FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Yes, providing free estimates is part of our services. Estimates provide correct information about the projected costs of the project. Many things are taken into account for this, including material prices, equipment costs, labor hours, labor rates, and other indirect costs. Project cost estimation clients in decision making as well as in procurement of funding. A proper estimate ideally benefits both parties. Under this, the project can be held on a schedule and under a budget. Keep in mind though that the estimate will often be not the same as the final bill. Call 806-375-4393 and get a free estimate from us.
We can have your fence installed in two to four weeks. However, depending on the situation, we may need more time. So sometimes, we install the fences in five to six weeks. This wide gap is because of many different factors. The shorter time frame is possible with materials that have been premade and shipped ready to install. This includes contemporary materials like vinyl and SimTek. However, if your fence needs to be produced and fabricated beforehand, you must allow an additional two to three weeks for this purpose. For ornamental steel and aluminum fences, the longer timeframe is expected.
A little waiting time is given prior to starting the fence installation process. However, the fence installation proper would take less time and would be properly planned and scheduled. For the average project, the working period is composed of one week. Within this week, three days are reserved for working. On these days, our crew will be on site complete with the needed equipment. The remaining days in between are intended for letting the materials settle. For example, a day or two is given to let the cement cure and dry up. This may be extended a little if the projects are significantly larger.
Most of the time more than one permit is needed for fence installation projects. Local agencies and governments units regulate fence installation projects for many reasons. If a fence installation project does not follow the standards, the involved parties may face complaints and litigations. Therefore, every fence company must make sure that the project is approved before the installation process can even begin. The client will be required to provide same documents and papers as part of the requirements for the permit. You may directly contact us through 806-375-4393 to get the full list of these items.
We have many available types of materials for different fence types as well. We provide conventional fence materials like wood. At the same time, we also offer newer alternative ones like vinyl and SimTek. The classic ones we have are chain link, cedar wood, steel, and aluminum. Different fence types can be produced from one material. For example, vinyl and wooden fences can come in both privacy and ornamental forms. For metal, steel and aluminum fences may be crafted into ornamental designs, or one may opt to choose simple grills.
In some places, restrictions are more stringent than in others. Some areas may have strict local ordinances or zoning ordinances that monitor and limit the placement and even the appearance of the fences. In terms of appearance, they may have limitations on the fence type, material, color, and height. In other areas, neighborhood associations follow a locally agreed upon rule which restricts the types of fences allowed to keep the block looking neat and uniform. You may check these rules in your area so that you may narrow down your options even at the start of the project.
It is not commonly required per se to consult or notify your neighbors about your fence installation projects. However, since we started in the business in 2003, we have seen that some conflict may arise between neighbors when some problems happen during the fence installation due to lack of communication. Hence, even if it is not totally required, we do recommend that you consult with your neighbors if you can. Consider this as common courtesy to your neighbors. it would also help keep them safe. If it is their turn to install fences, they would take the time to talk to you as well.
On the average, the fence posts we install are at least three feet deep. That is almost equivalent to one full meter. An understanding of basic mechanical physics would tell you that a considerable depth will be important to make the posts stand in a stable position. This depth may still vary depending on the type of post. Requirements may differ with wooden posts, steel posts, and concrete posts. Moreover, the soil composition may also influence the stability of the posts. There is no need for you to be too concerned about the fence post depth since our team will take care of it for you.
Property owners in certain locations specifically want fences that touch the ground. But in reality, this is actually not recommended. If this is non-negotiable to you, you may consider having a wall built. This is usually not wise since having a fence that touches the ground puts it at great risk of damage. Constant contact with the ground may also translate to constant contact with water. Water is one of the most common causes of damage to property in general, not just fences. For instance, fences made of wood may decompose or blister when always touching the moist ground.
Certain weather conditions may warrant a temporary pause in the installation process. Stopping temporarily is done to prevent water from damaging the materials of the fence. Since weather changes are not always predictable, they are always incorporated in the planning phase. Even if they are unpredictable, response mechanisms and protocols can be prepared so we know exactly how to manage the situation when the activities need to be stopped. Part of the protocol is making sure that very little delay happens even with the warranted temporary pause. It also makes sure that nothing is damaged especially during downpours.
The San Diego Fence Company offers many different fence materials that you can choose from. The needs you have for your fence, as well as your budget considerations will influence the specific materials that will be used for your project. Knowing the uses and advantages of each material can help you select the right material for your purpose. For example, if you need privacy, you may opt for a traditional wooden fence or a contemporary vinyl privacy fence. If you need something durable that can also last for decades, you have the option of choosing a metal fence, either steel or aluminum types.
In theory, you can have a fence as tall as you want it to be. However, this may not be possible if there are fence height restrictions in your area. Moreover, the material you chose, especially the premade ones like vinyl and SimTek may not be available in taller heights. Your needs would also dictate your fence height. For instance, if you want privacy, you will need a fence that is tall enough so that onlookers cannot look over your property. Likewise, some fences are meant to be tall. An example are back stops.
If properly installed, maintained well, and regularly treated as applicable, the fence may last for a long time, from years to decades. However, it is a fact that some materials are just more durable and more resistant to damage compared to others. Wood, for example is very prone to decay, blistering, splintering, and water damage. If regularly repainted, treated, and sanded, it can last longer. Some fences may last as long but without these tedious maintenance measures. Therefore, it will be important to keep in mind that choosing the fence material from the very beginning will influence how long your fence will last.