FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Do you offer free estimates?

Yes! The Billings Fence Company is happy to let you know that we offer free estimation services for our clients for all types of fences. We know that estimates are very important for any project as it gives an overview of what the project will be like in terms of costs and scheduling. The Billings Fence Company follows a very straightforward estimation protocol that considers what will be spent on materials, equipment, labor, and all other costs that must not be forgotten. Even if estimates do not par with the actual final bill, it still gives a good enough overview.

 

How soon can you install my fence?

The Billings Fence Company aims to make sure that we can have your fence installation project started within the shortest timeframe possible. Prior to the fence installation, many steps must be undertaken which can prolong the waiting period. This includes fabrication of materials and acquisition of permits. Usually, the fence installation can begin within two weeks to one month. In certain cases, this may be longer due to the time needed for the production and modification of materials. Projects like these would take around five weeks to one and half month before they can be installed.

How long will my fence installation take?

When compared to the waiting time before the starting the project, the activities of the installation itself takes much less time. Usually, it can take no more than seven days. But not all of these seven days are busy working days. Some of these will be left out intentionally to let the materials settle and develop properly. Therefore, there will be some days in the working week where no installation activities will be done. All of these are part of making sure that no step is skipped in the fence installation process. Your project will be properly scheduled, and we will inform you ahead of time.

Will you obtain a fence permit for my project?

Yes, fence companies like us at The Billings Fence Company are required to obtain permits for every fence project that we handle. Fence installation projects need to be regulated by local rules and regulations since it involves alterations on the properties. Permits are needed since some places are more strict than others. The Billings Fence Company requires the participation and cooperation of our patrons since we would need some papers and documents to support our permit application. Obtaining permits would be helpful in making sure that no problems would be encountered during the course of the project.

What types of fencing materials do you install?

The Billings Fence Company offers every type of fence material possible. Both traditional ones and contemporary newer materials are available for your fence installation needs. We offer the full range so that we can cater to your needs even if you have a limited budget level. Some of the examples of what we have are chain link, wood, vinyl, SimTek, steel, aluminum, and brick. Every property owner has some degree of freedom to alter the look of every fence of each of these materials. Most of these are also available in many different color ways to give you more choices.

Are There Legal Restrictions on My Fence?

Depending on where you are in Billings, there may be some limitations or legal restrictions on your fence. As we have said, you have many choices for fence materials and on how your fence will look like. However, we have no power to rule over the fence restrictions in your area. Therefore, it will be smarter to follow through with them. Even when following them, you can still add some limited unique touches for your fence if you wish to do so. The legal restrictions may come in the form of zoning ordinances that can put limitations on the appearance of your fence.

Do I Need to Consult My Neighbors?

As far as the Billings Fence Company knows, you are essentially not required to do a formal consultation with your neighbors regarding your fences. There are no legal issues or requirements that surround this matter. However, as a form of common courtesy, we highly recommend you to at least let your neighbors know that you have a fence project soon. This can help them anticipate the disturbance which can be great in making sure that no conflicts arise between you. Therefore, we highly recommend doing an informal consultation with your neighbors if you will have a fence installation project soon.

How Deep Should My Fence Posts Be?

There is a relationship between the height of the fence posts and how deep your fence posts should be. Usually, the relationship is directly proportional. Therefore, the taller the fence, the deeper the fence posts are supposed to be. Based on the usual height of fences we install, we have settled that three feet will be the average fence posts depth we will have. The calculations are based on estimate that the fence should be one third to one half of the height the height of the fence above the ground. Three feet is best for a fence six to eight feet tall.

 

Should the Fence Touch the Ground?

From our years in the business, we have enough evidence to believe that fences should not touch the ground. In fact, fence companies anywhere would agree with this notion. There should be at least two to five inches of distance between the ground and the fence to avoid moisture related damages. It cannot go more than this to also protect your homes in terms of security. Soil contains a lot of moisture. Therefore, if the fence is directly connected with the ground, it is also constantly exposed to water. This is not good if you want you fence to last.

 

Does the Weather Affect the Installation?

The Billings Fence Company is known for conducting well-planned projects that go without a hitch. This is because we have strict planning protocol that anticipates all possible problems that can be encountered and that are unique to the specific fence project at hand. However, even weather forecasts are not enough to properly anticipate adverse weather situations. Thankfully, we have properly trained staff who know well when to hold a temporary pause for the project in case the weather makes it impossible to continue the project. We will make sure that there will be no considerable delay in your projects despite this pause.

What Material Should I Use for My Fence?

The Billings Fence Company offers all types of materials imaginable for your fences. We have simple materials like chain link, wood, and vinyl, and we also have some more complex ones like steel, aluminum, and brick. You must assess your needs and budget in order to determine which one is right for you. If you prioritize budget but would want some privacy, we can recommend you a vinyl fence. If you want something simple that would not cost too much, chain link is appropriate for almost any situation. Our team of experts can help you in choosing which one is right for you.

How Tall Should My Fence Be?

Your fence can be as tall as you want them to be. However, there may be some limits to this. An example is the existence of some legal restrictions on your fences. In this case, the height of your fence may be limited only to certain dimensions. There is no proper standard on how tall your fence should be. For a front yard fence, one that is three feet tall is more appropriate to showcase your façade. Otherwise, for backyards and other areas, the most common measurement is between six to eight feet. This is for the purpose of privacy and security for your properties.

 

How Long Will the Fence Last?

Many factors can contribute to how long your fence will last. Of course, all of us would want a fence that can last for as long as possible. However, it is just the nature of some materials that they can last longer than others. But with meticulous and tedious maintenance, it is possible to make fences last longer than they are expected to. Some fence types also require more detailed maintenance than others. For example, wood needs to be protected from moisture and termites. For metal fences, appropriate preventive measures are needed for prevention of corrosion and its eventual deterioration.