Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer free estimates?

Yes, we do give free estimates. The good news is the San Diego Fence Company provides free estimates for every type of fence project. We know that every project that involves your property requires serious consideration, so we offer a convenient estimation process. After contacting us, a part of our crew will come to your site to do some measurements which will be needed to make an estimate. These measurements will be sent over to our office staff, who will facilitate the main estimation process. Get in touch with us today by contacting 619-373-9850 to get an estimate at no cost.

How soon can you install my fence?

How soon a fence can be installed will be affected by many factors. Some of these factors include the need for fabrication, the extent of customization, the need for meticulous permits, and the size of the project itself. The range of waiting time for the installation at the shortest is two to four weeks, and at the longest is at five to six weeks. Projects with premade materials like vinyl and SimTek may take less time to install since the items are readily available. On the other hand, ornamental steel and aluminum fences that need extensive fabrication may take much longer.

How long will my fence installation take?

You may expect some waiting time from the time you order a fence until it gets installed. However, the installation process itself will take much less time. At the San Diego Fence Company, we have a standard time frame for fence installation. It usually takes about one week. At least three working days are included within the week. These are separated by breaks in between. The days in between are very important to help in the installation process, which may need some time for letting the materials cure or settle. An additional two to three weeks is expected for larger projects.

Will you obtain a fence permit for my project?

We will obtain all the required permits for your fence, since we are a fence company that is regulated by local property modification rules and regulations. These permits are important to help protect property owners, and even companies like us from possible complaints and even litigations. Moreover, there may be some restrictions for your fence which may limit some aspects of the project. You may directly get in touch with us to obtain a complete list of the papers and requirements you will have to prepare to help secure these permits immediately. For the full list of requirements, call us through 619-373-9850

What types of fencing materials do you install?

We offer many types of fence materials because the needs for every project will vary. We offer materials that range from traditional ones to alternative options. Some of these include wood, chain link, brick, steel, aluminum, and non-traditional newer items such as polyvinyl chloride, and SimTek. Under many of these materials, there are still different types of fences available. For instance, a vinyl fence may be available in privacy styles, contemporary designs, or ornamental forms. Wood may also come in these forms. For others, metal like steel or aluminum may range from simple designs to intricate, fancy, or ornamental ones.

Are there legal restrictions on my fence?

The legal restrictions on your fence will vary depending on where your property is. Some areas may have restrictions or regulations that are more stringent than others. Some neighborhoods may also have internal arrangements that limit the fence appearances to keep the neighborhood looking uniform. Another example is when there are zooming ordinances in effect in the area. For this instance, specific aspects of your fence may be limited. For example, there may be limitation on the height of the fence, as well as its type and color. You are advised to check these restrictions in place in your area.

Do I need to consult my neighbors?

Usually, no written rule would state that you are required to consult with your neighbors. It is not common to have a legally binding document that would obligate you to disclose the details of your project to them. However, consider it as common courtesy and take the time to at least notify them or inform that that you will have an upcoming project. This is a form of respect to your neighbors. At the same time, this may also help keep them safe. Remember that you share common spaces with your neighbors and if the situation is reversed, you would also appreciate a heads-up from them.

How deep should my fence posts be?

The depth needed for each fence post is usually pegged at three feet or almost one meter. A significant depth is needed to hold the post and the fence itself in place properly and in a sturdy manner. With some understanding of physics, you would also note that a taller fence may require a deeper post to help support a larger and heavier structure. Moreover, the type of soil in your area may also influence the stability of the fence posts. Our expert crew would be able to facilitate the entire installation process for you.

Should the fence touch the ground?

People may have their reasons for wanting a fence that always touches the ground. However, there are also many reasons why it is not very advisable to have a fence in this configuration. The greatest risk for fences that touch the ground is water damages or damages that are associated with exposure to moisture. If your fence touches the wet ground all the time, then it is constantly exposed to a potentially damaging substance like water. If your fence is wooden, there is higher risk of damage compared to contemporary materials. Moisture can contribute to rusting of steel fences too.

Does the weather affect the installation?

Unpredictable changes in weather may affect the fence installation process. If there are sudden heavy downpours, there may be a need to temporarily stop the installation activities to protect the integrity of the materials and equipment being used in the project. We do careful and complete planning to make sure that we can anticipate these changes and so that we can put proper protocol in place in the case of unstable weather conditions. Despite a possible pause in the project, we will still make sure that we can complete your project within the scheduled timeframe, while still mitigating any possible damage.

What materials should I use for my fence?

The San Diego Fence Company offers many different fence materials that you can choose from. The needs you have for your fence, as well as your budget considerations will influence the specific materials that will be used for your project. Knowing the uses and advantages of each material can help you select the right material for your purpose. For example, if you need privacy, you may opt for a traditional wooden fence or a contemporary vinyl privacy fence. If you need something durable that can also last for decades, you have the option of choosing a metal fence, either steel or aluminum types.

How tall should my fence be?

Your needs would dictate how tall your fence would be. If you only need a structure to delineate your land or decorate your lawn without concealing your house, you may only need a short fence like a picket fence. However, if you need to maximize your security and for privacy concerns, you may need a taller fence that is also gapless. Other things that can dictate the height of the fence include some local rules and zoning ordinances that may set limitations on heights of fence. In some cases, fences need to be significantly tall for the purpose they serve, such as for back stops.

How long will the fence last?

The type of fence, the material used, the efficiency of installation and the thoroughness of maintenance are some of the factors that can influence how long a fence will last. Some materials are innately more durable and more long lasting than others. For example, it is expected that a fence made from metals like steel or aluminum will last longer than one that is made from something traditional like wood. However, a wooden fence may still last for a significantly long period of time if proper maintenance processes such as yearly paint jobs and regular chemical treatments against bugs are done.