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Fence Installation FAQs

Our Process and Other Fence Installation Questions & Answers

Our Installation Process

  • In a word “yes” most every fence project requires that a permit be applied for through the appropriate municipality. This is true even when replacing an old fence with the same materials. In some cases repairs would be exempt but by and large permits are required. We have a full time permit coordinator and will pull all necessary permits for you.

  • Permits are for the homeowner’s protection. If a contractor does not have a license in good standing or insurance, they will not be able to pull the necessary permits. If a contractor tells you they can install your fence without a permit, this should be a red flag. Permits will help ensure that all easement releases are in place, property lines are respected and that your fence is installed to proper codes. It is an extra expense, but one that will protect you as a homeowner in the long run.

  • This really depends on how long it takes to get your permit approved. Permits have to go through a lot of channels from zoning to the building departments and even through the fire department. Typically, it takes 2 to 4 weeks for us to get the appropriate easement approvals and permits. After approval we will then be able to give a tentative installation week. Keep in mind that weather and construction delays can change the schedule on a day-to-day basis, and we will do our best to inform you of those changes.

  • Unfortunately, wood is a natural product and will react to changes in weather, particularly humidity. When installing your fence, we will not install any materials that are split, warped or otherwise compromised. That being said a picket or post can actually warp overnight and there is no way to predict how each piece of lumber is going to react once installed. We are happy to replace these pieces, but they are not covered under any sort of warranty, and we will need to charge a fee to send a repair tech out. This is not unique to just XL Fencing, most all fence companies have language to this effect somewhere in their contract.

  • We are required by law to call Sunshine 811 prior to digging any holes for your fence. Unfortunately, this is not a 100% full proof way of avoiding underground utility lines. There is a two-foot margin of error from each line that is marked. We do hand dig all of our post holes in an effort minimize the risk of hitting a utility line, but breakages can and still do happen from time to time. We are not responsible for damaged utility line; our crews are required to leave the hole exposed and inform you of the damage so you can arrange for the repair. This too is not unique to XL Fencing; all fence contractors have the same language in their contracts stating the same thing. As for sprinkler lines, these are never marked and is impossible to know where the lines are running. Again, should we hit a line the crew will inform you of the damage so you can arrange for repair.

  • Great question, no we do not remove the old concrete unless in conflicts with the installation of a new post. We would need heavy equipment in order to remove all the old concrete. This would add significantly to your cost and potentiality damage your yard unnecessarily. Our crews will cut the old post below grade and cover them with dirt. Again, all fence companies operate this way.

  • No, our crews are to spread the dirt along the new fence line and rake it out to be absorbed back into your yard. We are charged by the weight at the dump, and this would add a significant cost to your fence project. In some case the HOA or municipality requires that the excess dirt be hauled off, if this is the case, we have a $15.00/hole charge for this to cover the labor and extra expense of dumping this material. Once again this is how most all fence companies operate and is not unique to XL Fencing.

  • No, this is the responsibility of the homeowners, we will however, provide you with whatever documentation needed to obtain your approval. This usually includes a marked survey and proof of license and insurance.

  • Yes, we will need the homeowner to clear the fence line of any landscaping, trees, pavers, decorations, or any other obstacles on the fence line. We typically need about 2 feet of clearance on both sides of the new fence for a proper installation. If we show up to install and are unable due to obstructions, we will need to charge a $250.00 false start fee as that day will be lost for our crews. This is something that we desperately want to avoid, so please let us know if you have any questions regarding the fence line

  • Permit cost vary from municipality to municipality, this is why we find it more fair to the homeowner to charge for the permit on the final invoice at actual costs from their municipality.

  • Yes, we will need a survey to apply for a permit, this is true for every municipality in Florida. Typically, surveys are done at the time of closing on your house. If you do not have a survey, we can recommend a surveying company that can produce one. This is not our rule, but unfortunately, we cannot obtain a permit without a proper boundary survey.

  • Typically fencing that has open spaces for airflow will hold up better for high wind loads. However, if the storm is strong enough no fence is immune to damage from a hurricane. Keep in mind that flying debris will damage any fence regardless of the material. There are no warranties expressed or implied when it comes to hurricanes or other “acts of god” for any fence material.

  • Without the proper insurance and license a contractor cannot pull permits for your fence project. We realize that permitting adds cost and time to your project, but they are intended for your protection. Should someone doing work in your yard get injured they will look to sue your insurance for damages. We have all heard the horror stories, especially in South Florida. Please make sure that anyone you hire to work on you house is insured and licensed. The lack of these two things may also account for the difference in price you are seeing, but is it worth the risk and peace of mind?

  • Many of our products including PVC, aluminum and chain link are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. Wood fencing is typically the only material not covered under any warranty due to it being a natural product. We pride ourselves on using only the industry leaders for our fence materials.

  • Yes, in some cases the HOA of your municipality will require that you landscape certain parts of your new fence. Every situation is different, and we will inform you of the requirements during the permitting process.

  • We typically require 50% down upon contract signatures to secure materials and start the permitting process. The balance is then due at completion of your project.

  • Unless you put in a baby fence or enclose your pool you will need a fence to pass code. Our design consultants are well versed in local pool codes and can give you advice on what fence style will meet pool code requirements.

  • Yes, we do! We warranty our work for a period of one year from completion. Should a gate need adjusting or if something was installed incorrectly, we will be happy to send our repair tech out to correct it. This warranty does not include damage caused my misuse or mother nature, it also does not cover warping, splitting, checking or cracking of any wood material. Wood is a natural product and responds differently to any environment.

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