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Three Questions To Ask Your Commercial Fence Contractor

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When you own a business, having the right fence installed around your property can either improve the look of the space or increase your security. In either case, it's beneficial to seek out a couple of commercial fence contractors to determine which company will best suit your needs. Although the cost estimate of the job is important, don't let this be the only criteria you use to decide which company you'll hire. You can often get a sense of each company by talking about the fence you want to have built and making sure to cover several topics related to it. Here are three subjects to bring up.

Screws Vs. Nails

It's useful to ascertain the hardware that the fencing contractor will be using to erect your fence if it's made of wood. Reputable fencing companies will always use screws -- doing so takes longer than using nails, but gives you a stronger result than nails. This is especially true if you're using pressure-treated wood, which can often warp a little over time. This warping can loosen nails but is unlikely to have an impact on screws. Unscrupulous contractors might favor nails because they're quick to put into place with an air nailer, but screws will give you a superior product.


You never want to have a job started without the proper paperwork, as a city inspector could show up and put a quick halt to everything. As such, it's important to discuss the need for permits and how they'll be obtained. Reputable fencing companies will often pull the necessary permits for their work on their customers' behalf. This is ideal for business owners because you likely don't have time in your day to navigate your city's permits department and determine the right paperwork for the job. Make sure the contractor knows which permit is required for your fence and that he or she will have the permit in-hand before the job begins.


Although you won't want to think about any potential future problems with your fence, it's smart to consider them now -- and to ask about the company's warranty policy. Because fencing components can possibly fail due to mechanic defects or excessive warping, the warranty should always cover the parts for the job. Be sure, too, that the warranty covers the labor. This means that if there's an issue with your fence, the contractor will return to fix it and there won't be any fee for you.

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