Anticipate Your Fence Installation

When planning your outdoor living space it is easy to be caught up in all of the amenities that you have planned for your landscape design.  Where is the playhouse going to be located?  What about the trampoline, jungle gym on the bark bed, or the sports court? Where is your fire pit and entertainment space going to be located?  Trees, shrubs and flower beds are carefully planned for their location and the shade or color they will provide.   Often times, however, the consideration for the fence is either assumed or simply forgotten until as a last resort it must be installed with urgency and not coordinated properly with other landscaping features.

 

It is important to consider where all buried utility lines are located to service your home and personal utility lines that will service outdoor living spaces, as well.   Make sure that those lines do not conflict with the location of your fence, pergola or deck structures.  It is a simple matter of physics that two entities of mass cannot occupy the same space.  When the fence is installed, it is not uncommon for sprinkler lines that are too close to the property line, or gas lines from the house to service outdoor fire pits to both be struck and broken by digging to set fence posts.  This can be avoided by simply planning out buried lines of any kind to not conflict with structures, like fences or pergolas that will be installed at a later time.   Avoiding these conflicts will save you time and money by simply planning appropriately.

Call CFC Fences and Decks in Provo or Fence and Deck Supply in Salt Lake City.

Both locations offer contractor and public material sales.

Estimates are always free and without obligation.

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Does a Fence Add to the Value of Your Home?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you need to sweeten the deal. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your chances of selling your home with an added value?
Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. For some the monetary value of a fence may not be the attraction, but rather the privacy and decorative benefits that a fence adds to the appearance of the yard.
A cheap or quickly thrown together fence may not bring the expected added value to a home. For this reason it is important to research the different styles of fencing along with their material costs.
When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.Lattice Cedar Fence

Valley Mental Health Fence Installation

Valley Mental Health

CFC Fences & Decks has teamed up with Valley Mental Health to build a wood fence at the Tooele, Utah facility. A fence was needed to partition the property lines between the Valley Mental Health facility and a vacant lot next door. The property line stretches 440’ in length and the wood fence style chosen for the project was Canyon Winds. This type of fence consists of 6×6 posts, 2×6 rails, 1×6 trim, and 1×6 slats that provides a privacy fence that will be durable for years to come.

Valley Mental Health provides services for all ages of individuals who are experiencing serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders and behavior problems. Valley Mental Health mission is to be a leading community partner promoting and providing accessible, quality behavioral and physical healthcare and this is the reason why the Tooele County Commissioners have contracted with Valley Mental Health to provide such a great cause for the community members. CFC Fences & Decks is proud to be a part of the fence building for a company doing a great cause for individuals to receive help to recover from uneasy health problems.

Landform Design

Trex fencing has an innovative design that is popular with landscape architects.

Some of our recurring clients are landscape architects who are looking for innovative products that compliment property themes and designs.  Trex fencing is a natural solution for many of these projects because of its distinct design and low maintenance attributes. Not surprisingly, therefore, landscape architects select Trex fencing as a component of a design package. The added benefits of strength and durability make Trex an easy product to get behind when providing a proposal to a prospective client.

We’re done quite a bit of work for a Salt Lake City based landscape architect firm named Landform Design Group. Their designs often call for Trex fencing and we have done several jobs for them over the years. The principals at the firm have modern sensibilities and prefer to highlight the Winchester Grey color because it weathers to a distinct slate grey hue. We have had the fortune of seeing most of the properties after all of the project elements including fencing have been completed and the results are incredible considering how plain a property often looks before a redesign. Take a look at some of the projects in the company’s portfolio. Our Trex fence installations can be seen on the Froerer, Day, and Raybould projects.

The Final Walk-Through

The Final Walk-Through

On the day the fence is completed, if it is possible, we request the customer meet again with the crew chief and conduct a final walk-through of their fencing project. There are two signatures we request for our paperwork in the office file. First we request the crew chief of the installation crew to conduct his own final walk-through with his crew. Our final walk-through paper work has a check list that our crew chief needs to ensure are completed:

  • All posts are solid, straight and plumb.
  • Excess dirt and spoils have been placed where instructed or disposed of if applicable and as agreed.
  • The fence project site has been cleared of all trash and fencing debris, including tools.
  • Fence lines run smoothly and are cut correctly.
  • All slats and caps are plumb and nailed off properly.
  • Installed product has been inspected for damage or defects.
  • Fence follows contour of the ground with minimal gaps as possible and allowed by grade.
  • All gates are hung as requested, the gates swing properly and the gate hardware is adjusted correctly.

The final walk-through paperwork also requests a dated signature from the customer that includes the following commitments:

  • The customer has duly inspected the project and work site.
  • The contracted work is completed satisfactorily.
  • The terms of the contract have been met.
  • Final payment will be submitted as outlined in the contract.

If there are any concerns regarding the workmanship or product, the best time to address these issues is right then when the crew is still on site with their materials and tools.

In the unlikely event that there are any concerns that cannot be addressed immediately, both the crew chief and the customer should agree on what concerns those are in detail, note those concerns on the final walk-through form where indicated, and the customer sign and date that acknowledgement.

That way, we can address those concerns much more quickly and efficiently and both parties can close the open invoice as expeditiously as possible. 

The Initial Walk-Through

On the date scheduled to begin your fencing project it is requested you take time to meet with the chief of the installation crew. There are several important reasons for the initial walk-through:

  • This is the time to verify again that the style of fence you have chosen and how many sections is what the installers are building. I.e.: considering all details inclusive of verifying color of a TREX® Fence and style of post caps (flat or pyramid), number of sections and discussing possible long sections if it is a Cedar fence.
  • Gate locations must be discussed. The location of each gate and width between gate posts are to be determined by the customer. The direction the gate and swing must also be decided. It can also impact how the gate hardware appears from the outside of the fence.
  • To locate property corner pins and property lines, and absolutely ensure that all posts for the fence line are where the customer wants each one. It matters and is the customers’ decision since it is ultimately their property and fence.
  • To ensure that the fence is not encroaching within any Blue Stakes markings indicating a public utility is in the way. A fence line cannot be placed within 24” of any public utility markings and the customer may need to make some decisions as to the fence line. The customer may also need to discuss with their neighbors the fence line based on the Blue Stakes markings.
  • Actual fence line grade and how the fence will slope or step. Fence height is also discussed. This will include a discussion of gapping under the fence line and how it will be affected by the final grading of the project.
  • Displacement of the excess dirt and other spoils from the post holes. Crews do not remove the spoils from the site without an additional charge, but they can displace the spoils onsite where the customer chooses.
  • Sprinkler systems and heads, their location and the immediate solutions if any lines are split or broken and need repair. A neighbors’ sprinkler system may also need to be discussed if it is too closely located to the agreed fence line location.
  • Removal and disposal of any previous fencing, shrubbery, trees or tree limbs etc.

Sometimes a change order is required due to unexpected and unforeseen conditions that can occur with any fencing project. When this happens the crew will ask the customer to discuss the change order and make all such changes, agreements with the office staff since the crew men are there to do the installation and are not trained on conducting pricing, price changes or estimates.

Once all conditions and fence post locations, details regarding gates, and displacement of post holes spoils etc are all determined and agreed upon; the crew man will ask for a signature on the walk-through paperwork that shows that all above issues have been discussed and agreed and that the crew has authorization to commence their work on your property.

The initial walk through can take from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how many details or questions arise, which varies from each project.

Property Lines

Planning your yard, Fencing—Property Corners and Lines

Property owners who are planning their landscaping are well-served to consider the fence line location compared to the respective property corners and lines. Whether working with a landscaper or Do-it-yourself (DIY), where these lines are located is very important to ensure one property owner is not encroaching on another’s property lines.

The best way to determine property lines is to contract with a surveyor and have the corners of the property marked with accurate property locator pins.

Sometimes neighbors who are sharing a fence line can agree to share in the cost of the survey since both parties are mutually benefited in avoiding any property line disputes that will require future resolution.

Obtaining a plat map from your local County Recorder’s office is also an effective method to ensure there are valid starting points to begin marking property corners and stringing lines for the fence line. Many counties have their public information online and can be accessed from your home or office computer and printed out without having to go in to their offices.

If you have Title Company paperwork from a previous transaction will include a plat map and legal description.

It is always beneficial to speak with and agree with all adjacent neighbors, even if their property is not improved or they do not live locally, on where the fence line is going to be placed.

It is important to note that Blue Stakes does not mark for property corners or property lines.

For assistance in locating property pins and lot measurements, visit your County Assessor and Recorder public website, or contact them directly:

Utah County Assessor
100 E Center Street, Rm 1100
Provo, UT 84606
(801) 851-8295

Salt Lake County Assessor
2001 S State Street, N2300
Salt Lake City, UT 84190
(801) 468-3050

Summit County Assessor
60 North Main
Coalville, UT 84017
(435) 336-3257

Wasatch County Assessor
25 North Main
Heber City, Utah 84032
(435) 657-3221

Other Counties:
It is best to call or visit the assessor’s office for assistance

Mow Strip Details and Recommendations

If you are considering a mow strip under your fence there are some things that you need to be aware of, and that we would recommend.

  • How wide and deep do you want the mow strip – depending on those dimensions the cost will be adjusted.
  • Is the mow strip for edging against the fence line or aesthetics only?
  • What style of fence are you considering – if you want a Trex® or cedar fencing one thing to be aware of, is that those styles of fence posts will expand and contract – therefore cracking and eventually breaking the mow strip. (See recommended diagram) We recommend that the mow strip be no wider than the post – if using Trex® or Cedar.

Mow Strip DiagramCFC Fences and Decks will install a basic (See attached diagram) mow strip for our customers. If there is something more custom (depth, width, or stamped concrete) we have concrete masons that we have worked with, that we will gladly pass their information on to potential customers– in order for them to make an informed decision.

Estimator Steve:

 

 

Fence Installation Preparation

Fence Prep Checklist

There are always multiple things to be aware of when doing home improvement projects around your home, namely fences and decks. CFC Fences & Decks has come up with a checklist of things to be aware of.

  1. Discuss your plans with neighbors/others. You will most likely have lines that are shared with neighbors, it’s a good idea to discuss your plans with them prior to installation and work out details such as clearing the line, moving sprinklers, containing animals during the job, etc.
  2. Establishing and clearing the fence line. Ensure that all property pins (corners) are visible and accurately placed. You may need to review property lines with your neighbors and/or contact a surveyor.
  3. Removal of the existing fence. If you are doing the removal of an existing fence, you will need to remove the concrete on all end and corner posts, and any in-line posts that will fall in the locations of the new posts. Complete this 2-3 days in advance to be sure you have enough time.
  4. Sprinklers. All sprinkler heads and buried pipes should be 18+” away from the fence line to avoid damage. If the lines are closer than 18”, you will need to make arrangements to change the layout of the sprinklers. Turn of sprinklers at least 36 hours prior to fence install. This allows the ground to be dry and limits potential damage to existing landscaping.
  5. Grading. Rough grade (level of the ground) should be within 1”-2” of final grade, and should be completed before the fence is installed to ensure there aren’t any unnecessary gaps under the fence.

Being aware of, and following these steps will make the installation of a new fence project run smoothly and with less incidents.

Things to Consider When Starting a Fence Project

Things to Consider When Starting a Fence Project

(From and Estimators Point of View)

 Whether you’re considering the virtues and longevity of Trex® or Simtek®, the openness and elegance of Fortress ® iron (steel), the natural beauty of a upper end Cedar fence, or the economical value of a standard wood fence, you will want to start by asking yourself a few simple questions.

  • What are my property lines – make sure your abutting neighbors are aware of the project, and agree upon the fence line (do you need to have the property surveyed). It is not uncommon for the neighbors that share in the fence line to also share in its cost.
  • Where do you want the fence lines to return to the home – are there windows, window wells, or a door that exits the garage – that you would prefer to have in the back yard for security reasons. Where do you want access points (gates) – is it more practical for a double (drive) gate on one side or the other – do you need a wider walk gate for a riding lawn mower or small equipment – do you want (or need) access to an open area on the back line – and most important what will match my home, the surrounding neighbor hood, and my budget.
  • If there is a grade change or rock wall – how do I want the fence line to traverse those challenges – do I want it to step, or slope naturally with the grade (the Fortress ® iron racks with a grade change so there are not unnecessary gaps) – will there be gaps under the fence if traversing a rock wall.

These are all questions that should be talked about and considered. Also here are some websites to help you review the products – www.trexfencing.com www.simtek.com www.fortressfence.com – make sure you review their warranties while on their sites.

Please give CFC Fences and Decks a call (801-374-6428) for a free estimate and to have one of our estimators help you with some of these questions.