Thursday, July 12, 2018

6 Questions to Ask a Fence Contractor

Sometimes, a good fence contractor can be hard to find. If you’re in the process of looking, ask these six important questions before you commit to hiring.

1. How long have you been in business?


Businesses with a bad reputation do not stay in business for long. The length of time a contractor has been working is an indicator of both their reputation and their ability to complete the projects they work on.


2. Are you licensed, certified, and insured?


Most states require contractors to obtain a contractor's license. This means that they understand the requirements for operating as a contractor in your area. Depending on the trade, knowledge exams may be necessary for licensing in some states, but certifications can also prove a contractor knows their trade. Insurance (or a bond) is protection in case the contractor you hire does not complete the work. In other words, your project will get finished; even if the initial contractor bails.


3. Do you have any references?


Have each contractor you talk to give you contact information for two or three satisfied customers. Talk to these customers about their experience, including how well they thought the contractor communicated with them and how well the contractor handled problems as they came up.


4. What is the timeline for completing my project?


Getting a timeline for your project will let you know when a potential contractor is available to start the work, how long it will take, and how busy they are with other projects now. Be sure to ask them how they plan to communicate any changes to the proposed timeline.


5. What should I expect while your crew is on my property?


Answers to this question should include expected noise levels and other disruptions for you and your neighbors, as well as when you might need to be on the property to consult or off the property so a specific type of work can be completed. If you have extra curious or potentially interfering neighbors, you can also ask how they would handle that situation.


6. What steps will you take to protect my property?


Elaborate with questions about how they will prep the site, and their procedures for cleanup. Their answers will tell you if they are on the same page with you as far as how to care for and protect your property while doing the work.


Evaluating their answers…


Some of the information you receive from potential contractors for your fence project is easy to verify. For most states, business and contractor licensing information is available online. Review sites are a good way to get an overall picture of their reputation and work.

Do not stop there, though. Pay attention to how your questions are answered. If a contractor tries to duck a question, or they come across as someone you may have trouble working with, it is okay to pass. Your goal should be to hire a good contractor from a fence company that will work well with you.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Part 2: Five Situations where you'll be Glad You Have a Privacy Fence

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed three of the five scenarios where you may want your privacy. Here are the remaining two situations that you'll want to consider.

4.) Tending to your garden

When it comes to tending to a garden or caring for your property, a considerable amount of your time may be involved. Gardening is a common hobby that many people find to be a calming and reflective time. You likely do not want an audience and a privacyfence can help with that.

Additionally, having a fence can also keep out curious children (and on occasion adults) that may want to pick your flowers or produce. It can also keep out animals that would love to eat your plants.

5.) Your home will be less visible

Depending on the height of your fence and windows, it can make it difficult or even impossible for people to look inside of your home. Your privacy while in the safety of your home is important and should be protected, especially if your home is within close proximity to the street or to neighboring homes.

Additionally, the privacy gained by a fence will make it more difficult for any potential burglars or trespassers to try to figure out how they would find their way into your home. If someone has a limited view of a home's security system, how the house is laid out, or even what's inside, this makes it a lot less likely they'll try to target your house for a break-in.

As you can see, there are many situations where a privacy fence benefits you. Please contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck so we can help you find the right fence for your home.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Part 1: Five Situations where you'll be Glad You Have a Privacy Fence

People choose to get a fence put in around their residence for a variety of reasons. They may want to improve the overall appearance of their property, or perhaps use a fence for additional safety. These are great reasons to have a fence installed, but a fence can also help in maintaining your family's privacy. When it comes to the benefits of having a privacy fence, there are many to be listed. Here are five situations that you'll be glad you have a privacy fence for.

1.) Children playing in your yard

Whether it's your own kids, grandchildren, or the children of your friends or family, it's a good idea to have a privacy fence around your property. A fenced in yard can keep them safer, so they are unable to wander outside of it, but it can also keep them out of the view of potential predators, which could help to prevent them from ever becoming a target.

2.) Soaking up the sun


If you want to lie out on your lawn and relax while soaking in the sun, you will appreciate having the privacy of a fence as it will keep you from becoming a public spectacle. On the other hand, if you have a pool, having a fence around it will provide a much safer environment.

3.) When you invite company over


If you invite family or friends over to your home for a cook-out, you won't need to worry about being watched closely by neighbors or those passing by. You’ll want your guests to feel comfortable, and not be in the direct view of others.

You may have noticed that we only listed three of the five reasons we promised… Check out part 2 of this post (coming soon!) for the two remaining situations in which you'll enjoy a privacy fence.

If you have questions, or are in need of a fencing company, please feel free to contact us.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Why You Should Have Your Fence Installed by a Fence Contractor

When you are looking to make an improvement to your home, one of the best additions you can make is the installation of a fence.  Not only can a fence improve the curb appeal of your property, but it can provide you with additional security as well. When you are looking to have a fence installed, hiring a professional fence contractor could be a great option as they will be able to provide you with a variety of valuable services.

Fence Option Selection

When working with a fence contractor, the first service that the contractor will be able to provide is the selection of the right fencing option.  When looking for a fence for your home, you will have many options to choose from including wood, picket, iron, or chain link.  Each of these options has different advantages that need to be taken into consideration and the contractor will be able to help you make the right choice based on your situation and budget.

Expert Installation


Another advantage of having your fence installed by a professional is that you will receive expert installation services.  Installing a fence is not an easy task and requires a lot of time, labor, materials, and equipment to do it right.  A fence contractor will be able to install your fence in a quality manner that ensures it is sturdy and looks great.  Furthermore, the contractor will be able to receive any necessary approvals you need from your local community.

Repairs


While a new fence can last for a long period of time, there are situations in which repairs will be needed.  A fence contractor will be able to come to your home to properly assess the situation and determine whether the fence needs to be replaced or if a simple repair is sufficient.  They will then be able to make any necessary repairs in an efficient manner while limiting your costs.

For hiring a reliable and experienced fence company, be sure to give Allstar Fence and Deck a call!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Is Aluminum Fencing Right for You?

Just about everyone knows that old story about how Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into whitewashing his Aunt Polly's fence, and how they were happy to do it, thinking it was some kind of contest. The truth of the matter was that fence painting is awful and Tom knew it! If only he never had to paint that fence. Well, back in those days, protecting and maintaining your fence was not only inevitable, but extremely necessary if you wanted to keep something around for longer than a few seasons. Today we have the benefit of modern building materials, including aluminum fencing, which never needs to be painted.

There are so many advantages to aluminum fencing over the traditional wood alternative. So let's begin with some pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you.

  • Strong materials resistant to weather of all kinds
  • Uniform building components without variance of structural integrity
  • Aesthetic uniformity, which means all pieces of your fence will look alike; no oddball pickets!
  • Strength and flexibility that wooden fences cannot match. 
  • Reduction in forest depletion.
  • Resistance to insects and animal destruction
  • Not having to keep replacing fence year after year will save you money!
  • Quick and easy set up!
  • The same versatility of construction that can be expected from wood
  • Years and years of maintenance-free enjoyment!
  • They can be set up anywhere a wood fence will go.

Wherever you decide the build the fence, it is going to stand the test of time. Many designs are nearly indistinguishable from wooden fences, and the installation time is comparable! The best part is that over time, your rails and pickets won't be gnawed to pieces by animals or bugs.

Take advantage of the benefits aluminum fencing will provide you and call Allstar Fence and Deck today to talk with one of our experts!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Is It Time to Install a Privacy Fence?

This is a question most homeowners are likely to ask themselves at one point or another; unless, of course, they live far enough away from a busy road, pesky neighbors or a commercial property—each of which we consider to be reasons why you should install a privacy fence. Join us below as we take a closer look at each of these factors:

Busy Road
Perhaps you deal with bright headlights shining through your windows at night when you try to sleep. Or maybe you notice people looking through your windows as they walk by. Either way, no matter what the case may be, living on a busy road can be a struggle.

However, installing a privacy fence on your property can help you better cope with some of the things affecting the comfort of your home. By contacting a fence contractor like Allstar Fence & Deck, a professional will help you determine the perfect height and style based on your concerns.

Pesky Neighbors
You don't necessarily have to like your neighbors, however, it's always best to build and keep respect for one another. But if you feel like one of your neighbors doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, it may be time to handle things on your own by installing a privacy fence.

Whether they host crowded parties, carelessly trespass, or let their dogs run free onto your property, an annoying neighbor can create a world of problems. Still, this is nothing a professional fence contractor can't help you resolve. After listening to your concerns and taking measurements, they'll begin the process of helping you enjoy a much more comfortable home life.  

Commercial Property
Living close to a commercial property presents its fair share of challenges as well. From office buildings, warehouses and hospitals to retail stores, hotels and even apartment complexes, these kinds of locations can put a serious damper on your privacy.

Not only are there a lot of vehicles, foot traffic and loud noises coming from places like this, but they also tend to be brightly lit. To reduce the impact of light pollution as well as the possibility of noise pollution, a fence contractor will consider all buildings within proximity to your home in order to provide the best solution possible.

Are you ready to move forward with a privacy fence installation? Contact us today for a free quote.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Expressing your Creativity through your Fence


A fence around your home serves as a boundary. Not only does it keep people from trespassing and ruining your garden, it also serves to extend your home to the area surrounding it. It marks your front yard and back yard as a part of your home, thus extending that feeling of comfort and happiness that you get in a house that belongs to you and your family.

Expressing your Creativity

Since the front and back yards are extensions of the home, people like to put some effort into enclosing and beautifying them. By putting your own personal stamp into the land that belongs to you, as well as the fence surrounding it, you're expressing your creativity for everyone to see and enjoy. You can either go with a classic white picket fence or fences in a multitude of colors, depending on what appeals to you.

The Classic White Picket Fence


There's a reason why the white picket fence is always included in images of the perfect home. There's something fresh and clean about a white fence. It might be set up to keep intruders out but it never looks forbidding. Plus, a white fence pretty much goes with any color scheme you might have set up for your home.

Fences in Complementary Colors


It's not necessary to paint your entire fence one color. You can also play around with using two or more colors.
  • You could paint a fence blue and yellow. This gives a playful look to the yard, especially if you have a children's area in it.
  • A blue and white fence can give your yard a sophisticated look. It's a good choice if you have a neat yard with well-trimmed plants and boxes of flowers.
  • You can also paint your fence in the same colors as your house. For example, if your house is white with a brown roof, you can use the same colors in your fence.
Go for a Balanced Look

The above suggestions can get you started when it comes to painting your fence and enclosing your front and back yard. But there are literally hundreds of different combinations you could use. Just make sure that your yard doesn't end up looking too "busy" with too many colors or too dull because you haven't used enough colors. Try to go for a balanced look.

If you have questions or are in need of service, please feel free to contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck.