Congratulations!! You just signed a contract to have a new fence installed on your property. Chances are you’re feeling a multitude of emotions. I’m sure you’re happy to be done with the “shopping around and price comparison” process. You’re also probably a little sad at how much money you are actually fixing to spend on a barrier to keep your kids or pets from escaping or to keep your neighbor’s kids or pets from an unwanted visit. Maybe you’re even feeling a little anxious because you’re not sure what to expect. Well, here are a few things you can anticipate over the course of your project.
How long will the process take? A standard backyard fence is roughly 150 linear feet with one pedestrian gate. Barrier Fence prides themselves on being very efficient without sacrificing quality and attention to detail. Our crews are extremely hard workers and have extensive experience in fence installation , making our standard install time for a new residential backyard fence approximately 2 days.
If you are replacing your fence, it is common courtesy to let your neighbors know ahead of time that the fence will be down for a few days so that they can accommodate the needs of their animals. This will insure that the crew is able to get to work as soon as they arrive and not have to wait for loose animals to be dealt with on your dime.
The first thing the crew will do is set to work removing the old fence and stacking it on-site out of the way. There are a few options when it comes to disposal of old fence materials. Some clients choose to keep the old fencing materials for projects while others choose to haul off and dispose of the old materials on their own. Another option is to have haul off and disposal added to your contract at an additional fee. If you choose this option, the old materials will be loaded onto a trailer and hauled off for you at the end of the project. Please note, if you have any issues, it is always better to address them with the estimator you signed the contract with, not the erecting crew.
After the old fence is removed, the crew will immediately set to work running string lines for the new fence. Once this step is completed, homeowner approval of the new lines is suggested. Once approved, posts will be set for the new fence. In residential neighborhoods, the projects are relatively small, making it impossible to bring in large equipment with drills, therefore crews will be equipped with hand tools and jackhammers for manual digging. All posts will be set in 3,000PSI Pre-Engineered Concrete. If it is raining, you can expect a delay as the concrete will need to dry and properly set before moving forward. Once the poles are set and the concrete has cured, you can expect to start seeing your new fence going up quickly. Crews will set to work installing the brackets and 2×4’s, followed by picket installation and having gates cut in as needed.
The last step is Clean Up and Final Walk. Once the fence is completed, it is important for you to inspect the material and construction quality to make sure it meets your standards. Again, if you have any issues, it is important to address them right away with your estimator so adjustments can be made.
Now, that wasn’t worth stressing over, was it?
While most fencing materials are meant to last for many years, nothing lasts forever. And even if it did, it sure wouldn’t look pretty. Chances are you’ve come to the point where your fence is either an eyesore or is starting to have structural issues and you’re considering repair or replacement. Although there are some issues that can easily be repaired either by you or a professional, if your older fence is starting to deteriorate it may be time to consider replacement. While every fence is different here are a few considerations to help you decide if a fence replacement project may be in your near future.
With almost any wood fence, decay is inevitable but especially with wood of inferior quality. Wood decay weakens your fence over time and eventually compromises the integrity and safety you come to expect from your fence. In cases of severe decay it is always safer and more cost effective to replace the fence in it’s entirety.
Another issue is common wood damage. Maybe you got a new puppy and he ate the bottom portion of 30% of your pickets. Perhaps your fence has dry rot, which causes unwanted odors, unsightly stains, and mold. No matter the cause of the damage, if you are noticing problems on large sections of the fence, it may be more cost effective and esthetically pleasing to replace the fence as a whole rather than repairing those sections. The best thing for your budget in this instance is to get a quote for both the repair project and the replacement project.
Now, let’s say you aren’t having any structural issues and there is no visible damage to your fence but you can’t spend one more day in your beautiful home staring out the window at that ugly fence. You have multiple options here as well. You can demo the old fence and replace it with a beautiful new fence or perhaps a custom fence . Or it might be beneficial to hire a professional to power wash your fence and then stain it. It’s all a matter of preference and depends mostly on the integrity of the fence and your budget.
Yes, I brought it up again…the budget. Fencing in general can be quite expensive depending on the quality of materials and size of the project. You may find that your quote for fence repair is close to or exceeds the price for fence replacement; in this instance it makes more sense to go ahead with the replacement as long as the materials quoted are superior in quality. If the materials for the replacement are inferior, the costs will certainly be considerably less but by going with lower quality materials you will be jeopardizing the integrity and life of the fence. In the end it’s really about what makes the best sense for your particular situation. No matter your budget or project size, Barrier Fence Systems is here to help you make an informed decision.
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