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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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.