Including Pricing and Warranty - 2024

Buyers Guide For Fencing

Including Pricing and Warranty - 2024

Buyers Guide For Fencing

Choosing the right fence for your home is more than just a practical decision—it’s an investment in your privacy, security, and the way your property looks. Whether you want to enhance your home’s exterior, secure your backyard, or create a private space for your family, knowing what options are available is essential. It can greatly affect your satisfaction and spending.

This guide is designed to help homeowners, especially those new to fencing, understand the different types of fences, materials, costs, and rules to consider, ensuring you make a choice that meets your needs and fits your budget.



Reasons for Buying a Fence

Choosing the right fence starts with understanding why you might need one in the first place. Whether it’s for privacy, security, or improving your home’s curb appeal, each reason helps pinpoint the type of fence that best meets your practical needs and aesthetic preferences.


One of the most common reasons for installing a fence is to create a private space. Whether it’s for enjoying quiet time in the garden, securing a backyard pool, or simply preventing passersby from peering into your home, a well-chosen fence can significantly enhance your property’s privacy.

  • Height and material capacity are crucial for privacy. Taller, denser materials like wood or vinyl provide better coverage than lower, more open options like chain-link with privacy slats.
  • Placement of the fence should optimize blocking sightlines from streets and neighboring properties while complying with local regulations.


Fences deter intruders and help secure your property against unauthorized access. They can also protect children and pets by keeping them contained within safe boundaries and deter wildlife and stray animals from entering your yard. Security fences vary in design and size, often depending on the level of security needed.

  • Material strength and design are key for security. Durable materials and designs that prevent easy climbing or breaching, such as ornamental steel or tall wood panels, are preferred.
  • Include security enhancements like locking gates, finials, or automated driveway gates for higher security needs. Automated driveway gates provide a convenient way to both control and monitor who has access to your property. They also offer an element of prestige for those with more refined tastes.

Aesthetic Appeal

Fences can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your property. They come in various styles and materials, each adding a unique charm and character to your home. Whether you prefer the rustic look of a wooden fence or the sleek, modern appeal of ornamental steel, the right fence can enhance the architectural style of your home.

  • Choose materials and styles that complement the architectural style of your home. Consistency in style can significantly enhance curb appeal.
  • Consider the landscape design and how the fence will integrate with existing or planned elements like gardens, patios, or driveways.


Fences are crucial for safety in homes with outdoor features like swimming pools, ponds, retaining walls, or cliff edges. They help prevent accidental falls and ensure that children and pets can play outside while reducing the risk of wandering into dangerous areas.

  • For pool fencing, ensure materials and designs meet legal safety standards that prevent accidental access by children and pets.
  • Durable and robust materials should be used in play areas to withstand rough play and harsh weather conditions.

Noise Reduction

Particularly in urban or suburban areas, regular privacy fences can provide some barrier against street noise. Fencing specifically designed and tested to reduce noise levels is a better option when noise reduction is a primary objective. The high-end Bufftech molded vinyl line has such ratings as an example. There are additional specially designed options available in the marketplace.

  • The height of the fence should be proportional to the noise source; higher fences are more effective against road-level noise.

Boundary Definition

Fences clearly delineate your property lines, which is important for avoiding disputes with neighbors. They define the space that legally belongs to you, which can be particularly useful in areas where boundaries are otherwise unclear.

  • Ensure accurate property surveys are conducted before installation to prevent disputes and encroachments.
  • Choose distinctive but neighbor-friendly designs that clearly mark boundaries without causing visual obstruction or disputes.
  • When replacing an existing fence located on a property boundary, it is important to confirm that abutting property owners agree as to who actually owns / is responsible for the fence.

Increase Property Value

Installing a well-designed fence can increase the resale value of your home. Prospective buyers often view a good fence as a benefit, reducing their future maintenance and enhancing the usability of the yard.

  • Invest in high-quality materials and professional installation to ensure longevity and enhanced appeal, which contribute to property value.
  • Consider future maintenance costs and ease of repair and access to replacement parts (i.e., green vs. black chain link or white vs. color vinyl) when selecting materials to ensure the fence remains an asset rather than a liability.
  • Increased buyer interest with a fence installed already to contain a pet or protect a pool rather than buy a home without one.

Wind Shielding

In areas with strong winds, a solid fence can act as a windbreak, protecting your garden and outdoor areas from damage. It can also increase comfort by reducing wind speed on your property.

  • The fence’s design should allow for some airflow to reduce wind force while still providing effective protection for specific areas.
  • Placement relative to wind patterns and protected areas can maximize effectiveness and reduce wear on the fence.
  • Quality materials, fence design, and installation technique are critical determinants of how well a fence will stand up to strong wind load.

Regulatory Compliance

In many regions, local laws or homeowners’ association rules may require fencing around certain features such as pools or backyard ponds. Installing the appropriate fencing ensures compliance with these regulations, avoiding potential legal issues.

  • Check local zoning laws and HOA rules for specific fencing requirements regarding height, materials, and placement.
  • Obtain necessary permits and approvals before installation to ensure compliance and avoid legal issues. The property owner is responsible for understanding permitting requirements and attaining those permits.
  • Some municipalities have fence height restrictions.
  • State maintained roads and most town maintained roads will have a location restriction within a specific distance from the road centerline.



Types of Fences and Cost Considerations

When it comes to picking out a fence, both the look and budget play crucial roles. Allenfarm Fence offers a variety of fencing options to meet different needs. This section explores the types of fences provided by Allenfarm Fence, starting from the most budget-friendly options to the pricier choices. The cost ranges mentioned are based on average projects and actual quotes may vary within these ranges or change based on a variety of factors.

200 Linear feet with a single 4′ wide walk gate – Installed
4′ H chainlink galvanized $6,500 – $7,500
5′ H chainlink galvanized $7,000 – $8,000
6′ H chainlink galvanized $7,500 – $8,500
4′ H Black chainlink $7,600 – $8,600
5′ H Black chainlink $8,100 – $9,100
6′ H Black chainlink $9,000 – $10,000
8′ H Black Deer fence $9,000 – $10,000
Spruce 6′ H stockade $9,000 – $10,000
Cedar 6′ H stockade $12,500 – $13,500
2-Rail Post and Rail $7,000 – $8,000
2-Rail Post and Rail with Welded Wire $8,500 – $9,000
3-Rail Post and Rail $8,000 – $9,000
3-Rail Post and Rail with Welded Wire $9,500 – $10,000
4′ H Wood Spaced Picket $11,000 – $12,000
Vinyl picket (white) 4′ H $14,000 – $15,000
Vinyl privacy (white) 6′ H $16,000 – $17,000
Vinyl privacy (Bufftech – color TBD) 6′ H $25,000 – $26,000
4′ H Ornamental steel $14,000 – $15,000
5′ H Ornamental steel $16,000 – $17,000
6′ H Ornamental steel $18,000 – $20,000
6′ H Custom Cedar Board Privacy with steel posts $18,000 – $19,000
6′ H Good Neighbor with post boxes $22,000 – $23,000
6′ H Custom Cedar with steel posts (priced per custom quote)
Wrought Iron (authentic) (priced per custom quote)

Automated Driveway Gates PRICE RANGE
Automated Driveway Gates Start at $30,000 and increase based on gate size and system complexity

Travel / Mobilization charge per mile starting at over 30 miles away $6 per mile per estimated number of installation trips

(April, 2024)


Spruce Stockade

The most budget-friendly privacy option (at time of initial purchase) is suitable for basic fencing without a high cost. For an average property span of 200 linear feet, spruce stockade will generally cost between $9,000 and $10,000. Although spruce costs less at the time of initial purchase, it will decay more quickly than cedar or other fence materials so will need to be replaced more frequently.


Offers durability and security at a low cost, though it generally lacks the aesthetic appeal of wood or vinyl. It’s an economical choice for effective boundary setting without the higher price tag of more decorative options. Chain link is a versatile product in that it can be readily configured to suit different applications including adding slats or wind screen to improve privacy or bottom rail, twist selvage and barbed wire for improved security. Additionally, it can satisfy pool-code requirements when configured with proper chain link mesh size and hardware. Chain link is available with PVC coated colors including black, brown, and green. Although it does add to the cost, customers find black in particular to be more aesthetically pleasing than galvanized.

Graduated Deer Fence

Its 8-foot height makes it unlikely that a white-tail deer will jump over it to indulge in your garden buffet. The graduated mesh with smaller squares at the bottom will likewise deter other smaller critters with similar intentions. The cost of 200 linear feet of 8-foot black deer fence installed will range from $9,000-$10,000.

Cedar Stockade

Utilizes #1 cedar for a traditional look, balancing cost and quality. Cedar stockade fencing for a 200 linear foot average property will range from $12,500 to $13,500 providing a middle-ground option in terms of expense. Cedar, like any wood, will eventually decay but is naturally rot resistant so will have far greater longevity than spruce.

Cedar Post & Rail Fencing

Offered in both 2 and 3 rail, provides for a traditional look to delineate property lines, add accents to drive-way entrances, or with the addition of welded wire, can be helpful in containing small dogs and children. Available in round as well as split rail, western red cedar for those looking to achieve a more rustic look.


Available in both mid-range and high-end options, is valued for its low maintenance, durability, and long-lasting warranty. Upgrading to vinyl fencing increases the initial investment, reflecting its advantages in durability and reduced long-term maintenance costs. The high-end vinyl option provides colors and textures that simulate wood or stone, providing for an exceptionally beautiful low maintenance solution.

Ornamental Steel (or Aluminum)

Known for its high durability and aesthetic appeal, with a price to match its premium qualities. Ornamental Steel is typically chosen for its visual appeal and longevity, making it a higher-cost option. Ornamental steel is available in many configurations, including those with features to enhance security or safety around a swimming pool.

Good Neighbor Cedar

One of the most expensive options, featuring #1 cedar with a finished appearance on both sides, offers privacy and aesthetic appeal.

Custom Cedar Fencing

Often designed to specific homeowner specifications and can reach significantly higher costs, especially for elaborate designs.

Wrought Iron (Authentic)

Before the advent of modern steel, metal fencing was customarily constructed of wrought iron. Authentic wrought iron fencing can still be procured through specialty manufacturers at a considerable cost. The term “wrought” sometimes is used generically to reference ornamental fencing that is constructed out of steel or aluminum and is not authentic wrought iron. It is important for the customer to be aware of this possibility and determine whether they really need authentic wrought iron versus ornamental, which does a great job simulating it for most applications.


Reasons a Fence Quote Would Be Higher Than Average

Understanding why a fence quote might exceed the average estimate is important for homeowners planning their budgets. Several factors can influence the final fencing cost, making it higher than you might initially expect. Allenfarm Fence aims to provide transparency and clarity on these factors to help you make an informed decision. Here’s a breakdown of the common reasons why a fence project might cost more:

Site Preparation Needs

  • Removal of old fencing: Removing existing fencing can add to the cost due to the labor and disposal requirements.
  • Land clearing and leveling: Sites with overgrowth or uneven terrain may require additional work to prepare for fencing, increasing overall costs.
  • Access issues for machinery: Limited access for machinery can complicate installation, requiring more manual labor and time.

Material Choices

  • Premium materials such as wrought iron or composite fencing: These materials are typically more expensive due to their durability and aesthetic appeal.
  • Custom designs or decorative details: Customizations like unique patterns or ornate finishes increase production time and costs.

Property Characteristics

  • Sloped or irregular terrain that requires additional labor: Terrain irregularities necessitate custom solutions which can be more labor-intensive.
  • Larger property sizes increase total material and labor costs: More fencing material and more time to install contribute to higher costs for larger properties.

Regulatory Requirements

  • Permits and fees specific to your location: Local regulations may require permits or incur fees that can affect the overall budget.
  • Compliance with local building codes or HOA standards: Adhering to specific codes or standards often involves additional specifications impacting cost.

Labor Costs

  • High-demand seasons: Costs may be higher during peak seasons due to increased demand for labor.
  • Specialized installation expertise needed: Projects requiring specialized skills or certifications may lead to higher labor rates.

Additional Features

  • Gates or enhanced security features: Adding gates or security enhancements like reinforced posts adds to material and labor costs.
  • Privacy slats or noise-reduction designs: Incorporating privacy or noise-reducing features often involves additional materials and design considerations.



Choosing the Right Material

Selecting the right material is crucial when installing a new fence as it impacts everything from the appearance and durability of your fence to its maintenance needs and cost-effectiveness. Let’s take a look at the key factors you should consider to help you choose a material that fits both your needs and your style.

Climate Adaptability

  • Choose materials that are designed to withstand the specific conditions of your local climate. For example, aluminum or vinyl are excellent choices for humid or coastal regions as they resist corrosion and moisture-related damage.
  • In areas with severe weather conditions such as heavy snow, frost, or high winds, opt for sturdy materials like wood or heavy-duty vinyl that can withstand these forces without deteriorating or requiring frequent repairs.

Longevity and Maintenance

  • Vinyl requires little maintenance over its lifespan, does not need painting or staining, and is resistant to rot, insects, and fading.
  • While wood may offer a natural and traditional aesthetic, it requires periodic staining or painting to maintain its look and integrity. Cedar and redwood offer natural rot resistance but come at a higher cost.
  • Snowplowing and falling trees or limbs can create damage that can impact longevity. To enhance durability, consider positioning the fence line away from where snow will be pushed up against it and assess nearby trees for potential hazards prior to installation.


  • Evaluate the upfront cost versus long-term maintenance costs. Materials like ornamental iron or high-quality vinyl might have higher initial costs but lower maintenance expenses and longer lifespans, making them more cost-effective over time.
  • Consider the total lifetime cost of the fence, including maintenance, repairs, and potential replacement needs. Cheaper materials might require more frequent replacements, ultimately costing more in the long run.

Aesthetic Appeal

  • Material choice should complement the home’s exterior and landscape design. For instance, ornamental iron works well with formal traditional landscapes, while horizontal wood planks might suit modern architectural styles better. At Allenfarm fence, we can service existing ornamental iron, but the product we typically install is steel.
  • Colors and finishes should also be considered as some materials offer a wide range of options to match or contrast with the home’s color scheme.

Security Features

  • For high-security needs, materials such as wrought iron or steel are preferable due to their strength and durability, making them difficult to breach.
  • Consider the design implications of security-focused materials, ensuring they integrate well with aesthetic needs while providing the necessary protection.



Maintenance and Durability

Understanding the maintenance needs and durability of different fencing materials is key, as these factors greatly influence the long-term appearance and upkeep costs of your fence. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common materials used in fencing and what you can expect in terms of maintenance:


  • Maintenance Needs: Wood fences, such as those made from spruce, require regular maintenance to maintain their appearance and longevity. This includes staining or painting every few years to protect against moisture, decay, and insect damage.
  • Durability: Wood is susceptible to weathering effects, including warping and rotting, especially if not properly maintained. However, treated woods or naturally resistant varieties like cedar can offer greater durability.
  • Consideration: Regular inspections for signs of damage or decay can help extend the life of a wood fence.


  • Maintenance Needs: Vinyl fencing is known for its low maintenance requirements. It does not need painting or staining and can be cleaned easily with a hose and mild soap.
  • Durability: Vinyl is highly durable and resistant to weathering, rotting, and fading. It’s an excellent choice for areas with harsh weather conditions because it can withstand moisture and temperature changes without deteriorating.
  • Consideration: While vinyl is durable, it can become brittle in extremely cold weather. Selecting high-quality vinyl can mitigate this issue.

Metal (Aluminum, Wrought Iron, Steel)

  • Maintenance Needs: Metal fences require minimal maintenance. Aluminum typically needs just occasional cleaning and is rust-proof, making it very low-maintenance. Wrought iron and steel, while sturdy, need to be inspected regularly for signs of rust or corrosion.
  • Durability: Metal fences are strong and can last decades if maintained properly. They are excellent for security purposes due to their strength and durability.
  • Consideration: Applying a protective coating every few years can help prevent rust and corrosion, especially in wrought iron and steel fences.

Chain Link

  • Maintenance Needs: Chain link fences are durable and require minimal maintenance, such as periodic washing to keep them looking fresh. They are prone to rusting, so checking for rust, especially in humid climates, is necessary.
  • Durability: Made typically from coated steel wires, chain link fences are durable against physical impact and harsh weather conditions. Most chain link is galvanized, and some chain link is additionally PVC coated, which provides further protection as well as the ability to get your fence in black, green, or brown. Chain link is also offered with an aluminized coating, which provides corrosion protection while making it more aesthetically pleasing when installed on an aluminum gate.
  • Consideration: Applying rust-inhibiting products can extend the lifespan and improve the appearance of chain link fences.



Installation Techniques

The methods used to install your fence and gates significantly affect their durability and longevity. Let’s examine some key considerations and best practices in fence installation to ensure optimal performance and durability over time:

Climate Considerations

  • Cold Climates: Posts should be set below the frost line to minimize heaving and settling caused by freeze/thaw cycles.
  • General Advice: Installing posts 3 to 4 feet deep or deeper strengthens their resistance to wind and other forces.

Ground Conditions

  • Rocky or Ledge Conditions: While challenging, these conditions can provide a solid foundation if posts are installed correctly.
  • Dealing with Large Rocks or Ledges: If a large rock prevents reaching the ideal depth, removing the rock or securing the post with hydraulic cement in a drilled hole is crucial. This is often considered a “hard-dig” and may incur additional costs like $100 per hard-dig hole.

Innovative Installation Methods

  • Steel Pipe Method: Driving a galvanized steel pipe into the ground and sliding the fence post over it offers improved stability and adjustability against movement from freeze/thaw cycles. This method is suitable for wood, vinyl, and ornamental posts.

Material-Specific Techniques

  • Wood: Wooden posts can be installed using the steel pipe method by drilling a 30” +/- hole lengthwise up through the center.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl posts are installed onto the steel while maintaining a snug fit using specialized spring clips.

Material Considerations

  • Post Material and Size: The strength of a fence is also influenced by the weight and thickness of the steel posts used. Opting for SS40 weight pipe rather than SS15 can significantly enhance durability.
  • Post Spacing: Reducing the spacing between posts increases their number, providing more support and strength to the fence.

Chain Link Specifics

  • Installation Integrity: Best practices include having separate stretches for chain link fences at corners and significant grade changes. Avoiding the shortcut of wrapping the chain link “fabric” around a corner post ensures higher quality and longevity of the installation.



Warranty Information

Allenfarm offers a general one-year warranty on all installation work. Coverage is provided under the manufacturer’s warranty for the materials used in your fence.

Below is a detailed table outlining the specifics of what each manufacturer’s warranty covers as of April 2024:

Chain Link Fabric (galvanized, aluminized, pvc coated) Stephens Pipe and Steel (SPS) 15 Year Limited 1 Year
Galvanized SPS 15 & SPS 20 Posts Stephens Pipe and Steel (SPS) 10 Year Limited 1 Year
Galvanized SPS 40 Posts Stephens Pipe and Steel (SPS) 12 Year Limited 1 Year
ActiveYards Vinyl Barrette Outdoor Living Single Family Residence-Limited Lifetime 1 Year
Other Property Types-30 Year Limited 1 Year
Bufftech Vinyl Barrette Outdoor Living Limited Lifetime 1 Year
Montage Residential Ornamental Steel Ameristar-Assa Abloy Limited Lifetime or (5 Year prorated within 1 mile of salt-water coastline) 1 Year
Montage Commercial Ornamental Steel Ameristar-Assa Abloy 20 Year Limited or (5 Year prorated within 1 mile of salt-water coastline) 1 Year
Wood Products – (cedar, spruce, other) varies none 1 Year
Automated Gate Operator DoorKing (DKS) 2 – 5 Year Limited depending on model 1 Year

(April, 2024)



Legal or Regulatory Considerations

Understanding and complying with local zoning laws, building codes, and homeowner association (HOA) guidelines is critical when installing a new fence. These regulations can affect various aspects of fence installation, including its height, style, materials, and placement. Here’s what homeowners should consider:

Underground Utilities

  • Installer’s Responsibility: It is important that the installer applies for and secures a dig-safe ticket prior to commencing work to prevent costly damage and dangerous conditions for their workers and the general public.
  • Homeowner’s Responsibility: The property owner needs to know and identify for the installer privately owned utilities such as septic tanks, leach fields, well casings, underground power running from the electrical meter to the house or out to a shed, propane lines, lawn irrigation lines, etc.

Zoning Laws

  • Zoning regulations can vary significantly from one municipality to another. They typically dictate the height and sometimes the material of fences, especially in front yards or corner lots. For example, some areas may restrict front yard fences to a maximum height of 4 feet.
  • In some cases, zoning laws may also regulate how far a fence must be set back from property lines and public roads. This is particularly important to consider for corner properties where visibility could be a concern.

Homeowner Association Guidelines

  • If your home is part of a community governed by a homeowner’s association, there will likely be additional rules regarding fence installations. HOA guidelines often include restrictions on the type of materials you can use, colors, and even specific styles to maintain a uniform community aesthetic.
  • It’s important to obtain approval from your HOA before proceeding with a fence installation to avoid potential disputes or the need to modify or remove an unauthorized fence.

Building Permits

  • Many localities require a building permit before installing a fence. The permit process may involve submitting detailed plans and specifications for the fence and sometimes even a survey of your property.
  • Failure to obtain a necessary permit can result in fines, legal action, or the requirement to dismantle the fence, so it’s crucial to check with your local building department before beginning construction.
  • The homeowner is responsible for acquiring required permits.

Safety Regulations

  • Safety regulations may also influence fence design, especially around hazardous areas such as swimming pools. Many places have specific codes that require pool fences to be a certain height and designed in a way that children cannot easily climb over them or open the pool gates. Pool gate latches are designed to be difficult for children to reach and operate.
  • These regulations are not only legal requirements but are also important for ensuring the safety of your family and the general public.

Visibility and Access

  • In many areas, regulations ensure that fences do not block sightlines for drivers at intersections. This means there may be restrictions on the height and type of fence you can install within a certain distance from street corners.
  • Accessibility considerations, such as ensuring gates are wide enough and accessible, might also be regulated particularly in urban areas.

Historical Districts

  • Properties located in historical districts may have stringent guidelines aimed at preserving the historical character of the area. This might limit your choice of fencing materials and require that the design be in keeping with the historical context of the neighborhood.



Local Permitting and Surveying

Navigating local permitting requirements and ensuring accurate land surveying are key steps in the fence installation process. These measures are necessary to ensure legal compliance and to avoid potential disputes over property boundaries. Here’s what homeowners need to know:

Local Permitting

  • Understanding Requirements: Before installing a fence, it’s important to check with your local city or county government to understand the specific permitting requirements. This may include size, type, and location restrictions.
  • Process of Obtaining Permits: Typically, obtaining a permit involves submitting a fence plan that includes details such as height, materials, and the location relative to property lines. Some municipalities may require approval from neighbors if the fence exceeds certain heights or setbacks.
  • Why Permits are Important: Permits ensure that all construction meets local standards for safety and zoning. They help avoid legal issues that can arise from non-compliance, such as being required to tear down the fence or facing fines.
  • The homeowner is responsible for acquiring necessary permits and approvals.

Professional Land Surveying

  • Importance of Accurate Surveying: A professional land survey helps determine the exact boundaries of your property. This is crucial before installation to ensure that your fence does not encroach on a neighbor’s land, which can lead to disputes and legal challenges.
  • Choosing a Surveyor: It is advisable to hire a licensed land surveyor to perform this task. The surveyor will mark the boundaries and provide a map that outlines your property lines.
  • Benefits of Surveying: Besides avoiding disputes, a proper survey can also identify any easements, right-of-ways, or other restrictions that could impact where and how you build your fence.

Compliance with Regulations

  • Adhering to Local Codes: Beyond the basic permit and survey, ensuring that your fence complies with local building codes and subdivision regulations is crucial. This includes following rules about fence height, materials, and visibility at corners which might affect traffic safety.
  • Historical and Environmental Considerations: In some areas, additional regulations may protect historical sites or environmental features like wetlands. Compliance with these regulations is necessary to preserve community heritage and natural resources, which might restrict certain types of fencing or require specific materials.

Future Considerations

  • Documentation: Keep all documents related to permits and surveys. These can be useful for future reference, especially if property disputes arise or if you plan to sell your home.
  • Periodic Reviews: Regulations can change, so it’s good practice to review local fence laws periodically, especially before making any modifications or repairs to your existing fence.



Seasonal Demand and Lead Times in Maine

In Maine, where the climate can greatly influence construction projects, planning your fence installation with an understanding of seasonal demand and lead times is crucial. Here are key considerations for Maine residences:

Understanding Seasonal Demand

  • Peak Seasons: Summer is typically the busiest season for fencing installations in Maine due to its short and favorable weather window. High demand during these months can lead to longer wait times and possibly higher costs.
  • Off-Peak Opportunities: Consider scheduling your installation in early spring or late fall. Although the weather can still be unpredictable, contractors may have more availability. Depending on the nature of the project, winter can actually be an excellent opportunity to get your fence installed to “beat the rush.” At Allenfarm Fence, we work through the winter months while many of our Maine competitors shut down operations.

Planning Ahead

  • Early Planning: Start planning your fence installation at least a year in advance. This allows you to book a contractor early, secure necessary permits, and have everything ready to go as soon as the weather permits.
  • Consult with Contractors: Engage with local contractors to discuss their upcoming availability and any insights they might have on the best times to undertake your project, considering local weather patterns and other local jobs they have lined up. It is not uncommon for Fence Installers to be booked out for six months or more.

Lead Times for Materials

  • Material Availability: Supply chain disruptions can be more pronounced in regions like Maine due to its geographic location. Check with suppliers early about the availability of your chosen fencing materials, especially if opting for specialized or custom options.
  • Custom Orders: Custom-designed fences will require additional lead times. Coordination with your contractor to ensure materials arrive on time is crucial, particularly if these materials are coming from out of state.

Unexpected Delays

  • Weather Delays: Weather in Maine can be particularly unpredictable and can significantly impact project timelines. Planning for potential weather delays by building extra days into your project timeline can prevent frustration.
  • Permitting Delays: As local government operations can vary by season, particularly around holiday times when offices might be closed more frequently, ensure all permitting is handled well ahead of your planned installation date.
  • Scheduling Delays: Personnel shortages, injuries, project overruns, and change orders all contribute to delays in the schedule.



We’re Here To Help

Choosing the right fence for your property is a decision that goes beyond simple aesthetics; it involves careful consideration of your needs for privacy, security, durability, and compliance with local regulations. Whether you are enhancing the beauty of your home, securing a safe play area for children and pets, or simply defining property boundaries, the right fence can make all the difference.

Don’t navigate the fencing process alone. Reach out to the experts at Allenfarm Fence Company today to discuss your fencing needs. Whether you’re just starting to plan or are ready to begin installation, we’re here to help every step of the way. Contact us at 207-848-0770 or use our online form to see how we can assist you in making the best choice for your property.

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