Fence Builder FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About Fence Building
Here at Landscaping Vancouver, we offer Fence Services to all of Vancouver cities, including:
- North Vancouver
- New Westminster
- Port Coquitlam
- Port Moody
- Maple Ridge
- and Other Neighborhoods!
And we often get many questions about our services with Fence Building. So here we will do our best to answer all of them!
How do I know what fence is best for me?
Fences serve several functions, and many types are available to fulfill a variety of demands. Some fence types give a higher degree of security than others. Other designs provide more seclusion. Other designs will work better with certain kinds of homes than others. A professional contractor will be able to provide whatever kind of fence you choose, answer any questions you have about it clearly and succinctly, and install it with his own trained and experienced personnel.
How long should it take to install my fence?
The length of the project varies, but most fences may be built in one to three days. There is no need to have to wait days or weeks between the installation of the fence posts and the completion of the rails, gates, and the rest of the project. This is an indication of an overworked contractor. Contractors that drag out the installation procedure for more than three days should be avoided at all costs. An installation should always be finished on time.
What do I need to know to look for in a quality fence?
A quality fence is composed of the best materials and installed in a way that results in a fence that is straight, level, and durable, and one that will stand the test of time and provide you with at least 15 to 20 years of service and peace of mind. The higher the quality of the materials and installation processes, the longer your fence will survive.
What do I need to know if I’m getting a vinyl fence?
If you choose a vinyl fence, be certain that the outer shell is made of virgin vinyl rather than recycled vinyl. In most types, six-foot portions should be used instead of eight-foot sections, which will droop with time. If they are using an 8′ piece, the rails should be 2″x7″. They should only use high-quality vinyl so that the external profile resembles wood rather than plastic. To minimize freezing damage in the winter, pour the concrete into the postholes six to eight inches below the soil level. Every post should also have an anti-frost heave bar fitted at the bottom. There is a lot more to learning about purchasing a vinyl fence, but here are the fundamentals that any contractor should address right away. Find an alternative contractor if he doesn’t or has different responses.
What do I need to know about the installation process?
The installation method might have a long-term influence on your pleasure with your new fence. How far into the earth are the fence posts buried? Your fence is considerably more prone to wobble and fall out of line if they are not at least three feet below the surface. How do they keep every run level and true? We employ a technology called the Bi-Lateral Alignment Process, which runs a double line high and low on opposing sides of the fence posts to ensure that the fence run is straight and level every time!
Will the final cost always match the estimate?
In general, yes. A qualified fence contractor will be able to present you with a complete estimate that includes all projected expenditures as well as certain factors that may be difficult to predict. Some neighborhoods, for example, are known to have been built on highly rocky terrain. If this is the case, a reputable contractor would include contingency information in his quote that indicates he may need to employ a specialist digging gear like the Dandy Digger if rock formations lie under the soil. However, unless there are modifications to the original fence design, such as more gates or additional coverage, the final price should ALWAYS equal the estimate. Do not use a fence contractor that does not provide this assurance!
What if I don’t know exactly where to put the fence?
If you don’t have clearly defined lot boundaries, a professional fence contractor can assist you arrange for a survey to identify where your lot stops and your neighbor’s starts. If you have any issues about where the fence should be situated in relation to your house and yard, an expert contractor can provide advise, backed up with many samples of comparable projects that you can drive by to see how it might appear in your yard.
Will my yard be all tore up after the installation is complete?
When the project is over, your yard should appear just as it did before the job began, except that you now have a lovely, new fence surrounding it. The earth disturbed when the postholes were excavated will be the sole sign that there was ever a building operation. Unless a particular site was assigned for it at the outset of the construction, the soil should be raked up neatly into heaps around the perimeter of the property. There should be no ruts or other indications that an installation team was there. When correctly erected, the new fence should seem to have “magically” grown out of the surrounding terrain.
Do you install previously purchased fence materials?
No, we do not install materials bought separately. Our estimates include labor and material costs. Only the things we offer are guaranteed or warranted.
Can you repair damage to my existing fence?
Yes, our Service & Repair Department is delighted to assess any difficulties you’re experiencing with your fence – even fences that were not installed by us – and propose the best solution for your case. Find out more about our home fence service and repairs, as well as our business fence service and repairs.
Do you install fences during the winter months?
Yes, we can build and repair fences all year. Please keep in mind that installation may be delayed if there are harsh weather conditions that prevent us from operating outdoors.
Will you tear down & haul away my current fence?
The cost of dismantling and haul-away will be included in your quote if you are replacing an existing fence.
What are private utilities, and why do I need to mark them?
Private utilities are those installed by the homeowner. Private electricity (to a shed, garage, or outdoor lighting), sprinkler systems, drain tiles, invisible fences, and so on are examples. It is your obligation to designate their position, which must be done prior to our arrival. We adhere to the marks and try our best not to cross these lines throughout your installation. We are not accountable for any damages if private utilities are not discovered and labelled by the property owner and we strike them as a consequence.
How much fencing will I need?
The length of your fence is measured in linear feet. Add the separate areas of your yard together to obtain the total number of linear feet you’ll need. During your estimate, your sales representative will also compute this.
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