RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL FENCING

Proudly Providing Exceptional Products and Service to the Greater Akron Area Since 2007

  • How deep are the post holes?

    We drill the holes to a depth of 36” below grade. In our region of Ohio, that is the depth of the frost line.

  • Why do we need to be below the frost line?

    Posts or foundations set above the frost line are subject to expansion and contraction caused by the freeze/thaw cycle. This can cause the post or foundation to rise or “heave” out of the ground. For more info on frost heave: http://thefencemasters.com/fence-post-heave-and-how-to-avoid-it/

  • How much concrete is used in each hole?

    We use approximately 160 lb. of concrete per fence post.

  • Do you use wood 4x4s inside the vinyl posts?

    No, the vinyl posts we use are rated for use without wood reinforcements.

  • How long will wood posts last in our local climate?

    A 4×4 post set in concrete will last 20-30 years.

  • Do you dig up the old concrete when you tear out an existing fence?

    Typically we will pull the posts and concrete out of the holes where your new posts need to go (usually corners and end-posts in the line of the fence). The previous holes and concrete can usually be avoided.

  • How far down do the posts extend into the concrete?

    In most cases the post will extend approximately 2 feet into the concrete footing. The footing itself will extend to 36” below grade.

Fence Post Questions

  • Do I need to paint or stain my wood fence?

    YES! If you don’t protect the wood it will deteriorate much faster; thus shortening its lifespan.

  • What kind of paint or stain do you recommend?

    We recommend a high quality exterior oil based stain be used. We also strongly advise against using a solid based stain or paint within the first year. Paints and solid based stains create a barrier between the wood and exterior conditions. If the moisture content in your new fence is too high it can result in chipping or flaking (as the wood dries).

  • How often do I need to paint or stain?

    That will depend on several factors: direct sunlight exposure, consistently wet areas and the quality of paint or stain. In normal conditions, every 3 – 7 years is typical.

  • How maintenance-free is vinyl fence?

    Vinyl requires very little maintenance. Wash with soap and water every couple of years and you will be all set.

Fence Care and Maintenance

Product and Installation Questions

  • What types of nails or fasteners are used?

    We use a stainless steel, ring-shanked nails on the fence boards to prevent possible rust staining. We also use hot dipped, galvanized framing nails for the rails (because of their superior shear strength).

  • What Grade of lumber is used?

    We primarily use #2 prime-pressure treated lumber for the framing materials.

  • Why are their variations in color between boards?

    Wood is a natural product and will have some variations in color between boards. After the fence is stained the variations will be greatly reduced.

  • What happens to the extra dirt?

    We have some options for the extra dirt:

    • We can collect the dirt from the postholes and move it to a designated spot on your property.
    • We can rake it out along your fence line.
    • For an additional charge we can haul it away for you.
  • What about items attached to my existing fence?

    We ask that you remove any items you wish to save because we haul away everything attached to the old fence.

  • Do you wet or dry set your concrete?

    We dry set almost all of our posts.

  • Do I need to notify my neighbors?

    It is a common courtesy to let your neighbors know that you are planning a new fence near the property line. It is also important to let them know if they have dogs, especially if your old (or new) fence keeps their dogs contained.

  • Who is responsible for selecting the placement of the fence?

    Fence placement is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility. Unless a boundary survey is done, we will have no knowledge of your property lines.

  • How do I know where my property lines are?

    The best way is to locate your property pins. Usually, these are lengths of rebar or pipe driven into the ground at the corners of the property. Try using a metal detector to locate them (often the pins are driven below grade).

     

    Often, when a home is purchased, a mortgage survey will be performed to satisfy the lending bank. A mortgage survey will show property lines and dimensions. If you can find some of your property pins you may be able to extrapolate the other property lines.

     

    If your property lines are not clear it is strongly recommended that a boundary survey be purchased. We have found that it is rare for the property lines to be exactly where someone first thought them to be. Often customers end up with more property than they thought they owned, or they are saved from having a fence installed on their neighbor’s property. Either way, many customers consider a formal survey to be a wise investment.

  • What is a Building Permit?

    A building permit is issued by a city or county building department; authorizing the construction (or alteration) of a structure. Building permits deal with the construction itself. For example, they specify certain kinds of bolts to be used in a certain application, or how deep the footers on a fence need to be. Basically, a building permit deals with how something is built.

  • What is a Zoning Permit?

    Zoning permits are issued by the city or township; usually not the county. Zoning specifies where something can be built. For example, the zoning department would dictate how high a fence can be, or whether or not a fence can be installed in the front yard.

  • Who is Responsible for obtaining necessary permits?

    Generally, we will handle obtaining the necessary permits for our customers.

Permits, and HOAs

  • What is an HOA?

    Homeowner associations are usually found in allotments and may have some restrictions on what types of fence can be built and where they can be built.

  • Who deals with the HOA?

    You, the customer, will be responsible for dealing with your homeowner’s association.

  • What will I need when dealing with my HOA?

    Usually you will need a picture or drawing of what is to be built, and plot plan showing where the fence will be built.

Homeowners Associations (HOA)

  • How much insurance do you carry?

    We carry more than one million dollars in liability insurance.

  • Are you licensed?

    Ohio does not currently issue license for our trade, but we are licensed by city building departments where required.

  • Are you bonded?

    We are bonded where required by local building departments.

Licensing Bonding and Insurance

Underground Utilities

Ohio Utility Protection Service (O.U.P.S.): http://www.oups.org

Please take a look at the O.U.P.S. website for information on what will be located and will not be located.

Un-Marked Lines and Obstructions

OUPS will mark the main line to your house, but will not locate private lines (i.e.: downspouts, sprinkler lines or power lines to outbuildings). Please investigate your situation, or these lines may become damaged by our digging equipment.

We are not responsible for damage to unmarked lines or buried objects.

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Fence Post Questions

Fence Care and Maintenance

Product and Installation Questions

Permits, and HOAs

Homeowners Associations (HOA)

Licensing Bonding and Insurance

Underground Utilities

Un-Marked Lines and Obstructions

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL FENCING

Proudly Providing Exceptional Products and Service to the Greater Akron Area Since 2007

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  • How deep are the post holes?

    We drill the holes to a depth of 36” below grade. In our region of Ohio, that is the depth of the frost line.

  • Why do we need to be below the frost line?

    Posts or foundations set above the frost line are subject to expansion and contraction caused by the freeze/thaw cycle. This can cause the post or foundation to rise or “heave” out of the ground. For more info on frost heave: http://thefencemasters.com/fence-post-heave-and-how-to-avoid-it/

  • How much concrete is used in each hole?

    We use approximately 160 lb. of concrete per fence post.

  • Do you use wood 4x4s inside the vinyl posts?

    No, the vinyl posts we use are rated for use without wood reinforcements.

  • How long will wood posts last in our local climate?

    A 4×4 post set in concrete will last 20-30 years.

  • Do you dig up the old concrete when you tear out an existing fence?

    Typically we will pull the posts and concrete out of the holes where your new posts need to go (usually corners and end-posts in the line of the fence). The previous holes and concrete can usually be avoided.

  • How far down do the posts extend into the concrete?

    In most cases the post will extend approximately 2 feet into the concrete footing. The footing itself will extend to 36” below grade.

Fence Post Questions

Fence Care and Maintenance

Product and Installation Questions

Permits, and HOAs

Homeowners Associations (HOA)

Licensing Bonding and Insurance

Underground Utilities

Ohio Utility Protection Service (O.U.P.S.): http://www.oups.org

Please take a look at the O.U.P.S. website for information on what will be located and will not be located.

Un-Marked Lines and Obstructions

OUPS will mark the main line to your house, but will not locate private lines (i.e.: downspouts, sprinkler lines or power lines to outbuildings). Please investigate your situation, or these lines may become damaged by our digging equipment.

 

We are not responsible for damage to unmarked lines or buried objects.

Reviews

See what others are saying about our work:

© 2016  THE FENCECH MASTERS

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED