The Best Fence Contractors in Tampa FL Are the Ones Verified as Safe To Hire
Fence contractors in Tampa FL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the fence builders that have exceeded the minimum Florida regulatory standard. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for ability and value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for new fences in Tampa FL, including privacy fences, wood fences, vinyl fences, chain link fences, custom fences, fence repair and more.
Updated November 04, 2016
The Best Fence Contractors in Tampa FL Are the Ones Verified as Safe To Hire
The state of Florida requires a state license of fence contractors in Tampa FL only for aluminum fences and vinyl fencing specifically, and not for wood fences or fences made of materials other than aluminum and vinyl. That state license only for aluminum or vinyl fences is called a Specialty Structure Contractor license and requires passing a written exam, a minimum amount of previous experience, and proof of liability insurance.
But none of that is a guarantee that any particular fence contractor in Tampa FL is doing business ethically, delivering value, and satisfying its customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all contractors for fences in Tampa FL who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified state license (only for vinyl or aluminum fences), verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.
Questions To Ask Fence Contractors in Tampa FL
When it comes to hiring fence contractors in Tampa FL, first ask these questions about their abilities, experience, and credentials:
• How long have they been in the business of fences in Tampa? (Different regions have different soils and climates that will affect decisions about the best materials, finishes, and installation methods. The amount of experience as fence installers in your region shows possible knowledge of these conditions and how to adjust to them.)
• How many other fences have they installed like yours, regarding size, material, residential versus commercial, vinyl fence versus chain link, versus wood, deer fence versus privacy fence, custom design, etc.?
• Will they share with you names and numbers of previous clients for whom they did the same kind of fence that you can call as references? (All fence contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Will they give you their cost estimate in writing, itemized to include the amount of material you're getting, brand names and item numbers? (This is key because cheap fence companies in Tampa often only appear cheaper by quoting you less material, or low quality material that will cost you more later in extra maintenance, repairs, or earlier replacement.)
• Can they recommend an easy adjustment you could make to the specs that would substantially lower the cost, and if so, what would you lose in performance? Similarly, do they see a big gain in performance or appeal that you could get for a little bit more money?
• How deep into the ground will they set the fence posts and with how much of cement? (Doing inferior post setting is another way that a fence company can only appear cheaper than another by doing less work with less material.)
• In the case of wood fencing, is the wood treated to be weather resistant and how?
• If wood fence posts, what are the details on how the wood is treated to be resistant to rot, and does the fence company otherwise do anything in the install process to stop the posts from rotting in the ground?
• Are there manufacturer warranties on any of the materials to be used?
• Will they give you a written guarantee on their labor, aside from any manufacturer's warranty? If so, what does it cover exactly and for how long after fence installation?
• How long will it take them to complete the fencing once they begin?
• Do they have a showroom where you can look at samples of different materials, styles, or finishes? If not, will they go with you to a supply store to do this?
• Will they put in writing that the new fencing meets local zoning ordinances and city codes?
• Will a permit be needed for the new fence? If so, who goes and gets the permits, you or the fence contractor?
• Can they vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All fence companies in Tampa bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Will they show you proof of liability insurance and workers' comp? (All fence contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Do they use only their own permanent employees, or do they use subcontractors, and if so, what are the names of those subcontracted companies so you can research them?
When you've decided on the best fence contractors in Tampa for you, make sure they are properly licensed if Tampa requires one. (All fence contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their necessary license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
The Best Fence Contractors in Tampa FL Use Quality Materials And Brands
Common brands used By fence installers in Tampa FL include:
Centaur, Vinylgard, Invisible Fence, Halco, R&L, Gilpin, Humane Contain, Innotek, Bufftech, Prestige, Palkar, Sentinel, Summit Vinyl Industries, Blackline, rdi, Xcel, Delgard, Husker Vinyl, Hoover Fence, On Guard, Specrail, or Liquid Fence.
Common Terms for Fencing and Fence Contractors in Tampa FL
Aluminum Fences - Aluminum fences and aluminum fencing are long-lasting fences. Aluminum fences never rust and are known for their light but sturdy fence construction and for their Old World fencing appearance.
Bamboo Fencing - Bamboo fences are made from bamboo, the fastest growing wood-like plant. Many eco-conscious homeowners look for bamboo fencing because it is a sturdy and beautiful replacement for slower growing hardwood fencing. Some bamboo fences come as rolled fencing so that they can be used to cover or hide chainlink fences or unsightly fencing.
Barbed Wire Fences - Barbed wire fencing is a fence constructed with metal barbs or points. Barbed wire fences are often used for agricultural fences and perimeter fencing to keep out people and animals.
Cedar Fencing - Cedar fences, known for their beautiful color, versatile fencing options and high-quality fencing qualities, are a popular choice for homeowners looking for wood fences.
Chain Link Fences - Chain link fences are popular fences made from steel posts and chain link fencing. Chain link fences are often used for dog fences and as perimeter fences for property since they are one of the options for cheap fences.
Corner Posts - Fence posts located at a corner where two sections of fencing meet are called corner posts.
Deer Fences - Deer fencing is fencing that keeps deer from entering and damaging your property. Deer fences usually consist of tall fence posts that support high-strength plastic fence grids or mesh. This unique fence construction allows you to see through the fence and maintains a safe fencing option for the deer while keeping them outside the fence perimeter.
Dog Fences - Dog fences are visually appealing and strong fences that keep dogs safe and close to home. Dog fencing is tall so that dogs can't jump over the fences. Some dog fences are electric fences to discourage climbing or jumping. Hidden dog fences are also available to maintain your property's appearance.
Double Swing Gates - Double swing gates are gates built with hinges that allow the gate to swing in either direction. Good fence builders offer many options for gates, including double swing gates, privacy gates, electronic gates and gates that match your new fencing.
End Posts - Fence posts located at the end of a fence line are called end posts. All end posts are only attached to fencing on one side of the end post.
Electric Fences - Electric fencing is any kind of fence that is electrified or has electrical current running through the fence. Electric fences are most often used as farm fencing to keep animals in. Electric dog fences and electric deer fences are available as well.
Fence Installation - While some homeowners want do it yourself fence installation, most agree that it's best to look for a professional fence company to install your new fence. If it's done right, good fence installation can be a complicated process.
Fence Line - A fence line is the boundary that is created by the position of a fence.
Fence Panels / Fence Sections - Also called fence sections, fence panels are sections of fencing that are preassembled before fence installation.
Fencing Pliers - A common tool for fence companies and fencing installers, fencing pliers are made specifically for fencing projects. Fencing pliers are especially important for installing wire fencing, chain link fencing and barbed wire fencing.
Gates - Openings in fence lines where people, vehicles and animals can pass through are known as gates. Fencing gates can be decorative gates or can match the fence. Electric gates, double swing gates and hidden gates are also options offered by many fence contractors.
Lattice Fencing - Lattice fencing is wood fencing that is built with lattice panels. Lattice fencing is usually made from cedar latticework and is often used as decorative fencing or at the top of fences to turn regular fences into privacy fences. Homeowners often train vines or other plants up lattice fencing.
Metal Fences - Metal fencing is usually decorative fencing or ornate fencing made from metal. Metal fences can be very heavy, so a good fencing contractor will discuss your options for materials used in your new metal fence. Many metal fences have electric gates.
Ornamental Fencing - Ornamental fences are wrought iron fences or any other fences made of fencing material with an aesthetic appearance. Ornamental fences, like other ornate fences, are often used as a decorative and functional fencing optionn.
Pergolas - Pergolas are covered garden features that include tall fence beams that support raised lattice that is often covered by plants. Pergolas, like gazebos, are often used as covering and shade. Good fencing contractors can build custom pergolas to fit your exact specifications.
Perimeter Fences - Fence lines that surround the outer edges of property or yard are known as perimeter fences. Decorative wood fences and metal fences are common perimeter fences for homes or areas that need a decorative fence. Farm perimeter fences or perimeter fences that protect other areas may be chainlink fences, barbed wire fences or simple wood fences.
Picket Fences - A typical decorative fence type, picket fences are any kind of fencing that is built with evenly spaced fence slats.
Plastic Fencing - Lightweight and less expensive than wooden fencing or wrought iron fences, plastic fencing is a good kind of fence for homeowners looking for an attractive fence that will last. Recycled plastic fencing, Trex fencing, vinyl fencing and PVC fencing are common kinds of plastic fences.
Post Caps - The caps covering the end of fence posts are known as post caps. Post caps are generally used in vinyl fencing, PVC fencing and chain link fences.
Post Drivers - Fence installers use post drivers to sink fence posts into the ground.
Post and Rail Fencing - Post and rail fences are informal, natural and open fences. Variations of post and rail fencing include zigzag fences and split rail fences. Because they have such wide openings between the fence slats, post and rail fences are not good security fences. Instead, post and rail fencing is used as decorative fencing.
Privacy Fences - important fences in cities and areas such as yards where you don't want people to see in, privacy fences are fences that have tight vertical slats. Some privacy fences are two-sided fences with two layers vertical slats to block sight. Privacy fences can also include lattice fencing or other decorative fencing options to make the privacy fences more attractive.
PVC Fencing - Lightweight and less expensive than wood fences or wrought iron fencing, PVC fencing is a sturdy type of fence. Along with PVC fences, recycled plastic fencing, Trex fencing and vinyl fencing are other common kinds of plastic fences.
Rail Ends - Fence posts at the ends and corners of fences are called fence rail ends.
Rail Spacing - Rail spacing is the distance between fence rails. Fences that have more fence rails that are tightly spaced are known as privacy fences, where fences that have fewer rails that are widely spaced are decorative fences, post and rail fences or split rail fences.
Split Rail Fencing - Preferred by owners of farms and large properties, split rail fencing is a type of fence that has very widely spaced fence rails. Split rail fences, like post and rail fences, are generally used as decorative fences that mark the edge of a property while still allowing a view of the landscape. Split rail fences are easier to install than other fences and they can be made from plastic fence materials, PVC fencing materials, recycled fencing materials or vinyl fence material.
Vinyl Fencing - Vinyl fencing is high quality fencing material that is lighter and longer lasting than many kinds of wood fencing or wrought iron fencing. Vinyl fences, like recycled plastic fencing, Trex fencing and PVC fencing, is often used as horse fencing, picket fences, privacy fences or fence railings.
Wood Fencing - Wood fences and wooden fencing are the most common types of fencing. Wood fencing is sturdy, can be built into almost any type of fence, and is readily available. Many fence contractors specialize in decorative wood fences and wood privacy fences.
Wrought Iron Fences - Known for their durability and ornamental fence designs, wrought iron fences are a favorite decorative fencing option. Some fence builders create hand forged wrought iron fences and wrought iron gates. Wrought iron fences are available as commercial fences or residential fences and add value to any property because of their elegant appearance.
Resources About Fence Contractors in Tampa FL
Associations & Licensing Relevant to New Fencing in Tampa FL
AFA American Fence Association www.americanfenceassociation.com
AFA FL American Fence Association Florida Chapter www.fenceassociation.com
ASA American Subcontractors Association www.asaonline.com
ASIS American Society For Industrial Security www.asisonline.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
CLFMI Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute www.chainlinkinfo.org
FMA Fabricators and Manufacturers Association www.fmanet.org
NOMMA National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (www.nomma.org
Media & Web Resources Relevant to Fence Contractors in Tampa FL
Access Control Magazine
World Fence News www.worldfencenews.com
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