Before choosing a fence company for your next security and containment project here are some considerations.
1 Insurance and Regulations
A reliable fence company should be able to provide the customer with a valid Certificate of Insurance (COI) if requested. The COI should minimally include Workers Compensation, General Liability, and Business Auto insurance policies. These insurance policies prevent the homeowner from liability if a safety incident occurs on the job site. Small contractors who can “undercut” competitor pricing often do not carry insurance policies to protect their consumers.
2 Product and Workmanship Warranties
Like other construction companies offering materials and labor services, fence companies work with and maintain relationships with suppliers to offer consumers the best products. The best fence products should be matched by the best warranties in the fence industry. It is expected for well-made vinyl and ornamental products to have limited lifetime warranties. Chain link products may have warranties on the coating up to 15 years. Wood products are generally not warranted as they are organic and may weather. However, wood fence systems are standardly covered by a workmanship warranty. Any fence company worth choosing will be knowledgeable and forthright about the products and warranties they offer.
3 Install Specs
An uncommonly known fact about the fence industry is, fence products are made to be built by certain specifications. An uneducated fence company could unintentionally void a consumers brand new fence warranty by not installing the fence to proper specifications. If a fence company maintains a relationship with the suppliers of their fence product, the suppliers will often provide training sessions for fence installers. In these training sessions, fence installers learn how to install and become certified in installing fence products to specification.
A fence company with experience should have a plethora of reviews for the customer to read on google. A great company often has a positive name and involvement in their community. Your neighbor’s may be able to tell you who installed their fence! Ask them about their experience.