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7-Step Guide On How To Choose The Perfect Fence For Your Home

Have you been thinking about getting a new fence installed and not sure where to start? The Fence Guys make the process easy, guiding you from start to finish to ensure you get the fence of your dreams. From the initial consultation to the final installation, our experienced team will guide you every step of the way. We understand that choosing the right fence can be overwhelming, which is why we take the time to understand your needs, preferences, and budget. Our goal is to ensure you get the fence of your dreams, whether it’s for enhancing your home’s curb appeal, providing security, or creating a safe space for your pets and children. With The Fence Guys, you can trust that your project is in capable hands. We’ll work diligently to deliver a beautiful, durable fence that meets your expectations.

The Fence Guys Fence Installation Process for Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks & Philadelphia Counties

The Fence Guys is a premiere fencing company located in Montgomery County, also serving the local communities of Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Philadelphia. With our knowledge and expertise, we’ll walk you through location and job-specific considerations, including the purpose of the fence, aesthetics, weather, zoning, and permitting, ensuring your fence installation is as stress-free as possible.

Step 1: Define Your Purpose & Needs: 

Decide on the primary purpose of your fence. Are you getting a fence to increase your privacy or security, to contain your pets, to improve the overall aesthetics of your property, or a combination of these? This will guide your choices regarding the style of fence, height, material, and layout. 

Step 2: Determining What Type of Fence is Suitable 

Environment, landscaping, purpose, upkeep, and durability all play a role in deciding which type of fence will best meet your needs. Wood, vinyl, aluminum, chain, and deer link fences each have their advantages. After evaluating your unique situation, we’ll help you choose a fence that not only enhances your property’s aesthetic, but also fits your lifestyle and budget.

Wood Fencing

A classic, versatile, and often affordable fence option for enclosing residential properties and providing privacy, security, and an aesthetic appeal. We offer a wide variety of custom panels, prefabricated panels, and post and rail fence styles to meet your needs and specifications. Wood fencing also offers a natural look that blends seamlessly with the landscape, enhancing the overall beauty of your property. See our gallery of professionally installed wood fences.

Vinyl Fencing

Also known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) fence, vinyl fence is a popular alternative to traditional wood, metal, or chain-link fence. Available in styles typically seen in traditional wood fences, vinyl fences offer the aesthetic benefits of wood fencing, without the maintenance. Unlike wood fencing, vinyl will not deteriorate due to time, moisture, or insects. Vinyl fencing is incredibly durable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as strong winds and heavy rain. Its smooth surface makes it easy to clean, requiring only occasional washing to maintain its pristine appearance. See our gallery of professionally installed vinyl fences.

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fences are a popular choice due to their durability, low maintenance requirements, and elegant look. Available in a wide variety of grades, styles, and colors, an aluminum fence can complement any structure and is excellent for pool enclosures and keeping dogs and children safe and secure. While being resistant to corrosion and rust, the lightweight nature of aluminum fencing also allows for easy customization to fit any property layout. See our gallery of professionally installed aluminum fences.

Chain Link

Chain link fences are made from galvanized or coated steel wire woven into a mesh pattern. Chain link fences are highly customizable, allowing you to choose from various heights, mesh sizes, and color coatings to meet your specific needs and preferences. Whether you need a secure enclosure for a garden, playground, pool or your backyard, chain link fences are a durable and functional fencing option for you and your family. See our gallery of professionally installed chain link fences.

Deer Fencing

Deer fences, also known as wildlife fences or deer exclusion fencing, are designed to keep deer and other large animals out of specific areas like gardens, farms, and orchards. Deer are capable of jumping upwards of 8 feet in the air, so protecting your vegetation and crops from potential damage caused by deer is essential. These fences come in various styles and materials. See our gallery of professionally installed deer fences.

Pool Fencing

As a requirement for having an in-ground pool in the state of Pennsylvania, pool fencing is designed to prevent unauthorized access to swimming pools, thereby reducing the risk of drowning accidents, especially involving children. The Fence Guys will help you to choose the pool fence that best fits your style and needs, whether it be wood, vinyl or aluminum. See our gallery of professionally installed pool fences and enclosures.

Step 3: Establish Your Property Lines

Have your property staked by a licensed surveyor to have your property lines accurately and clearly defined. The Fence Guys will recommend a good surveyor upon request. Though we strongly believe that a survey is a worthwhile investment, if you have an understanding with your neighbor regarding your property line and choose to skip this step, the Fence Guys will install your fence along the line that you have defined.

Step 4: Schedule a Free Consultation With A Fencing Expert 

With years of experience, we have a seamless process in place to guide you through all your fence installation needs. Contact us to discuss your plans for your fence and we will schedule an on-site consultation to assess the area and particulars for fencing. 

Step 5: Finalized Design Proposal 

After your free estimate appointment, you will receive a full proposal for your project. You’ll then be able to ensure that all aspects of the project including cost, including materials, labor, timeline, and payment terms, are as discussed before proceeding with the project. When you are ready, order your project by signing your proposal and making your deposit of 50% of the total price. You can sign and pay online! 

Step 6: Receive Your Fence Permit from The Fence Guys 

The Fence Guys will obtain your fence permit and email it to you. To learn more about fence permitting, visit our fence permit service page

Step 7: Prep for installation 

Once an agreement has been reached we’ll take care of the rest! For a beautiful fence installation, clear your fence line of vegetation and obstacles. Some projects require professional clearing of trees, branches, shrubs, and vines. The Fence Guys will recommend a suitable landscaper upon request. Remove items such as firewood, soil, mulch, leaves, etc. that may be piled against your existing fence. A clear fence line will enable The Fence Guys to provide the beautiful fence installation you desire.

Contact Us Today Or Call 215-591-1591 To Have Your Fence Installed By The Fence Guys


Common Questions Before Installing A Fence 

What is the best, low-maintenance fence? 

Aluminum fence typically requires very little maintenance. Aluminum gates are light and maintain functionality well. 

Can we get your permit for the job? 

The Fence Guys will get your fence permit for you*, we will even pay your municipality’s permit application fee. Visit our fence installation permit service page for more information.

* The Fence Guys do not obtain permits in the City of Philadelphia. 

Can I put up a fence next to my neighbor’s fence? 

Most fence styles can be installed along the line of another fence. However, this practice is often avoided for aesthetic reasons. 

What is the best time of year to install a fence?

The Fence Guys install beautiful new fences year-round. For the quickest turnaround time from order to installation, order your fence in December or January to avoid the spring rush. 

Do vinyl fences break easily? 

All vinyl fences are not the same. Professional grade vinyl fence installed by The Fence Guys is warrantied for life against breaking without collision or misuse. 

What is the most durable fence? 

Vinyl and aluminum fence materials do not deteriorate so these fences can be functional for a very long time. Wood fences have a life expectancy of around fifteen years. 

How do you price a fence job? 

The Fence Guys determine the price of a project by the number of posts and gates installed and the cost of materials. 

How long does it take to install a fence? 

Most of the residential fences that we provide are installed in one day. 

What is the most affordable fence for dogs? 

Split rail fence is our most affordable fence and works well keeping most dogs safely enclosed. 

Do you offer composite fences? 

Vinyl fence offers the durability of composite fence with more style options at a fraction of the cost. We do not offer composite fences.


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