Michael at Affordable fence installed our fence 6 months ago. One entire side of the fence blew over on its side during Irma and was the only thing on our property that failed. Six weeks after the storm I figured that things were getting back to normal and tried to contact Michael to ask him to take a look at our fence and maybe give us some guidance. We were not looking to have anything done for free, only for him to take a look at the failed fence and if possible help us out with a game plan to make it right. I called Michael repeatedly over a few weeks and only go his voice mail which was full and could not take anymore messages. I texted repeatedly and never got so much as Boo ! I finally got him to respond after an email I sent stating how unhappy I was with his lack of communication even two months after Irma . When I finally got to talk to Michael he sounded like he was ready to fight !..He ask me to tell him what I wanted and why I was calling..I got three words into my problem and he blew up and went into a belligerent fit of anger and stated that "If you are thinking about asking me to do anything for free..you can forget it because I don't do anything for free" He also told me that It was too far for him to travel just to look at my fence and it was a waste of his time. Judging by his full voicemail, Lack of communication and odd uncontrollable episode of anger I got the feeling that he had lots of angry customers and was in crisis. I found the time last week to dismantle the failed fence and reinstall. during the process (and not to my surprise) I learned that the post concrete was grossly mixed improperly to the point of dishonesty. The concrete just below the surface was dry packed (crumbled in my hand) bagged concrete mix that had never received adequate water and was never mixed. This faulty installation of post concrete allowed the fence post to literally cut through the dry packed improperly mixed concrete and fall over on its side. I wish I would have seen the bad reviews scattered all over the internet and had never called Michael at Affordable fence. His lack of communication, Verbal abuse and his absolute dishonest fence installation should disqualify him and his company from ever doing business again. Stay away from this man and this company !
I spoke with Mike on 1/5/2018, he asked me to call him back on 1/9/2018 and he would take care of our fence damaged by Irma. I spoke with him on Tuesday, he came out and gave us a quote, said he would have the fence repaired on Friday, 01/12/2018.The crew was here Friday and repaired the fence and gate. They were very efficient, kind, and very courteous, and respectable. They did a fantastic job, even washing the PVC down, and cleaned up when they were done.The job was completed in a very timely manner. I would highly recommend Affordable Fence.Again, many thanks for the fantastic work!
Just had Affordable Fence install a full fence around my 75-660ft lot. Including gate opener. They were prompt, quick and responsive. He went above and beyond to help me with a few issues. Budget and schedule were right on and I have had no issues with post install service. I would highly recommend them.
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DON'T CALL AFFORDABLE FENCE I found Affordable online and called 4 weeks ago. I told Mike what my problem was and he asked me to send him pictures which I did. When I followed up the next day he said he would look at the pictures and get back to me with a price. He never called back. When I tried to reach out to him it went to voicemail until last week when I used my wife's phone to call(different number), and he answered. Mike told me the price to repair the upper rial and fix my gate would be $425. I agreed and he said he would have someone out here by the end of the week. You guessed it no call from Affordable fence. This morning I got through and Mike said he didn't want the job. If I was told that 4 weeks ago I would have found someone else by now. Because Mike is a liar and bad businessman I wasted 4 weeks on this project. DON'T CALL AFFORDABLE FENCE
I had a great fence installed for a great price...the problem was that my gates started to not close properly after 3-4 weeks. After nearly a month they had the wood on the back of the gate shaved to "fix" it. Here I am less than 6 months later and the gate is impossible to open without a lot of force to pull the wood apart and to close it. Mike became defensive when I called and told me it was not his company's fault, so I would have to pay a service fee for them to come back. Please use a different company to ensure you won't have problems like these.
Don't bother. They have the worst follow up I have ever seen for a business. I needed new wheels on my front gate. They came out to look and said they would get back to me within twenty four hours on an estimate. When I did not hear from them I called them. No response. Several days later the representative called me thinking he was calling someone about a new job. I explained who I was and he said he would get back to me that day with an estimate. I never heard from him so I called him again the next day. Same story. I will get back to you. Waited two more days and called again. Same story, I will get back to you at the end of the day. Never heard from him. Called another fence company and had my wheels and gate working within three days. Don't bother with this company. It just ain't worth it.
I had Affordable Fence install a gate opener. They were about 1/3 less expensive than another company, were much more responsive and did a great job. I wouldn't hesitate calling them again or recommending them to my family, friends or customers.
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.