Fencing 101

Are you planning a fence installation?

A little prep work can go a long way to ensure a happy, hassle-free outcome, when you are planning any home improvement project.  Below are a few suggestions to help prep for your new fence:

  • Check with your HOA if you have one. Make sure there are not any restrictions on fence installation or style guidelines in your community.
  • Get with your immediate neighbors to discuss your intentions. You may be able to pool your resources and share the costs of a dividing fence.
  • Determine your materials and fence style based on your home’s architecture. Answer the following questions to help decide which type of fence is best for you:
    • Will your new fence be used to control access to a pool, prevent you dog from escaping, or protect your children’s play area?
    • Are you looking for privacy?
    • Will the fence be purely an aesthetic landscaping feature?
  • To determine your property lines and ensure your new fence lies within them, locate your plat.
  • Local zoning ordinances and building codes may restrict your fence installation, both in terms of design and height. Acquire any required building permits.
  • To locate any existing underground power, gas, and water lines, contact your local utility companies.

Titan Fence offers free estimates and samples.  We will also obtain permits and help with utility locates.

Should I do-it-myself or get help?

Before deciding to install a fence, answer these three questions:

  1. Do you have the time?

Time required is tremendously variable.  What kind of materials will you be using?  Wood fence takes longer to install than chain link.  What is the terrain like?  Wooded, rugged, and obstructed terrain will also take longer for fence install.  How much space are you enclosing? Digging the holes and installing fence, can be very exhausting work, especially for a long fence in rocky soil.

  1. Do you have the skills?

Skills required can vary greatly depending on the terrain and the type of fence.  A job that requires minimum skill, for example, is installing a wooden fence on a clear and level lot in topsoil clear of rocks.  An example of a job better left to Titan Fence, is an installation of a wrought iron fence with an electric gate on a sloped property with rocky topsoil.

  1. Is support and information available throughout the installation process?

Directions are usually thorough and phone support is available, if you are buying an intergraded fence product that has all parts made by one manufacturer.  However, when buying raw materials, wood posts, or rolls of chain link fence, support is very low and variable.

Think very carefully before you purchase materials and try to “do-it-yourself.”  If you change your mind and decide to hire a contractor, the material quality may not conform to the standards set by the contractor.   Many contractors may not install a fence using materials that you have all ready purchased and provided.

Your home is your biggest investment.  Do not miss important steps in the fence installation process. Call a professional fence contractor, like Titan Fence, to design and install your fence.

What to expect during the estimate?

When you call Titan fence for a free estimate, our Sales Associates will work to schedule an appointment at your convenience.  We offer weekday and early evening appointments.  If possible, we would like to meet with all decision makers.

Our Sales Associates are courteous, professionally trained, and always carry identification.  Our Sales Associates will arrive with photos, material samples, and expertise to assess your needs and property for the best solution.

You will receive a proposal which is good for 30 days.  You may sign it or take time to review it.

Once we receive the proposal and all required paperwork such as plat, HOA documents and permits.  Titan fence will obtain the permits and call for the utility locates.

The Installation Process

You will be notified of an installation date after all paperwork is in hand.  48 hours before we start work, the utility companies may come by to mark any existing utilities on your property.  Next, a crew will show up to dig and set posts.  The post will be left to cure overnight.  After the posts have cured, pickets and entry gates will be installed.   After the completion of your job, final payment will then be required.

If you have any questions, during or after the installation process, our Customer Service or Sales Associates will be happy to help.