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Things to Consider Before You Build a Fence: An Interview with Jerry Gifford of Gifford Fence Company

By Jerry Gifford

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Gifford Fence Company was started in 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee, by my father. We are a family-owned and operated business that served the greater Nashville area. In 2009 I got the opportunity to move to the Orlando area and expand the business to a new region. We build quality fences using premium materials and superior installation techniques.

What different types of fences are available, and which material is the most popular and why?

There is a plethora of fence types and materials available. Our most popular fences in this area are wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Vinyl privacy fences are the most popular type here mainly because they are a maintenance free fence with a lifetime materials warranty and most HOA's are restrictive in what they allow.

Does a fence need to be a certain height or length based on where someone lives?

Maximum fence heights vary from city to city and county to county. For the most part, 6' tall fences are the maximum for the backyard and 4' tall for the front yard. There are exceptions and conditions that will allow for taller fences, but it all depends on where you live and HOA or codes guidelines.

What are the advantages of hiring a professional to install a fence?

By hiring a professional and licensed fence installer you get a contractor that has experience in installing the fence correctly. There are a lot of small things that go into installing fences, especially vinyl. Combine that with the fact that installing a fence is a lot of work and you will always come out better hiring a pro. A professional fence installer will be able to handle pulling the correct permit, obtaining the correct materials, and installing them so that the fence will last.

Is there anything homeowners should tell their neighbors before moving forward with the installation?

I always suggest that my customers take a minute and let any neighbor that will be impacted by a new fence installation know what they are planning and when. A lot of what we do is replacement of old fence. That usually means that the neighbor is also making use of that fence and just taking out a large section could leave them without a way to contain their pets or children. By talking to your neighbors you can inform them of the project and when the work will be performed. In some cases the neighbor will even offer to pay for a portion of the fence since they rely on it as well.

Does the climate affect the type of material one should use to build a fence?

Climate only really has an effect on wood fences. Vinyl and aluminum can withstand just about any climate without problem. But wood, being a natural product, can be severely compromised by changes in climate from season to season. That is why different types of wood are used in different regions. Here we use mostly pressure-treated pine and cypress. In Tennessee it was pressure-treated pine and cedar. Up north, they will use either red or white cedar.

What is the best way for people to reach out to your or your company?

The easiest way to contact me is to stop by our website www.giffordfenceorlando.com and drop us a line through one of the easy-to-use contact forms or email me directly at jerry@giffordfenceorlando.com. You can always call as well, but I can usually answer emails much quicker.

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