They are very professional and do beautiful work. My only complaint is this: they replaced the fence along the entire length of one side of our property and had them add a gate at the front end at a 90 degree angle to close in the backyard. After about a year, the fence began to lean slightly and got to the point where the gate would no longer latch to the fence. [This allowed our dog to escape twice (thankfully we found her the first time and someone returned her to us the second time), and of course having a gate you can't latch and lock, makes it very easy for just anyone to come into your backyard, which is a security issue.] I wrote a letter and left two messages with the company, and never got a response back from them. So, for that, I am disappointed in the company.
807 Bammel RdHouston, TX 77073
From Business: Fence Houston-Southland Fence & Supply Company provides custom-built fences and gates for homes and businesses in Houston and surrounding areas including Spring, Tx., The Woodlands, Tx., Cypress, Tx., and more. Southland Fence is an 11-year BBB member, with a 2009 Better Business Bureau Gold Certificate for service, and ha…
ALDINE Westfield RdHouston, TX 77032
From Business: Southwestern Fence Company, Inc. of Texas has been providing the Houston area with outstanding and dependable fencing services since 1937. We provide a variety of fencing installations and repairs of products available on the market today, from industrial iron fence installation to residential wood rail fencing; we do it a…
Had a young employee come out to give us a quote for a driveway gate. This was January 2011. No response back from them for a MONTH. I called for the quote.........they would not return the call. Called again and was told that the young man that did the bid was out to lunch and he would call.…
1002 Baker RdRosenberg, TX 77471
From Business: All-Ways Fencing, Incorporated is solely owned by Randy Socha who has been in the fence business since 1998. We are located in Rosenberg, Texas but as our name implies, we will travel to wherever a job is needed. We offer wood, ornamental and chain link fences in a variety of styles to satisfy your specific needs. All-Ways…
13300 Murphy RdStafford, TX 77477
From Business: Building Quality Fences in the Greater Houston Area,Since 1952 Residential & Commercial Fully Insured Payment Methods: Financing Available Mastercard Visa American Express Discover ASSOCIATION BBB Accredited Business Texas Fence Association American Fence Association
After hurricane Ike we had quite a few other quotes for other roofing companies, but by and far they were they best, not just because of price, but all they offered in their quote. So many times when you receive a quote and at the end of a project the estimate is not what you end up paying, but …
They are very professional and do beautiful work. My only complaint is this: they replaced the fence along the entire length of one side of our property and had them add a gate at the front end at a 90 degree angle to close in the backyard. After about a year, the fence began to lean slightly…
Sugar Land, TX 77498
From Business: American construction unlimited is committed to the highest level of service to OUR clients and is driven by the desire to build long standing business relationships for ALL OUR clients needs. We DO it ALL. NO JOB is TOO BIG or TOO small.
Olivarez Bros Fence Company did a great job updating our fence. We live in an acreage community in Richmond and the original owners used Olivarez Fence Co almost 15 years ago to install the original fence on this property. The fence is still in great shape, but one side needed to be repaired. …
19. Ace Fence
Do not trust this crook. They will take your money and not get anything done. The don't answer or return phone calls. Also look them up as Olivarez Brothers Fence Co. Check out all the horrible reviews and horror stories.
20. Ace Fence Co.
Warning!!! Lorenzo Olivarez owner of ACE Fencing in Richmond Rosenberg is a dishonest crook. I hired Lorenzo Olivarez to build a fence around my new home in Richmond. He took forever to get anything accomplished, he would not return phone calls and final thing was that he set 70 fence beams in c…
1710 Avenue GRosenberg, TX 77471
From Business: With more than 20 years experience, Calvin's Fences has created gems for Houston consumers in the form of metal and wrought iron fences. We look forward to visiting your establishment and making your fencing desires come alive. Please call today for a quote.
30. Tim's Fences
I have now used Tim's Fences on two different occasions and am thoroughly satisfied with the quality and appearance of the work. My first time to use Tim's Fences was fall of 2008 after hurricane Ike. Several of my neighbors lost their fences including us. It was quite interesting watching th…
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.