Hiring a Contractor

When you set out to build a fence or deck cost becomes a larger factor in what you end up with. If you decided you can afford to do the project there are a few things you will need to do to protect yourself and end up with a quality job you are looking for.

First thing before you start you must decide will you build the project yourself or have a contractor do the work.

If you are going to hire a contractor and do not know one personally you need to follow a few quick steps.

When choosing the contractor you do not already know get references and also call the local supply houses and ask if they know this contractor and the quality of work he does.

Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed in your state and the license is current. He should be able to show you his license. Check the date.

Make sure he has liability insurance and that it is current. His insurance company will be glad to send you a confirmation letter. Ask to be added as an insured on the police. You want to be sure that if an accident does happen on you property you are protected from lawsuits from anyone injured.

Call your local city or county planning office and ask if you will need a permit for the work you want done. If the answer is yes make sure the contractor gets the permit and posts it at the job site incase an inspector stops by to check the job he will want to see the permit.

Following these few steps can save you major and costly headaches later.

 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

 

As fencing contractors we love dogs and disputing neighbors, because when an issue arises the first solution is to get a fence up as quick as possible. We at CFC have seen and have been forced to be the middle man in many neighbor disputes regarding property lines and fence styles.  The saying “good fences make good neighbors” almost seems contradictory.  How can neighbors come together when there is a barrier in between them?

We feel that when boundaries are clear, relationships can better prosper. If you know where you stand, where your property begins and ends, and are free to do on your side as your neighbor is to do on his; it makes for better relationships between people. Nothing can be more contentious between neighbors than a property boundary dispute. Good or strong fences remove the possibility of that contention.

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Estates Fence Gothic Post Caps

The Ranches HOA in Eagle Mountain, Utah 84005 requires a very specific style of fence to be placed throughout the community. There are a few variations of the Estates fence that can be built, but one definite characteristic that resonates with the different styles or variations is the gothic post cap.

The gothic post cap that is required in the Ranches HOA in Eagle Mountain, Utah 84005 is beveled on all four sides at a 33° angle and is routed around the post below that bevel. The following diagram gives accurate direction of how this should be done.

If you are looking into building your fence yourself and need the resources and materials or would like to hire a pro to do the building for you; contact CFC Fences and Decks. https://www.fenceutah.com/

 

TREX HORIZONS HORIZONTAL FENCE SYSTEM

Introduced in the fall of 2015

CFC Fences & Decks was the first to start installing this fence. Trex Horizons has all the advantages of the Trex Seclusions fence system with the added contemporary style of the horizontal design.

Powder coated steel framing and interlocking horizontal pickets ensure the strength and integrity expected from a Trex fence without the ongoing maintenance of wood.

One of the first composite horizontal fences of its kind made from recycled wood and plastics that has a full 25 year warranty. This fencing system meets/exceeds the Miami-Dade Wind Rating standard and the high LEED rating ensures the product is environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Quality custom builders to one time end-user property owners choose the Trex fencing for its overall long-term affordability in addition to its rich and elegant styles and color options.

Materials and/or installations are available at CFC Fences and Decks in Provo or Fence and Deck Supply in Salt Lake City. Estimates are always free of charge with no obligation.

Portfolio pictures above are a project featured in the 2015 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes.

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Iron Fence Holladay, UT

The Hansen project in Holladay is an expansive estate in a wooded setting.

The customer wanted to have a fencing system that allowed a view of the landscaping and wooded environment around their property.

Ornamental steel or aluminum fencing was ideal for this application. Because the panels are bracketed to the posts and not custom welded, the installation is much faster and much less expensive while allowing the same look and security offered by a “wrought iron” fence. Additionally, the fence system used has a rack-ability that allows the fence to accommodate for grade changes in the terrain. This minimizes gaps under the fence.

This style of fencing comes in aluminum or steel. The difference is that the aluminum fence will not rust, but is not quite as strong as the steel. The steel fence shown in the pictures is zinc oxide powder coated and comes with a 20 year warranty against and chipping, peeling or fading.

Simtek vs Trex Fencing

In my personal opinion, there are two privacy fences on the market that are superior to other privacy fences. Those two fence products are Trex Fencing and SimTek Fencing. As to which one of those is better would depend on your personal preference of appearance.

Trex Fencing is a composite fence that requires little to no maintenance and resembles a Good-Neighbor cedar fence. Trex fencing is made from reclaimed wood and plastic materials that give it the “Green” attribute we all love. Trex Fencing also has a non-reflective look that is easy on your eyes during a sunny day.

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SimTek Fencing is also a “Green” fencing product made with recycled Polyethylene plastics. SimTek is a non-porous product, meaning that nothing is able to absorb into the fence. If the fence is ever stained or painted it can simply be pressure washed away. SimTek Fencing also block 98% of direct sound.  The only downfall with SimTek Fencing is, on a slope, it must be stair-stepped, and isn’t able to follow the terrain of the ground.

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Both SimTek and Trex Fencing carry a 25-year Warranty.

Both SimTek and Trex Fencing have a wind rating of 110 mph constant winds and 130 mph gusts.

Both SimTek and Trex Fencing are a very-low maintenance product.

Is the “Cheapest Fence” Always the “Least Expensive” Fence?

Sometime when choosing a style of fence the price of material is all we consider. Maybe there are a few more things you should ask yourself. Usually a simple wood cedar fence will cost you less than any other type of fence but over time, maintenance may become expensive.

Will this fence last you 20 years?

Do the posts rot in the ground?

What should you do to prevent this post rot?

How will the fence look a few years down the road?

Will I be happy with the graying aged cedar look?

Do I want to preserve the new cedar look?

What must you do to protect the fence and extend its life?

What will your cost to protect the fence be?

How much of your time will it take to maintain the fence?

What is your time worth to you?

A maintained cedar fence will last 15 to 20 years but it will take time on your part and will cost your pocket book every year. If you used nails on the original install you will be replacing nails every year and you will find that strong winds will blow off  the pickets. If you do not use coated screws you will soon have black lines running down from the nails/screws the will stain your fence. To maintain that new cedar color you will need to apply a UV inhibitor. This can be costly. Within two weeks of the fence install you should apply an oil or stain to your fence. Then in about a year you should apply a second coat. Then every one to two years this will need to be re-applied.

When you consider all of these necessary maintenance steps and your time the “Cheapest fence” may not be the “least expensive fence” after all.

 

Setting Fence Posts

It is important to set your fence posts correctly you first must know where your property lines are. If not already marked your county assessor’s office can provide (usually at a small cost) a plat map showing the land marks and survey line that you can use when measuring the layout your fence line.  This will help you avoid future legal action. Once you have determined a corner point you can measure from the plat map description, your property’s measurements and boundaries to determine your fence line. When setting the post determine the spacing of the post as recommended by the fencing manufacture. This is usually between 6’ and 8’ spacing. Now you can dig the holes making sure you dig the hole to below the frost line as recommended by your local building codes. Dig the holes a few inches larger than the post to allow for concrete. You can premix the concrete and pore around the post in the hole or you can pour in the dry concrete around the post and then add water. Plumb the post to stand straight in all directions and raise it to the proper height so the top of the post are all even. A string line tided at your corners and running along the property line will help you stay straight and at the proper height. Let the

post stand in the concrete for at least 24 hours to let the concrete set before install any fencing. You can then complete your fence install and enjoy your fence for many years to come.

Installing Cedar Posts on Concrete

Are you thinking about installing a fence on your retaining wall or wanting to install a gate across your drive way, but can’t figure out how to get posts on your concrete? There are a couple of different ways to do this. Keep in mind that the different types of application may only apply to certain types of fence.

The best way to install a cedar post on concrete is to order a concrete core cut or if at all possible cut the core yourself. You’ll want to make sure that the cut is large enough not only for the post that will eventually be occupying it, but also large enough to allow a post hole digging tool to be able to complete digging the hole to your desired depth. A 10-12” in diameter core cut is generally your best bet for this type of application. Once your post is placed and set in concrete; you can then fill in the cut with concrete and smooth it out with a trowel.

If you are trying to place a post on a wall it is an optimal idea to get the core cuts at 3” in diameter and about 8” deep. This will allow you to concrete in a steel chain link post. A box post can then be made to sleeve over the chain link post and can be secured by using self tapping (tech) screws. An example of this type of application is shown in the picture below.

Another way to install a cedar post on concrete is to simply buy a flat mount concrete base for your post. You will need to drill holes into the concrete. This generally can be done with a large impact driver and a concrete drill bit. After the holes are drilled it is necessary to use some type of concrete anchor to secure the base. The post can then placed into the base and secured with either bolts or wood screws.

Cedar Horizontal Fence Project, Holladay UT

This horizontal fence project was done in the Holladay (Salt Lake City) area. Their horizontal fence style is a standard style that CFC fence and Decks installs. The components consist of 4x4 posts (6’ or less on center) 1x6 horizontal slats and a 1x4 (vertical) slat at every post to hide the seams from the horizontal slats. This basic horizontal fence is a trendy style and is a cost efficient style. When looking at a cedar horizontal fence style for your project it is important to know what you want (we are very pliable with lumber products) if it is something that is more custom the estimator will need to see a photo in order to bid it properly. Please give us a call for a free estimate.

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