Know Your Manufacturer

Know Your Manufacturer

When receiving fence installation estimates, it is common to see vague job descriptions such as “100 feet of vinyl privacy fence.” Seems pretty straight-forward, but the lack of information provided can be dangerous to the consumer. It is extremely important for you as a customer to know the manufacturer's information on the material you are having installed. Not knowing can put you in a financial pinch down the road.

Without the manufacturer's information being provided, you can’t research the material on your own. It’s common for salespeople to upsell their products. This is a very common practice in the fence industry, as many consumers aren’t aware of the different grades and materials available on the market. Often, installers buy the cheapest material available, make big claims for it, and sell it at a large markup. Without the manufacturer's information, your only choice is to trust the installer's claims, although you will probably be purchasing fence panels from Home Depot at a higher price.

The false claims made by salespeople is a very sticky area. Right now, “Made in USA” products are very hot, as they are higher quality and support our economy. It’s common for claims to be made that your aluminum fence is American aluminum, but chances are, it came from China. Without manufacturer information, there is no way to know what you are paying for. Even when information is provided, it’s a good idea to verify that the materials are American made before paying for American products. Again, it’s common for installers to purchase cheaper Chinese made products and sell them at a large markup.

Not receiving the manufacturer's information also means that you are missing out on the manufacturer's warranty. Installers may provide a short craftsmanship warranty, but a manufacturer will often provide a 10-20 year warranty on their products. However, if the installer is using poor-quality cheap materials, they may not want to provide the manufacturer information because there is not one.

Regardless of the company or installer you choose, be sure to get your proposal in writing before committing to an install. Be sure that it is written as a contract, and that you maintain a copy. Check that the contract specifies the manufacturer of the material. That way, if you need to reach out to the manufacturer and find out that they in fact did not produce your fence, you will have legal leverage against the installer of your fence.

Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix

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Mr. Smith was sitting in his favorite chair when he heard a loud thunk on his daughter’s bedroom window.   He didn’t think anything of it at first but after the second thunk…  he went to his daughter's room.   There he found a small hole in the windowpane, and then looked down at the shiny-silver BB bullet resting next to his foot.  When he looked up and outside, he saw two little holes in his brand new white vinyl fence.

He ran outside.  He shouted at the kid's voices coming from beyond the fence-line.    "You darn kids. Your parents are going to pay for that".

#FenceSafetyAlert

 

With the COVID-19 crisis and school closures,  kids are hard at play in the backyards all across Florida.   Parents be forewarned it is not a wise idea to allow your kids to shoot their BB Guns or Air Soft rifles in your back yard, especially when there are white vinyl fences surrounding the perimeter.

Understand, a bee shot from a single pump BB Gun travel at 285 feet per second and airsoft rifle around an average of 350 feet per second.   Some of you are probably thinking. It is just a fence,  but let’s provide you a little perspective.   According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about 4 deaths per year caused by BB guns or pellet rifles.   So it does not take a genius to realize, Vinyl Fences and BB Guns Do Not Mix.

Neither does your pocketbook.   Let say your kid shoot your neighbor’s vinyl fence and three pickets have to be replaced.  What does that mean to you? It simple.  Three pickets at $3, all attached to a minimum service call of $400.00.   So think twice parents…  Let’s keep it safe.

How To Select A fence Company After A Hurricane

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If you find yourself requiring a fence after a hurricane, make sure you don't fall victim to the scams.   The market will be flooded with fly by night companies and individuals looking to make a quick buck.  Do your home work. Below is a check list which will assist you in making a well-informed decision.

  1. Never call a fence company that placed a door hanger on your door unless they have a website.
  2. Call three fence companies and request an in person estimate.  Phone quotes will only set you up for failure.
  3. When selecting the final bid, do your homework and check that company out. Below are few resources:
    1. See if company has any complaint listed with the BBB
    2. Join Angieslist.com and read the companies reviews. Try to avoided pay by click websites which claim to be a home advisor who sells your lead to as many fence companies as possible.
    3. Verify that company is registered and licensed to do business in the State of Florida.  VisitSunbiz.org and do a corporate Search.
  4. Never give a fence company a material deposit in the form of cash or check.  Always, use a credit card.
  5. Do your research on the building method and materials being used.  There is a great resource guide at Paramount Fencing's Buyer's Guide

Prepare Your Fence For Hurricane Mathew.

As you are aware, Hurricane Mathew will affect Central Florida in some manner.  From Orlando to Oviedo, from Winter Park to Winter Springs, Hurricane Mathew will huff and puff and try to blow those fences down.   As a result, we at Paramount Fencing are encouraging every homeowner Hurrican Mathewto embrace that  old fashion saying, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure.”   It is time to protect that investment,  your fence.

Here are few things you can do to protect your investment. They are also the difference between the insurance company picking up the tab or the cost of repairs coming directly out of your pocket.

  1. Remove the gates and place them in the garage. Understand the gate areas are the weakest part of any fence line. They can be easily removed by removing the hinges attached to the gate itself. Simply remove the screws. Do not remove the screws attached to the fence itself.     If you have an exposed pool, make sure you put up orange mesh fence at the gate entry.  If you do not have time, call us.  We will take them off and re-install them once the storm passes for $100.00.
  2. If you have a stretch of fence line which is standalone or not attached to the fence line as a whole, brace it. Bracing can be accomplished by taking a 2” x 4” about two feet long and placing it at a 45-degree angle, one end buried in the ground, one end attached to the post with a screw.   If you do not have time, call us. We can create the bracing and then take them off once the storm passes for $10 per brace.
  3. If you have a vinyl fence, make sure you remove the post caps and place them in a safe place.   If they are glued, still check your caps.
  4. If you have items attached to your fences such as fence art, potted plants, or equipment. Remove it.
  5. If you have tree limbs that overhanging your fence, trim them.

The above are just a few ways to protect your investment.

In the event you are impacted by the Hurricane and suffer damage, let us know immediately. Understand, the previous customer will always have priority over new customers.  If you are not a previous customer, make sure you take the opportunity reserve pre-Hurricane Mathew estimate.  Schedule.  We promise we will work diligently to fix your fence once the hurricane passes.

Last, my team will be here to help in any way possible.   Even if you need assistance in cutting downed trees and removing debris, we are here to help.  We have tractors and chainsaws.

Take me to Paramount Fencing Hurricane Preparedness Center.