How to Choose the Right Fence Company

How to Choose the Right Fence Company

So you want to get a fence in the Central Florida area. One Google search pulls up hundreds of options, so how do you choose? It's hard to make a good decision when so many companies are just looking for a quick buck. Every year we are called out to multiple homes, where we are asked to repair or replace fences that had been recently installed by someone who doesn't care about the consumer. So many times we are told, "I wish I'd called you first!"

We can't install every fence in Orlando, but we can help the consumers make an educated choice when choosing a contractor and fence type. Read below for tips on choosing the right contractor for your job:

  1. Read Reviews- Use credible sources such as Google Business Listings, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), or Angie’s List. Trust the consumers, it is much more likely for good reviews to be faked than bad reviews. A company with one hundred 5-Star reviews and one 1-Star review isn’t bad. A company with 50/50 reviews is. Look elsewhere.

 

  1. Choose a real company- Sure a handyman or independent contractor will be cheaper upfront, but you get what you pay for. Bypassing a company will create issues- you likely won’t get a warranty on the fence, and it probably won’t be permitted. An un-permitted fence probably does not meet local building requirements and can result in code enforcement charges. Un-permitted fences also won’t be covered by insurance if any damage occurs.

 

  1. Schedule multiple estimates- It’s best to shop around. Some companies will try to scalp you, while others are dirt-cheap. During an estimate, do not pay any sort of deposit or down-payment for a fence. This is a common scam. Fence estimates should be free. If the company is charging for the quote, don’t have them come out. Ask questions during the estimate- do they have the answers?

 

  1. Do your own research- Don’t blindly listen to someone who is selling to you. Look for educational resources online and do your own research beforehand. Keep in mind your geographical location while researching. This plays an important part in fence installation – such as not using concrete on fences in Florida.

 

  1. Check for licenses- Once you’ve chosen your company, check if they are licensed. Go to Sunbiz, and search either the company name or contractor's name. If they are listed as “inactive”, they are not currently licensed. Additionally, ask for the company's or contractors' insurance information. If they are not insured and you allow them onto your property, that is a recipe for disaster. If possible, look for a company or contractor who is insured and bonded. The difference here is that the bond works as second insurance and protects the property owner.

 

  1. Get it in writing- Don’t agree to a project when you don’t know all the terms and conditions. Make sure you receive a written estimate that clearly lays out any warranty or material information. Be sure to ask the company what brand of fence material is used- this is important for manufacturer warranties. A fence install should come with both a craftsmanship and manufacturer warranty.

 

  1. Pend payments- Do not pay for a fence (or any project) that hasn’t been completed. Always wait until the project is complete, the inspection is passed, and you are satisfied before paying. The only exception to this is if your project requires custom materials that need to be special ordered. A standard fence project should not require pre-payment.

Once you've chosen your company, visit our Buyer's Guides for wood, vinyl, and aluminum fences.

If you have any concerns with planning your fence project, call Paramount Fencing. Our customer service and installation are superior and proven.  We are ranked number one on referral sites such as Angie's List, NextDoor, and the Better Business Bureau. Our number 1 goal is to educate the consumer regardless if they go with us or go with someone else.  That is what we do, and we will still be here for you regardless.

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Planning A Custom Fence For Your Orlando Home.

When Considering a Custom Fence For Your Orlando Home.

It is very easy to drive through Orlando’s and see a fence that makes you say,  ” Wow, that’s really a cool looking custom fence.”  Next thing you know, you find yourselves standing in your backyard, ideas flying, images being burnt in our minds at 32 frames per second.    By Monday– you can’t take it anymore.   Estimates are scheduled,  five for good measure, but by the end, two things are certain:  Frustration and sticker shock.

Below are six simple thing things every homeowner should consider before considering if a custom fence is right for your Orlando and Central Florida Home.

  1. What are Your Plans For You Home?
    1. If you going to sell your home in the next five years, it’s probably not wise to invest in a whole lot of money into your wood fence.  As always, there are a few ways to customize those areas which will promote curb appeal.
  2. What Is Your Budget
    1. Understand, the word customization means an increase in the cost to complete your fence.  A simple rule to follow when budgeting for a custom fence is never spending more than 4% of the actual value of your home.   At best, depending on the neighborhood, the most you will see from an aesthetic bump when selling your home is 5%.
  3. What Level of Customization Do You Desire?
    1. If you want something that looks like it belongs in a magazine, you need a company that specializes in the customization of fences, not installation.  A company that views a fence as an art form and not a barrier.  A fence company that understands the do’s and don’t of all building methods.  Depending on the level of customization desired, you’re probably not going to find that level of customization at the Outlet or Discount Fence Company.  If looking for a something simple like arching the wood panels or gate, maybe so…
  4. What Design Should I Use?
    1. This is complicated.  All designs should be a balance between the architecture of the home and the landscaping planned. It should not dominate.  It should function as a canvas from which all is created.    Bottom line, know your home.
  5. What Materials Will Be Use?
    1. There are a lot of variables.   There is not a blanket answer.   It will depend on the architectural elements of your home, landscaping, and geographical region.
  6. What Company Should You Choose?
    1. Research the company.  If you truly want custom, make sure the company has a body of work.  Make sure they display a clear understanding of the materials.  Ask your self, “Is that fence company educating you or selling you something”.

What Type of Custom Fence is Right For My Orlando Home.

Have you ever driven down the road and did a double-take at a fence? Chances are that the standard fencing system has been personalized to match the homeowner's desires.  Now, have you ever pulled over and whipped out that phone and took pictures of a fence?  Maybe you were even inspired enough to knock on the door and inquire. If you did, that is a custom fence.

According to the owner of Paramount Fencing, "A customization of a fence is a unique process of marrying multiple types of materials and cross disciplines to design and build a fence that blends into the contour of a landscape and compliments the architecture of a home.  Building a custom wood, vinyl, or aluminum fence in Orlando is truly an art form."  He further added that a fencing designer must possess both the imagination and the knowledge necessary to create a beautiful and long-lasting custom fence.  This is only possible when the fence designer is truly dedicated to research and development through a scientific approach.

When we asked what makes a good custom fence he said, "At Paramount Fencing, all new custom fence designs are built, tested, torn apart and examined before suggesting them to the Central Florida and Orlando market.  Simply put, it's what happens after five years that makes a homeowner smile or frown.  We understand it's easy for any company to call themselves custom, but custom is more than arching a prefab wood panel or taking a standard style and adding something to it.  It is a statement.  A statement that simply belongs as if it was always meant to be."

When we asked what should a homeowner looks for in a custom fence company he said, "Understand, it takes a special type of fence company to play in the world of fence customization. They must clearly display passion and the ability to be patient.   It takes planning, coordination, and a lot of discussions.  It cannot be accomplished in one quick meeting by a salesperson in your front living room.   My best advice is if the fence designer is pushing a certain style of fence and not explaining all the options, to listen, but move on. If they are not educating you on the materials and how they function long term, show them out the door".

What do you think the biggest mistake homeowner and fence company make when designing a fence?  "I think the biggest mistake is they overlook the most important thing. They design the fence and forget the architectural features of the home and landscape.  Think of it this way: if you like a shirt or dress in the store, would you not take the time to try it on?  Would you not consider the features of your body?"

See the most common custom wood fence designs used in Orlando.