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Fence Installation 101

It doesn't matter whether you are having a residential fence installed or a commercial fence installed, and the steps are usually the same.

  1. Check Fallston City and Harford County ordinances and community covenants. While it is possible to install a fence less than six feet tall without a permit on a residential property, some homeowners associations tend to dictate how tall the height, finish and color of the fences installed around properties.
  2. Have underground utilities marked. One of the best ways to turn a simple project into a complicated one is to skip this step.
  3. Determine the property lines. This information can be found at the Harford County assessors office for all residential or commercial properties.
  4. Begin laying out the line of your fence. This will take trees, shrubs, property lines and utility markers into account.
  5. Measure your yard, mark your fence line and seek final approval.
  6. Install your chosen fence material and finish!

Do I need a permit for fence installation in Harford County?

Harford County does not require a permit for any residential fence installation less than six feet tall. Anything above that, fences that surround commercial properties, or fences that go around pools must receive a permit to make sure it meets minimum county building codes. If a fence contractor skips this step, they run the risk of having to move the fence at a later date. Fallston Fence takes care of any applicable permit process before installation begins as a courtesy to our customers.

What are the Harford County Pool Fence Rules?

In Harford County, all pools must have a fence with a self-closing gate surrounding them that is no shorter than 48 inches tall. Pool fences also have several rules governing the type of fence that can be installed, the type of decorative work at the top of each picket and the distance between pickets. There cannot be more than a two-inch gap between the bottom of the barrier and any grass or gravel and no more than four inches between the bottom of the fence and a solid surface like concrete. Fences made from chain link cannot have mesh less than 1.75 inches, and pickets must be spaced less than four inches apart.

Fortunately, the experts at Fallston Fence are well versed in the laws and guidelines governing pool fences and can make recommendations that are both attractive and within the current codes.

What Types of Fence Repair Does Fallston Fence Offer?

Fallston Fence offers every type of fence repair imaginable. From fixing broken wooden pickets to restructuring gates so they swing easily. Our knowledgeable, experienced technicians will assess your broken fence and discuss the best possible repair options for you. In some instances, it may be necessary to replace a section of fence, a gate or the entire fence. We will make recommendations based on your needs, your budget and the style and type of your fence.

Additional Harford County Fence Installation and Repair FAQs

What if I have a Homeowner's Association?

It is always best to check with your homeowner's association before having a fence installed. Some require you to submit a plat drawing of your fence design as well as a picture of the materials you will be using to the homeowner's association board before beginning construction. We will also give you a written copy of how your fence will be erected before we begin that you can submit with your application.

Which materials should I choose for my fence?

Fallston Fence specializes in chain link, wood, vinyl, and ornamental fence installation. Which material you choose will depend on a few factors:

  • Your Budget - There is a fence option for every price point. Chain link fence is the most affordable option, followed by wood, vinyl and ornamental fences respectively.
  • Your tolerance for maintenance - While wood offers an unparalleled natural element, it also requires periodic staining, sealing or painting to help it maintain its structural integrity. Chain link, vinyl, and ornamental fences do not require more than periodic cleaning but may not meet the style you are trying to achieve.
  • Your design sensibility - While the most expensive option, there is no better way to show off your home's architecture and landscaping than ornamental fences. With a variety of sizes, finishes, colors, and styles, many people find that ornamental fences offer the security they are looking for without diminishing the appearance of their home. Those with a green thumb may enjoy turning a less expensive chain link fence into a living garden with strategically planted vines. Still, others may find the periodic maintenance associated with a wood fence offers them the chance to change their yard's aesthetic completely.

Talk to your Fallston Fence expert salesperson about your fencing needs. They can guide you to the right fencing option.

Do I need a copy of my property plat?

While good fences make good neighbors, poorly placed fences can land you in court. You will either need a copy of your property plat (that you can get from the Harford county assessor's office) before we can begin the estimate process. This allows our team to accurately draw, place and estimate the cost of your fence.

To Repair or Replace? That is the Question

The easiest way to know if your fence needs to be replaced versus repaired is to ask yourself these questions.

  • Is my fence no longer meeting my needs?
  • Does my fence fail to keep my children and/or pets safe?
  • Does my fence sit on my neighbor's side of the property line?
  • Are there large sections of my fence that are in poor condition?
  • Is my fence out of date with current trends?
  • Does my pool fence fail to meet current safety codes and standards?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, talk to one of the installation specialists at Fallston Fence to discuss replacing your old, worn, outdated, misplaced or non-functional fence.

On the other hand, there are several times when your fence simply needs repairs. Your wood fence may be in good shape but simply need repainting or staining. Your vinyl fence may need a good scrub down with mild soap and warm water. Your hinges may need to be replaced, a gate may need to be repaired, or a panel replaced. These simple fixes are far more economical than replacing your entire fence.

But what about the fences that are in between? In some cases, the cost of repairs can exceed the cost of replacement. If you are replacing more than 20 percent of your posts, pickets or panels, it is time to have your fence replaced. If your fence is more than 20 years old, it is time to replace your fence. It may be a larger initial investment, but it will save you money in the long run when you have to replace parts of your fence in piecemeal.

What Types of Commercial Fencing does Fallston Fence Offer?

Fallston Fence offers a variety of commercial fencing options specially designed for your business, storage space, workshop or office building. The most common types of commercial fencing we offer are:

  • Commercial chain link fencing – Commercial chain link fence is usually taller than six feet and made from heavier gauge metal in a much smaller mesh. One of the least expensive ways to secure your commercial space, commercial chain link fencing is virtually maintenance free and offers decades of use.
  • Commercial aluminum ornamental fencing – Think beautiful ornamental fences are only for homes? Think again. Commercial aluminum ornamental fencing is both durable and low maintenance. Made from a higher gauge material than aluminum residential ornamental fencing, commercial fencing also tends to have slats and panels placed closer together for added security.

Industrial steel ornamental fencing – More expensive than aluminum ornamental fencing, fences made from industrial steel are high strength, extremely durable, beautiful and low maintenance. Ideal for commercial property owners who want a fence that makes a design statement, this option will last a lifetime - perhaps longer than the building it protects.

What is the Difference between Fallston Fence and other Local Fence Contractors?

Contractors that do fence installation are a dime a dozen in Harford County. However, their experience does not go beyond purchasing pre-fabricated options and forcing customers to use one of only a few design options. At Fallston Fence, our connections with manufacturers, as well as our decades of experience installing fences throughout Maryland, mean you will never be locked into a fence you do not want. We work with each customer to create a customized fence design that meets their home, family and business needs at the price they want.

Locally owned and family operated, we complete the work from bid to installation. You will only ever interact with Fallston Fence employees, never a subcontractor. Everyone from the sales people to the team that installs your fence is committed to your satisfaction. We work to give you not only a high-quality fence but a high-quality experience. Call Fallston Fence today to speak to one of our fencing experts and start protecting your property with the fence of your dreams.