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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a fence company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified fence installer. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated fence contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

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Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Alameda County – Fences CATEGORY

Ona Hennessey is owner of Hennessey’s Construction and Fence, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (925) 335-6933 or by email.

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Ona Hennessey: Building a Livelihood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

BRENTWOOD — Like many working mothers, Ona Hennessey once struggled to maintain a balance between career and family. Eventually, she decided the best solution was to build her own livelihood. “I worked for several years at Sierra Lumber and Fence, where, as manager of the retail department, I handled things like sales and ordering materials,” she recounts. “Being a working mom, I always wished I had a little more flexibility with my job, and by the time I was pregnant with my fifth child, I had put a lot of thought into my professional future. With all the experience I’d acquired working for Sierra, I figured I could go into business for myself, at which point I’d be able to make my own schedule and have the flexibility I needed. So, I got my license while I was on maternity leave, and in 2007, I started my own fence construction business.”

Today, as owner of Hennessey’s Construction and Fence, Ona says her favorite part of her job is helping her customers and community. “I love taking care of people. No matter the size of the job, customer service and satisfaction are always my first priorities. I also like giving back to my community through the business by sponsoring local events and school sports teams.”

A resident of Brentwood, Ona spends her time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “A few of my favorite activities are going to San Francisco Giants games, taking my boat out to the delta and hanging out with friends.” Naturally, as a mother of five, Ona also spends a lot of time with her kids. “My life really revolves around my family. Two of my kids are grown up and three are still at home. Whether we’re on a family vacation or hanging out at home, we just enjoy being together.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Ona says it’s all about serving people. “No job is too big or too small—whatever the customer needs, we’re here to handle it. One day we might be bidding on a huge commercial fencing project; the next, we might be repairing a couple of boards on a fence. Regardless of the situation, we’re all about taking care of people and making a positive impact on our community.”

When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Ona says she’d relocate south of the border. “I would buy a bed and breakfast in Mexico and spend my days sitting on the beach and sailing in my boat. That’s my plan at the moment.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Shirasoni in Brentwood.

Q: Do you have a favorite book?

A: I don’t know about a favorite book, but my favorite writer is Nicholas Sparks, author of “The Notebook.”

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: I collect souvenir magnets from places I’ve been.

Q: What was your first job?

A: I worked at Häagen-Dazs when I was 15.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Definitely Christmas. All my kids come home and we do a lot of baking and cooking, so it’s a really special time.

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3 Signs That it’s Time to Replace Your Fence

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Video: Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Fence

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself When Considering an Alameda County Fencing Company

As you consider adding or replacing a fence on your Alameda County property, ask yourself a few questions. By having a good idea of what you need already settled, you will be better prepared to speak with your Alameda County fencing company. Then you can take full advantage of the conversation with the Alameda 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 company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I want to repair or replace an existing fence? Or do I want a new fence?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
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What To Ask In Person
Ask Your Alameda County Fence Company Some Questions in Person

You may or may not meet your Alameda County fence company representative in person. Sometimes the fence company will come to your property to do an estimate, or to help with the design process. In some cases, you may use the phone or Internet to deal with all the questions. 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 Alameda County, whether in Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro, Hayward, Emeryville, Sunol, or Alameda, you can ask more detailed questions. Some of those questions might include the following.

  • Looking at the land, do you think the slope is very steep? How will you accommodate this steep slope with the fence?
  • 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?
  • How will you handle the intersection of the building you see and the fence?
  • I really like this tree. Do you think it needs to be trimmed back before you can work on the fence?
  • Do I need to take the art down from the fence before you remove it, or will you handle that?
  • How can you help me keep my dog inside the fence? He is a digger.
  • What kind of gate would you recommend for entering my driveway through this fence?
  • 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?
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  • What To Ask References
    Interview References of Local Fence Builders in Alameda 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 Alameda 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.

    • Were you satisfied with the fence company’s work? Why or why not?
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • Did your landscape have any special problems, like really steep hills? Were those handled satisfactorily?
    • Did you install a gate? If so, what kind of gate? Are you happy with it?
    • How did the installation go? Were the workers punctual and did the work get finished in a timely manner?
    • 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?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire a Good Fence Company in Alameda County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    It’s important to consider the following questions before hiring a fence company in Alameda County.

    • Does the fence building company have a focus primarily on fences?
    • Does the fence company offer quality products?
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • Is the fence company familiar with and willing to help you meet any local building requirements?
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  • How To Work With
    Before you Hire an Alameda County Fence Company

    Before you hire an Alameda County fence company, you have to prepare yourself. 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 Alameda County, whether Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro, Berkeley, Hayward, Alameda, Dublin, or Emeryville, 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 be? 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 better assess your needs and offer recommendations.

    Once You’ve Found an Alameda County Fence Company
    Once you’ve found your Alameda County fence company, your involvement can be significant or more limited, depending on what you want. 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, you probably don’t have to be present, unless you want to be.

    Make the Job go More Smoothly for Your Alameda County Fence Company
    You can help make installing your Alameda County fence easier. 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. Be available to answer any questions or respond if problems come up and the plans must be altered. These are a few steps that will help the job go smoothly, whether in Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Alameda, Pleasanton, Emeryville, or Sunol.

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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 an Alameda 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 Alameda 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 Alameda 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
Check Your Alameda County Fence Company's Work Against the Invoice

You should get a written estimate or contract from your Alameda County fence company before the project begins. 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 Alameda County home in Hayward, Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro, Berkeley, Union City, Alameda, Sunol, or Emeryville, check that the proper materials are delivered. Check that the fence is installed according to the design. Verify that the work is completed as specified in the document.

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Written Warranties
Ask Your Alameda County Fence Company for Warranties

Your new fence in Alameda County will probably come with a couple of warranties. 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 Alameda County fence company should also be giving a guarantee on 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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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests Made of Local Fence Builders in Alameda County

Fences give Alameda County homeowners a sense of security. 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 Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Union City, or Newark. Fences keep our animals in and our plants protected. Fences are both useful and decorative, and Alameda County home and business owners look to fence companies for a variety of reasons.

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.

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 Fence
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

Custom Fence
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.

Top Brand Requests
Your Alameda County fence company can offer you fences in a range of materials. Wood, aluminum, and vinyl are few of your options. Your house in Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, San Leandro, Hayward, Newark, Dublin, or Pleasanton 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Fence Building and Fence Installation Terms

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?
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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