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Fence FAQ

Q: What type of fences is there?

Fences are constructed out of many different materials such a PVC, wood or metal, (iron or chain link). The formation of a fence follows along a property line forming a barrier or wall of sorts. A fence consists of posts with sections of the barrier mounted to them in a continuous line along a designated boundary.

Q: How do I determine the type of fence that works best for my needs?

Picking the right kind of fence is based on the purpose. Where privacy is a concern, then a solid wooden fence would be the answer. If security is an issue, then a  tall chain link fence may be in order. In addition, chain link fences work well used as dog runs or for generally keeping a pet within a yard and people out of a pool when they are tall enough to do so.

There are many reasons to have a fence installed and the type of fence rests solely on the purpose.

Q: What factors enter the picture when shopping for a fence?

The initial cost of the fence coupled with the installation fee in addition to the type of fence are the two main factors to consider. A third may be the height of the fence and the area it is to follow, i.e. the property line.

Other factors may be guidelines set by a neighbourhood association on fence height and type. Let us  not forget the longevity of the fence materials. This last item determines how replaceable the fence materials are.

For example a chain link fence needs no maintenance when the application is in a residential environment. A wooden privacy fence may need panels replaced after severe weather or from normal wear. This last item factors in the total expense over time.

Q: Are there different choices for a privacy fence?

Yes, there is a choice of two materials, which are PVC and wood. Both can have a tongue & groove design. PVC fences, carry a life time guarantee, and understandably wood only last for so long. Another option is a fence with space between the slats allowing for 60% privacy.

Q: How do I block and unattractive landscape or view?

the best way to do this is to have a privacy fence that is tongue & groove so it completely blocks the view.

Q: How can a fence protect children?

Depending on the situation, i.e. if a swimming pool of a significant size is present in a back yard, a chain link fence works well at a minimum height of 5 ft. The design of the chain link must be unclimbable. This protects the property owner from having strangers in their pool.

Moreover the best way to ensure protection  is to have a total privacy fence surrounding the backyard where children are apt to spend a lot of their time. This keeps prying eyes off of what goes on in your yard and away from your children.

Q: What is a good way to secure a pool or hot tub with a fence?

Generally a hot tub is in the yard so having a privacy fence is the answer for this.  Since hot tubs have covers, there is no need to put a fence directly around the tub. Where a pool is concerned, it can be the same thing unless there is a reason to put a fence directly around a pool that is already inside of a fenced off yard. In this scenario may be a chain link fence is better. This way you can see when someone is in the pool.

However, keep in mind this is all relative to what fits your life style and needs.


Q: Will a fence work to mark a property line?

Any type of fence will serve the purpose of marking a property line. However, when planning on this aspect, it is wise to plan ahead for contingencies such as purchasing a pool or hot tub in the future as a possibility. It never fails that after putting a small fence up a need for a larger more private fence arises.


Q:  What makes a good gate for a backyard entrance?

Traffic control is one aspect of landscaping that sometimes gets overlooked until a fence becomes part of the design. Naturally a gate serves as a segway from part of a yard to the next and as such it should match the fence by design and function.

Q: How can I tell which style of fence will complement the design of my house?

The addition of a well designed and crafted fence adds value and atmosphere to a house. While the fence seems as independent of the surroundings, it still accentuates the house. With the aid of our experienced designers they can help you find that perfect fit.


Q: Say I plan to sell my house after putting in a fence, what needs my consideration beforehand?

The re-sale value of your home increases when a fence is added. However, the condition of the fence at the time of sale can also effect the selling price. This makes keeping the fence in the best condition possible at all times. In addition, consider the type of materials used for the fence and their longevity.


Q: Does the type of fence matter if I plan to stay in my home for a long time?

Considering the re-sale value of a home after years of living it may or may not change on a drastic measure, choosing a fence that fits your needs and taste is what matters in the end. Remember to weigh the difference in the materials and longevity and maintenance that is needed over time.


Q: I want a fence for a garden backdrop, any suggestions?

This is more of a design aspect and as such choosing a fence for this purpose means that the materials and colour of the fence should match or fit with the overall landscape. A garden changes from time to time, which means the presence of a fence will add to this change and may no longer fit into the desired picture. This makes it important to pick a style of fence wisely for this purpose.


Q: I understand that there are different materials that a fence can be made from, what are they?

The materials used are PVC, Iron, Chain link, (heavy gauge wire), and wood are the most popular.