Before You Buy
Before Choosing a Fence Company to install your fence, consider these questions:
1. Quality, Price, Value, Company History
The contractor with the lowest price may not be the best bargain. Be sure of your contractor and the product they are proposing.
2. How do I know what type of fence is right for me?
What is the main reason you are purchasing a fence?
- Beautify the property
- Hide an ugly view
- Keep children and/or pets safely within your property
- Block traffic
- Privacy from neighbors
There are numerous styles and types of fences to address every budget and situation. Be sure you know your options.
3. What should I know about the materials fences are made of?
Not all materials are equal.
- Wood: There are different grades and species available
- Vinyl: There are different methods of producing the vinyl as well as different wall thicknesses, steel or aluminum reinforcement for rigidity, different methods of UV protection to prevent yellowing and different colors.
- Chain Link: There is galvanized, aluminized and vinyl coated as well as different thicknesses of posts and fabric.
- Ornamental: Now ornamental fences are available in numerous material selections such as tubular steel, solid steel, aluminum, welded or bracketed panels.
4. Make sure that when you have decided on a fence contractor that you have a written contract.
Your written contract will contain specifications of the materials your contractor intends to use. If wood is to be used, the contract should state the species, type and grade of wood. If you choose a metal fence, the gauge of chain link fabric, post sizes and/or picket sizes should be specified. The number of gates, post footing sizes and whether concrete is being used should be specified as well.
5. Ask for samples and/or brochures.
A reputable contractor would be more then happy to present product details, brochures and samples. If the contractor has a showroom, visit it and view what you are buying.
6. Ask for references.
A well established, reputable contractor should be able to provide you with addresses where, locally, they have performed work. Visit the sight and check the material and installation quality.
7. What should I know about the Fencing Company?
How long has the contractor been in business?
Is the contractor licensed, bonded and insured?
Ask to see a certificate of insurance.
Make sure the contractor has provided you with a written contract with the terms and conditions.
Ask for references.
Know you rights and obligations.