“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost
1. Over The Fence
If your fence can be climbed, it’s not a real security fence. One of the key characteristics of Trex Seclusion Fencing is that it lacks what in the industry we call a “foothold.” There’s nowhere to put your feet in and help you climb up. Wood or iron fences with mid rails provide the perfect step-up for an intruder, animals, or even your kids to climb over the fence. A fence that is easily scaled is basically just a ladder into your yard, no matter the height. You can add some barbwire to the top of your Trex Seclusions Fence and the lack of footholds will make it nearly impossible to climb*.
“A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it” – Arthur Baer
“It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig… Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it.” – Gertrude Jekyll
2. Under The Fence
You don’t have a security fence if it can be dug under. While any fence you purchase will focus on the above surface structure, there are measures you can take to make it harder to dig under such as mounting your Trex Fence on concrete (which is a popular application as shown above) or burying chicken wire to prevent animals digging underneath. In most cases, you’ll have an animal, rather than an intruder digging under your fence, but it still compromises you or your pet’s security.
3. Through The Fence
A fence that is easily broken is not a security fence. The vinyl fence is practically useless for security, and police are constantly dealing with reports of broken vinyl fences, ranging from teenagers destroying property for fun or a burglar attempting to gain access to people’s property. A chain link fence can be cut with pliers found in any store. The pickets of a wood fence are usually thin and will only weaken over time. A hammer or a good kick is usually enough to make a sizeable hole in a wood fence.
Trex Fencing is a very strong and durable material and it’s highly unlikely an adult, much less a teenager, will break through it. You can’t cut through it with pliers, and you’d need an electric saw to make a hole in the composite material. The interlocking pickets are also a key feature of Trex Fencing design, so you can’t just simply remove an individual picket, you’d have to dismantle the entire fence section. No one will be able to slip through a crack in a Trex fence, because there aren’t any.
“The little pig began to pray. But Wolfie blew his house away. He shouted, “Bacon, Pork, and Ham! Oh, what a lucky wolf I am!” And though he ate the pig quite fast, He carefully kept the tail till last.” ― Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes
If you have any questions about Trex Fencing or if you’re ready to get your project started, give us a call at 877-700-8739.
If you live in Jacksonville, Florida you’re probably familiar with the Publix shopping center on the corner of Beach and Kernan. And if you’ve been there lately, you’ve probably noticed the brand new fence upgrade. A total of 525 feet of Winchester Grey Trex Seclusions Fencing was installed to replace the old wood fence on the edge of the property. The Publix shopping center was looking for a high-end product, something much better than the old wood fence they constantly had to pay to fix and maintain. Like most customers, they were already familiar with Trex Decking and were happy to learn that Trex manufactures fences with that same high-quality composite.
Not only does this new Trex Fence improve the shopping center, but it also creates a better barrier to the homes on the other side of the fence. Trex Fencing has unique interlocking pickets that make it completely private, unlike a typical board-on-board wood fence. And these pickets are also what makes the fence “neighbor-friendly,” which means it has the same clean look on both sides. This particular fence is 8′ tall. providing practical privacy and security for the property. In other applications, a Trex Fence can be built even taller — up to 12ft. — without compromising the strength and integrity. All of these attributes of Trex Fencing are what make it the ideal fence for homes and businesses alike.
Local contractors, Pillar Maintenance installed the Trex Fence for the Publix Shopping center. This was the contractor’s first time working with Trex Fencing, but it certainly won’t be their last. Not only is it easy to work with, but it also makes for some happy customers. Pillar Maintenance had a great experience with Trex and looks forward to offering it to more of their customers. Of Trex Fencing they said, “It’s such a good, strong product. It really eclipses all other fencing materials”.
Publix and the rest of the business in Kernan Square are extremely pleased with their new fence. Not only does it look great and save them from high maintenance costs, but it also comes with a 10-year commercial warranty.
Questions for Your Fence Estimator
1. What are your credentials and experience in fence installation?
Find someone who has been installing fences for years. Also look for fence companies that are members of the American Fence Company and have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.
2. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
Check that your fence builder has a license to install fences. It’s also important that they are insured and bonded so that you are not responsible if something goes wrong.
3. Do the fence and labor come with warranties?
Trex comes with a 25-Year residential warranty, but you, as the homeowner, needs to register it. It’s also a good idea to make sure your fence contractor provides a warranty for the installation and labor, in case something goes wrong.
4. Do you have referrals or reviews from past customers?
It’s easy to find reviews of fence companies online, but they can sometimes be misleading. Ask the estimator if there are any recent customers you could contact to learn about their experience with the company.
5. What are some of the recent projects you’ve completed?
It’s helpful to be able the scope of the fence company’s work. Ask for pictures or a location where you can visit that they’ve recently installed a fence.
6. Can I review a copy of your standard contracts?
When you sign a contract, it will be specific to you. But if they have a standard contract, it’s good to look it over and ask questions about things you don’t understand.
7. Do you take care of permits?
There’s a lot of paperwork that you need before you can even start building your fence. Find out if your contractor collects city permits for you, or if you need to get them yourself.
8. Will you take care of marking utility lines?
Fence companies don’t actually mark utility lines, your city or gas company will do that for free. But it’s important to ask if that’s something the contract will take care of or if you need to do it yourself.
9. Do you subcontract out any of the work?
Some fence companies will use subcontractors to do the work they can’t always complete. Using a subcontractor isn’t good or bad, but you should always be aware of all the people you will be working with.
10. Have you ever installed Trex Fencing before?
Believe it or not, there are some fence contractors that have never installed Trex Fencing before. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean they can’t do it! Trex Fencing is easy to install and we have install specialists ready to guide them through the process and answer any questions they might have.
11. What are the steps of your installation process?
It’s important to understand your fence installer’s process so you know what to expect and how long it will take.
12. How deep will you set the posts and will they be in concrete?
You want to be sure that your fence will be installed correctly. It’s important that the posts are installed below the frost line and in concrete, if necessary, for stability. You don’t want your fence builder cutting any corners.
13. Will my fence be stepped or sloped?
If your yard has any kind of a grade, your fence won’t be a straight horizontal line. Ask your fence builder if they plan on stepping the fence or sloping it. Find out more about the difference between stepping and sloping here.
14. How tall will be fence be?
Trex Fencing can be built as small as 4ft and as tall as 12ft. However, most cities have regulations on how high a fence can be. Your fence installer should be familiar on local city codes and together you can decide the height that works best for you.
15. What would I need to do before the fence can be installed?
Your fence builder might need you to clean up your yard, remove your exsisting fence, gather permits, mark utility lines, get approval from your neighbors, or secure kids and dogs inside. Communicate with them, so when they show up to work, there are no delays.
16. Do I need to be present while my fence is being installed?
There are some parts of the installation process that might require you to be home in order to answer questions or make decisions. It’s important to make a plan with your contractor to be around when they need you.
17. Will you take care of site clean-up?
Building a fence is messy. Find yourself a contractor that cleans up after themselves. You shouldn’t have to do it for them.
18. Is there someone I can keep in contact with throughout this process?
It’s always good to have contact information for someone who knows what’s happening with your fence. If you have questions, concerns, or you want to change your plan, be sure that you know who to talk to and how to reach them.
19. Can you provide me with a site plan?
In addition to a written estimate, your estimator might be able to give you a site plan which is a discriptive drawing of the fence plan. It can be helpful to have a visual, and to reference it while your fence is being installed.
20. Does your estimate include all reasonable costs to build this fence?
You should know exactly how much your fence will cost when you recieve your estimate. Occasionally things will go wrong and additional charges might be necessary, but a good contractor is upfront with all their prices and fees.
21. Are there any deals or discounts you can offer me?
It’s always nice to save some money. Find out if your fence contractor has any promotions or if there are things you can do to keep costs low. Sometimes you can recieve discounts by installing out of season or paying the full cost up-front.
22. Will you confirm with me before making any changes not specified in our contract?
Communication is key. Find yourself a fence company that will be transparent with you ever step of the way. And if something goes wrong, they’ll let you know. That way you’ll know exactly what to expect when your fence is finished and the final bill comes due.
Our office will be closed from Dec 23rd through Jan 1st to spend time with our families this holiday season. We hope you are doing the same! If you have any urgent questions, email us at [email protected] and our sales team will be periodically checking their emails.