If you inherited a fence with your home or perhaps you’ve been in one home for many years, the need may arise to replace an existing fence on your property. If you inherited a fence when you purchase a home, you probably don’t know exactly how or when it was installed. The previous homeowners may have elected for lower-grade materials or hasty installation to save money at the time.

Wood fences need replacing more frequently than vinyl, aluminum, or chain link fences because of the very nature of the materials and how they withstand exposure to weather and sun. Of course, living in Florida there’s always the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms that can damage your fence beyond repair.

Before you replace a fence, there are a few things to consider:

  • Local zoning laws
  • Underground utilities
  • Type of fence
  • Contractor

Depending on where you live, you may need a permit to replace a fence, even if it’s the same type and height fence. In addition to city or county laws, if you live in a community with a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), they may require extra paperwork. Lack of proper permit can result in fines. Especially if you inherited the fence, it’s also good to check that the fence is actually within your property line before replacing it. Sometimes fences are placed too far in or beyond the line, either way fence replacement is a good time to rectify it.

Before digging, it’s also critical to check with the local authorities to ensure that the project won’t accidentally damage buried electric, gas, or water lines. If you choose Fence Central to replace your fence, we handle all of the relevant permits for you! We will also handle underground utilities on your behalf so you don’t have to learn the system or worry about doing things correctly. You choose the type of fence you want, we will handle the rest.

The type of fence can be a big decision. You of course have the option to replace with the same fence again, or try something new. The experts at Fence Central can help you choose the right type of fence to complement your home and property.