Fence For Yourself

So you kind of like the look of that fence installed by your neighbor, friend or a random homeowner whose house you drive by every morning on your way to work? Or maybe the word around the office is that keeping children, pets and possessions safe is easier when a fence separates them from all the hazards out there. Either way, you’ve arrived at a place where you are considering installing a fence around your property, but are perhaps uncertain about which kind to choose and why. Well, it just happens you came to the right place for help. As experts at installing anything from wood to vinyl fences in Bucks Country, Pennsylvania, we are here to give you a little starter guide for choosing a fence that suits your individual needs.

 

Aluminum

One of our most popular fence material choices is aluminum. Some people have a preconception of aluminum as a cheap-looking material that’s not very durable. We can assure you that is entirely incorrect. Aluminum is a sturdy material that has a long life compared to many other fence types. Our aluminum fences also come in various colors that can be matched to the aesthetic of your house. Often aluminum is particularly popular as a pool fence or when the fence is needed for containing pets, because it’s maintenance free, sturdy, and its replacement parts are easy to acquire. Our aluminum fences also come with tighter spacing for smaller dogs.

 

PVC/Vinyl

One of the biggest pros of a PVC-vinyl fence is that it lasts practically forever. And we mean forever, as in it will probably outlast the cockroaches in a nuclear apocalypse. Well maybe not quite, but we’re sure you get the point. Vinyl fences also hold up to wind better than most common fences and our patented design goes together so tightly there are no gaps. Vinyl fence also doesn’t stain or get any scratches. Generally speaking, vinyl has many of the same applications as aluminum, although because of aesthetics, PCV-vinyl is less common as a pool fence.

 

Wood

Wood as a material is, in many ways, almost the complete opposite of aluminum and PVC-vinyl. It’s entirely natural and more versatile in terms of customization, but it has a much more limited lifespan, compared to aluminum and PVC-vinyl. It’s often popular specifically for its aesthetic look and for being 100% natural. Homeowners seeking a certain look or something with a natural lifespan are more likely to choose wood, particularly for more decorative fencing.

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Consider Aluminum Fencing

When you think of aluminum fencing, do you think of cheap, lightweight metal the color of tinfoil? Think again! Aluminum fencing is, in reality, one of the sturdiest and most elegant options available. If you want an affordable fencing solution that also looks beautiful on virtually any property, aluminum fencing might be for you.

Price

Aluminum fencing fits a wide variety of budgets due to the relatively low cost of the material. It has the distinct advantage of looking like wrought iron, a material synonymous with classic elegance and refined taste, but comes at a much lower price, making the beautiful appearance of wrought iron more accessible to everyone. Wrought iron typically costs nearly 2.5 times more than aluminum, making the latter material a smart alternative.

Elegance

Despite its low cost, aluminum fencing is still beautiful and versatile. Since it can be made to resemble wrought iron, up to and including traditional design elements like decorative scrollwork, it adds instant elegance to any property. Aluminum fencing comes in a variety of colors, both light and dark, so it can be customized to perfectly fit in with your home aesthetic. This kind of fencing is especially well suited to pool enclosures and property gates.

Installation Benefits

Aluminum is a lightweight material, which makes it easier for your fence contractor to install. The material is also rackable, which means that your Bucks County fencing contractors can adjust it to uneven terrain without creating gaps between the fence posts and ground.

Low Maintenance

Aluminum doesn’t rust like iron does, which makes it more versatile in different climates and weather conditions. Unlike iron, aluminum does not need to be repainted frequently, if at all. Typically, aluminum fencing is coated with weather- and sun-resistant paint that lasts and looks fresh for years.

Strength and Security

Although lightweight, aluminum fencing is tough, especially when alloyed with titanium, which means that it’s unlikely that the material can be knocked over by wind or cut through by intruders. As a security measure, aluminum fencing combines elegance with protection. When topped with sharp spears, an aluminum fence still has curbside appeal while deterring intruders who would be otherwise tempted to scale your fence.

Installing Your Fence: What You Need to Know

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If you’re installing a fence on your property, it’s most likely that you’re hiring a contractor like Garrido Fences to do most of the work. Hiring a contractor is a smart choice: when you work with an experienced professional, you’ll get a beautiful, property-enhancing fence at a reasonable price, and you won’t have to undertake the arduous process of buying materials and installing the fence yourself.

While your contractor does most of the work, you do have a few responsibilities as a homeowner, however. By following a few guidelines, you’ll ensure that the installation of your fence goes smoothly.

Budget Beforehand

Budgeting is one of the most important steps in any home improvement project. Before hiring a contractor, be realistic about how much you can spend on the installation of your fence. Inform your contractor up-front about your budget. A good contractor will offer a free, no-obligation estimate so that you know how much you’ll spend before committing to a fence. Reputable contractors will also understand your limitations and offer flexible options for materials so that you can get the style that you want without going over budget. They will also stock cost-effective materials that don’t sacrifice quality.

Get a Permit

Many towns require that you obtain a fencing permit before installing a fence, and your township or homeowner’s association might have in place certain restrictions on height, material and style. Make a checklist of all the documentation that you need so that your fence installation isn’t interrupted by angry neighbors or officials.

Your township might also require documentation from your fencing contractor, including but not limited to certificates of liability, workers’ comp insurance, license numbers and registration numbers. Before hiring your contractor, make sure that they have these documents and are willing to provide them to your township.

Determine Property Lines

You need to determine your property lines before installing your fence. There are a few ways to do this: some properties have pins that demarcate the limits of your property. If you can’t find them, you can ask your township for a property plan that provides the measurements of your property and includes any landmarks that might aid you in determining your property lines. Just to be safe, make sure that you talk to your neighbors about where you plan to install your fence to prevent future disputes.

If you have pre-existing fencing on your property, it will help your contractor if you clear fence lines beforehand and mark the limits of your property.

Mark Public and Private Utility Lines

Hitting a utility line on your property could cause catastrophes of varying degrees. For your contractor to dig safely, you’ll have to determine and mark all utility lines on your property. In the case of public utilities, the process is simple. Contractors, like us, can call your state’s 811 call center to notify utility companies and allow them to mark the lines on your property.

However, in the case of private utility lines, like pool lines and propane lines, it is your responsibility for marking them and informing your contractor of their presence. Marking utility lines is essential to keeping yourself safe and preventing costly damage, so be extra attentive during this step.

Check Contractor’s Credentials

Do your homework on your contractor so that you know you’re getting what you pay for. A reliable contractor will be licensed and insured, and will be willing to provide proof. They should also be willing to provide documentation like liability certificates to both you and your township. Other marks of a good contractor are: offering free estimates, placing products under warranty and using in-house employees as opposed to subcontractors.