Fencing 101

Planning a Fence Installation?


When planning any home improvement project, a little prep work can go a long way to ensure a happy, hassle-free outcome.

Long® Fence offers free estimates, material samples, and a complimentary design service to help make the process easy. We handle all legwork too, such as calling Miss Utility and obtaining permits.

Should I get help or do-it-myself?

Before deciding to install a fence, you should have the answers to three questions:

Here is some help in answering those questions:

Skills required: The necessary skill level can range from low to high. The skills required vary greatly depending on the type of fence and your terrain. Installing a wooden fence on a clear, level lot in topsoil that is not rocky is a straightforward project that requires minimum skill. Installing a wrought iron fence with an electronic gate on a sloped property with rocky soil requires a high level of skill. This is definitely a job best left to the professionals.

Time required: Time required is extremely variable. What materials will you be using? Chain link, for instance, installs faster than wood. How much space are you enclosing with the fence? Is the terrain flat and unobstructed? Wooded? Rugged? Into what kind of soil will you be placing posts? (Rocks take extra time and effort.) Installing a fence, particularly digging the holes, can be very strenuous work, particularly for a long fence and in rocky soil.

Manufacturer support: Support from your manufacturer can be variable. If you are buying raw materials, wood posts or rolls of chain link fence, support is low. If you are buying an integrated fence product that has all parts made by one manufacturer, directions are usually thorough and phone support is often available.

Think carefully before you purchase materials and try to do-it-yourself. Should you change your mind and decide to hire a contractor, many will not install a fence using materials that you have provided. The quality of the materials may not conform to the standards set by the company and this type of installation could reflect on their reputation and commitment to their customers.

For complete peace of mind, use a professional fence contractor, like Long® Fence, to design and install the fence. Too often, "do-it-yourselfers" miss important steps in the process or do not end up with a finished product that is aesthetically pleasing to all. After all your home is your biggest investment.

What to Expect During the Estimate

When you call Long® Fence for a free estimate, our appointment setters will work to schedule an appointment at your convenience. We offer weekday, early evening and Saturday appointments. We like to meet with all decision makers if possible.

Our sales associates will arrive with material samples, photos, financing information and most importantly, expertise to assess your needs and property for the best solution. They are courteous, professionally trained and always carry identification.

You will receive a proposal with a to-the-penny price for your project, good for 30 days. You may sign it immediately or take time to review it. A one-third deposit is required at signing.

Once we receive the proposal and all required paperwork such as plat, HOA documents and permits, management reviews it. The customer is responsible for the plat and HOA documents. Long® Fence will obtain the permits and call Miss Utility.

The Installation Process

You will be notified of an installation date after all paperwork is in hand. If your job requires several days for installation, another one-third deposit is required when the materials are delivered and the crew begins work. Final payment is required after completion.

Our customer service department is happy to answer any questions you may have during or after the installation process.