out. He never looks at emails you send him about changes to things you want so once you agree it better be in stone. His guys showed up days late and the office doesn't call you to let you know what's going on you in the dark the whole time. We sent him numerous emails about something we wanted different and he responded and agreed and when the fence went in it was wrong. He argues even after we have it all on paper with changes that he agreed to on paper and try's to act like it wasn't him and wants to write a new contract and won't keep working til you sign it after he has you entire yard looking like a battlefield.His subcontractors leave trash everywhere and left post holes all over the yard that were incorrectly drill just open they didn't fill them. They just plug rite into you house and use you electricity and use your water coming from your house to do all there work they ruined my landscaping throwing wood down and let concert capped holes they accidentally put in just sitting. We sent him numerous surveys of our property line and he never got them in his email McGil Fence CO of SW Florida
I am both disappointed and disgusted with your company’s lack of professionalism and workmanship. Let me begin with lack of professionalism. When you sat at my dining room table with my wife and I to get your contract signed and take a down payment you were very clear that you may not be able to have the fence installed by 3/26/2015 but assured us that if you were unable to meet the 3/26/2015 deadline we asked for that you would definitely have our fence completed by the end of the following week. Once both the 3/26/2015 and 4/03/2015 deadlines had passed I placed several calls to your office asking to speak with you to understand the delay. I told both Pam and Robert that you were welcome to call after 10:00 PM as they indicated you often did not return to the office until late in the evening. To this date you have not had the decency to return my call. The only contact you have made was an e-mail you sent on 4/10/2015 indicating that you would have the fence completed the week of 4/13/2015 which is five weeks after we signed the contract not four as you indicate in your e-mail. The fence was still not completed until the week of 4/20/2015. On 4/28/2015 Pam from your office called and left a voice mail that the Cape Coral Codes inspector had signed off on the fence installation and that she would like me to call to discuss the best way to render final payment. Interestingly she indicated that you would have time to personally stop by and pick up a check. Was this meant to be some sort of strong arm tactic because you know how poorly our relationship has gone so far?From a poor workmanship perspective one of the calls I placed to your office requesting a response from you was to let you know that several of the posts that had been installed were not plumb. Several of the individual slats are so crooked that even the cheater strip at the end of the run cannot be placed to take up the space. Gate hardware is missing fasteners and the ground around the fence and fence posts was not raked out after the job was completed. Your men removed survey stakes and repositioned the points with orange flags that had been placed by Century Link to mark underground phone lines.
They did an excellent job on the fence. The guys really took their time and made sure they got it just right. Very diligent work. The owner is a real gentleman. I did have some communication issues in the beginning but overall very satisfied and would recommend them to anybody.
Started out great, finished poorly.... Contacted Tropical fence as a professional referral. Mike was excellent, made a number of trips to the house to get the quote right. Put 50% down and then heard nothing for several weeks. Called and got 3 different stories on the same call. Appears to take a while to get permits here, so I can live with that delay. When the installers showed up, they put in a full day and left an excellent fence.... The only problem was that they cut two main sprinkler lines when they installed the main corner posts... I was out of town at the time so it was a week before it was discovered. These were not small lines that could be missed, one and a half inch mains, cut to the point that 6 inches of pipe were missing and no one said a word... so I paid $200 for sprinkler repairs and to have the undermined posts reset. Called tropical fence twice to express my concerns, left multiple messages and have never heard another word from them...As this was a referral from a realtor, I suspect they will be noticing a downturn in their business, not to mention every review site I can find....
This was not the only company we got a quote from and ultimately went with them due to them being more knowledgeable on guidelines from the city. We are on a canal property and they were the only ones that told us what our options were due to the regulations. They quoted us for different kinds of fencing and even worked with us when we changed our mind a couple of weeks before install. They kept us updated on everything. Job was done in two days and it looks amazing! We are pleased 1000%.
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.