Protecting property from intrusion and theft can be one of the greatest concerns for any business!
Installing perimeter fencing can help maintain the security of your premises and, if required, ensure your privacy. When installed by professional craftsmen, the finished product will provide years of trouble-free service.
As with any investment, you have to do your homework. It is important to understand the wide range of products currently available. By reading this article, you will learn how to get value for your money, and the right fence for your needs. So, what do you need to know before you buy?
1) What are the basic fence materials?
Basic fence materials include, galvanised steel, tubular iron in square or round shapes, steel wire with steel or wood frames, wood for panel and rail fences, aluminium fence available with wire mesh, panel or glass insert and the new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fences.
2) How many different types of fence are there?
There are many different types of fences, and they are called different names depending on the companies you talk to and the areas I which you live.
- Chain link fences can be vinyl coated or galvanised and could have plastic slats inserted for adding privacy.
- Wood fences come in a variety of styles, such as stockade, flat board, estate, paddock, picket and split rail.
- PVC fences are relatively new to the fence industry. PVC fences come in many of the same styles as wooden fences. This product is very easy to maintain.
- Aluminium fences can look much like the old wrought iron fences (which are still available). Both aluminium and wrought iron fence are often ornamental by design.
3) What do I need to tell a contractor who is going to build a fence for me?
Once you have decided to install a fence, you should be prepared to discuss the following points with your fencing professional:
- The purpose of the fence
- The exact location of the fence
- What type of design features you want (height, style, material)
- Approximate budget
- Desired completion date
4) What kind of fence will not block my view?
A chain link fence with black or green vinyl fabric and a black frame is generally considered the best solution that will least obstruct your view.
5) How deep do fence post have to be into the ground?
This depends on many factors, including the type of material used and the climate conditions in your area (snow loads, frost, winds etc). We recommend that you consult with an experienced local fence contractor who is familiar with the specifications and standards associated with fence instillation.
6) I have an old rusted and flaking fence around my premises how can I restore it?
The recommended procedure for restoring a wrought iron fence with this problem is to either sand blast or wire brush the fence to remove the rust. Once the rust is removed, you should apply a zinc-enriched primer, cover it with one or two coats of finish preferably with a rust inhibitor. Just like your car, you can enhance the life span of an iron fence simply by polishing the fence with a good automotive wax.
8) How long will my fence last?
There are many factors that affect the life of a fence, including, local climate, soil conditions and the materials to name a few. You can expect a properly installed fence will last a long time as long as it is appropriately maintained. Your fence professional should be able to help you decide which type of fence will serve your needs the best.
9) What kind of guarantees can I expect from my fence contractor?
You should discuss specific warranty concerns with your fence contractor prior to instillation. Material warranties are usually provided by the manufacturer. Workmanship is guaranteed by the contractor. The term of warranty will vary from product to product. Be sure to read the fine print on warranties.
10) What is the best type of wood to use for my fence?
There are perhaps 10-12 different wood species that are acceptable and commonly used for fence applications. What is best for you will depend on what is readily available in your area and adaptable to the soil and climate conditions on the property works.
11) How do I select a good fence contractor?
It is vital that you do your homework before you select a fence contractor. It is acceptable to interview different contractors before you make a decision on whom to use. Some questions you should ask.
Does your company hold liability and workman’s compensation insurance?
Can you supply me with a sample of your contract and products?
What type of guarantee and warranty come with my fence?
Do you belong to a national or trade association