“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Clever Joe is ready for spring, and so are we!
With only one week until the official launch date of spring, it seems like the weather around the country has been unseasonably cold. I know that I’m spoiled living in sunny North Carolina, but it has been unseasonably cool here as well too. (I realize it’s all relative- my Northern friends have no sympathy as our temperatures are still well above freezing during the day).
I think everyone gets so anxious for spring because it signals so many things- sunshine, grilling, flip flops, blue skies and the ability to go outside and breathe in the fresh air without a cold shock to the lungs.
There are a few things I could do without– such as losing an hour of sleep with the time change– but I certainly wouldn’t be caught dead complaining about the brighter evenings.
A lot of people have plans and projects for their yards in spring, and somehow working on outdoor yard projects can seem like more a pleasure in the spring. It’s like you can come out of hibernation. Gardening is probably one of the most popular spring pass times, and we, of course, talk to a lot of people who are considering a vinyl or aluminum fence for their yards.
Leo Tolstoy said “Spring is the time of plans and projects” and we couldn’t agree more. Maybe it’s not quite warm enough to go outside and grill just yet, but you can definitely plan in advance for these lazy Sundays by laying out your landscaping and fencing plans. Remember, we’re always happy to provide hassle-free, no obligation advice and consultation on your vinyl or aluminum fence project. Save money with our easy to install PVC fencing and aluminum fencing!
We specialize in helping homeowners install their own vinyl or aluminum fence. We believe that almost anyone with an average skill set and some patience can tackle this project on their own- or preferably with a helper. There are many benefits to installing your own fence, and here are the top 3.
You can save a lot money when you install yourself.
1. It can save you a lot of money
Professional fence installation is a wonderful service, but generally labor is as much as materials, so it’s expensive. If you install your own fence, you can save up to thousands of dollars. These kinds of savings usually make the work involved worth the effort.
The bottom line? Installing your own fence is a great way to save your family money.
You can make your install even easier by renting our gas powered post driver.
2. You don’t need to dig holes or pour concrete
Installing a fence has traditionally been a lot of work, and often heavy equipment was required. Renting power augers to dig deep holes–or manually digging them– is enough to make anyone run for the hills. Add the pouring of hundreds of pounds of concrete, additional to tearing up your yard, and it’s no wonder homeowners shy away from installing their own fence. It’s just too much work.
Now with WamBam’s DIY-friendly system, you don’t need to dig holes or pour concrete. This makes the project so much easier. And if you want to make it even easier, you can rent one of our gas powered augers to do most of the work for you.
3. You can be a hero
We’re not going mince words- it takes time to install a fence. Even though a WamBam Fence requires significantly less work than your average fence install, you do need to spend a great deal of time, effort, and patience, and there is no way around that. However, when you invest time into a project, pride inevitably goes hand in hand. Soon you’re the hero of your family–and maybe even your neighborhood. There is generally a lot of satisfaction when you pull up to your home every night and admire your handy work.
“I’m just going to sit out here and admire my handiwork!”
Choosing the right material for your fence can be a big decision. There are 3 main material choices you have for a residential fence. Below is a chart outlining the benefits of each.
Obviously, since we manufacture vinyl and ornamental fence we are biased towards these two materials. Having said that, some people prefer wood because of the initial up front costs or natural look. If you’re choosing wood because it’s initially cheaper, keep in mind that maintenance over the years will add considerable expense (check out this vinyl vs. wood true costs infographic). If you prefer the natural look and don’t mind the maintenance, by all means, we respect your tastes!
We’re going to assume if you keep reading that you are choosing between vinyl and aluminum. Each has it own benefits and considerations.
What’s the Primary Reason for a Fence?
If you need a fence for privacy, vinyl is the default since you can’t get aluminum privacy. The same is true with ranch rail or a traditional picket fence. The only time you really have to choose between vinyl and aluminum is for 4-5 feet tall open perimeter fence. This style of fence is mostly used for pools, setting up boundaries on your property, or keeping pets and children safe. If this is what you need, keep reading for more tips on choosing vinyl or aluminum.
If you’re after the classic picket fence, you’ll need to go with vinyl.
Our vinyl fence is white and our aluminum fence is black. If you have a color preference either way, this may be the deciding factor. Some customers prefer white because it compliments their house, and some prefer black because it can look more subtle.
This vinyl fence looks terrific with the white trim on the shed.
This southern style home looks great with our aluminum fence affixed to stone pillars.
Aluminum is generally more subtle and blends into landscaping, where as vinyl is more obvious. Some people enjoy the look of a vinyl fence because from 5ft away it looks like freshly painted wood, or it can match the shutters and trim of the house. Vinyl posts are usually thicker and more substantial (4-5in.) and aluminum posts are quite a bit thinner (2in.). The overall style difference between aluminum and vinyl is quite significant, and much of it depends on personal taste.
This vinyl fence offers a nice contrast to make a bolder statement
What Is Everyone Else Doing?
Have a look around your neighborhood and pay attention to what material is prevalent. If all your neighbors have vinyl, you really should consider vinyl so it looks uniform to the other houses on the street. The same is true with ornamental aluminum.
If you live in a New England style home with shutters and white trim, vinyl will often compliment it best. If you live in an area with black shutters and dark home colors, aluminum might be the natural choice. Again, looking around your city to see what your neighbors are choosing will also help you decide what fits best.
Though the trim on the house is white, the black fence provides a classy pairing with the gray brick on the house.
Choosing the fence material for you can be a big decision, but once you weigh all the considerations, the answer usually becomes more clear. Often it boils down to personal taste. Don’t forget that your friends at WamBam are always available to help walk you through the process as well.
People who have never had any experience with fence installation are generally surprised at the price of a good fence for their home. We know from the quotes we generate every day that a vinyl or aluminum fence is a large investment. It comes at a cost that the average person just doesn’t have stashed in the bank unless they have saved up. We would never want anyone to get in over their heads financially over their fence, so if the budget is a big factor in your fence project, we encourage you to think about some things.
Why Do You Need a Fence?
People need a fence for a variety of reasons, but in our experience, the most popular ones are the following:
It’s mandated by pool code and/or a home owners association
To contain pets and children to keep them safe
Privacy from the neighbors and/or setting boundaries in the yard
Your reason for needing a fence will affect your purchasing decision and time frame. If your reasons fall in the first two categories, you will probably need to figure out how to get the most affordable fence possible in the timeliest manner, and there are options. If you fall in the third category, often you can take some extra time to save your pennies or segment your fence project into different phases.
How Long Will You Be At Your Property?
If you plan on moving in the next couple years and the budget is tight, depending on the style of fence, you may want to pick up some cheap panels at the box store. However, before you do, be aware of some common pitfalls.
A $49.99 6ft vinyl privacy panel is a great price and we are not arguing that. What people don’t realize is that there are a lot of hidden extras you need for your fence job: posts, caps, brackets, screws, concrete (120lbs per post), power auger rental, etc. As a matter of fact, for certain fence styles and if your project is over $2500, the box stores are not always cheaper considering that WamBam will ship it to your doorstep free.
Another consideration is that upon closer inspection of a vinyl fence purchased at the box store, you will notice the vinyl is very thin and in some cases even translucent. We encourage you to go to the store and squeeze the rails to see what we are talking about. Additionally, the box store fencing usually does not have the limited lifetime warranty that many other vinyl fences do. They put in less UV inhibitors and take other shortcuts in order to manufacture the product as cheaply as possible. If you don’t have time to visit the store, you will want to see this page or watch this video to fully understand what we are talking about.
Finally, don’t forget that with the box store fencing, you will need to dig holes and pour concrete, often by renting a power auger. It’s a lot more time and work, and most people can agree that time is money.
In short, if you need a quick and cheap solution for a residence that you do not intend to stay at, you may want to check out what the big box stores have to offer. But do your homework, because the required fringe products, lower quality, and installation time may not equal to a whole lot of savings. Having said that, there are some cases in which this is the way to go. You also may want to check out a cheaper wood fence, but be forewarned, because after a few years, the time and money you put into it will negate any upfront savings. Click here to see a cost comparison of wood to vinyl.
Can You Delay Your Project?
If you need a fence for privacy or because the neighbors are driving you nuts, chances are that you can wait a little bit to save up for the product. Delayed gratification isn’t usually fun, but in the long run it’s very satisfying!
Another thing is that you can consider doing your fence in phases if you have a large yard that needs fencing in. Of course this isn’t always practical, because a single line of fence won’t contain pets or children, but it can help if you get creative. WamBam’s vinyl and aluminum fence systems are very scalable- you can easily add sections after the fact. You will want to remember that we offer free shipping on orders over $2500, so if you choose to do your fence in phases, you may be subject to some shipping charges. In our experience, many customers don’t mind this- especially if they are doing one big section per year. It’s also a nice way to break up the work load.
Are You Comfortable With Financing?
If you desperately need a fence and the budget doesn’t permit, yet you don’t want to get a low quality fence, some companies (including WamBam) give financing options. Generally you need to provide credit references and a down payment, but this is often a good option if you don’t have all the money upfront. Of course, you will want to make sure you can easily make the monthly payments so you don’t feel strapped down. If this is something you want to consider, you probably want to get a credit report in the near future, because you will be asked for it. Click here for more information on WamBam’s Easy Payment Plans.
A fence is an investment. Some fence companies claim that it will increase the value of your home. We’re not sure that’s entirely true, but we do believe that it can help the salability of your home. Therefore, while you may not get your initial investment back when you go to sell, it will probably aid in a quicker sale- or a sale that may not have otherwise happened. Therefore, you should see some sort of return from your fence project, which is why you want to make sure it looks good. A fence contributes greatly to the first impression and curb appeal of your home- and it’s something you will probably be looking at every day!
Good, Better, Best Options
In our experience, there are 3 options for purchasing a vinyl or aluminum fence, and they vary from good, better, best.
While we think our fence is a great solution for everyone, there are some cases in which it’s not. If you’re a busy person who needs a fence and has a fair bit of disposable income—or if you aren’t very handy—we recommend you get your fence installed by a professional. They will come in and do all the work for you. This is by far the easiest way to get a fence. Just be forewarned that the labor isn’t cheap- it’s often the same cost as the materials. Also make sure that you choose a reputable company that has been in business for a long time. It’s actually relatively easy for anybody to buy a truck, slap a sticker on, and call himself a professional fencer, so make sure you do your homework.
If you don’t want to spend the same amount on materials as labor to have someone install a fence for you, you’re going to need to do it yourself. This is where we believe our fence is an excellent option. We have designed our fence to be of great value to people- a professional grade product that a DIY person can navigate with relative ease. We personally feel that digging deep holes and pouring concrete to install a fence involves a lot of unnecessary time and work, so we are thrilled to bring our no-dig fence to market. We have so many happy customers that the product speaks for itself. We love to see people saving time with our product and spending more time with their families.
Having said that, while our product is way easier to install than traditionally installed fence, it’s still a lot of work, and you will want to mentally prepare for this project. Plus, since we offer a professional grade fence, while our fence offers a great value, the quality and warranty puts it in a category above the cheap fencing on the market, so you will pay more for some styles of fence.
The box stores can occasionally provide a very cost-effective solution, but as stated above, you will need to do your homework to make sure that you really are saving money. Their fence systems are designed to make it look like you are getting an amazing price, but at the end of the day the savings aren’t usually what they initially seem. Plus, you will be spending more time and effort installing your fence. Also, what you save, you sacrifice in quality and longevity. Wood can be a cheaper option, but it will cost you more money over the lifetime of the product.
In conclusion, there are many financial implications to a fence. We encourage you to give careful consideration to this investment. Time frame, financing, and what product to purchase are all big factors and it’s not a decision you will want to take lightly. You are also welcome to call anytime to call our fence specialists to discuss your options.