There are 4 common fence myths, and some of them are costing thousands of dollars to uninformed homeowners. Here’s what you need to know:
Myth #1: “Aluminum Fences Rust”
Probably the most widespread myth about fences is that aluminum fences will eventually rust (like steel fences). However, the truth is aluminum will never rust, because it can’t rust. You see, when aluminum is exposed to air, the small aluminum molecules in the surface will instantly react with oxygen… creating a thin coating of aluminum oxide that shields the aluminum piece against corrosion. Moreover, aluminum fences receive another treatment for enhanced protection against the elements (rain, sunlight, and snow).
Myth #2: “A Fence Represents the Boundary Between Two Properties”
Even if your property fence was installed decades ago, it doesn’t mean that the fence is your actual property line. The only way to know your real property limits is through a survey… and your neighbor has to agree that the survey is accurate (Otherwise, your neighbors can hire their own surveyor and dispute the accuracy of the original survey). Keep in mind surveying is not an exact science (such as mathematics, physics, or engineering), and there are several subjective interpretations and determinations associated with a survey.
Myth #3: “Vinyl Fences Are Not Strong and Will Fade Over Time”
If you grew up in the 70’s, you probably remember how the vinyl fences installed in your neighborhood became yellow over time (after the sun, rain, and snow relentlessly attacked the vinyl fences). While that was true in the past – when vinyl fences were indeed the “cheap plastic fences” that succumb under the sun – today’s modern vinyl fences have evolved… and are as strong and durable as any other types of fences.
Nowadays, vinyl fences are made with tougher materials (with special treatments) that are virtually immune to the sun’s UV rays and other environmental threats. A high-quality vinyl fence will last for decades with almost zero maintenance.
Myth #4: “I Can Build a Fence on the Property Line without a Survey”
Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest mistakes most homeowners make. When you don’t know the exact location of your property line, you can end up installing your fence inside your neighbor’s property. And, if you build your fence on your neighbor’s property, you’ll have to remove your fence immediately (losing thousands of dollars in the process). Besides, even if you can build your fence on your property line, you probably will need to invade your neighbor’s property in order to perform regular maintenance on your fence.
That’s why a survey is critical to help you establish your property lines, so you don’t install your fence outside of your property.
Knowing the truth about these four myths will help you avoid serious mistakes that can cost you thousands of dollars. However, if you’re in need of a new fence, then please don’t hesitate to contact the experts Campanella Fence. Call 845-628-2200 for a free consultation with a fencing specialist.