- What are the basic fence materials?
- How many different styles of fence are there?
- What information do I need to tell the fence company
building the fence for me?
- What kind of fence will keep my dog confined, but
will not block my view?
- Do I have to put a protective coating on wood fence
posts before they are set into the ground?
- How deep do fence posts have to be set into the
- How long will my fence last?
- What kind of guarantees can I expect for my fence?
- What is the best type of wood to use for my fence?
- How do I select a good fence company?
What are the basic fence materials?
Basic fence materials used in residential fences include steel, aluminum, wood for panel and rail fences, and vinyl fences.
How many different styles of fence are there?
There are many different styles of fences, they are called by different names depending upon which part of the country
you live in and the companies you speak with.
- Chain link fences, available in vinyl coated or galvanized. Privacy
can be achieved by adding plastic, vinyl, or aluminum slats.
- Wood fences come in a variety of styles, such as, solid board privacy, spaced
picket, shadowbox, tongue and groove privacy, stockade, post and rail, split rail, and horse fencing.
- Vinyl fences (PVC) are a fairly new addition to the fence industry.
These products are maintenance free and come in many of the same styles as wood.
- Ornamental fences resemble wrought iron and are made of either aluminum or
What information do I need to tell the fence company building the fence for me?
After you have decided to install a fence, your Fence Company needs to know:
- The purpose of the fence.
- The exact location of the fence.
- The type of fence you want (materials, height, style, features and accessories).
- Desired date of completion.
What kind of fence will keep my dog confined, but will not block my view?
The most practical solution would be either a green or black vinyl coated chain link fence or ornamental steel or aluminum
fence. Either type would serve your purpose and least obstruct your view.
Do I have to put a protective coating on wood fence posts before they are set into the ground?
The use of surface wood preservatives on posts and other wooden portions of the fence to be set into the ground has been
discontinued as being environmentally unsound. The type of wood used for posts should be selected to be compatible
with your local soil.
How deep do fence posts have to be set into the ground?
This depends upon many factors, including type and style of fence, height of fence, and climate in your area (snow, frost,
winds, etc.). Under normal conditions, posts will be set into the ground approximately 30" to 36".
How long will my fence last?
The longevity and life of a fence depends on many factors, including, climate, materials used, and soil conditions to name
a few. A properly installed fence will last a long time as long as it is properly maintained.
What kind of guarantees can I expect for my fence?
Material warranties are usually provided by the manufacturer. The term of any warranty will vary from product to
What is the best type of wood to use for my fence?
Of the approximately 10-12 different wood species that are commonly used and acceptable for fence applications, we use
primarily Western Red cedar, a very durable wood.
How do I select a good fence company?
Do your homework before you select a fence contractor or company. Several questions you should ask are:
- Does the fence company carry liability and workmen's compensation insurance? This will protect you from legal problems
if a workman injures himself while on your property. Some companies try to cut costs by not carrying insurance, this
may put you at significant legal risk, make sure the fence company has all the necessary insurance.
- What type of guarantee or warranty comes with the fence?
- Ask for references. Ask about recent installations of fences similar to the type you are seeking. Inspect
the site to get a sense of the company's craftsmanship. Quality may be the reason why one company may be higher, or
lower, than another's price.
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