Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of a fence depends upon several factors. The main determining factors consist of what type of fence material is selected, the style of fence being built, what type and how many gates are installed, and, of course, how many linear feet of fence is required. (Linear footage is calculated by measuring the perimeter of the area that the fence will be built on.)
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When your backyard backs up against your neighbor’s yard, you’ll want a privacy fence with a height that gives you the most privacy. Usually, this can be accomplished with a 6ft height. But we can do height transitions higher or lower than 6ft in order to give you more privacy or more view depending on your preference.
If your backyard does not back up against a neighbor, but to a green space or pond, our aluminum fence is a popular choice. Your yard may be perfect for a picket fence or a chain link fence if privacy is not a priority.
The land rights may vary in your area. So, it may be necessary to check with your local tax assessor’s office office. However, the ownership of an existing fence is typically the same owner of the land for which the fence is installed upon. We do not conduct any property surveys nor do we imply property lines. If there is an existing fence, you should check with your neighbors to be certain the fence is yours. When there is doubt, it may be necessary to hire a survey company to mark the property lines.
When fences are installed using pre-fabricated panels, fencing slopes and irregular ground levels can be difficult to properly fence. You will usually get large gaps at the bottom areas and uneven capping.
We do NOT use pre-fabricated fence panels. We build custom fences. Custom fences (or stick-built fences) allow us to better follow the lay-of-the-land (topography) and gives a much smoother transition. We can include custom transitions as an upgrade to your fence installation.
MA pool codes are regulated by both the state of MA & the town in which you live in. Please refer to both of those for current/up to date regulations & additional information. We use the 780 CMR: MA Code for private pools.
Generally speaking, the pool code regulations that we adhere to are:
- Any pool deeper than 18” is required to be enclosed with a fence.
- Minimum fence height of 4’, although 5’ offers greater protection.
- Chain Link, Aluminum, Spaced Board (Picket/Stockade).
- Fence-to-ground clearance should be 4” max (2” on a non-solid surface such as gravel) to prevent a small child from climbing underneath.
- All gates must be self-closing and latching, and open outward or away from the pool.
- Wood – 25 to 30 years* (Structurally speaking. Color fading will happen sooner)
- Chain Link – 50+ years*
- Aluminum – 50+ years*
- Vinyl/PVC – 30+ years*
Unless otherwise specified by the customer , at J.C. Fence we customarily follow the grade of the terrain to limit spacing between the bottom of the fence & the ground.
If you choose a level appearance across the top of your fence, keep in mind there will be uneven space underneath the fence & the heights may not align.