1. What are the standard gauges of chain link and mesh and what size is right for me?
Answer: The standard chain link fence is size 11 gauge with a 2" mesh. The important thing is to know whether this is "GBW" (galvanized before weaving) or "GAW" (galvanized after weaving). GBW is not as strong and has a duller finish. GAW is shiny, stronger and more durable. Either will probably work well for most applications, however if you have a Rotweiler or similar large animal you should go to a 9 gauge GAW to insure the dog cannot defeat it. Chain link does come in smaller gauges and sizes for those situations that don't require the extra strength.
2. What are the city and county requirements for fences and gates.
Answer: Each city and county has different requirements and some do not allow chain link for property line fences, but in general the following rules apply:
A: Property line fences can be up to 6 feet high from front edge of house to back of property. Anything in front of the house to the street may require a maximum of a 3 foot height. CC and R's (local housing association rules may also apply to your neighborhood)
B: The depth of posts are set 1/3 of height of fence minimum. (A 6 foot fence requires at least a 2 foot deep post.)
C: Barb wire is not usually allowed in residential areas.
D: Permits are usually required for all property line fences.
E: Pool fences are always required w/ a minimum of 5' 6" high, automatically closing gates, gate latch above 5', the spacing between bars no greater than 4", nothing on or near fence that can be used by kids to step or climb on, corner posts a maximum of 2" to nearest bar and no closer than 4 feet from the pool. Check your city and/or county to make sure your pool fence meets all of their standards.
F: Gates are not allowed to swing into public areas normally, such as the street or sidewalk.
G: To move a property line fence w/o proper authority is a federal offense. If the property marker cannot be located a licensed surveyor may be required
H: If neighbors agree and a property line fence is to be replaced, it will be installed as close as possible to its original location.
I: Beach cities and cities, counties having special needs or issues may have other requirements such as flood zones, snow, hillsides, etc. Please check with your city, county, homeowner's association to make sure your fence doesn't violate any codes.
3. I work all day and no one is home. Can you install my fence or gate if I am not there?
Answer: Yes, as long as there is available power and water and access to location. All animals must be secured. Contracter must have a way to contact homeowner.
4. What happens if there is a cost over-run?
Answer: There will not be any additional costs to the owner unless they have been agreed to and signed for in advance.
5. How many styles of wood fences are there?
Answer: As many as your imagination will allow actually but generally the following styles cover most fences:
Tongue and Groove, Ridge and Valley, Hill and Dale, Picket, Split Rail, Dog Ear, Various Panel Fences, (Alternating Panel-Good Neighbor), Scallop, Lattice Top, Square, Chevron, Shadow Board, T111, Etc., Glenn can install any style that you like and can help you with your choice.
6. How many styles of wrought iron fences are there?
Answer: If you can think it, Glenn can build it!
7. How can I keep my dog from eating my fence?
Answer: Spray Clorax or Bleach on fence. Pet stores also have some pet repellents that might work.
8. How can I keep my dog or cat from digging under the fence?
Answer: A cement (concrete) mow strip can be built (poured) directly under the fence. Chain link can sometimes be buried in the ground to prevent digging. Some have had success with "electrified wire near bottom of inside of fence".
9. Does All Built Fence Company work week-ends?
Answer: Yes, for special situations. Glenn will assess these on an individual basis.
10. Can I put an a power opener on any gate?
Answer: Theoretically yes, but there must be room for the opener and wrought iron is the best medium to use if this option is desired.
11. How long will my fence last?
Answer: All fences require some type of maintenance. Wood fences last much longer if painted when needed. Chain link fences have little or no maintenance, especially if a good grade and GAW is selected. Wrought Iron will rust if not painted regularly. Different climates will affect how often this painting will be required. A well built and maintained fence should last up to 20 years.
12. What State Agency governs the licensing of fencing contractors?
Answer: CSLB (California State License Board) All California businesses are also governed by the "B&P" (Business and Professions Code)
Answer: Yes, and the fees for the removal and dumping of any material hauled away will be fully disclosed and included in the contract and quote given.
Comment: There are many unlicensed "contractors" that will advertise for low rates and a quick job. Hiring them can turn into a nightmare for you and you might wind up paying far more to get things done right. All Built Fence Company is fully bonded and licensed yet we still will give you a great rate on your gate or fence and you can be confident it will be a job "well done!" Feel free to give us a call if you have any more questions.