Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

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Photograph provided by Qual Line Fence

There are many reasons people choose to get a fence: to keep out intruders, to contain their pets, to protect their children from running across the street, to hide a neighbor’s unsightly yard, and to give flowers and vegetables in a garden a solid structure to climb. But wanting a fence and going through the process of installing a fence are two different things that require much consideration.

For starters:
• There are two sides to a fence, and your neighbors will have opinions on the subject. Find out your neighbors’ points of view, and keep them informed about your intentions.
• Municipalities usually regulate fence placement, style, and height, and require a permit (for a fee).
• Often homeowner associations establish fence rules, which they may or may not enforce.
• Property lines must be located, which may necessitate you having your property surveyed.

Making the decision to install a fence is a multifaceted task. Take your time. Look for the best because your fence should last many years. At Qual Line Fencing, we are proud to see our fences still looking good after two or three decades or more.

Long before other companies in this area, we turned to driven steel posts, specifying depth and strength that will stand up to strong winds. To match cedar fencing, we create post covers from the same wood. For PVC material, the steel posts are held in place with brackets designed for that purpose. Ornamental fence posts slip over the steel. There’s more to fences than meets the eye.

What materials appeal to you?
Here are some frequent choices, listed in ascending order of cost.
• Aluminized chainlink
• Vinyl-coated chainlink
• Western red cedar
• Our own DiamondBack or Rollback—welded heavy mesh
• Traditional ornamental steel or aluminum
• Plastic, known as PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

Gate posts require extra footing. Here, too, we depend on steel rather than concrete, driving iron deep into the ground at proper angles to hold the posts in place. This method also anchors our flagpoles, which we manufacture from aluminum—again with a heart of steel in the taller poles.

Once you start thinking seriously about fences, you’ll start noticing them a lot. Keep your eyes open for what’s appealing and what’s appalling. There’s a distinct difference between bad, mediocre, good, and fabulous fencing. If you do your homework, you’ll be a good judge.

What can you expect from a fence company?
• Clear and thorough communication
• Careful attention to your needs and wants
• Detailed explanation of the process and product
• Efficient and effective construction methods
• Contract price
• Guaranteed materials and installation
• Experience, innovation, and expertise
• Longevity of service—still there when you need them in the future

Some homeowners start out thinking they’d like to build their own fence. Yes, we could sell you the materials, but the problem is in the equipment: post drivers and nail guns powered by air compressors, for example. Also, wear and tear on your body. Other projects are more suitable for DIY.

What else affects pricing?
Style: plain or fancy, solid or open
Terrain: level, uneven, and sloped terrain
Underground stuff: utility lines, power boxes, rocks, and concrete
Season: soft ground in the spring, frozen ground in the winter
Access: ease for installers get to the areas to be fenced

Ray Statz founded the Qual Line Fence company in 1956, and is still going strong, along with son, Al, who started fencing as a kid. Many of our employees have been with us for a long time. For us, family business is a great way of life.

Harriet Statz is a Certified Fence Professional at Qual Line Fence.

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Qual Line Fence
801 S. Division Street
Waunakee, WI 53597