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Do I Need a Building Permit to Put Up a Fence?


Do I Need a Building Permit to Put Up a Fence?

Are you curious about a building permit?
There are few things in life one can count on. But if you want “ to build” a fence, count on getting a “building” permit. Even if you live outside city limits (unincorporated) you will be required to get a permit. Are there ever any instances where a permit may not be required? Yes, perhaps in some really rural areas, or if you are repairing or replacing, let’s say, “One (1) panel worth” of fence. Each city/county may differ in their requirements. Just count on needing a permit and be pleasantly surprised if you don’t.

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A good fence company usually will pull the permit for you and either itemize the expense or include it in the overall price of the job.

The permit is required so that the fence will be built to legal & code specifications. The city/county will be given your fencing plans, along with your application and usually a survey, and if they feel it meets their requirements they will give the go ahead for you to proceed with the fence project. When the job is finished a building code inspector from the city/county will check to make sure that it was really built as approved. This step is just as important as getting the ok to proceed. Make sure your fence has been inspected and the final approval received.

Ask your knowledgeable fence company – that would be us, Florida Fence Outlet – to help you with this part of the fencing experience. Call 407-277-8738 today for your free consultation and estimate!


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What Fence Material Will Last in the Florida Sun?


What Fence Material Will Last in the Florida Sun?


Curious about the durability of fence material?

How long can you stand outside in the hot, humid, Florida sunshine? Just a few minutes outside and stick a fork in me because I’m done.

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The Florida sun is also hard on wood fences. And that is sad. It is the most environmentally friendly fence option. You’d think the environment would return the favor. Not so. The Florida sun will be particularly mean to it, causing it to fade very quickly. Wood fencing also swells and expands with the humidity and can mildew which is why you need to snap a picture the day of installation because that is the best it will ever look.   On the other hand, if you like to paint and customize, wood fence may be right for you. We’re not down on wood fencing. We are happy to install it beautifully for you. The Florida sun is the enemy here.

Vinyl fencing has advantages over wood fencing and will last longer than most other fence products.

Whereas time is the enemy for wood, time is where you see your savings benefit with vinyl. Although its price point is higher than wood the value is in that longevity. It requires little maintenance and never needs painting because it won’t fade from constant exposure to the suns UV rays. Storms are this fence’s worst natural enemy, not the sun.

And that brings us to chain link and wrought iron fence. Wrought iron is more expensive than chain link but both are about the same as far as withstanding the Florida sun. Most are powder coated (think of how your car is painted) so will withstand the environment. But since they are metal they will rust (again, think of your car). Rust and storms are these fence’s worst natural enemies. But interestingly, after a hurricane go around and check which type of fencing is still standing. Surprisingly it is chain link. It’s not as pretty as other types of fence and doesn’t afford privacy, yet will still provide barrier protection in addition to helping keep your children and pets in a specific area for their own safety. The Chain Link fence can also be coated brown or green to help it blend in with the environment.

You have a lot to consider when choosing your fence. The environmental factor is just one aspect. Let Florida Fence Outlet help you choose a fence that will be the right investment for you as you enjoy living in the sunshine state. Call 407-277-8738 today!

Florida Fence Outlet is the fence material expert!

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Why Can’t You Give Me a Fence Quote Over the Phone?


Why Can’t You Give Me a Fence Quote Over the Phone?

So you want a fence quote over the phone?

You’ve heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? You may need to use that many words just to explain what we need to give you a quote over the phone. OR, we can come take a look at your property and save you some time and hopefully some money.

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You see, cost varies, of course, by the type of fence you order but also includes the time it takes to install. And that depends on the size and type of area you want to enclose. Most people don’t have that information at their fingertips. And even though land surveys and county documents can be helpful in getting some of that information, they don’t show the shape of the land or any impediments to putting up a fence.

Getting a quote over the phone is like asking your neighbor what they paid for their fence. Think of the many reasons why you wouldn’t trust the price of your fence being the same as what they paid: prices may have gone up or down since they purchased their fence; maybe their yard isn’t exactly the same layout as yours; maybe you don’t even like how their fence looks. The point is, there most likely will always be some reason not to trust a phone estimate. I know you are thinking that prices can change even if we come out and do an estimate, right? True, but if the prices change after we give you an estimate it will usually be because you changed something, not us.

In short, there is such a variety in quality, types of materials, fencing construction, and techniques of installation that your best bet to save time and money is to get an estimate from the experts in the field. Call Florida Fence Outlet today and let us get to know you and your fencing needs. Call 407-277-8738 today!

Still wondering why we can’t give you a fence quote over the phone?  Contact us today for more information!

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