Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know before having a fence installed?
You need to assess at least 5 things:
- Purpose of the fence: pets, privacy, curb appeal, pool enclosure, property line, division of live stock, asset property value, security.
- Where the fence will be located, exactly. Know city, county code and HOA code before fence estimation.
- What type of fence do you want: material, height, style or styles, features and accessories.
- Type of quality fence: High Quality if you plan to live at residence long term; transferable material warranty. Medium Quality or temporary fence if you are not going to stay at this residence long term.
- When you plan to begin work and when you would like for it to be complete: Is there landscaping to be done, do animals need to be kenneled, are there any surveying issues, what considerations need to be taken into account before the fence installation. Do you have a drawing of sprinkler system or any wiring installed that is not utility wiring?
Why are prices slightly varied from fence company to fence company?
Cost of materials and product availability from venders, cost of transportation fuel, number of crew members required to accomplish installation, cost of insurance, bonding and workmen’s compensation.
How long will my fence last?
A fence’s life depends on the integrity of the material, climate, staining/sealing of wood products and type of steel products coating. Depending on which fence type you choose, you can enjoy for up to 10-25 years of service, with proper maintenance.
How long will it take to install my fence?
Installation time varies upon the size of the project, steep, wet or rocky terrain, required fencing material, weather, and if special ordering is required. We work as quickly as possible without compromising quality and customer satisfaction.
How does Vinyl compare to Wood in pricing?
Vinyl prices compare favorably with wood. Vinyl is virtually maintenance fee, you won’t spend time and money painting and staining. Vinyl needs light pressure washing from time to time to keep the color vibrant and free from environmental dust and debris.
How do I care for my wood fence?
We recommend applying a natural finish with a waterproof seal the day after installation. Painting is also suggested. Either waterproof sealing or painting will help minimize the effect of weathering, and extend the life of the wood fence.
Why is chain link so common when there are so many different kinds of fences available?
It is the fence that is most cost effective, economical, maintenance free. The black and brown vinyl chain link is beautifying, and doesn’t obscure one’s view. It comes in different grades, it’s long lasting, and it controls pets and prevents wildlife from entering your secured property. Assists in providing security.
Most important things to know:
- Your Landscape: Curvature of the ground will determine how straight the top of the fence will appear and if there will be a gap at the bottom of the fence.
- Do not shake posts for 24-48 hours after install so that concrete can set.
- Wood posts are concreted 2 foot in the ground; Chain link posts are driven 1 foot and then concreted 1 foot in the ground.
- 6 foot wood fence are to have 3 runners.
- Know your county codes.
- Know your HOA code.
- Have your HOA approval.
Type of Stain: Mold & Mildew
Cleaning Agent: “Normal” Cleaning: 1 cup Simple Green and 1 gallon of water // “Very Dirty” Cleaning:1/2 cup Simple Green and 1/2 cup water
Preparation: Mix the appropriate solution for your cleaning needs.
Special Cleaning Procedures: Apply with soft cloth. Use only a little pressure for “normal cleaning.” You may use slightly more pressure for the “down and dirty” stains.
Type of Stain: Asphalt, Crayon, Creases, Oils, Tars, Wax, etc.
Cleaning Agent: Solvents: Mineral Spirits, VMP Napthea Auto Tar Remover
Preparation: Use plastic wood scraper to remove excess.
Special Cleaning Procedures: Apply mineral spirits with a soft cloth. Use only a little pressure to polish stained areas. Rinse with water after stain is removed.
Type of Stain: Gum, Lipstick, Marking Inks, Nail Polish, etc.
Cleaning Agent: Triclorethylene (Cleaning Fluid)
Preparation: Use plastic wood scraper to remove excess. The gum needs to be chilled for removal.
Special Cleaning Procedures: Apply mineral spirits with a soft cloth. Use only a little pressure to remove stain. Rinse with water.
Type of Stain: Stubborn Stains
Cleaning Agent: Xylene-laquer Thinner
Preparation: Use this method ONLY if the others have failed!
Special Cleaning Procedures: Moisten a small section with thinner and vigorously rub.
Type of Stain: Rust and Hardwater Stains
Cleaning Agent: Magic, CLR or Vinegar
Special Cleaning Procedures: Apply with soft cloth. Use only a little pressure for “normal cleaning.”
Prepping older fences for stain and seal:
Spray down with half bleach and half water, then wait 2 hours and rinse with water.
DISCLAIMER: These procedures are not guaranteed to remove stains. If unsure of proper procedures, please follow manufacturer’s instructions