Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer free estimates?

Yes, we do provide free estimates for whatever type of project, big or small, residential, or commercial. We, at the Seattle Fence Company understands that having an estimate computed prior to starting a project is very important to clients of all types. Basically, we are one call away from giving you your free estimate. Contact us, and we will have a few members of our team over to your site to get some measurements. Based on these measurements and other specifics for your project, our team at the office will do the estimation. Call us at 206-984-9277 to get your free estimate.

How soon can you install my fence?

Many factors can affect how soon a fence installation project can be started. This is the reason why the range for every project may vary considerably. At the very shortest, the range is at around two to four weeks. In some cases, an allowance of additional two to three weeks is expected. For a project that does not need meticulous fabrication and numerous permits, the fence can be installed as soon as possible, which is usually within two to four weeks. If much fabrication and complicated permits are required, expect the project to be started within five to six weeks. 

How long will my fence installation take?

While a little waiting time must be anticipated from ordering the fence to installation, the process of installation itself is much quicker. The standard time frame we follow at the Seattle Fence Company for the installation is just one week. Within this week, the working days are separated by a few non-working days. The in-between days are crucial in the process because it allows some materials like cement to dry in settle. These are important steps that cannot be rushed and must always be considered. Expect an additional two to three weeks if your project is quite big and extensive.

Will you obtain a fence permit for my project?

Yes, we are going to secure all permits needed for your project. While many people may dismiss this as unnecessary paperwork, it is actually a very important process to undergo which makes sure that future problems during fence installation and even after. Local governments can get stringent in terms of property modification activities such as that with fence installations. While we, at the Seattle Fence Company will facilitate the acquisition of these permits, we cannot complete this undertaking without your cooperation. Contact us directly at 206-984-9277 and we will give you the complete list of requirements needed from you to secure these permits.

What types of fencing materials do you install?

Your needs, considerations, and budget allocation are important to us. We offer a great variety of fence materials for all needs to make sure that you get the right fence installed. We have a comprehensive discussion of each and every fence type and material we offer at our services page. But to summarize, we offer fences from these materials: chain link, brick, steel, wood, aluminum, vinyl (PVC), and SimTek or polyethylene. These materials are usually available in different subtypes. For example, you may choose a vinyl privacy fence or a vinyl ornamental fence. The same is true for other materials like wood. 

Are there legal restrictions on my fence?

We cannot say for sure, but yes there may be some legal restrictions on your fence depending on where you live. Legal restrictions that involve fences may considerably vary from area to area. What is allowed in your friend’s neighborhood may not be applicable to yours. For example, some local rules may limit the height your fence can have, and even its color, form, and material. It would be advisable to thoroughly check if such restrictions are in place in your area. It would be better to begin a project according to the rules instead of having to dismantle it later on.

Do I need to consult my neighbors?

There is commonly no existing legally binding rules or ordinances that necessitate consultation with your neighbors when you have fence projects. Although, there may be some locally agreed upon rules in your neighborhood that you may not be aware of. But then, even if it is not a requirement to do so, we strongly recommend that you inform and notify your neighbors about the projects that you will have. This is as common courtesy to the people who live within your area. This can help keep them safe while minimizing their discomfort in case the project causes some sort of commotion. 

How deep should my fence posts be?

Three feet or nearly one full meter is the average depth needed for fence posts. This is to ensure that the posts can hold the fence sturdily. However, please note that is only the average depth needed. Some fence types may need deeper posts because of their height or the weight of the fence materials themselves. Even the composition of soil in your area can affect the stability of the posts. Nevertheless, you do not need to concern yourself too much about the details of these dimensions since our expert crew can take care of all of it for you.

Should the fence touch the ground?

There are many reasons and justifications why it is commonly not advisable to have a fence that touches the ground. For the most part, having a fence that touches the ground at all times may mean that your fence is constantly in contact with water too. This may be detrimental for materials that are prone to water damage. Among examples of materials vulnerable to this are traditional fence materials like wood. However, if a fence touching the ground is important and non-negotiable to you, we have alternative fence material options which may be suitable and appropriate for this very purpose.

Does the weather affect the installation?

Yes, in some cases, weather conditions like heavy downpours can affect the fence installation activities. Because of this, we undertake the planning stage of each of our projects carefully and thoroughly. Weather elements like heavy rains are not within our control. However, we have some protocol in place on how we can respond to it without compromising your project. We are also guided by the local weather updates to help us plan the activities and materials needed for the day. Our team of experts can decide whether a temporary pause in the project is due to avoid any damage or compromise to the fences. 

What materials should I use for my fence?

The quick and easy answer to this is “it depends.” There are many factors on which your choice of material would depend. Different property owners will prioritize different things when it comes to fence installation projects. The Seattle Fence Company advises you to evaluate what kind of fence you need and what budget you have in order for you to at least have an idea on what fence material will be suitable for you. For instance, if you are someone who values privacy above all else, try having a privacy type of vinyl or wooden fence installed as these materials offer privacy-type options. 

How tall should my fence be?

The range of fence heights is very highly variable, from a picket fence that is not taller than a child, to a back stop which can be several meters in height. The exact height and dimensions for your fence would depend on your specific needs. For instance, for a residential property owner, a tall fence may be necessary if you want to maximize your privacy. However, it is important to also be wary of restrictions such as zoning ordinances which may be in effect in your area. Restrictions like these may set limits on the maximum dimensions of your fence. 

How long will the fence last?

While there is a long list of factors that can contribute to how long your fence will last, among the most significant ones are the type of material itself and the manner by which you maintain it. In terms of the type of material, certain materials are just more durable than others, allowing them to stand the test of time. Some examples are steel, aluminum, and vinyl. On the other hand, your consistency with maintenance may also affect the lifespan, especially for high-maintenance ones. For instance, cedar wood fences would need repainting at least once a year and treatment to protect it from bugs regularly.