Signed contract in January we are in April and still no fence. Very bad customer service, they don't answer your calls . And have been given the runaround, when they do answer the give you an attitude. Will never give a recommendation. Very unhappy.
Worse company i ever used. After we signed a contract and gave a $1500 deposit, We verbably agreed on a start date. When they didn't show up on the first date we were given ,I was told "I don't care what date I told you in person , you signed a contract ". . We are at 4 months now with 5 different start dates given and no fence, no call back, no refund No class. .Filed complaints with BBB,FTC,SENIORS VS CRIME, and FreshFromflorida,and still nothing. Continuing on with next course of actions ...
I had veterans fence install a fence for me in 2014. I met with Kirk who was very professional and they did a great job. Fast forward to 8 months ago. I called Veterans fence and spoke with Catherine on four different occasions to come out and get a new estimate for a new fence around part of the yard and wanted to get part of the fence they already installed adjusted. 4 different times she said Kirk, the owner, would come out and he never did! On not one of those occasions did Kirk or anyone ever show up or call. Two months ago I spoke with Eddie who actually did come out to the house and measure both projects. Eddie on three separate occasions said that he was going to get me an estimate and never did. Each time I called him he had some crazy excuse. I then spoke to Catherine two weeks ago and explained to her my frustration with this company and how unprofessional it is and Catherine said that she would speak to Kirk within the next 10 minutes and I would hear from Kirk. I never heard from him. I have to say this is one of the worst companies I have ever dealt with. I try to support veteran owned companies but not this one!
They built a nonpool barrier fence around a pool because the owner (Derrick Bailey) "assumed" that the black meshing around my pool was sufficient. This was even though my husband told him the meshing was there due to the fact that we didn't have a fence yet. Once the city inspector caught the mistake, the owner said he would find a resolution we could all agree upon. The next day we get an email and a call requesting the balance of the bill. When we called the owner back, he said he would not do anything additional and that he wanted us to pay for our no barrier pool fence around our pool. Do not waste your time or money with these people. Not only are they not the smartest group of people, but they are also very lacking in terms of customer service.
We contracted the company to put up our fence in 11/2014 We spent over $4000. We contacted the company last week to tell them how a section of the wood fence is warping. They asked me to send in pic. I did. Then they stated they would send Derrick out. He came out and saw that it was the posts they installed that warped the fence. In my opinion its disappointing that they do not stand by their work. I did not supply the post they purchased from Lowes' . But I am the one who will be hiring someone else to have the fence repaired . If they had explained to me that they do not stand by the product and installation I wouldn't have chosen them to install my fence. This is to let you know that if you are planning to have a wood fence installed. Ask what are their warranty on the fence if the posts and fence warps in less than 3 yrs. Just a FYI for those looking to have a wood fence installed. Hire a company who professionalism matches their higher prices.They offered me nothing but they are sorry and nothing the GM can do. No one is more sorry than I am . 27 month later I have a section of my fence that is warped and need repairing. The very least the owner could have offered is to repair at a fair price. It is not my fault that he bought shoddy posts from Lowes and installed them on my property. FYI if you use them get it in writing what will they do to remedy your problem if they install bad material and it last less than 3 years.
My husband and I purchased a PVC privacy fence from A Great Fence. We absolutely love the fence and the entire process from start to finish was effortless and smooth. We were constantly kept informed and up to date on the status and progress of upcoming installation of our fence.Mr. Bailey presented an A+ quality product at a fair price.The office staff along with the installers sent to my job were very courteous and polite.The end result is that we are extremely pleased our fence and we highly recommend A Great Fence.Thank you.
A Great fence company to work with. Oldest Fence company currently in Port St lucie. Can't go wrong with quality fence
If you need A Great Fence call us. Not only am I an employee they also did a privacy Wood fence at my house and it turned out great. Thank you fence installers at A Great Fence.
Many thanks to alexander for the service that his company offers, the quality and the price is the best in st lucie
A Great Fence was excellant. We have a property we rent out and our fence was damaged during the recent storm. Our tenants have two dogs. We contacted them and they were there the next day to give us an estimate. Service does not get any better than that. We will call them for any future repairs or replacements we may need.
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.