Tips & Advice
Does a fencing contractor need to be certified.
Homeowners should work with a fencing contractor who is certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations, including American Fence Association or the North American Fence Contractors Association.
What is a red flag in picking a contractor?
If a contractor requires an immediate decision, asks you to pay cash or doesn't provide an estimate.
How do I choose a fencing contractor?
- Ask for portfolio examples
- What's their reputation?
- Is the work guaranteed?
- Is there a warranty?
How do you care for a wood fence?
With exposure to the sun and the elements, wood fences are prone to cracking, warping and cupping. 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. Then seal and stain the fence to protect it. An oil stain is recommended, as it penetrates the material and can maintain its condition for years.
How do you clean a vinyl, aluminum or PVC fence?
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.
How much does it cost to install a fence?
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.
How long does it take to install a fence?
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.
How can I prevent my fence from leaning?
If your fence is leaning or sagging, it 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. Prevent these situations by performing regular maintenance on the fence.
How do I build a fence near utility lines?
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.
Why should I build a fence?
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.