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Serving all of Sonoma County including Rohnert Park, Cotati, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Guerneville and Sebastopol.

Services includes wood fences, agricultural wire fences, picket and metal fences, gates, retaining walls and free estimates.
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Serving Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Marin and Mendocino Counties

Services include fences, decks and more. Brands include Keystone, Emsco and Genova...
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Making Good Neighbors with New Fences in Sonoma County
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On city lots or across rural fields, good Sonoma County fences make good Sonoma County neighbors. Fences play an interesting role in our lives. Sometimes, you absolutely want a fence - to keep your pets in, to keep deer out, to keep neighbors' eyes from prying into your home in Sonoma County.

Other times, you simply want to define a boundary. Or maybe you want to add a fence to add beauty to a view. No matter why you decide to add a fence, fences can be both extremely useful and, at the same time, quite pleasing to look at....

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On city lots or across rural fields, good Sonoma County fences make good Sonoma County neighbors. Fences play an interesting role in our lives. Sometimes, you absolutely want a fence - to keep your pets in, to keep deer out, to keep neighbors' eyes from prying into your home in Sonoma County.

Other times, you simply want to define a boundary. Or maybe you want to add a fence to add beauty to a view. No matter why you decide to add a fence, fences can be both extremely useful and, at the same time, quite pleasing to look at.

When it comes to choosing a fence, you have many options, from woods like cedar, redwood, and cypress, to vinyl, to chain link, to aluminum. No matter where you are placing your fence and what you need it to do, you can find a Sonoma County fence company that can give you the optimal combination of fencing materials, design, and installation to get the fence you want.

Fencing Provided By Sonoma County Fence Contractors
The first thing to decide is what you need the fence for. Are you marking the perimeter of your Sonoma County property? Are you trying to keep a dog in bounds? Are you trying to prevent deer from wandering into your garden? Are you guarding a pool from wandering toddlers? Knowing what you want your fence to do is one of the first steps in determining what you need.

Take a look around the property in Sonoma County, whether you are in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Cotati, or Cloverdale. Is the land relatively level? Or is does it include steep inclines? Next, consider access. How many places will you want to place gates? Is this a residential fence surrounding a driveway, and will you need a gate to allow a car to drive through? Or are you building a fence to go around the back and sides of the property, and will you need a gate on each side of the house? Do you need a permanent fence, or do you require a temporary fence?

Now that you know what you want your Sonoma County fence to do, it's time to consider what it should be made of. For many fences, such as perimeter fences, security fences, and general residential fences, your material choice depends on a combination of looks, costs, and your personal taste. A perimeter fence could be made of aluminum, wood, or vinyl, for example. Cedar and redwood are some of the more popular wood options, though of course there are other woods.

Sometimes, wood is pressure-treated, meaning that chemicals have been pressured into the wood to help it resist moisture and insects. Since 2003, the chemical most often used to treat wood is alkaline copper quat (ACQ). ACQ replaces chromated copper arsenate (CCA), which was restricted after concerns about arsenic leaching out. Be sure to inquire about what chemicals were used if your wood is pressure-treated. Once a wooden fence is in place, you may have to stain it from time to time, or otherwise treat it to help prevent weather and water damage.

A vinyl fence is a surprisingly popular option in Sonoma County and elsewhere. This is because vinyl can be made to look like wood or can be made to look like painted wood, yet requires less maintenance than wood. You do not have to paint or stain vinyl fences. Vinyl fences have improved since they were first introduced and can last a long time. Vinyl may cost more than wood initially, but the benefit comes from the reduced maintenance over time. You can clean a vinyl fence simply by hosing it down. Some vinyl fence owners claim that vinyl fences attract dirt, but the solution is relatively simple.

Vinyl fences used to be available in very few shades - white and beige - but now many colors are available. Before you go ahead with vinyl, consider what you expect the vinyl fence to do. Some vinyl fences are reinforced with steel at certain points, to increase the strength and stability of the vinyl fence. However, some warn that any large animal, like a horse or a cow, could easily break through an unreinforced vinyl fence. If your purpose is to contain livestock, you might want to consider adding an electric fence line around the interior of the vinyl fence to stop livestock from getting through.

When durability is a prime concern, aluminum makes a good choice. When sourcing aluminum in Sonoma County, you'll be considering the alloy used; companies tout the composition of their alloys for adding strength and durability to their fences. Some companies also used increased amounts of aluminum in their fences, adding strength but also weight to the fence.

You will also want to consider the finish on the aluminum. Most aluminum fencing has a powder coat - look to see what kind of weather resistance it offers. Some aluminum uses the same kind of paint as is used on cars - again, your concern is how well the exterior coating - no matter what it is - will stand up to weather, especially if you live in a severe climate.

If you are considering a chain link fence, the size of the wire, also known as the wire gauge, is probably your prime consideration. The wire gauge correlates to different strengths. Chain link fences can also be interlaced with slats, for increased privacy. Some chain link fences can be found in various colors, besides the basic galvanized silver.

While you can usually do as you please in choosing a fence, in some cases, you would be advised to follow some suggested guidelines. If your Sonoma County home or office has a swimming pool, you need to take care. Fences surrounding a swimming pool should meet the Building Officials and Code Administrators (B.O.C.A.) national guidelines.

These guidelines include height, the fence being at least four feet tall, with spacing between the pickets of less than four inches, as well as a recommendation for self-closing and self-latching gates, among others. You want to look for companies whose products are advertised as BOCA-compliant.

Running a Sound Fence in Sonoma County
Pay attention to your fence design. Fences essentially consist of a couple of components. Posts, the anchors of the fence, are sunk into the ground and stand up vertically. Stretching horizontally between the posts are the rails. The fence may consist only of post and rails. Or fence boards, also called pickets, may be attached to the rails. In this case, the rails become part of fence frame, supporting the pickets.

The piece of fence that lies between two posts is called a section. You need end or terminal posts where the fence stops, you need posts that occur at pretty regular intervals along the fence, these are called line posts. You will also need specific kinds of posts, for example, which will be used where gates are installed. The points where a fence meets a building also need proper attention and bracing.

When you choose the fence for your Sonoma County property, whether in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Cloverdale, Sonoma, Cotati or another area, you'll find many possible options.

Many companies make pre-fabrication sections of fences. You would have to choose your material and how far apart you want the pickets. For a privacy fence, you might choose board-on-board, in which the boards are overlapped. Then, even as the boards shrink and expand with the weather, the neighbors still cannot see through the fence.

Or you might select a dog-eared fence, in which the tops of the pickets are cut off on each side, to form a vaguely dog-eared shape, then the pickets are attached at the top and bottom. You might decide to implement a custom design instead of one of the many pre-fabricated fence sections available. An experienced fencing company should be able to design and build a custom fence based on the design ideas that you supply.

A further option for your fence is whether or not to install a footing. When you look at an installed fence, you will notice that fences do not run all the way down to the ground, usually. Instead, there is a gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground. For wood fences, this is especially important, since it helps protect them from rot and damp. A kickboard can be installed to close the gap. The kickboard runs along the bottom of the fence and closes the gap between the fence and the ground. Kickboards are easier to replace than the entire fence, if they get damaged.

A kickboard can also prevent dogs or other animals from tunneling under the fence. If a kickboard does not stop a dog, you could also consider a concrete footer. Again, this concrete footer will run along the bottom of the fence.

Sonoma County Terrain and Fences
Look at your Sonoma County property where you plan to install the fence. The contours of the land can be a significant consideration in the design of your fence. If the terrain is flat, there is not much problem. You simply have to account for the distance you want the fence to cover, the corners and turns involved, the placement of gates and buildings.

When the property has a minor slope, a fence may be raked. Raking refers to installing a fence so that it follows the slope of the land. The posts are plumb, but the section of fence installed between them is slanted into a parallelogram, so that the top and bottom rails of the section are not level, but are parallel to each other.

When the property has an acute slope, the fence materials may not be able to rake sufficiently to accommodate it. In this case, you may have to use stair-stepping. In the stair-stepping technique, each section of fence is installed above or below the adjacent section, following the incline or decline of the ground. The end result is a fence that looks like a staircase, with each section of the fence acting as a stair.

It's largely up to you to make sure your fence is placed in right location. After all, one of the main functions of a fence is to mark boundaries. You need to know the boundaries of your Sonoma County property. If you don't, you can contact a survey company, which should be able to find out exactly where your property lies.

Once you know your property lines in Sonoma County, whether in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, or Cloverdale, you need to find out if there are any other restrictions that apply. Does your city have a required setback? A setback is a distance from the property line in front of which the city does not allow certain actions, such as landscaping or building, for example. Your homeowners' association may also enforce setbacks or other limitations. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with any restrictions about building a fence on your property.

In California, the state allows the building of fences that do not exceed six feet without requiring a permit. Similarly, when the fence is less than eight feet when the top two feet are made of barbed wire, no permit is required. California's building code does place other restrictions on the building of fences. Fences in front of the house cannot be more than 42 inches high, while fences in the rear cannot be more than 72 inches high.

A fence that lies within five feet of a building must be either made of materials that will not combust or must be at least as fire-resistive as the exterior wall standard. California also has strict requirements for masonry walls, requiring that the concrete must have a compressive strength of at least 2500 pounds per square inch (psi), while the mortar mix must have compressive strength of 1,800 psi and the grout should have 2,000 psi.

For pools greater than 18 inches deep, California does enforce strict standards. The fence must be at least five feet tall, with no more than two inches between the ground and the bottom of the fence. The gate of the fence around the pool must self-close and self-latch, and the latch must be sited at least 54 inches from the ground. The California requirements are very similar to the B.O.C.A. guidelines.

While we're mentioning California's laws, it's worth a quick mention of the "good neighbor" law. This law says that the neighbors must share the cost of the fence, unless one of them is willing to let their own land go unfenced. If the person with the unfenced land later decides to add a fence, then that person must pay toward the cost of the shared fence.

The Sonoma County fence company that you work with must be aware of the state requirements and be willing to meet them. There may also be more local regulations imposed by a city or homeowners' association or other body. Many fencing companies can help you understand who you need to contact about setbacks, etc. While a knowledgeable fencing company may be able to point you in the right direction to find out about local codes and restrictions, most will not take responsibility for meeting those codes.

Instead, the owner is generally responsible for finding about them and making sure they are adhered to. Your fencing company should always check with the local utility company before digging the posts, since you don't want to run into any underground lines - electric or otherwise. Make sure that your fence company will do the checking, or you must do it yourself. But the fence company be alerted so it does not dig in the wrong place.

Who's Building Fences in Sonoma County?
If you so desire, you can choose your materials, order them, and install your Sonoma County fence by yourself. Many fencing companies sell supplies and include CAD drawings, instructions, videos, and other aids to installation. When you don't want to put the fence in by yourself, look for a full-service fence company.

A full-service fencing company in Sonoma County will design the fence with you, and they will also provide the materials and the installation. You should be aware that most fencing contractors are not willing to install materials that they don't provide. If you do opt to hire a fencing contractor, be sure that they are licensed by the state of California, probably with a C13 fencing contractor license. Their license number must appear in their advertising. You can check the license online at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) site. The CSLB will show whether or not the license is current and if there are any complaints against it.

The last step in putting your fence in, prior to a lifetime of maintenance, is a proper installation. The most important thing is to be sure that the posts are properly installed. A post should ideally be in a hole at least one-third the length of the entire post, or half the length of the above-ground part of the post. This often does not happen, but you should go for at least 2-3 feet deep.

When it comes to securing the posts, they may be set in gravel and backfilled with dirt, or they may be set with concrete. Concrete should at least be used for corner and gate posts, as should any post in loose ground or where there are high winds. The posts should be set into gravel, made plumb, and braced. The concrete can then be poured. Getting the posts right - making sure they are plumb - is one of the most critical parts of your fence because it means there will not be sags in the fence or that you won't be forced to cut pieces to make them fit.

You should also be sure you have sufficient posts along the line of your fence. For example, in a chain link fence, the posts must be placed at regular intervals along the fence line so that the fence retains stability and integrity.

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself When Considering a Sonoma County Fencing Company

When you need to pay attention to the fences on your Sonoma County property, focus in on exactly what you really need. By having a good idea of what you need already settled, you will be better prepared to speak with your Sonoma County fencing company. Then you can take full advantage of the conversation with the Sonoma County fencing company and focus on your specific needs, instead of spending lots of time trying to figure out what those needs are. It might help to draw up a list of questions to ask yourself. Some of those questions might include the following....

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When you need to pay attention to the fences on your Sonoma County property, focus in on exactly what you really need. By having a good idea of what you need already settled, you will be better prepared to speak with your Sonoma County fencing company. Then you can take full advantage of the conversation with the Sonoma County fencing company and focus on your specific needs, instead of spending lots of time trying to figure out what those needs are. It might help to draw up a list of questions to ask yourself. Some of those questions might include the following.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified fencing contractor that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I have any concerns about where I plan to put the fence? Am I concerned about my property line, about local codes, or about my home owners' association?
  • Are there any materials I am particularly attracted to? Do I like the look of wood or aluminum?
  • Do I have a pool that I need to enclose?
  • Is security something I need from the fence, or am I just looking for a perimeter fence?
  • Are there any special requirements about my property - is it especially hilly?
  • What kinds of gates do I think I need for my fence?
  • Do I want to repair or replace an existing fence? Or do I want a new fence?
  • Am I considering vinyl as a possible option for my fence? Do I have any concerns about my situation and the strength of a vinyl fence?
  • Do I want a permanent fence or am I looking for a temporary fence, for example, for grazing some livestock?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Ask Sonoma County Fence Companies Some Questions on the Phone

A phone call could help you land the ideal Sonoma County fence company. Whether you are in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Sonoma, or Cloverdale, the phone can save you traveling around to different shops. The phone allows you to evaluate the fencing company's customer service. It also allows you to uncover the different services offered - maybe you want skilled designers for a unique fence design. Also, some fencing companies specialize in specific materials, so it's good to find that out first thing....

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A phone call could help you land the ideal Sonoma County fence company. Whether you are in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Sonoma, or Cloverdale, the phone can save you traveling around to different shops. The phone allows you to evaluate the fencing company's customer service. It also allows you to uncover the different services offered - maybe you want skilled designers for a unique fence design. Also, some fencing companies specialize in specific materials, so it's good to find that out first thing. You might want to prepare a list of questions so that you can easily compare the answers.

  • Has your Sonoma County fencing company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • How long has your company been building fences?
  • Do you take responsibility for meeting any local codes or requirements?
  • Do you build fences in the material I like? Wood, aluminum, vinyl, chain link?
  • Will you install a fence from supplies I have already bought?
  • I need to fence in a pool. Can you tell me if California has any specific requirements for that?
  • Can you help me design a fence or are do you sell only pre-fabricated fence sections?
  • Are you familiar with the local requirements or codes for fence building? Do you know of any particular requirements for my specific location
  • Can you tell me the benefits and drawbacks of the different fencing materials that you carry?
  • What other work do you do besides fences? Do you primarily focus on fences?
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What to Ask in Person
Ask a Sonoma County Fence Company Some Questions Personally
Photo: Arbor Fencing, Inc. (2013)

You and your Sonoma County fence company representative may never meet in person or may have many design sessions - it all depends on you and the project. In some cases, you may use the phone or Internet to deal with all the questions. Sometimes the fence company will come to your property to do an estimate, or to help with the design process. If the fencing company is installing the fence, it's more likely that they will come to do the measuring and estimating....

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You and your Sonoma County fence company representative may never meet in person or may have many design sessions - it all depends on you and the project. In some cases, you may use the phone or Internet to deal with all the questions. Sometimes the fence company will come to your property to do an estimate, or to help with the design process. If the fencing company is installing the fence, it's more likely that they will come to do the measuring and estimating. If you do meet your fence company representative in person in Sonoma County, whether in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, or Sonoma, you can ask more detailed questions. Some of those questions might include the following.

  • How deep do you plan to sink the posts?
  • Since you are replacing the fence, will you dig out all the old posts and replace them? Or will you simply cut some of them down so they no longer appear above ground?
  • What kind of gate would you recommend for entering my driveway through this fence?
  • I really like this tree. Do you think it needs to be trimmed back before you can work on the fence?
  • How will you handle the intersection of the building you see and the fence?
  • How can you help me keep my dog inside the fence? He is a digger.
  • I really like wood, but now that you see the site, do you have any reason to recommend a different material for the fence?
  • Can I run electric fencing around this existing fence?
  • Can you tell me the benefits and deficits of the different fencing materials that you carry?
  • Do I need to take the art down from the fence before you remove it, or will you handle that?
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What to Ask References
Questions for References of Local Fence Contractors in Sonoma County

It's best to choose a Diamond Certified fence company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a fence company in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It's best to choose a Diamond Certified fence company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a fence company in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified fence company within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your fence company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the fence company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  • Did materials arrive promptly, or were there big delays in getting what you needed?
  • Why did you install a fence - for security, to mark the perimeter, to guard a pool?
  • What material was your fence made of? Wood, chain link, vinyl, aluminum?
  • Did your landscape have any special problems, like really steep hills? Were those handled satisfactorily?
  • How did the installation go? Were the workers punctual and did the work get finished in a timely manner?
  • How long have you had your fence? Have you noticed any problems with it, or anything you would change now that you've had it for a while?
  • If you designed a custom fence, did it meet your expectations? Did the execution match your design?
  • Did the fence company seem familiar with California laws and with any codes or restrictions local to your area? How much help did they give you in finding out about any such codes?
  • Were you satisfied with the fence company's work? Why or why not?
  • Did you install a gate? If so, what kind of gate? Are you happy with it?
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Review Your Options
Find and Hire a Good Fence Company in Sonoma County
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

Before choosing the best fence company in Sonoma County for you, it's important to consider the following questions....

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Before choosing the best fence company in Sonoma County for you, it's important to consider the following questions.

  • Does the fence company offer design advice or even custom designs, if that is what you want?
  • Does the fence company clearly explain the benefits of the materials that they supply?
  • Is the fence company familiar with and willing to help you meet any local building requirements?
  • Does the fence company offer quality products?
  • Does the company have a focus primarily on fences?
  • Does the fence company install the fence or, if you so desire, offer instructions and help if you choose to install the fence yourself?
  • Does the fence company have experience working in your local area?
  • Is the fence company familiar with California building codes?
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How to Work With
Before You Select a Sonoma County Fence Company

For the best outcome in your search for a Sonoma County fence company, invest just a little time. Think about what you want your fence to do. Is it marking a boundary? Is it a security fence? Is it protecting a pool? Then think about the terrain where the pool will be - does it have any special characteristics that have to be accounted for - like very steep inclines? Does your property in Sonoma County, whether Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Cotati, or Guerneville, have buildings that the fence will have to intersect with?...

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For the best outcome in your search for a Sonoma County fence company, invest just a little time. Think about what you want your fence to do. Is it marking a boundary? Is it a security fence? Is it protecting a pool? Then think about the terrain where the pool will be - does it have any special characteristics that have to be accounted for - like very steep inclines? Does your property in Sonoma County, whether Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Cotati, or Guerneville, have buildings that the fence will have to intersect with? How many gates do you want and where do you want them? About how much land does the fence have to cover, and where will the fence corners lie? Even if you don't have specific answers to all these questions, reviewing them and providing the answers you do have will help the fencing company find the best solutions for your needs. Even knowing the areas where you have more questions will be helpful.

Found, One Sonoma County Fence Company
You have found the ideal Sonoma County fence company for you. Now, you can decide how involved you want to be with fence building. If you want a custom design, you will have to work closely with your fence company until it is complete. Even if you are using pre-fabricated fence sections, you will have to choose your design and materials. No matter how involved you choose to be, you will probably have to sign off on a final fence design. When the fence is installed, most companies don't ask that you be physically present, unless you wish to be.

Make the Task go More Easily for the Sonoma County Fence Company
A little bit of care on your part can make your Sonoma County fence project run smoothly. First, if you have any doubts at all about a property line, get it resolved before the fence installation begins. Also, find out about local codes and restrictions from bodies like a homeowners' association well in advance of any construction. If there are trees or brush in the way of the fence, get it cleared or trimmed back before the job starts. If you have a neighbor, let the neighbor know that you are having work done on the wall. This allows them to secure pets or remove items from an existing fence before a new fence is installed.

If you have anything installed on an existing fence, remove it and store it until after the new fence is completed. Make yourself available to respond if problems come up and the plans must be altered. You should be readily reachable to answer any questions. These few steps will help the job go smoothly, whether in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Sebastopol, or Guerneville.

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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be a Good Fence Company Customer?

It's the fence company's responsibility put in quality fences using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your fence company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County fence company....

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It's the fence company's responsibility put in quality fences using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your fence company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County fence company.

  • Be clear and upfront with the fence company. Let them know what you want from your Fences, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a fence company in Sonoma County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the fence company representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local fence companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your fence company if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're installing fences. The work will move along more smoothly if your Fences can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the fence company on schedule.
  • Pay for the fence company work promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Fence companies in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Verify the Sonoma County Fence Company's Work Against the Invoice

A detailed, written contract or invoice must be in place between you and your Sonoma County fence company before the fence installation starts. The document should be detailed enough so that you can identify the cost of materials and the cost of labor. The document should also clearly state timeframes in which work should be accomplished....

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A detailed, written contract or invoice must be in place between you and your Sonoma County fence company before the fence installation starts. The document should be detailed enough so that you can identify the cost of materials and the cost of labor. The document should also clearly state timeframes in which work should be accomplished.

As materials are delivered to your Sonoma County home in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Windsor, Cloverdale, Sonoma, or Guerneville, check that the proper materials are delivered. Check that the fence is installed according to the design. Check that the work is completed as the document specifies.

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Written Warranties
Ask Your Fencing Company for All Applicable Warranties in Writing
Photo: Guy's Fencing, Inc. (2013)

You should expect to get warranties for both the materials and the labor used to make your Sonoma County fence.

Many fencing material manufacturers provide warranties for the fencing supplies. Some even offer a lifetime warranty. Find out what this product warranty means - are there any exclusions under which the warranty is not valid?

Your Sonoma County fence company typically also provides a guarantee on the workmanship for the fence installation. Often, this warranty on workmanship applies for one year....

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You should expect to get warranties for both the materials and the labor used to make your Sonoma County fence.

Many fencing material manufacturers provide warranties for the fencing supplies. Some even offer a lifetime warranty. Find out what this product warranty means - are there any exclusions under which the warranty is not valid?

Your Sonoma County fence company typically also provides a guarantee on the workmanship for the fence installation. Often, this warranty on workmanship applies for one year.

There are other laws in California that protect you for a longer time. If the work done by a contractor causes physical harm to someone, for example, there is virtually no time restriction on filing suit. Other laws do apply time constraints, for example, on discovering defects in workmanship.

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Common Types of Fences Installed by Sonoma County Fencing Companies

Many Sonoma County owners find peace and security behind a fence. They are safely behind the fence, and the rest of the world is kept out. Fences can also improve the looks of a property in Sonoma, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, or Cotati. Fences keep our animals in and our plants protected. Fences are both useful and decorative, and Sonoma County home and business owners look to fence companies for a variety of reasons....

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Many Sonoma County owners find peace and security behind a fence. They are safely behind the fence, and the rest of the world is kept out. Fences can also improve the looks of a property in Sonoma, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, or Cotati. Fences keep our animals in and our plants protected. Fences are both useful and decorative, and Sonoma County home and business owners look to fence companies for a variety of reasons.

Custom Fence Installation
You can get pre-built panels or sections of fence to install between posts. And many fencing contractors offer standard fences for installation. But top fencing contractors can work with you on a design, possibly from a sketch of your own, to make the specific fence that you want.

Electric Fence
Electric fences are fences that include some method of discharging an electrical current. Usually, an electric charger is used in combination with a wire that runs around the inside of the fence. After the livestock are shocked once or twice, they tend to not try to escape through the fence.

New Gate
When fences go up, you need a way to get in and out. Sometimes, a simple swing, or hinged gate, is installed. Over time, the homeowner may want to update the look of the fence and so will install a new gate to allow access to the property.

Ornamental Fences
The ornamental fence is installed to improve the looks of a property. It is often cast iron or made to look like cast iron.

Replace Fence
Fences do have a lifespan, even if some materials can span generations. One of the most common requests is to replace an existing fence. You should know that usually when an existing fence is replaced, it is put in exactly the same spot as the old one, unless you request something different. So if you have any doubts about the fence's location, you should resolve them before designing the installation of the new fence.

Privacy Fences in Sonoma County
Often, homeowners do not want to feel that their neighbors are overlooking them or that they are peering unwittingly into their neighbor's yard. But close living quarters can make it difficult to avoid proximity to neighbors. In these cases, a privacy fence may be installed. A privacy fence is often on the tall side, and the boards that make up the fence are placed very close together or overlapping so that you cannot easily see between the fence boards and into the neighbor's yard - nor can they see you.

Temporary Fence
Temporary fences are often used to guard livestock. For example, if you want to restrict grazing to a certain area for a limited amount of time, you can construct a temporary fence to force livestock to graze in that particular area.

New Fence
A new permanent fence can be installed for a number of reasons. Perhaps a new buyer wishes to mark the boundaries of his or her land. Or a homeowners' association may decide to build fences between the plots in its community. Or a landowner may find new uses for his or her land and want to fence part of it off. There are many reasons for installing a brand new fence. Just be sure to check the property lines so that any fences do not intrude on others' property.

Fence Design Services in Sonoma County
Fence design runs from the straightforward to the fairly complex, depending on the project. A simple fence on level land can be pretty easy to build. If the land has significant slopes and inclines, you must design a fence to suit the landscape, using raking or stair-stepping to accommodate changes in the terrain's grade. You must also take you materials into account - for example, there is a limit on how far chain link should be stretched between posts so that it retains its strength and stability. Fence design can be as detailed as needing to know the types of posts - corner posts, end posts, terminal posts, - that you need to order.

Repair Fence
Depending on the materials and practices used to build a fence, a fence may deteriorate over time, and it may require repair in specific sections. Most fences can be repaired section by section, without having to replace the entire fence, unless the entire fence is compromised.

Top Brand Requests for Sonoma County Fencing Companies
In working with your Sonoma County fence company, you decide whether you want products or a full-service shop. When it comes fencing products, wood, aluminum, and vinyl are few of your options. Your house in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Cotati, or Sebastopol may benefit from fencing built out of any of these materials. Some of the leading manufacturers of some types of fencing material are listed below.

Ultra Fencing and Railing
Ultra offers aluminum fencing and railings, backed by a lifetime warranty.

Jerith
Jerith makes aluminum fencing, including a new, screw-less system.

Gilpin Inc.
Gilpin has been in business for over 70 years, offering aluminum fencing, as well as steel fences. Their products can be used for security, pool, and perimeter fencing.

Specrail
Specrail has been offering aluminum fences for almost 50 years. Its fences are appropriate for pets, pools, perimeters, and security.

Delgard Aluminum Fence
Delgard has been one of the top U.S. manufacturers of aluminum fencing for decades. It fences work for security, perimeter, pool, and pet fencing installations.

Illusions Vinyl Fence
Illusions offers vinyl fencing in colors and in wood grain.

Digger Specialties, Inc. (DSI)
DSI makes aluminum and vinyl fencing and railings, as well as stone and aluminum columns.

OnGuard Fence Systems
OnGuard makes aluminum fences that can be used for security fencing, perimeter fencing, pet fencing, residential ornamental fencing, and pool fencing.

Kroy by PlyGem
Kroy offers vinyl fencing, railing, and other outdoor structures, like such as outdoor roofs to cover patios and cast shade. The company offers three different lines, the Classic, Performance, and Elegance lines.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified fence companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the fence company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified fence companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the fence company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Techniques to Prevent and Resolve Conflict with Sonoma County Fence Companies
The first step in stopping and resolving any conflicts between you and your Sonoma County fence company should be the written contract. The contract should be detailed enough to offer resolution. If you cannot resolve any disputes, even after consulting the contract, there are a few paths you can use to seek remedy. If you worked with a fencing contractor to get the fence installed, you can file a complaint at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) on their Web site.

Be aware that if you want your money back, you will probably have to go to small claims court. The CSLB does issue citations and fines, and it may even order a company to finish work on a project or pay for another company to complete the project, but the CSLB does not focus on restitution, or getting money back. If your dispute is over the materials delivered for you to install your own fence, you can report the company to the Better Business Bureau, as well as filing a claim in small claims court.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Fence Building and Fence Installation Terms
Tall wood fences and privacy fences are commonly installed in residential areas.
A long, tall fence provides security and privacy in this backyard. Photo: C & J Fencing (2012)

Fences might seem pretty straightforward, but as in most construction cases, the more involved you get, the more new territory you will find. As you speak with your fencing contractor, you may hear some unfamiliar words. Not to worry, using the glossary below, you can easily figure out what your contractor is talking about.

If the glossary doesn't cover every term your contractor uses, simply ask for clarification....

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Fences might seem pretty straightforward, but as in most construction cases, the more involved you get, the more new territory you will find. As you speak with your fencing contractor, you may hear some unfamiliar words. Not to worry, using the glossary below, you can easily figure out what your contractor is talking about.

If the glossary doesn't cover every term your contractor uses, simply ask for clarification.

blank post
A blank post is a post that has no holes pre-drilled into it. A blank post is often used as the post where the gate latch is installed. Gates may not have sections of the fence attached to them, so they don't need a post with holes. A blank post is sometimes ordered if you need to drill a custom set of holes.

corner post
A post that is used where two sections of a fence meet at about a 90 degree angle. The corner post typically has two adjacent sides that are pre-drilled for nails.

electric fence
A fence that has an electric current run through it. It is most often used for livestock or other animals.

end post
The end post marks the termination of a line of fence. It comes with holes pre-drilled in only one side. Often, the post adjacent to a gate is an end post, since the gate does not connect to sections of the fence.

fence tie
In a chain link fence, the devices used to attach the chain link to the fence posts.

galvanized
Refers to covering a material with zinc so that the material does not corrode. In fencing materials, typically steel nails or screws are galvanized.

gate
A structure that allows for passage through a fence.

grade
The height of the earth or the fence. If the ground has a level grade, then it is flat. Grade also refers to the bottom of the fence. When a fence follows a hill, the fence's grade may not be exactly level or equal at all parts of the fence.

impact modifiers
Typically used with vinyl fencing. Vinyl fences must be flexible enough to bend on impact but strong enough to withstand heat and time without sagging. Vinyl fences sometimes have steel inserts, or impact modifiers, to maintain stability and strength.

lattice fencing
A fencing design in which lengths of wood are crossed over each other to form a pattern. Often used in cedar fencing.

line of fence
Refers to an unbroken stretch of fence, with no gates or openings. A line of fencing will change if significant changes in the earth's grading force it to change.

line post
Any post that falls within the line of fence but is not a terminal post.

picket
A structural element of a fence, the picket is the vertical element of the fence. It may be attached to rails.

Also known as: fence boards

post
A structural element of a fence. Posts are sturdy vertical element that hold the sections of the fence together. While pickets, or fence boards, may make up the sections of the fence, the posts mark the beginning and ends of the sections.

Also known as: fence posts, sunken posts

post and rail
A common fence design, it consists of vertical structural elements called posts that hold up horizontal structural elements called rails.

post cap
An ornamental element that is placed on top of a cap to serve as decoration.

post driver
A tool that can help push the fence posts into the ground.

privacy fence
A fence in which the pickets, or fence boards, that make up the vertical elements of the fence are closely spaced so that it is difficult to see anything through the fence. Taller fences may also be privacy fences.

raking
Raking a fence refers to how a fence section is mounted between posts on a slope or incline. The section of fence is stretched into a parallelogram, so that the top and bottom rails of the section are not level, but the pickets in the section of fence are vertical, and the posts are plumb.

Also known as: racking

rail
A rail is a structural element of a fence that runs horizontally. The rail is sometimes used for attaching the fence boards to the fence, but there are also fences that consist only of rails and posts.

Also known as: split-rail fence

rail spacing
The distance between the rails on a fence.

rolling gate
A rolling gate has one wheel on the front of the gate where it latches, and other wheels carry the back end of the gate. Since the gate sits in part on the front-end wheel, the surface must be concrete, asphalt, or otherwise firm and level. The rolling gate is not very suitable where ice and snow are common. It is more expensive than a swing gate, typically, but less than a cantilevered gate.

section of fence
A section of fence is that part that is between any two posts. You can buy panels that serve as sections of a fence.

Also known as: fence panels

single swing gate
A gate with a single leaf, or side. Typically refers to a hinged gate.

Also known as: walk gate, man gate

stair stepping
A technique for installing a fence when the ground is severely sloped or inclined. In this technique, each section of the fence is installed higher or lower than the adjacent section, so that each section of the fence looks like a stair in a staircase.

terminal
The post that marks the beginning or ending of a line of fence.

Also known as: corner post, end post, stair-step post, gate post

titanium dioxide
A chemical used in some vinyl fencing, it acts as both a bleaching agent and as a means to protect against sun damage.

V-groove rolling gate
Refers to a type of gate that has a roller on it. The roller follows along a track that has been mounted in the driveway. Because the track and roller can get fouled, this style is not popular where there is a lot of snow and ice.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Fence Builders and Fence Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified fence company? ...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified fence company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a fence company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only fence companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified fence company.

Q: Can I install a new fence by myself?

A: Yes, of course you can install a fence by yourself. There are shops online and shops with brick and mortar locations that will sell you everything you need to build a fence. Many sources, including the online shops, will provide installation instructions, CAD drawings, videos, and other instructional material to help you install a fence that serves its purpose and lasts a long time. If you are comfortable with the work and skills required, by all means, you should install the fence by yourself.

Do be aware of any regulations that your city, region, or neighborhood has in place. Find out if you need a permit, and familiarize yourself with the state laws. You will also want to check with the utilities company before digging any holes for the posts.

Q: Does my neighbor have to contribute to the new fence costs?
A: In California, there is a good neighbor fence law. In essence, the law says that both parties must share the cost of maintaining a fence, unless one of the parties decides to allow his land to remain unfenced. If that same party later decides to fence in his or her land, that party must contribute proportionately to the cost of the shared fence.

Q: Can I order my fencing supplies online?
A: Yes, there are many fencing companies online. They will often help you design your fence as well, with tips and guides on designing and installing the fence. Many also accept calls to help lines to help you figure out how to build your fence. If you do plan to buy your supplies online, you will have to do a bit more research so you know exactly what equipment you need - how many posts, how many panels, what kinds of posts, etc.

If you plan to order supplies online and have someone else install them, check with your contractor first. Many contractors will not install material they did not order.

Q: How can I stop my dog from digging under my new fence?
A: You have a couple of options if you have a dog that likes to dig under the fence. One option is to install kickboards. Most fences, especially wooden fences, are not placed directly on the ground. There is a gap that is designed to protect the fence from insects and rot. However, if you need to plug that gap so the dog does not dig, you can install a kickboard. A kickboard is a piece of treated wood that goes along the bottom of the fence, bridging the gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground. A kickboard is much easier to replace than an entire fence.

If a fence kickboard does not deter the dog from digging, you can consider a concrete footer, which again would run along the bottom of the fence.

Q: If I have a wood fence, will the color of my fence boards vary?
A: Wood is a natural product, so it is common for the color of fence boards to vary, no matter whether you are choosing cedar, redwood, or any other natural material. You may choose to apply a stain that will make the boards more similar in color.

Q: I am replacing my old fence. Will all the old posts be dug out?
A: When you are replacing a fence, the fence will typically be placed in exactly the same place as the previous fence, unless you request that its location be changed. When a fence is replaced, typically, the terminal posts, the corner posts, and the gate posts will be dug up and replaced in exactly the same spots.

The American Fence Association industry guidelines allow for line posts to be cut so that they are below the grade and then new line posts will be placed at different intervals. You should speak with whoever is helping you design the fence about whether the line posts will be dug out or simply cut down.

Q: What will happen to trees or shrubs that are near the fence?
A: If you have trees or shrubs that will interfere with the fence, it is best that you have them trimmed before the fence is installed. Either you or a trained gardener will have the necessary knowledge to prune appropriately. If you do not trim the trees or shrubs, some fencing contractors will clear them for an extra cost, but possibly at the risk of damaging the plant's long term prospects. If you have trees or shrubs that are near the fence and of particular concern to you, you should discuss the issue with your fencing contractor.

Q: I see "good neighbor" fences advertised. What exactly does that mean?
A: If you look at examples of so-called "good neighbor" fences, you will see that they are essentially fences that look good from either side. That way, neither neighbor is looking at the less pleasing side of a fence.

Q: Will the fence follow my property line?
A: Essentially, it is your responsibility to know your property line. If you don't know your property lines, you should enlist a surveying company to help you identify them. A fencing company typically takes responsibility only for the fence design, and the installation, if they are installing it. Complying with local codes, the regulations of your home owners' association, conforming to required setbacks, are often your responsibility, although the more reputable fencing companies may help you with some knowledge of local requirements and codes. The fencing company should be aware of California state codes.

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Consumer Agencies
Fence Builder Associations and Consumer Agencies About Fence Companies

American Fence Association (AFA) (www.americanfenceassociation.com)
American Public Works Association (APWA) (www.apwa.net)
American Subcontractors Association (ASA) (www.asaonline.com)
American Society For Industrial Security (ASIS) (www.asisonline.org)...

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American Fence Association (AFA) (www.americanfenceassociation.com)
American Public Works Association (APWA) (www.apwa.net)
American Subcontractors Association (ASA) (www.asaonline.com)
American Society For Industrial Security (ASIS) (www.asisonline.org)

American Welding Society (AWS) (www.aws.org)
Better Business Bureau (BBB) (www.bbb.com)
California Fence Contractors Association (CFCA) (www.americanfenceassociation.com)
Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) (www.chainlinkinfo.org)
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (www.cslb.ca.gov)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) (www.fmanet.org)
North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE) (www.ncbeonline.com)
National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) (www.nomma.org)

 

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