Fence Installation in ME. – How do you Choose a Fencing Contractor?
You want a fence and have decided you would like to hire someone to install it for you. With so many fence contractors available it can seem overwhelming to know who to hire. Believe it or not, you are in a great position. It’s time to start calling and getting estimates on your project. While you are receiving prices from different contractors, it also gives you the opportunity to interview each contractor. Let’s face it, you have a job to offer, and you are looking to employ someone to complete it. You want the best person for the job.
What you will find is contractors have different ways of doing estimates and different ways of installing fences. There are also some things you will want to make sure a contractor has before hiring them. When you start calling to receive estimates, you will find there are different ways contractors give estimates. The two most common ways are on site or by phone or email. An on-site estimate is when a contractor comes to the property, measures it, talks with you about the project, and gives you a price to install it. A phone or email estimate is when you provide the length of the fence and the details, and the contractor gives you a price based on the information you provided. Both have pros and cons.
An on-site estimate gives you the opportunity to meet the contractor face to face. You can walk with the contractor while he measures your yard and ask questions and go over areas that may present problems, such as a large tree on the fence line or a drainage ditch. This will also give you an opportunity to see what kind of vibe you get about the contractor. A gut feeling can go a long way.
Why Install a Privacy Fence?
For the past few weeks I've beenshopping for a dog fence, comparing everything from pressure-treated wood andvinyl fences to electric-style fences.
And I've narrowed my choice down to anelectric fence.
Not sure which type or brand yet -- I'mstill sorting through those options.
I thought about a structural fence butdecided against it because of the initial cost and ongoing maintenance.
Besides, an electric fence just seems to fitmy needs better, giving me more flexibility for layout and installation.
But I'm finding that there are a lot ofchoices and a lot of decisions to make when it comes to electric fencing.
So let me share what I've learned so far and maybe it'll help guide your ownfencing decisions.
(Hey, what'd you bring me? Thanks!) All of the electric dog fences on themarket give your dog the freedom to run and play in your yard and stay there.
No matter what electric system youchoose, however, training is necessary to help keep your dog safe and happy.
I also discovered that not allelectric fences are necessarily right for all properties.
I'll get into that in a second.
The best way to start shopping for a dogfence is to consider your budget, how much time you want to put into theproject, your property size and shape, and lastlyhow much customizing flexibility you want in creating and shaping a boundary in your yard.
We'll look at how each fence systemcompares for these factors.
Basically there are two types ofelectric dog fences: wired and wireless.
Wired fencing requires you or aninstaller to dig a trench to bury a wire in the shape you want for your property.
This wire is connected to a transmitter inyour home or garage.
A wireless fence, on the other hand, worksby transmitting a radio signal to the desired Fence Boundary from a Basestation placed in your home.
No digging or trenching is needed, asthere's no physical wire.
In my research I compared three brandsthat make inground fencing and two brands that make wirelessfencing.
Havahart®, PetSafe and Invisible Fence sellinground wired fence products, while Havahart® Wireless and PetSafeoffer wireless fence products.
First, let's look at a kind of wirelessfencing called radial fencing.
Radial wireless fencing will keep yourdog safe within a circular boundary around your home.
But it's important to know that not allproperties are right for wireless radial fencing.
For example, if your house has aluminumsiding or you have a lot of large trees on your property.
The system might not work optimally andyou may need to consider installing an in-ground wire fence.
If circular wireless fencing will workfor your property you need to compare the distances each product covers andthe different features and then decide which of these are mostimportant to you.
The big difference I found in thiscategory is coverage area.
The PetSafe systems can cover up tothree quarters of an acre while the Havahart® Wireless Radial-Shape Fencecan cover up to eleven and a half acres, so think about the ideal size of yourdog containment area as you compare features.
Wireless fence systems transmit awarning to the Collar when the dog crosses into the Trigger Zone.
This encourages your dog to move backinto the play area you set.
It's important to look at the differentTrigger Zone widths.
High-energy dogs may need a widerTrigger Zone, while a dog with a calmer temperament may be fine with a morenarrow Trigger Zone.
(I think I already know your Trigger Zone, girl.
) Two of the radial wireless productsprovide a two to three foot zone, and the other a larger range of six tothirteen feet.
As far as cost, the three radial wirelessfences run in the three hundred to three hundred seventy five dollar range.
For this type of product, think aboutwhether a circular boundary will work for your property, the size of the play area you want for yourdog, and the flexibility you want in the Trigger Zone.
But what if your property isn't suitedfor a radial fence? Many properties have unique shapes andlayouts that can't be contained by a simple circular boundary.
For these types of properties where youneed to create a customized boundary, there are a variety of options -- bothwired and wireless -- at very different price levels.
Let's look at wired options first.
Havahart®, PetSafe and InvisibleFence all offer inground wired fence options that let you set up a customized shapeon your property for your dog's play area.
Pricing is based on the amount of areayou want to cover.
Prices for inground wired fencing startat one hundred seventy dollars.
While low-cost, there's a major timecommitment if you plan on doing the digging and wire installation yourself.
If not, be sure to budget for hiring aninstaller to do it for you.
The Invisible Fence brand has aninground wired fence they install for you with pricing based on the area you wantto cover.
Figure on approximately twelve hundreddollars for installation on one acre.
You can also consider a customizablewireless fence.
The Havahart® Custom-Shape WirelessFence requires no digging.
In fact, it's the only customizable wireless fence onthe market.
For around eight hundred dollars thisall-digital system lets you customize the shape of the boundary and create Exclusion Zones within theboundary around flower beds or a pool, for example.
It can cover up to twenty five acres and includes rechargeable batteries forthe dog's Collar.
Well, I know I've given you a lot to think about as you do your own shopping, but hopefully I've helped to clarify andexplain the many electric fence options, both wired and wireless.
(Go get it!) And as I said earlier, I still have somedecisions to make as well.
Well, good luck.
And remember no matter which system youultimately choose, you're doing a wonderful thing for you and your pet.
Havahart® Wireless Radial-Shaped, Custom Shape or Havahart® Fence Free should not be confused with Invisible Fence,Invisible Fencing or PetSafe.
Invisible Fence and Invisible Fencingare products and registered trademarks of Invisible Fence, Incorporated.
PetSafe products are registeredtrademarks of Radio Systems Corporation.