Chain Link Fences: Gauging Your Needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence requested and installed today.

This popularity stems in part from chain link’s relatively inexpensive price and ability to mold to many safety concerns. This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite asset to its’ versatility. On a project with different ground elevations, a chain link fence may be the ideal solution.

Chain link is also ideal for projects that will cross stretches of terrain where beautification is not the primary intention.

Rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installations usually include at least one chain link fence application. It typically takes a back seat to high security steel and automatic gate applications but offers inconspicuous support to the other application as well as the denoting the property line.

Chain link fences come in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions.

Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer. Taller chain link applications may also include barb wire.

Chain link fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. A gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common. 

The higher the gauge number, the less thick than metal material.  Therefor the smaller 11½ gauge is a popular application for residential fences where the family children or pets are the priority.

A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chain link is that a vinyl coating is a manufactured vinyl coating. The metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it.This is a highly relevant option when choosing between the two, because coated material is better equipped to handle weathering over time. 

Standard galvanized chain link will begin to rust over time. Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. warranty against rust and corrosion. This fence is maintenance free, doesn’t require painting, and meets

ASTM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191.Galvanized fence tends to leave a rougher or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This is one of the main reasons that higher end projects lean toward the vinyl coated fence materials.This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the fence cost $1.50 per foot on a b 6-foot high fence. We hope this post will assist in determining the best chain link for your residential, commercial or government property.

 Black vinyl chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. manufacturer warranty against chipping peeling and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.One of the major advantages of any chain link fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look.  

 

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Handling fence damage through insurance and an appeal to your HOA for repairs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Apr 17, 2015

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

No matter how you slice it, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage, can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

HOW DO INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES WORK?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE FOR ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 

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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid.

DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

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How to get HOA approval for the fence you want.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

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The rise of Homeowner Associations in recent years has seen exponential growth. Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, here are some tips of the trade from a Residential fence expert on the possible pitfalls of building that beautiful new fence installation.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make when installing a fence is not checking to see what the by-laws of their Homeowners Association (HOA) require.

You can't assume that what your neighbors have previously done with their fence and yard complies with your particular HOA regulations.

Even though a neighbor might have an admirable fence enclosure or gate doesn't mean doesn't mean that your HOA approved that particular fence installation.

We can recall a particular job where a customer scheduled an install for a chain link fence, and as it was in progress, the customer panicked as the HOA just informed her that absolutely no chain link was allowed in their community. Several adjacent yards that had previously used chain link enclosures prior to her request were ordered to remove them and seek other fence options. It turns out that residents were only approved to have vinyl and ornamental aluminum installed in that neighborhood. 

In another instance, a customer submitted her information to the HOA weeks in advance. Due to the fact that she had not heard from the HOA, she assumed that the fence was approved. So, she went forward with the installation. The HOA later stated that they never received her request. The customer then was ordered to redo her fence structure according to her neighborhood's HOA standards, and have the style she selected approved by them.

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to to get the HOA's approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

HOW TO AVOID COSTLY HOA FENCE INSTALL MISTAKES

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines, as well as aggravation and time consumption.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE SUGGESTIONS TO ENSURE HOA APPROVAL ON YOUR FENCE PROJECT


1.
     Read the regulations provided by the HOA thoroughly. Make sure that you have the most updated version. Call the HOA president or another board member with all questions you have regarding the specific regulations. Document the date and time of call, the name of the person with whom you spoke with, as well as what was said during the conversation.

2.     Make notes on what you want to communicate in your letter to the HOA. In your correspondence try to anticipate any questions the HOA board may have about your project. Always include possible solutions to any problem you think the board may have with your planned project.

3.     Enclose blueprints, pictures and project drawings. Also, be sure to include the specific dimensions of your project and any other pertinent details in your letter. Include images or colors of the materials you will be using. Be clear and precise so your letter will be easily understood.

4.     Make copies of your letter to keep for your records. Mail your request to the homeowners association. Be sure you have included the best ways for members to contact you, such as giving them both a home and work telephone number.

5.     Follow up on your letter if you are not contacted within a week after mailing. Confirm your letter has been received and ask for a date by which the board will render a decision on the plans for your property.

6.     Appeal for a variance if your request is denied and you still want to pursue your plans. An appeal hearing may then be scheduled during which you can present your case to the entire board. You can enlist the support of your neighbors to help bolster your argument.

Be sure to get the approval of the HOA first. It is not up to the fence contractor to find out the rules and regulations or to get approval of the HOA for your project. That being said, a longstanding and professional fence company will gladly help advise you in this process and should go out of their way to help you with your installation concerns.  

They can also supply you with fence samples and pictures of existing installations to help you get the approval of the HOA before starting construction so you won't be on the fence with your Home Owners Association.

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Repairing your Residential or Commercial fence enclosure

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Tue, Sep 02, 2014

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

In either case, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage,
can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

WHO DOES INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE POLICIES ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 
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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid. 

FENCE DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

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How to choose the fence option that suits your personal needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jun 20, 2014
Perhaps the best reason for putting up a fence isn't practical, it's emotional. A fence encloses your territory. Fences and walls really help make home feel special, separate and your own, like a haven and a sanctuary.

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AN OVERVIEW:

A fence is more than just a barrier. Used in imaginative ways, it can become an architectural feature that blends well with the style of your house, a landscape element that enhances the appearance of your property, or an accent piece that helps define a part of your yard or garden.In The Fence Bible hands-on home improvement expert Jeff Beneke provides an in-depth, comprehensive how-to encyclopedia that enables homeowners to choose and build the fences and gates that are best for their landscape—both for appearance and function.Beneke suggests the appropriate types of fence to keep the swimming pool secure, confine the livestock, keep deer away from the garden, or create outdoor living spaces. He then discusses the essentials of proper fence design and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for planning, building, maintaining, and repairing any style of fence.

Here's what goes into planning, designing and buying a fence and the materials to build one.

Privacy, security, curb appeal, noise reduction: The benefits of residential fences are numerous.There also are plenty of practical reasons for a fence. "The place I always suggest starting with (is) function," says Jeff Beneke, author of "The Fence Bible." 
Here's a look at what fences can do and how you can build or select the right one for your budget. 
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The first step is determining what you want your fence to do. Fences serve many purposes, including:
  • Security Fence: Even a fence only 3 feet tall can help deter prowlers, says Chris McGoey, a security expert in Los Angeles. "It is psychological," he says. "A fence denotes a property.
    It says, 'This is my house, my property.' People are going to be reluctant to step over that fence. Even a small boundary fence will discourage people from cutting across your yard.

  • Privacy Fencing: Living your life shielded from the prying eyes of others is a luxury of private property. A high privacy fence, tastefully built, can give you room to let down your hair, no matter how small your deck or yard.

  • Decoration: A well-designed, professionally installed fence will frame your home and add tremendous curb appeal. It may also enhance your property value, depending on your neighborhood and the fence's design and quality.

  • Boundary: It's a good idea to define your boundaries, especially if you own a small lot. A fence prevents neighbors from encroaching on your property.

  • Safety: A fence offers peace of mind. They keep small children and pets safe from strangers, traffic and hazards such as swimming pools, high bluffs and ravines.

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    Garden protection: Just as a fence holds in your pets, it keeps stray animals and other pests from digging and defecating in your yard. Properly constructed, fencing around a vegetable or ornamental garden also can protect precious plants from foraging deer and rabbits.

     

  • Weather protection: Snow fences keep drifts from growing too large. A protective fence lets you enjoy a garden or deck in a windy area; Beneke says he likes a louvered fence for taming a windy patio.

  • Noise: A privacy fence can buffer some noise. Wood blocks noise better than most fence materials. Planting a hedge or other tall vegetation in front of the fence helps buffer noise even further. For serious noise protection, professional fence specialists offer noise-buffering blankets that can be pulled tightly over any fence. Costs for these products start at about $12 per linear foot for a 6-foot-tall fence.

    The most effective fence for dulling sound is a tall, custom-built fence of foam-filled aluminum or composite, says Chris Policastro, vice president of operations at Production Fenceworks in Atlanta. This kind of fence costs $60 to $300 per linear foot for a 6-foot fence. 

  • Cosmetics: Trash cans? Propane gas tanks? The neighbor's trampoline? A large or small fence may hide it. It's like putting makeup on a pimple, Beneke says. Planting a vine or shrub in front of it makes it even prettier.

Cost and Planning

Once you have a list of your fencing needs, take your specs to a professional fence contracting company and talk it over with experts. Even if you build your fence yourself, it helps to bounce ideas around and ensure you have the right expectations for your fence materials, design law and specifications in your individual rural, suburban or urban location.

Here's a scenario: Farmers who've built 6' high enclosures soon learn that deer can jump 8 feet. To remedy that issue take into account that an overhanging extension or one of the deer-fence ideas from Leonard Perry, extension professor at the University of Vermont, may be a viable solution.

In another scenario, Homeowners have installed chain-link and vinyl fences only to finding out that their homeowners association (HOA) bans them. So make sure you arm yourself with knowledge going into your fence project.

Fence costs can sometimes be steep. A lot of material and labor is involved. But costs always vary depending on your preffered materials and style. You can cut fence costs by and by choosing local species of wood. Get a couple estimates, look at thheir websites and credential when selecting a contractor.

Beneke, a proponent of doing it yourself, nevertheless says he warns against getting into a job that's too big for your skills or your time. Building a fence is a big job, and you deserve to have a fence that fits you and your needs.

(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK'S FENCE POST: PART 2: A FENCE THAT FITS: BUILDING THE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR BUDGET.


Sources: MSN.com, The Fence BibleMore on residential fences

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