There are many questions when looking to install a fence on your property and the P. Saylor Fence Team is here to help you throughout the entire fence building process.
Here are some frequently asked questions which hopefully can assist you during your project.
Some General Fence Project Questions We Get Asked Frequently
Should I put my new fence on the property line?
It is recommended that you set your fence in about 3-6 inches from your property line, so that all of the cement in the posts is on your property.
How do I find my property line?
Most of the time your property line can be found by locating your property pins. The property pins are typically a piece of rebar with a yellow, orange or red plastic cap on top. They are placed on your property when it is professionally surveyed. Sometimes they can get buried in the ground, be moved or even removed. If you cannot find them, a professional surveyor will have to be hired to fence stake your property as these markings need to be 100% accurate prior to fence installation. P. Saylor Fence highly recommends contacting a Professional Survey Company.
Here are a few listed who have worked with our customers in the past:
- Michael P. McMurray Surveying: firstname.lastname@example.org (Serves Charlotte, South Carolina and Lake Norman Areas)
- Pyramid Land Surveying: 704-892-4249 (Serves Lake Norman Area)
- Joseph Raymer: 704-871-1889 (Serves Iredell County)
- Dedmond Surveying: 704-483-4908 (Serves Denver, Stanley and Lincoln County)
- Kevin Hefner & Assoc: 828-495-7377 (Serves Catawba, Alexander, Burke Counties)
- Kale Engineering-Greg Smith: 336-768-0250 (Winston Salem)
Who is responsible for my property lines?
Customers are responsible for having their property pins accurately and visibly identified prior to a P. Saylor Fence installation.
Who is responsible for getting HOA approval?
The homeowner is responsible for getting their Homeowner Association (HOA) approval. P. Saylor Fence is happy to assist with this process but we are not able to send this information to your HOA. Please note that HOA guidelines concerning fences do change frequently, so always have your fence project approved to avoid future issues.
Do all fence companies build the same quality fence?
No, not all fence companies have the same workmanship standards or fence installation training and guidelines. We highly recommend reviewing every fence company’s previous work prior to hiring them. Ask us for addresses to see our work, we love showing off the P. Saylor Fence installation difference. You should also check with local organizations and company affiliations such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Home Builders Associations or Angie’s List.
Should I assume every fence company in the Carolinas carries insurance? No, not all fence companies are fully insured in the Carolinas. Also, many of them do not carry Workers Compensation policies. You can rest assure that P. Saylor Fence is fully licensed and insured in the Carolinas. We have a long standing relationship with Penn National Insurance and Builders Mutual Insurance. Feel free to contact our insurance agent Jemco Insurance at 704-663-6444 to verify our insurance coverages. We carry General Liability, Auto Liability and Workers Compensation. *Limits: $1,000,000 and Liability: $2,000,000
Should there be concrete in every post of every fence?
Yes, every post needs concrete for stability over time.
Vinyl Fence Questions:
How popular are vinyl building materials?
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is used in virtually every industry. Because of its low maintenance and durability, vinyl is a popular alternative for products normally constructed of wood such as fences, gazebos, decks and siding.
How safe are vinyl fence systems?
Unlike some treated wood fencing, vinyl is an environmentally safe material. There are no toxins to pollute the sky or seep into the ground. Vinyl fencing has a smooth surface and is free of nails, sharp edges or splinters.
Are all vinyl fences products the same?
No. Vinyl fence system components are available in a wide range of sizes and thickness. To reduce costs, some manufacturers decrease their wall thickness, resulting in reduced strength and ultimately yielding inferior fence systems.
Are all product warranties the same?
No. A warranty is only as good as the company that stands behind it.
How does a vinyl fence compare to wood?
It is stronger, lasts much longer, safer, looks better, and costs much less over time. Vinyl can initially cost the same as or more than wood depending upon the style of fence chosen. However, in the long run, vinyl is about one third the cost of wood due to the minimal maintenance and being engineered to last long term.
How do you set the vinyl posts?
The posts are set in concrete about 24-30 inches deep in the ground.
Can I paint vinyl fencing?
Paint does not adhere well to the surface, which is good in the case of graffiti, but bad if you like to paint things. The color of the vinyl goes all the way through so it can’t be scratched or chipped off which means it will never need to be painted.
How much concrete should be used when constructing a wood fence?
In the Carolinas, each wood post should have 60 lbs-80 lbs of concrete per post. This also applies to any kind of wood Rail fences as well.
What type of wood does P. Saylor Fence use?
All of our wood fences are pressure treated pine. We can also use cedar wood upon request.
Which side of the fence do the wood posts go?
Normally, they go on the inside of the fenced area. For residential fences, they should go on the inside so the neighbors’ views and the view from the road are nicer. Some HOA rules require this as well.
Where does your Split Rail Wood come from and is it the same quality elsewhere? All of our split rail wood fence materials are from Judy’s Split Rail out of West Virginia. They construct the highest quality wood rail fence materials on the eastern side of the United States. Not all split rail wood products are the same. High quality is available from P. Saylor Fence and it makes a difference.
Is your aluminum fence materials proudly made in the USA with American materials?
Yes, all of our aluminum products are Made in the USA.
Is there a material warranty on your aluminum fences?
Yes, all of our aluminum fence materials are backed by a Manufacturer’s Material Limited Lifetime Warranty. This guarantee covers against rust, defects in craftsmanship and materials, as well as any chipping, peeling, cracking of the TGIC polyester powder coating finish.
How does aluminum fencing compare to rod iron fencing?
Aluminum fence has become extremely popular over the last decade over rod iron because of its lightweight, versatility and lower cost. You get the rod iron look with aluminum but not the rod iron price and it will not rust over time like rod iron does.
What type of aluminum latches do you use?
P. Saylor Fence is proud to only install D&D Technologies Magna Latches with all of their aluminum fences unless our customer specifies differently. This gate latch system is high performance and included with all of our aluminum gate installations.