The area around your home or business may be beautiful, but there is always room for improvement. A fence installation project is one sure way to make your property more aesthetically attractive. Various types of fencing, such as a privacy fence or pool enclosure, can also add to the value to your property. Here are five key points to ask a residential or commercial fence contractor before you start your project.

Point 1. What is the Life Expectancy of the Fence?

This is key. If you’ve never had to get involved in fence installation, you might not think of this right away. But fence installation is a big project. You don’t want to have to do it again in a year, so it matters. The life expectancy of your fence will depend on the materials used and the weather where your new fence is installed. Time and weather bring a lot of wear and tear on materials. Ask the estimator their opinion about the choice of materials they would recommend for your particular property. They may have an idea for a fencing material that could save you money and extend the life expectancy of your fence.

Point 2. What is the Warranty?

This is a huge factor when deciding on which fence installation company to use. Find out about the warranty they offer. Be sure to ask for confirmation that the posts are included in the warranty. And if you have entrance gates such as wooden entrance gates, or an English lattice fence, be sure to ask about what parts of the gates are covered by the warranty. This will save you headaches further down the road, in case any replacements need to be done.

Point 3. What is the Upkeep Like?

Find out the facts. Will you be able to do the upkeep on your fence yourself? Will professionals be the only ones to handle upkeep? What do the experts recommend? How long will the materials look great before they need to be touched up? As a property owner, it is important to consider having an attractive, but not high-maintenance, fence to keep the overall cost of the project down.

Point 4. What Materials are Being Used?

Materials really matter when it comes to fencing and fence installation. Ask the fence installation company what materials they use to make their fences. Are eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, available? Wood, chain-link, aluminum, and PVC vinyl are also other materials that can be used. If you prefer a more natural barrier, there are fence installation companies that use natural fencing, as well, such as bushes and shrubbery.

Point 5. What is the Measuring Process Like?

Make sure the fencing installers will come to your property and give you an estimate, usually for free. Be sure to clarify if it is free or not. Then, be sure to find out how the fencing installers will be doing their work. Will they be using a measuring tape or a rolling-type wheel measuring device to get accurate measurements? Also, ask that when they install a fence, will the installers will be checking all the angles? And be sure to confirm what tools they will use to do this. For example, some installers will use a laser level to install posts. Lines should be crisp and sharp, not tilted or uneven. Lastly, remember to ask about permits that may be required for the fence. For instance, unless you are installing a barrier fence for a swimming pool, work on fences that are not higher than seven feet does not usually require a permit.

Good fences make good neighbors, and good fence installation companies make good fences. There is no question that a good fence will beautify the look of your property and add to its value, too. Just be sure to cover all the key points and get as much information as possible. Then you can relax and enjoy seeing the fence installation process transform your property into paradise.