Why use an AFA contractor?
As the standard of the industry, American Fence Association contractors bring more experience to the table. AFA contractors bring superior technical and installation skills o each of their projects. The AFA logo next to a contractor’s name signifies adherence to the strictest, industry-leading business and ethical practices, standards of honesty and responsibility as well as overall professionalism toward each project. Additionally, these individuals have access to over 160 hours of industry-specific educational and training opportunities every year.
What fence is right for me?
When deciding what type of fence is right for you, consider a few important factors about your project and its goals:
- What is the purpose of your fence?
- How much maintenance are you willing to upkeep?
- Will you need a gate(s) anywhere along your fence line?
- What are your budget restrictions?
- Do you have HOA requirements to fulfill?
These questions and others will help you begin to narrow down your options to find which fence is the right fit for you. Your fence contractor should also assist you in this process.
Are there “green” fencing options?
There are some “green” options in fencing. Vinyl fencing is long-lasting, durable, low-maintenance and requires no painting. It’s moisture resistant so it can be used to enclose pools and hot tubs. Most vinyl brands also offer long-term warranties, also.
Composite fencing is another option that uses a combination of materials – typically post-consumer product and/or recyclable – to produce a strong and enduring fence. Composite fences look just like wood in style and finish but last much longer without extra care, thus saving resources over time.
For more “green” materials available through Peerless Fence, click here.
How much maintenance is needed for my fence?
The type of material used to construct your fence determines the amount of maintenance you can expect. There are many low-maintenance fencing options available: vinyl, chain link and aluminum to name a few. Talk to your fence contractor about maintenance concerns. They will help you find a fence that fits your needs. Also, look through the information on our website to learn more about what to expect from each material type.
How will my fence change due to weathering?
In general, as wood is exposed to environmental elements. It will begin to fade to a silvery-gray color over time if it’s left unstained or unpainted. The extent of fading depends on the type of wood, the temperature and the type of environmental exposure. In the Chicagoland area, it’s typical for wood to fad 3-5 years after installation.
Other materials, such as vinyl, chain link, composite and aluminum, will not see any fading of color or much wear and tear from the elements, or at least not for the first 20 years. The most common challenge with these fences is possible post heaving. This issue is not common but can happen over time as the ground freezes and warms, much like the buckling of asphalt on roadways over time.
Most of our product lines are designed to weather extreme seasonal changes and storms.
Do I need permission to build a fence?
Possibly. Be sure to call or check your city, township or county’s website for permit requirements and costs. Most communities do require a permit for fence construction. Also be sure to investigate possible style and/or height restriction enforced by your HOA or municipality. Our salesmen are trained to be familiar with the codes in your area if you should have any questions or need guidance.