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When planning to add a fence in Houston or elsewhere, business and home owners ask many questions, some of which are the same questions asked by others as well. For your convenience, Fencemaster shares answers to a few of those frequently asked questions below.

Does putting a fence on your property, increase the value?

Did you know that fencing is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value ? In fact, NOT having a fence is among the biggest threats to your home’s resale value according to the MSN Real Estate website. – 10. As many a realtor will tell you, a home without a fence and landscaping is just a house.

Do I need a permit to build a fence in Houston?

The City of Houston requires a permit only if you construct a concrete or masonry fence, or if your fence will be over 8 feet high. However, for any fence constructed in an “A” or “V” Zone floodplain in Harris County a permit is required. You may also need to consider requirements by utility companies, homeowners associations or other city / county ordinances.

When installing a fence in the greater Houston area, Fencemaster takes care of any required permits and utility company requirements. You will be responsible for meeting any deed restrictions or homeowners’ association specifications. If you have concerns, discuss them with your Fencemaster representative.

We want to install a fence around our one-acre lot. How much fencing will that require?

It depends on the shape of your property, but if square you will need an estimated 835 feet of fence. When consider high linear footage, we recommend chain link fencing, our most economical option.

We plan to add a swimming pool to our backyard. Do we need a fence around it, even though we don’t have any young children in the home?

Yes. Not only is a pool fence or other enclosure a safety measure, it is also a legal obligation. The City of Houston requires an enclosure around all swimming pools with a depth of more than six inches. The pool fence or enclosure must be at least four feet high with no opening, holes or gaps more than four inches. Gates must be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices attached to the upper quarter of the gate.

I’m installing a fence in Houston and want to make sure I don’t hit a gas line when digging. Is there a number I can call?

Yes. Call 811. Feel free to call our office for assistance.

We want to install a fence to contain two large dogs. What height fence should we use?

We recommend a fence at least six feet high to contain a large dog. For smaller dogs, a four-foot fence should work. Other factors to consider are if the dogs are able to dig underneath or slip through the fence. For dog runs or enclosures, we recommend a wrought iron fence.

What is the difference between a wrought iron or aluminum fence?

Both a wrought iron fence and aluminum fence offer benefits. An aluminum fence is easier to maintain and will not rust. It is also durable and versatile. An aluminum fence is a must have for properties located near bodies of water.

However, if you want strength and security as well as elegant beauty, choose a wrought iron fence. Custom wrought iron fencing has been the standard for centuries and will the perfect accent to your property.

What are the best types of fences for security?

As mentioned above, an iron fence is an excellent choice when security is important. A chain link fence at least six feet high with at least a 9-gauge thickness is also one of the best fences for security and value. Because chain link fencing is less expensive than wrought iron and is very versatile, it is often preferred for commercial fencing applications.

What type of nails do you use when installing?

When considering a wood fence, we use hot dipped galvanized ring shank nails. Stainless steel nails are also an option.

Does Fencemaster sell fence supplies to the general public?

Yes. We are your one-stop fence supply, offering any parts and materials you need for a fence. We also sell prefabricated and custom gates as well as access control units, including accessories (remotes and keypads).

If you are unsure what parts you need or need pricing, a representative will be happy to help you. Purchasing fence supplies in the Houston area? Fencemaster delivers or change ship out your order.

My business is located in The Woodlands TX. Do you install commercial fences in that area?

Yes! Fencemaster installs residential and commercial fences throughout the greater Houston area including in The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, Clear Lake, League City, La Marque, Baytown, Stafford, Pasadena, Kingwood, Bay City, Sugar Land, Bellaire, Pearland and surrounding areas.

Do you provide quotes over the phone or will someone come to my property and give an estimate?

We do both. If you only need a quote over the phone, we can provide one. If you prefer a representative visit you and give a quote, we will be happy to schedule an appointment.

What type of warranty do you offer?

Since 1979, Fencemaster of Houston has been serving the greater Houston area. We are proud to provide our clients with the best materials and workmanship. We stand behind our name, and do not leave any customer unsatisfied. We are very proud to state we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The warranty on our workmanship for fence installation is for one year. Access control and specialty items have 90 days. Some our products carry manufacturer’s warranties, please ask your sales representative for more information.

Have other questions about a fence in Houston or surrounding area? Please contact Fencemaster.