I paid this man to put up a fence for me. I had 6 bids on the job with his the highest. I told him this but said he seemed to be a honest, professional man so I would let him put up the fence. Workmanship is very poor. Too many mistakes for me to take the time to write them all. I could live with most of them. The gate however was hung very poorly. It is two four foot gates together. This to give the clearance needed to get my lawn tractor through. It was hung way too high. Hardware to hang it is beat and bent out of shape to even get it to line up well enough for gates to hang. Terribly done. Several areas where posts go so far into the ground the wire fence inside runs over the top rail in several places. It's a split rail fence with the steel wire to keep your pets in. It's been a month and my Golden Retriever that is a growing puppy that has grown twice the size as when fence was installed. I still have one place where I have logs stacked up on the outside so he cannot get under fence. He's 4 months old so if you know dogs he's pretty good size. Most likely he will be able to always get out there. I've had Golden Retrievers and they are smart and don't forget. Here I have this fence with a pile of logs stacked up outside it to keep my dogs in. Looks like h--l. How would you feel?Terrible work. I've contacted this company once where he promised he would be out the next morning to correct it. He never showed. Since then he won't answer his phone. Will not answer voicemails I leave. Says it's guaranteed for five years. His guarantee isn't good for a day. The worst of it I paid him $600.00 more than the next higher bid. One bid I had was even $1400.00 less. I wasted my money on Tim McKnown and his fence company. You do not want to do business with Tim McKnown fence. Go to a different company. You'll get a better price and I'm sure a better looking fence. This man is not trustworthy. I guess I'm going to have to file a claim in small claims.
7407 Sylvania AveSylvania, OH 43560
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Came when they said they would, did a great job, put in almost 250 foot of privacy fence in 2+ days. Nice to work with and very dependable and cleaned up the site. Highly recommend them.
Great people they do great work. Very friendly fast and accurate. The fence looks so good my neighbors also had them do some fence for them.
AddendumYou claim to be honest but you wont return phone calls after giving me a bad check claiming to make things right. I have already contacted Call for Action. If you do not deliver cash by August 2 i will pursue this. I trusted you and wanted to give you a chance but you let me down repeatedly. Worst business man ever in my opinion. Takes your money, makes promises and never does the work. You feel sorry for him because he is so grubby, drives a banged up car, talks the talk, but is a big loser and takes advantage of people. DO NOT hire him for any job, big or small
This is Tim McKown. I was hospitalized 3 times from late-May through July 2nd. During this time, jobs got delayed and some customers were not notified of my situation, and some problems resulted. I am working to resolve these issues. Unfortunately, people with negative comments are usually more-likely to post than those who are happy with their projects, so reviews are not necessarily representative of all customer experiences. I can assure potential future customers that they will receive quality, professional fence and gate installation and/or repairs at reasonable prices from Poe McKown Gates and Fence. There is no job too small, either! The McKown family has been serving the Toledo and NW Ohio area for over 50 years. References from many satisfied customers are available upon request. Poe McKown Gates and Fence would like the opportunity to earn your business, and a positive review, from your family or business. Tim McKown, Owner419-917-7542
This is Tim McKown, owner of Poe McKown Gates and Fence. I entered the explanation below through my Assistant's account inadvertently. If you are reading this, I want you to know that Poe McKown Gates and Fence consistently provides quality fence and gate installation and repairs. Unintended and unfortunate circumstances happened this spring, and some of my jobs suffered as a result. These issues are being resolved and my company now continues to provide quality work, at reasonable prices, in a timely manner. The McKown family has been serving the Toledo and NW Ohio area for over 50 years.Please contact me personally, at 419-917-7542. Sincerely,Tim McKown, OwnerPoe McKown Gates and Fence
I had 3 hospitalizations from late-May through July 2nd. My assistant was on vacation during the last 2 hospitalizations & I did not have anyone to call customers regarding the delay in my installation of their fences, so some thought I was not going to return to do their work.Unfortunately, customers who have complaints are the most likely to write reviews, whereas the satisfied customers just go on and enjoy their new fences, not thinking of getting online to write positive reviews. I assure my potential customers that they will receive quality work in a timely manner. References can be provided.Poe McKown Gates and Fence continues to provide high quality fence and gate installation and/or repairs. We do excellent work at reasonable prices. The business is still family-owned and -operated, and the McKown family has been serving the Toledo and NW Ohio area for over 50 years.Tim McKown, Owner
Paid a deposit of $1600.00 beginning of March. Never came to do any work still has not provided refund after promising for several months. Really making a bad name of his father's company.
Tim McKown's fence company came and successfully installed a split rail fence in my back yard. I am very pleased with the outcome. He was prompt, excellent looking materials, efficient workman that cleaned up the mess, and all of this with a realistic price. Overall a positive experience and outcome
Tim and his son did a great job! They repaired a portion of the existing fence in the front yard, and then installed a new fence in the back yard. They were very professional, thorough, and polite. Tim listened to what I wanted the finished product to look like, explained how they were going to do the work, and also provided a detailed written estimate of work to be done, materials that would be needed.
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.