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Commercial Gate Installation You Can Count On

As a Denver metro area property manager, facilities manager, or farmer, you know the value of a good fence with an easy-to-operate gate or gates. If you have an old gate that you’re looking to upgrade for aesthetics or security purposes, you’re in the right place. We provide commercial gate installation for our commercial clients and offer repair services as well.

You may want to replace your existing gate with the same kind. Or you may be interested in learning what your options are. So today, we will go over some of the types of commercial gates to help you decide what’s best for your business, facility, or property.

Keep in mind that the larger the gate, the more likely it is that you will want to have an automatic gate system, where a motorized gate operator takes care of opening and closing the gate. When we come for a site visit, we can go over all of these options and make recommendations.

You can get most of these types of gates in just about any material to match your existing fence. Depending on your budget, some manufacturers can also build custom gates with your logo and custom decorative features. We provide expert commercial gate installation using gates from leading manufacturers.

Swing Gates

A swing gate is the type of gate most of us are familiar with from residential applications. In a commercial setting, you may have one swing gate or a pair of swing gates that open on the left and right. Swing gates are common gates for driveway gates at gated communities, assisted living facilities, farms, wineries, and other businesses accessed by a driveway or vehicle path.

Cantilever / Sliding Gates

Sliding gates slide open using wheels and a track in the pavement, or in the cantilever configuration, the gate moves on rollers that run along the top side of the gate. Cantilever gates can be used in uneven terrain as well as gravel.

Vertical Lift Gates

Vertical lift gates don’t require any space to the sides beyond the size of the gate, so are a good solution where space is at a premium. The gate lifts vertically to allow entry and then closes in a downward fashion via a hydraulics system.  Vertical lift gates are highly secure and might be the commercial gate of choice for industrial facilities, correctional facilities, and military bases.

Pedestrian Swing Gates

Pedestrian swing gates for commercial facilities are essentially the same gates used in residential applications. Locking mechanism options include:

  • Electro-mechanical lock
  • Panic bar
  • Mag-lock
  • Mortise lock
  • Keypad lock
  • Padlock

Pedestrian Turnstiles

While traditional commercial gates limit vehicular traffic, pedestrian turnstiles control people traffic. They can help limit access when you have long lines of people, such as you might have at theme parks, water parks, and mass transit stations. They can be waist high or full height.

Commercial Automatic Gate Openers

Depending on your business and the size and type of your gate(s), you may need an automatic gate opener or gate operator. We can help you determine what automatic gate system will work best for your needs and budget.

Some options include:

  • A manned gate with personnel who buzz the gate open
  • Gate operators with card readers
  • Gate operators with numeric keypads
  • Motion-activated gate openers

We install automatic gate openers compatible with your gate and offer service and repair as needed.

Get a Quote for Commercial Gate Installation

Whether you need a new gate for your ranch or agricultural operation, or you need electric gate installation at your industrial facility, we can help. Simply contact us and let us know what you need, and we’ll schedule an onsite visit to give you a detailed quote. We offer gate repair, gate replacement, and gate installation along with a new fence installation.

We proudly serve commercial clients in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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Why Is My Fence Leaning Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

Why Is My Fence Leaning? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

A leaning fence is not only an eyesore, but it can cause safety issues. If you use your fence to keep people out of your yard or off your property, or to keep pets and children on your property, you need to get that fence standing upright again.

But before you can fix the problem, you have to know why it happened in the first place. While it’s most common for wood fences to lean, it can happen with vinyl fence, chain link, and even steel ornamental fence. Let’s take a look at the main causes:

  • Shoddy or lazy fence installation
  • Postholes not deep enough
  • Fence posts not secured properly
  • Fence posts rotting
  • Warped wood pickets or panels
  • Weather conditions

Improper Fence Installation Is the Biggest Cause of a Leaning Fence

Shoddy or lazy fence installation can result in a leaning fence within a year of installation. In most cases, this is because the installer (many times a DIY situation) didn’t dig the post holes deep enough. The taller the fence, the deeper the post holes need to be. For example, a 3’ fence needs holes about 18” deep, while a 6’ fence needs holes about 30” deep.

Most do-it-yourselfers don’t have the strength or proper equipment to dig holes that deep, and so they skimp. Big mistake. In addition, not securing fence posts with concrete and allowing it to cure properly can allow fence posts to move, allowing the fence to lean.

Rotting Fence Posts

Another common cause for a leaning wood fence is wood rot in the fence posts. This can happen over time due to rain and snow, or even a sprinkler that showers water on your fence. Wet weather conditions can also cause wood panels and pickets to warp over time.

How to Fix a Leaning Fence

Most homeowners and commercial businesses leave this kind of thing to a fence repair company like us. But if you’re feeling especially handy, and have the tools and the time to try and fix a leaning fence yourself, here’s how.

First, take a look at the fence posts themselves, paying special attention to the base. If the post is entirely rotted or cracking, you will need to replace it.

  1. Detach and brace the railings and wood panels attached to the post you need to replace.
  2. Dig up all the soil around the fence post base.
  3. Remove the post and concrete.
  4. Dig down to the appropriate post hole depth.
  5. Place the new post upright in the hole and use a level to ensure it is straight.
  6. Line up the new post with the other fence posts using a level and tie a string to each post.
  7. Pour a new concrete footing, making sure to slope the concrete away from the post to promote drainage.
  8. Reattach the wood panels and railings.

Fence Posts Not Deep Enough

If your fence is leaning because a fence post is not deep enough, chances are none of the posts are anchored deep enough. In this situation, there may be a temporary fix for one section of the fence, but you may want to look into replacing the fence. That’s easier than taking apart the fence, digging all new holes, and putting everything back together again.

For the best solution, you’ll want to consult with a fence repair/fence installation company. Most companies will offer a free assessment and give their recommendations. Then you can decide whether repair or replacement is the best way to go.

Schedule Professional Fence Repair in the Denver Area

If your fence is leaning and looks like it might collapse any day now, we can help. In addition to fence installation, we provide fence repair services to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area. It doesn’t matter if we installed your fence or not. We can help you with:

  • Chain link fence repair
  • Fence post repair
  • Wood fence repair
  • Vinyl fence repair
  • Fence panel replacement
  • Gate repair
  • And more

For the fastest service, call us at (720) 418-8194. If it’s after hours, you can also use our contact form and we’ll get in touch the next business day.

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Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

The regular opening and closing (slamming?) of a fence gate over the years can cause problems. The most common issue with fence gates is that they start to sag, and drag on the ground when you open or close them. Sure, you can lift the gate to clear the ground each time you open and close it, but that’s annoying, and not a permanent fix.

If you want to fix a sagging gate and you’re relatively handy, you can do it yourself. See the directions below. If you don’t have the tools, the energy, or the desire, call in the fence repair pros.

How to Fix a Sagging Fence Gate

Before you can fix a sagging gate, you have to know exactly what’s causing the sag. It may be something as simple as loose or missing screws at the hinges, in which case you just need to tighten or replace the screws.Other reasons for a sagging fence gate include:

  • Problems with the hinges
  • A lose or rotting gate post
  • Gravity

Here are the solutions for each of those problems. Two solutions are relatively simple, while the other will require some digging as well as mixing and pouring of cement.

1.      Replace Hinges

The hinges may have also rusted out if it’s an old gate, in which case you simply need to replace the hinges. It’s also possible the original hinges were too small for the weight of the gate.

In this situation, unscrew the old hinges from the post and the gate. Before doing this, you’ll want to have your replacement hinges on hand, or plan a trip to the hardware store, taking the old hinges with you for reference. Once you have the new hinges, measure and drill new screw holes and attach the new hinges.

2.      Replace Gate Post

If the hinges are fine, take a look at the gate post. If it is loose, leans, or is showing signs of rot or deterioration, you will need to replace it. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the old gate post. You may need to partially dig it out before rocking it back and forth to loosen it enough that you can pull it out.
  2. Dig a new hole (or deepen the existing hole) for the new post. The new hole should be at least 3’ feet deep so the new post stays solidly upright in the ground. You can rent or buy a post hole digger to make the job less difficult.
  3. Next,pour a small amount of concrete in the hole, set the new post in the hole, and pour the rest of the concrete up to ground level, smoothing it away from the post to promote drainage. Use a level to make sure it’s straight and adjust as necessary. You have about 20 minutes to make adjustments before the concrete sets.
  4. Let the gate post settle and the concrete cure for a couple of days before you re-hang the gate.

3.      Install an Anti-Sag Gate Kit

If the hinges look good and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the gate post, it may just be that gravity is to blame for a sagging gate. If this is the case, an anti-sag gate kit may be your answer. They’re available at big box stores and hardware stores, as well as online.

These kits include a cable, fittings, a turnbuckle, and all of the mounting hardware you will need. Just be sure you get a kit that fits your gate. When you have your kit, follow the directions carefully, attaching the brackets, turnbuckle, and cable, and tightening everything as directed. This tightening of the cable will eventually lift the bottom corner of the gate that is dragging off of the ground.

Schedule Fence Repair in the Denver Area

Depending on exactly what the problem is with your gate or fence, you might be able to fix it yourself. But if you want to ensure things are done right, schedule fence repair services with Denver Fence Company. We repair all types of fences and gates, including automatic gates, farm gates, yard gates, and more. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area.

If your gate is damaged beyond repair (for example, if a vehicle hit it or a tree fell on it), we can replace it with an identical or similar gate, depending on the original. To get the fastest response, call (720) 418-8194. You can also use our contact form to let us know what you need, and we’ll be in touch by the next business day.

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Fence Etiquette 101 – Denver Fence Company

Fence Etiquette: What to Know Before Fence Installation

Installing a fence on your property can give you privacy, security, keep a pet contained, or give children a safe place to play. But it can also cause problems with your neighbors if you don’t know about fence installation etiquette.

Over the years, the team here at Denver Fence Company has installed thousands of fences for homeowners and commercial businesses alike. Some projects go more smoothly than others as far as the neighbors are concerned. Today, we want to share with you some fence etiquette tips that can help you have a successful fence installation process while keeping your neighbors happy.
Let’s get started.

Fence Etiquette Tip #1: Double-check Property Lines

You’d be surprised how many people don’t check the property lines before putting up a fence. This is usually a problem with DIY jobs, as any reputable fence contractor will have you get a survey before installing a fence close to the property lines.

Don’t go based on your memory of where the property line is. The last thing you want to do is build a fence that encroaches on your neighbor’s property, because they are well within their rights to have you then tear it down.

Follow Local Regulations

In addition, Denver fence regulations do not permit you to build a fence in the public right of way. For a front yard fence, the fence must be set back at least 6” from the sidewalk, regardless of where the property line is. There are requirements regarding setbacks from designated parkways as well.

Professional fence contractors will know all of the regulations regarding fence height, permits, setbacks, etc.

Fence Etiquette Tip #2: Communicate with Your Neighbors (and Your HOA)

Before you hire a company for fence installation, check with your Homeowner’s Association (HOA) if you belong to one, to make sure you follow all of the rules and regulations. This will save you headaches down the line. HOAs can force you to tear down a fence that doesn’t meet association requirements.

If the fence will be near the property line, it’s also just a polite thing to do to alert your immediate neighbors to the fact you are getting a fence installed, and to let them know when the fence contractor will be on site. A lot of heavy equipment may be moving within their earshot, so it’s good to let them be prepared.

Fence Etiquette Tip #3: Have the “Good Side” of the Fence Face the Neighbors

If you’re installing a wood fence or vinyl fence that has pickets on one side and backer rails/fence stringers on the other side, have the picket side face your neighbors. That’s actually the traditional way to do it. Or you can choose a fence style that looks good on both sides, and everyone has something nice to look at. This is called a “good neighbor fence.”
Examples of “good neighbor fence” styles include:
• Shadowbox
• Basket Weave
• Board on Board

Fence Etiquette Tip #4: Maintain Your Fence

This is just a smart thing to do, in order to protect your investment. Get fence repairs done as needed, to keep small animals or children from getting into or getting out of your yard. If you stain or paint your fence, keep up with that as well. For a vinyl fence or Trex fencing, a simple wash down with mild soap and a hose can clean up both sides of the fence.
By following these tips, you can maintain, and even enhance your relationship with your neighbors. As Robert Frost said in his poem Mending Wall, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

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Fence Installation FAQs
Schedule a Fence Installation EstimateIf you’re looking for a reputable fence contractor in the Denver metro area, you’re in the right place. The team here at Denver Fence Company has decades of experience designing and installing all types of fences for homeowners and commercial clients.
Fence installation is a home improvement project best left to the professionals who have the knowledge, expertise, and the tools to do the job right. Your fence will last much longer with professional installation.
To schedule a free estimate, call (720) 418-8194. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll be in touch by the next business day. Our service area covers the Denver area, including Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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Fence Installation FAQs

Fence Installation FAQs: You Ask, We Answer

Q: Which type of fence is best?

A: This is a subjective question that only you can answer. What fence material is best for you will depend on why you want/need a fence, your tastes, and your budget. For example, if you want a privacy fence, a steel ornamental fence would not be a good choice.
We can give you an estimate for different types of fencing if you would like. We install several types, including:
• Cedar Fence
• Trex Fencing
• Vinyl Fence
• Steel Ornamental Fencing
• Chain Link Fence

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Q: Do I need a permit for Denver fence installation?

A: In many cases, yes. It depends on how high the fence is. For a fence 4’ or shorter, you don’t need a permit. For a fence taller than that, you do, whether it’s in the front yard or the back yard. For a replacement fence, permit may not be required. Check out additional fence permit requirements.

Q: What are the Denver regulations regarding fence installation?

A: Visit the link above for full regulations regarding setback, permits, and fees. We are well-versed in the various rules and regulations, and can help you navigate the system. In addition, if you are part of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) you will want to check out those requirements as well before spending any money on a fence.

Q: Do I need a survey?

A: If your fence is going anywhere near your property lines, yes, you need a survey. We can help arrange this, but you will be responsible for the fee. It is better to put the fence in the right place than have to tear it down because you built it on your neighbor’s property!

Q: How do you know where the utility lines are located?

A: We cannot build over existing utilities, so it’s best for you to call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 1-800-922-1987 or 811 to mark underground utilities for your project. It helps to have utility lines already marked before we come out for an estimate.

Q: Should I stain a wood fence?

A: This is up to you. Staining a pressure-treated wood fence can help prolong the life of the fence and improve the appearance. For a cedar fence, it will last just as long if you let it weather to a natural grey.

Q: Do you put the fence posts in concrete?

A: Yes. This is the best way to ensure stability and prevent rot when using wood fence posts.

Q: How long does fence installation take?

A: Depending on how large your project is and how busy we are, it may take 2-5 weeks before we can begin your project. We also have to allow time to order supplies. Once fence installation begins, we first set the posts in concrete.
Then we need to allow time for the concrete to cure before we come back and install the rest of your fence and the gate(s). We will include a time frame specific to your project when we give you your estimate.

Q: Do I need to be present when you’re installing my fence?

A: In most cases, you do not need to be home when we are installing your fence. However, if you would like to be, or have special concerns, please feel free to stay. We do ask that you keep pets and small children out of the area while we are working.

Q: Do you price match with other fence companies?

A. No, we do not. At Denver Fence Company, we pride ourselves on offering quality fence installation at competitive prices. We carefully craft each estimate to provide you with an up-front summary of costs, including materials and labor. We also include expected fees associated with permits as a line item in our estimates.

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Schedule a Fence Installation Estimate

For the most accurate estimate, we require a site visit. Call (720) 418-8194 to schedule a free estimate. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get in touch by the next business day.
We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver, CO area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, and surrounding areas.

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Vertical or Horizontal Cedar Fence?

Vertical or Horizontal Cedar Fence: How to Decide

So, you’ve decided to get a cedar fence. Congratulations! A cedar wood fence is a desirable addition to any home or business, and can increase curb appeal and eventual resale value. In fact, it’s one of the more popular fence types in the Denver area.

But what style are you going to get? Will yours be a vertical or horizontal cedar fence? Which one is right for your home or business can depend on a number of factors, including your aesthetic and your budget.

Let’s take a look at each type of fence design.

Vertical Cedar Fence Is Traditional

A vertical cedar fence design is the traditional style. Cedar fence pickets or boards come in a variety of styles, including:
• Flat top
• Notched top (Dog ear)
• Scalloped
• Negative scallop
• Pointed top pickets
• Virginia top pickets
• French Gothic

With a vertical style, you can choose between boards or pickets closely spaced for privacy fencing, or pickets spaced further apart for an open look. Fence panels are generally constructed as privacy fencing.

Horizontal Cedar Fence Is More Modern

When it comes to style, a horizontal cedar fence is becoming more and more popular. We can place horizontal cedar planks close together, with an eighth-inch gap between them for privacy, or with a 1/4th – 1” opening between them for a lighter, open feel. And then a lot of clients like an additional lattice fence panel or other fence top panel to let in more light.

Cedar fence panels typically come in a vertical configuration, but there are a few horizontal options available. If you want more of a custom horizontal fence, that can add to the installation cost. You should also keep in mind that a horizontal fence uses more fence posts, but no stringers.

To Age or Not to Age?

Whichever fence configuration you decide to go with, there is one more thing to consider. To age or not to age? That is the question. With apologies to Hamlet, you need to decide what you want your cedar fence to look like in the coming years.

If you want it to retain the reddish hue, you will need to stain it with a clear stain. But you can also let your cedar age naturally. Cedar ages to a beautiful silvery-gray that can be highly desirable. Whether you choose to stain or not to stain depends on your personal aesthetic.

Get a Quote on Cedar Fence Installation

If you want a fence installed before the Colorado weather changes, schedule a fence installation quote now. We can give you two quotes- one for a vertical fence, and one for a horizontal fence. Just call us at (720) 418-8194. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day.

We serve residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, and surrounding areas.

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Trex Fencing vs Wood

Trex® Fencing vs Wood Fence: More Affordable Than Ever

If you’ve been following the news, you may know that lumber prices went sky-high in the last year or so. This was mainly due to pent-up demand once the COVID-19 vaccinations came out and people started trying to get their lives back to normal. That increased demand, along with a labor shortage, sent prices soaring.

Higher lumber prices have many homeowners and businesses rethinking what material to use for their deck or fence. Today, we’re going to look at how the cost of Trex® Fencing compares to a wood fence. Let’s get started.

Understanding the Different Materials and Upfront Costs

Everyone knows a wood fence is made from, well, wood. Even with lumber prices as high as they are, you may pay a lower upfront cost to have a wood fence installed. But with high lumber prices, the difference between the cost of wood and Trex® fencing is smaller than ever before.

Trex® fencing is a manufactured composite fence material. The company first introduced composite decking materials in 1996, and followed with fencing materials in 2005. Trex makes its composite fencing and gates from a blend of 95% recycled wood fiber and plastic. 

Understanding Lifetime Costs

Here’s where the cost of the two types of fencing changes. The lifetime cost of a Trex® fence will be lower than that of a fence made with pressurized lumber. Here’s why:
Wood Fence Costs are Higher

A wood fence is subject to warping, rot, popped nails, and insect damage. This means you have to pay for fence repair such as replacing individual pickets or fence posts, or entire panels.
Wood also needs to be painted or stained every few years to keep it looking decent. Do you do it yourself or hire someone? It’s another added cost.

Trex® Fencing Cost is Lower

Because it’s composite fencing, Trex® is more durable than wood. Here’s why:
• It will never rot.
• It will never splinter.
• Insects can’t damage it.
• You never have to stain or paint it.
• It resists fading.
• It stands strong against Colorado’s Chinook winds, withstanding 130 MPH sustained winds and 147 MPH gusts.

In our opinion, Trex® fencing is far superior to a wood fence, and looks better, as well. Some attractive features of a Trex fence:
• Same look on both sides (no “ugly” side of the fence)
• Picture frame with board-on-board design
• Interlocking pickets mean no mid rail
• 3 natural colors

One last thing – Trex® fencing is supremely eco-friendly. It uses 95% recycled materials (wood and plastic). That’s great news for the planet! And if yours is a commercial project, you should know that Trex products are LEED Certified.

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Get a Quote on Trex® Fencing Installation

If you’re torn between a wood fence and a Trex® fence, schedule a fence installation quote for each type of fencing material. You may find the slight difference in pricing makes a composite fence more affordable than you thought. Just call us at (720) 418-8194.

You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day. We serve residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, Littleton, Golden, and surrounding areas.

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How to Get the Fence Installation You Deserve

How to Get the New Fence Installation You Deserve

At Denver Fence Company, we work hard to ensure you know exactly what to expect with your new fence installation. Whether you’re replacing an old fence or installing a fence for the first time, it pays to know what to watch out for. We specialize in installing cedar wood fence and steel ornamental fencing, but any fence installation will require you to follow some of the same steps.

• Hire a Professional Fence Company

If you want a beautiful fence that will last for years to come, hire a professional fence company. They have years of experience in the business, and can handle any unexpected problems that come up. At Denver Fence Company, we have all of the heavy equipment to dig post holes, grade your property, and more.

While you might save money with a DIY fence installation, chances are good you’ll make one or more mistakes – either with not setting your fence far enough from the property lines, not getting a timely building permit, not ensuring the posts are set properly before proceeding, or underestimating the backbreaking labor that installing a fence requires.
And when you hire a professional fence company, you’ll get a warranty on labor and materials. Some fence supply companies only warranty fence materials if they’re professionally installed.

• Interview More Than One Fence Company

When you’re hiring any service provider, it’s a good idea to get 3 or more quotes. Ask friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers what company they worked with, and were they happy with the outcome. You can also ask them if there is someone you should avoid.
Visit the company websites. Check to see how long they’ve been in business, and whether they’re licensed and insured. Check out their photo gallery to see if they install the type of fence you want. Read the online reviews on Google and Facebook.

Schedule your estimates, and take notes. Ask everyone the same questions. You should receive an estimate in writing with a sketch or detailed drawing of your fence installation. Decide who you want to work with based on installation cost, experience, and how well the fence company communicated with you.

• Ensure the Fence will Meet All Local Rules and Regulations

A reputable fence company will take care of getting the appropriate permits for your fence installation. They will also schedule any necessary inspections. But just because they are supposed to take care of it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check up on what the permitting process is.

Ultimately, if your fence violates building code, zoning or Homeowner’s Association (HOA) rules, you are responsible for any fees or adjustments (even tearing down) your new fence.

• Monitor the Installation

The first part of installation is placing the fence posts and setting them. This is a crucial step and will help ensure the rest of the installation goes smoothly. It’s very possible we (or another company) will set the posts one day, and come back the next day to put up the rest of the fence, whether that is fence panels or individual planks or pickets.
It’s a good idea if you can check in with the installation crew or foreman on site so you can get a clear update of what the next step is.

• Examine the Finished Fence

Much like you have a walk-through of a new home or other major installation, a reputable fence company should provide you the opportunity to review the finished product with them. Walk the fence line on both the interior and exterior of the fence to ensure the workmanship meets your expectations. If you see a potential problem, address it then. It’s easier to fix while a crew is still on your property.

• Enjoy Your New Fence

Whether you wanted a fence for privacy, security, or to just keep your dog and children in the yard, you can rest assured a new fence will add beauty to your home, and curb appeal to your commercial property.

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Schedule a FREE Fence Installation Quote! The fastest way to reach us to schedule a fence installation quote is to call us at (720) 418-8194.

You can also fill out the form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day. Building a fence that will last takes time and expertise. We have an abundance of both.

We serve both residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, Littleton, Golden, and surrounding areas.

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Chain Link Fence Pros And Cons

Chain Link Fence – The Pros and Cons

Chain link fence has been around since 1844, when British inventor Charles Barnard developed a wire-weaving machine based on the cloth-weaving machines of the day. A number of companies use that same basic technology today to manufacture chain link fencing for use in a number of residential and commercial applications. Is it right for your project? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

Pro #1 Chain Link Fence Cost

The #1 positive that chain link fence has going for it is the relatively low cost when you compare it to other fence materials, such as wood, steel, and vinyl. This makes it very cost effective for large projects such as fencing the perimeter of a commercial property or ball field. The low price also makes it an excellent choice for homeowners on a tight budget.

While installation cost is cheaper because of lower materials cost and lower labor costs, maintenance costs are also lower. That’s because chain link needs virtually no maintenance, and will last decades. Compare that to a wood fence that needs staining or painting, or is subject to wood rot.

Pro #2 Chain Link Fence Repair Is Fast and Easy

Chain link fence repair is generally only needed if a vandal cut through the chain link, or if a tree fell on it, or a car plowed into it. You’ll never need repair because of warping, rotting, or insect damage. In most cases, the repair is relatively simple and affordable. We can simply cut out the damaged piece and insert a new section. Replacing a damaged top rail is also a simple process.

Pro #3 Chain Link Fence Height Options

Chain link rolls and swing gates are available in a number of height options, making this an easy choice for a back yard fence or part of a security fence. Common heights include:

• 3’
• 3’ 6”
• 4’
• 5’
• 6’
• 7’
• 8’
• 9’
• 10’
• 12’

Many of the taller fence heights are for commercial applications, which may also include barbed wire or razor wire on top as a security measure. Taller fences may also need a rolling gate rather than a swing gate. You’ll want to be sure to check your local building and zoning codes before installing any type of fence.

A Pro and a Con: Chain Link Fencing is See-Through
As you know, chain link is see-through. For some that’s a pro – it allows you to see your dog or your children playing even while you’re on the other side of the fence. And the see-through nature allows sunshine through the fence to a garden, for example, whereas a cedar fence would block the light.

At the same time, for some, the see-through nature of chain link is a major negative. That’s where chain link privacy slats and a chain link privacy screen come in. Both are ways to add privacy to the fence, and are still cost-effective options. We can install these privacy measures at the same time we install your fence, if you would like.

Con #1 A Chain Link Fence Is Easy to Climb

Since the see-through can be a con for some people, this is technically #2. But numbers aside, the fact that chain link is so easy to climb is a deal breaker for some homeowners and even businesses. An agile dog can easily climb the fence, as can a curious child or determined trespasser.

Con #2 Chain Link Is Not Visually Appealing

Few would argue that a chain link fence is a beautiful fence that could compare with a cedar fence or a steel ornamental fence. Galvanized gray is reminiscent of an industrial complex or even a prison yard. However, there are options to get vinyl coated chain link with a PVC coating of black, brown, or green, which can increase the visual appeal.
Common Chain Link Fence Applications

You’ve probably seen chain link fencing since childhood, and never thought a lot about it until now. It’s the perfect utilitarian solution for a number of residential and commercial applications, including:

• Back yard fence
• Dog run fence
• Defining property lines
• Temporary construction fence
• Security fence for a commercial or industrial property
• Sports field fence
• Baseball backstops

Pretty much anywhere you need a fence as a boundary and don’t mind the see-through nature, chain link is a good, affordable fencing option.
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If you’re a commercial property owner or homeowner looking for a cost-effective fencing solution, chain link may be just the thing. As always, we recommend hiring a professional fence installer. While you might try to do it yourself, you might end up calling us in to fix a botched job, Save yourself the headache and call us at (720) 418-8194 to schedule a free estimate.

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