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Farmington Hills Fence Company

Aluminium Fencing

Aluminium Fencing is an Often-Overlooked Option Which Looks Good and has a Long Life

After more than 40 years in the business of installing both residential and commercial fencing, we know you have many things in mind when searching for the best Farmington Hills fence company to complete your project. Nobody installs a fence haphazardly and we at Veterans Fence know that there is not such thing as a “little job” where installing a fence is concerned.

It would seem that a lot of local fence companies in the Farmington Hills have somehow forgotten this. Right now it seems that everyone wants to focus on pressuring homeowners to buy the most expensive type of fencing on the market. My dad, Jim Teets, never operated our family business in such a manner and there’s not way that I’m going to do so either. Back when I was a boy, I remember continually being told that the traditional chain link fencing was the foundation of any fence business and never to turn down a job just because the homeowner wanted to go with inexpensive chain link fencing. “Boys,” he would say, “it’s usually the woman-of-the-house who is driving to have a fence put in and her #1 concern is making sure that her tykes and the little dog she just gave them stay in the right place, secure from harm.” I believe he was right and if the entire world turns and marches the other way there will be one Farmington Hills fence company that stays the course and provides customers what they want whether chain link, vinyl, or wood.

Eventually I bought the company from dad years ago and I can attest that I’ve seen changes in what people like in a residential fence over the years. Style, durability, and easy maintenance have made privacy fence a top pick of local residents. That being said, I’ve made a point never to loose sight of the fact that being kind and courteous to each one of my customers and their neighbors when performing a fence installation and at the same time being quick to address any concerns are the things which are more important in the minds of those looking for a new fence than the color or material ever could be.

Veterans is a Farmington Hills fence company that has experience in designing and installing a full array of fence products for a myriad of different applications. From chain link to cedar, from vinyl to rod iron all of these types of projects have been successfully tackled in the past and many satisfied customers have gone back over the years for all of their fence installation needs.

The team members that I lead have pledged to respect your time, listen to you patiently as you explain in detail your vision for exactly how you want your new fence installed, and will give you the best value on your project bar none.

Farmington Hills Fence Company

You can't see him, but there's a little dog being kept in that yard behind this attractive Cedar fence.

Notice that the term “best value” was used here. Not “cheapest”. As you can probably agree from past experience, going with the cheapest version of anything is usually a bad idea. Other Farmington Hills fence companies operate on idea that they can only compete with older, better established and reputable companies such as ours by offering dangerously low prices.

Yes, I said “dangerously” low. How is this dangerous? To put very simply, much of the expense where installing fencing is concerned is related to the cost of materials. Pretty much all fence companies in the southeast Michigan area, from Ann Arbor to Grosse Ile, buy their materials from a small group of suppliers. That being the case, there is no way to bring the cost of materials down because there is no Farmington Hills fence company that has attempted to “become the factory” and make their fencing from raw materials.

The only way then, to bring prices down significantly when materials cost is fixed is to cut corners. Either you have to hire low quality workers who don’t demonstrate a high amount of responsibility in their lives and thus can work for just enough money to pay for some cheeseburgers and fund their monthly subscription to their favorite World of Warcraft online game or you end up skipping out on necessary local permits which puts you at risk that the job won’t be done to the proper standards or you get hodge-podge service where a job may be started on a Monday by digging holes for posts, but not finished for another 3 weeks while the company tries to tie up loose ends on previous jobs so they can get paid. Whichever way you look at it, there is a very real “cost” associated with going with the cheapest provider in town which is why we say some quotes are “dangerously” low. It is our sincerest desire to provide the greatest overall experience in both the design, installation, and long-term enjoyment of your fence at the best price when all factors are weighed in the balance.

If you like the idea of working with a reputable Farmington Hills fence company who takes their work seriously and is run by a man who believes that age-old rule of “love your neighbor as yourself”, then give me a call at 313-381-8530 and I’ll be out to your place in a day or two to answer any questions you have and give you an estimate on how much it’ll cost to get your new fence installed in short order.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Beverly Hills Fence Company

Cedar Fence with Columns

Cedar Fence with Columns

If you live in Beverly Hills then you have come to the right place to get more information about having a fence installed. I’m going to provide you with 3 Easy Steps you can take in order to insure that your experience of buying a new fence and having it installed goes smoothly.

We’ll be focusing on the things to do in order to choose the best Beverly Hills fence company for your job, but there’s a lot more info at different areas of this site so feel free to check out that as well. That being said, let’s get into the things you can do to make sure that the local fence company you go with will do a good job at a fair price:

1) Company Location – the extended state of economic trouble has put more than one Beverly Hills fence company in harm’s way. A lot of homeowners are pressing the pause button on any big-ticket purchases from TVs to cars to home upgrades. This applies double where installing permanent fixtures for the house is concerned because many homeowners don’t know how long they’ll be staying in their current home.

What this all boils down to is a situation where the fence companies which have not been driven out of business are not stretching out and looking for business in areas where they wouldn’t normally even bid on a job. This can go awry quickly because there is no rule that says that as soon as you cut a deposit check to a particular Beverly Hills fence company, that you have a space in line “saved” where scheduling is concerned and everyone who signs up to get a fence after you will have their fence installed after you.

Beverly Hills Fence Company

A wrought iron fence is an oft-forgotten option that can set many homes aprart from the crowd.

The fencing business is complex in that, with the exception of chain link fencing, materials have to be ordered and produced before they can be picked up and brought to the job site for installation. The exception to this is the fence posts, which can be had on demand because there are no sizing requirements. The result is that fence companies will go out and install the posts well in advance of installing the rest of the fence. You can see how, if you are dealing with a company that is way out in Lansing instead of a Beverly Hills fence company that is in the local southeast Michigan area, you could find yourself in a situation where you have fence posts in the ground but the rest of you fence sits unfinished while the contractor delays the work on your project in order to get as many jobs “closer to home” finished instead. Go with a company that is more local and you can avoid this.

2) Municipality Requirements – I’ll come right out and say that it is my hope that you’ll choose Veterans Fence Company to install your next fencing system. If, however, you decided that another Beverly Hills fence company is better suited to the task, make sure that they know what they are doing in Beverly Hills.

Remember, a company based in Lansing can run an add in the local paper or Yellow Pages but that doesn’t mean they have the experience dealing with the local community planning department. This is another reason why working with a local Beverly Hills fence company is in your best interests.

3) Proper Bonding, Insurance, and Certification – always double check to make sure that the Beverly Hills fence company you go with carries the proper insurance and is bonded in accordance with Michigan State regulations. If a member of an installation crew injures himself while on your property, his company’s coverage should help take care of his lost time, wages, and medical expenses. If this type of coverage was never procured or was allowed to lapse then the worker might just feel that it makes sense to pursue legal action again you, the homeowner, to get the money he feels he’s entitled to.

At Veterans Fence we’ve always maintained our contractor’s license in good standing as well as all the required insurance coverage to give you that extra peace of mind when our fence company is on-site installing your fence. You can ask for a copy at any time and we’ll be glad to provide it to you.
Those are just three tips that answer some of the most-asked questions we get from customers looking for a reliable Beverly Hills fence company. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us directly at 313-381-8530 and we’ll make sure you get all the answer you are looking for before so you can feel confident you’re getting the highest quality product and the best service available from any fence company in the area.

West Bloomfield Fence Company

West Bloomfield Fence Company

An Elegant Vinyl Fence Serves as a Great Frame for Your Home.

Deep down inside each one of us, we know that each and every company is a little bit different from the next. Even McDonald’s, which strives to create uniformity between its franchises, will provide a slightly different experience from one location to the next. As can be expected, this type of variance is also seen in the quality of work done by one West Bloomfield fence company when compared with another.

Since we all know this basic truth the question then arises as to what should be done in order to separate the wheat from the chaff in order to choose the right West Bloomfield fence company. Ideally, we’d all like to be working with the one contractor in town that will install a great looking fence made from high-quality materials in a timely manner all the while presenting a level of professionalism which keeps one’s neighbors from being offended. My guess is that you’re here reading this article because these are the very type of things that you’re concerned about and are doing your homework so that, to put it frankly, you don’t get caught with your pants down. If you can identify with that statement, read these Top-3 tips for getting the fence of your dreams installed properly the first time.

Interview Multiple Companies – I’ll be the first one to say that I’m hoping that after you read this article you’ll look at the top of this page, pick up the phone, and call my office to set up and appointment for my team to give you an estimate. That being said, I do recommend that you call more than one West Bloomfield fence company for quotes. Two is good – three would be better. It’s true that you can get great quality work done at a great price since that’s the level of service I push my team to bring to each and every job site. However, I’ve heard more stories of things going wrong when a homeowner failed to get multiple quotes than tales of everything going peachy, so it’s usually a best practice to plan on getting a few quotes.

As for References – my company, Veterans Fence, was started almost 50 years ago by my father. That’s a long time and that’s a lot of fencing to put into the ground. I make it a point to provide every customer with references or testimonials on demand. There is no reason why a company that has been in business for any descent length of time (5+ years) should not be able to provide high quality references with phone numbers for you to call. If the company is too new to be able to provide references, don’t do business with them. Someone will hire them, I assure you of that, but a young company is still learning the ins-and-outs of bringing a high level of service to job site you don’t need to be their guinea pig that provides them with the “failure experiences” they need to grow from being a new company to an established one. An older West Bloomfield fence company that is unable or unwilling to provide references should be eliminated from consideration because it comes across as shady. Installing fence is not like providing security for CIA headquarters and there’s no need to secretive about what we do unless there are a lot of skeletons in the closest that would be best left hidden from sight.

Cedar Semi-Privacy Fence

Cedar? Vinyl? Wrought Iron? Try to agree on these details before someone shows up at your home.

Do Some Planning in Advance – while it is the job of the West Bloomfield fence company sales rep who visits your property to give you a quote on installing your new fence to provide materials and guidance on what type of fence to get, the initial meeting is not the time discover that one spouse is interested in a white vinyl setup while the other has been imagining the grounds wrapped in and elegant cedar privacy configuration. Have at least a basic chat a couple of days before with all parties who have a say in what type of fence will be eventually decided upon sitting in attendance. I’ve seen verbal disputes erupt between spouses that led me to believe that the color choice of the fence was going to be the final straw that pushed the couple into divorce court. I can’t speak for everyone in the fencing business, but I know more than one owner (myself included) who could be considered “relationally challenged” to one degree or another. We’re holding down things on the home-front with our teeth while at the same time guiding a ship that is known as “business” through rough economic waters and trying to help others improve their communication skills in the environment of selecting the right fence is not an activity we are qualified to perform. Getting on the same page where expectations are concerned a few days in advance can pretty much preclude this from happening.

These thee suggestions will go a long way in helping you pick out the best West Bloomfield fence company out of the crowd of choices all vying for your business. Again, I’d like to throw my hat in the ring and say that I’m itching for a chance to earn your business as well. Give me a call at 313-381-8530 and I’ll come out to your home, provide you with the rest of the information you need to make the best decision in regards to selecting your new fence, and will provide you with the best possible price bar none.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Rockwood Fence Company

Rockwood Fence CompanyIf you are a Rockwood resident, are looking to get a new fence installed in the near future, and are on the hunt to gather information together about how to best accomplish this goal, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s true that one Rockwood fence company is different from the next and not all are created equal, so doing your homework upfront is a smart decision to make.

Feel free to check out various areas of our site where you’ll find plenty of information, but while you are on this page let me tell you a few things that you may want to consider before you choose one particular Rockwood fence company over another.

1) Location – the current economy has caused many Rockwood fence companies fall upon hard times. It’s no secret that many homeowners in the southeast Michigan area (including Rockwood) have been collectively holding off on making purchases of anything and everything that costs more than a cell phone. This applies double to any purchase revolving around real estate. Many residents harbor doubts as to whether or not they’ll be keeping their home for an extended period of time and this mindset causes them to forgo investing any money in their home as they feel they may not get any return on their investment.

This is, of course, a bad decision that can lead to disastrous safety consequences for a child or a pet, but let’s ignore the fact for the moment. The bottom line is that people are not installing as many fences as they used to which in turn has led the average fence company owner from all across the area to try and expand into other areas of business that they had previously avoided in an effort the find a few more customers each month to meet their quota. This means that a local Rockwood fence company may be attempting to go as far out as Ypsilanti in order to find business but it also entails that a Ypsilanti fence company may be trying to find work in Rockwood.

It’s a good idea to give some thought to this unusual situation because you don’t want to be the victim when a company based in another county doesn’t come by to install your fence for weeks and weeks after a price for the work has been agreed upon and a check for the deposit has already been cut.

For this reason it’s best to do business with a Rockwood fence company that works in and around your community each and every day. This one simple, often overlooked, measure will go a long way to help insure your job is completed on time.

2) Rockwood Building Code Standards – obviously, we hope that you’ll choose Veterans Fence Company to install your next fencing system, however if you decided that another company is better suited, make sure that they know what they are doing where local Rockwood regulations are concerned.

Even a brand-new company who has never done so much as dig a post hole can run ads on TV or in the paper, but that’s not a guarantee that they know the ins-and-outs of dealing with the people at the code enforcement desk like a Rockwood fence company would.

3) Properly Bonded and Insured – you’ll want to make sure that you check to insure that the Rockwood fence company you choose to go with in order to install your new fence is properly bonded and insured. If a member of an installation crew injures himself while on your property, his company’s coverage should help take care of his lost time, wages, and medical expenses. If this type of coverage was never procured or was allowed to lapse then the worker might just feel that it makes sense to pursue legal action again you, the homeowner, to get the money he feels he’s entitled to.

Traditional Chain Link Fence

The traditional chain link fence goes a long way to keeping your family and pets secure and safe at little cost.

At Veterans Fence we’ve always maintained our contractor’s license in good standing in all of the communities that we’ve served as well as all the required insurance coverage to give you that extra peace of mind that we are a local Rockwood fence company that believes that the details really do matter, even if many customers don’t ever both to ask about these types of things. If you ask in advance when first call my team can either send a copy to you in the mail or bring it along when we stop by to provide you with an estimate of cost for getting your new fence set up.
It is my hope that these simple tips have helped you get a good idea of some of the things that you’ll want to consider when choosing a Rockwood fence company. If you want more Tips, you can request our Free Special Report by using the form at the top-right of this page. Also, feel free to call at any time to have someone answer any questions you may have about getting your new fence installed properly…and at the best price.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Franklin Fence Company

Franklin Fence Company

A properly installed fence can significantly enhance any the appearance of any home.

If you’re like most people, you’ve put off getting a new fence installed for longer than you wanted to. Everyone is busy and intuitively you knew that the process of buying a fence wasn’t going to be like ordering a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. It was going to take time and effort to figure out what you really want and who you want to do the job. The good news is that’s really the only two hurdles you have to overcome. Once you determine the type of fencing will wrap around your property best and select the right Franklin fence company to do the work, you pretty much get to sit back and watch the magic happen.

Selecting the type of fence can be the most time-consuming aspect of the process. It’s a good idea to do some research into different types of fencing so that you can fix a picture in your mind of exactly what you’d like the finished product to look like. While chain link fencing is the most popular material for building fences coast-to-coast, it’s usually not the first choice for those in local area. Most will opt for some type of decorative privacy or semi-privacy fence build for either cedar of vinyl and some will opt for a high-end stone or rod-iron fence. The average Franklin fence company can install wood, vinyl, and chain-link fences with east but not every one will be willing to go the extra mile to install a stone or iron fence. If either of these last two are what you want to go with, be sure to ask your local fence company if they install such products as it’s not a given that they do.

Once you have a good idea about the type of fencing you want to have installed around your home the next, and often more tricky, stage is to select the right Franklin fence company. Not all fence companies are created equal. Some companies, like Veterans Fence, have decades of experience in the fencing industry. You might think that the time in business might not be an important factor in how your fence will turn out, but you’d be wrong. The fence business has it’s own set of issues that need to be managed properly in order to keep 50 or 100 jobs running on time simultaneously. There’s a lot that goes into ordering material, seeing it delivered to the job site on time, having holes dug and posts set before the material arrives, and getting applicable permits pulled before the whole thing is initiated.

Failure to properly systematize is the main reason that a new Franklin fence company will often start up, run for two or three seasons, and then disappear from the phone book. It’s not easy to coordinate dozens of installations while at the same time maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Delays caused by failures in systematization leads to unhappy homeowner which leads to few (if any) referrals. Referrals are the life-blood of any fence company and a start up that cannot earn the respect of it’s previous customers will quickly fail.

Decorative Iron Fence

Decorative Wrought Iron Fence

The reason why this impacts you is that in the intermittent time period between a new company filing their incorporation paperwork and the time that they take down their shingle is when they are trying to get people like you to hire them. Usually, they have little more than price as an incentive to choose them over other, more established, Franklin fence companies. The result of offering to take less for the same work is that they can only hire sub-par, even shady, workers. You know, the type of people who just seem grungy and lackadaisical in their demeanor. You’ve seen those in your neighborhood who have gotten work done from these types of outfits and everyone in the area is happy to see them leave.

The bottom line is that there are plenty of customers out there who are willing to hire the new guy and give him a chance to prove his metal. You don’t have to feel obligated to “give them a chance” where installing your fence is concerned. You are not the only one getting a fence installed this year, so rest assured that they can cut their teeth on a job elsewhere. Don’t run the risk that you’re going to be the customer that they let down so that they can learn “the hard way” that they need to maintain a high level of service if they want to stay in business. Go with a reputable, established Franklin fence company and you’ll avoid 90% of the heartbreak that hundreds of homeowners experience each year when their fence is not installed properly, or on time, or with proper workmanship.

There you have it. The two things that you need to get right in order to have a beautiful fence installed that is a testament to your sense of style and adheres to the overall image you want you home to project in the neighborhood. Spend some time doing the research on what type of fence you want to have installed and choose the right Franklin fence company to do the work. Everything else is just details. Give me a call at 313-381-8530 and I’ll be happy to come out and tell you what our company, Veterans Fence, can do to make your dream a reality. My father founded this business nearly 50 years ago and so you don’t have to worry that we lack the experience to do the job right the first time and you can rest assured that your project is in good hands.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Oak Park Fence Company

Oak Park Fence Company

A Good Fence Is a Great Backdrop for Any Home

Since very few of us get a new fence installed more than once or twice over the entire span of our lifetime, it’s usually a pretty exciting thing when it comes time to do so. It can also be pretty scary when trying to figure out what Oak Park fence company to do business with.

One of the first things you should do is figure out what type of fence you would like to see on your property. There are a lot of factors that are involved. Yes, price is one of them, but if you talk to any good representative from any reputable Oak Park fence company you’ll find that this isn’t the only thing you need to decide in advance before someone shows up at your home.

Each type of fencing has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, chain link fencing will always beat out other types where price is concerned, but it’s terrible if you want to add a bit of privacy to your yard. Vinyl costs quite a bit more, but it also has very minimum maintenance requirements which means both the visual impact and ease of ownership is significantly higher as well. It’s best to do the discussion about the type of fencing you want so that you and anyone else who is involved in the decision making process are on the same sheet of paper where expectations are concerned.

If price is a very significant factor for you and you can’t even have a real discussion without knowing ballpark figures about how much the same fence would cost if it is put up in wood, chain link, or vinyl, you can can give us a call and either I’ll send one of my team members over to get you the info you need or I might even end up doing it myself. Not all Oak Park fence companies will go the extra mile like this, but I’ve found that if I invest a bit more time in the people I work for, they go the extra mile for me and spread the word about our company to their friends and family.

Please give us a call at 313-381-8530 and we’ll set up an appointment time that is convenient for you. Since my dad started this company over 40 years ago we have been doing the utmost to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of those in the community so that we can be considered a Oak Park fence company who provides exceptional service at an outstanding price. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Berkley Fence Company

Berkely Fence Company

Exquisite results can be achieved if you choose the right Berkley fence company.

So this is it. The time has come to put in a new fence. Perhaps the old one let a beloved pet escape and meet a painful death under the wheels of a neighbors SUV. Perhaps one of your children was climbing the fence and got hooked on an old, rusty bit of wire mesh. Or perhaps the old fence just isn’t looking very nice anymore and you’ve come to realize that it’s detracting from the otherwise exceptional appearance of your yard. Whatever the case may be, you know it’s time to get a new fence and that means finding a good Berkley fence company.

Now that your journey has begun, however, you’ve probably already discovered the fact that you know very little about having a fence installed. Considering the fact that very few of us will ever purchase a fence for a home we are living at more than three times over the course of our life, your lack of familiarity with the fence-buying process is hardly out of the norm. Here are a few things that you should be thinking about when you interview the various Berkley fence companies when it comes time to discuss your options and get price quotes.

1. Remember to Check References – there’s a famous saying that it’s not what you say about yourself that matters, but what others say about you. This applies double in the residential and commercial fence industry. My company, Veterans Fence, has been in business since my father founded the business over 40 years ago and in that span of time I’ve been called in more than once to tear out a fence that was put in the ground a few weeks prior because the quality of work was so poor that it simply was unacceptable. So get some references from any Berkley fence company you might interview. It’s best to ask for them right over the phone when you call and request a company representative to stop by your home and give you quote on your particular installation job. They should have plenty of references and testimonials on hand from satisfied customers who would be willing to vouch for them. If they cannot provide such references, then don’t do business with them. It’s the #1 red flag and shouldn’t be disregarded.

6 ft. Cedar Privacy Fence

Privacy fences can be built from either vinyl or cedar, but their visual effect is very different.

2. Talk About Your Goals In Advance – because almost everyone puts off buying a new fence for years before they decide it’s something that has been on the back burner for far too long, a lot of time passes in which different members of a household can develop a different vision in their minds eye of what the yard should look like once the fence is installed. Strangely enough, while we KNOW that we are not mind readers, we all follow the predictable psychological pattern of assuming that others close to us think the same way we do. I can’t count the number of times I’ve arrived at a home to provide a price quote only to find that once we start at the beginning, the selection of what type of fence is desired, both spouses discover that one was hoping for a white vinyl fence and the other had envisioned a cedar privacy fence. These types of things really need to be hashed out before the sale representative arrives. A good Berkley fence company rep can tell you about the features and benefits of different fence types, but they can’t really help you decide what you want in a fence so get that squared away early on.

3. The First Impression is the Only Impression – there are a lot of people trying to “get into” the fence business today because they thinks its as simple as digging a few holes putting in a post with some cement, and then stretching fence across it. This over-simplistic idea of how this business is run means that young, unshaven guys who have shunned a college education in lieu of sitting at home playing Modern Warfare 3 on their Xbox see the fence business as the “magic bullet” that will meet their suddenly-large financial obligations once mom has kicked them out of the house for not showing for 4 weeks in a row. That being said, if someone doesn’t care about their appearance, you can rest assured they care even less about how your home looks. A good Berkley fence company knows that the first impression is the only impression and will take steps to ensure that everyone carries themselves in a professional manner, even though the entire fence industry is all about digging holes in the dirt. Beware the scrungie looking sale representative. If the sales team is unkempt in their ways then the installation crew will be as well.

While it’s true that there are a number of other minor factors which can set on Berkley fence company apart from another, these three factors will have the biggest impact on whether or not your overall experience in having a new fence installed goes well or turns into one of those extended nightmares we are all familiar with. I do everything I can to measure up to a standard of excellence in my own life and I push every member of my team to think and act in the same manner. Give us a call at 313-381-8530 and have us come out to give you a quote. Once your fence is finished, I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re glad you did.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

South Rockwood Fence Company

South Rockwood Fence Company

A good South Rockwood fence company does high quality work like this.

While Best Buy would have you think that it’s as common as a cold in December, big-ticket purchases are still a relatively rare thing. This applies even more when you consider the fact that stoves, refrigerators, and other high-dollar appliances are lasting longer than ever due to better construction. Getting a new fence is also one of these bigger purchases which are not all that common and so finding a good South Rockwood fence company that can give you all the information you need to make the best decision is probably the most crucial aspect of getting a high-quality fence that will last for years.

Here are a few tips that will get you headed in the right direction in selecting the best South Rockwood fence company. I’ve compiled this list from decades of experience in the commercial and residential fence industry. My father started Veterans fence nearly 50 years ago and I worked under him since I was a boy and these years of experience have cause med to learn a thing or two about this. I consign this knowledge to you in the hope that, even if you don’t choose to work with our company where your project is concerned, you’ll get the very best service from whichever contractor you do commit to.

All Things Really Are Created Equal – while it is true that some uber-rich people will order up a decorative rod-iron fence of a stone wall fence, over 95% of all fences installed these days will be constructed of either the vinyl, weather-resistant wood, or traditional galvanized chain link variety.

Chain Link Fence Production

Locally produced chain link fencing.

These materials are, for the most part, produced locally by a small group of companies. This means that all of the South Rockwood fence companies are getting the materials that they’ll be building your fence with from the same sources. Pricing, then, is very consistent from one company to another and if you get more than one quote on your job and you see a low-ball quote that sticks out like a sore thumb you have to ask whether or not they are really committing to the same amount of work that the others understood you to be looking to get done, cutting corners that will result in a poor quality fence, or doing something else that is shady like old-fashioned bait-and-switch tactics. If all things are equal (and they usually are in this line of work) why would one South Rockwood fence company be significantly lower on price than another? That’s something to watch out for.

Company Track Record – I can’t stress enough how important it is to go with a company that has been in business for a number of years and has a proven track record that they can substantiate by providing you with references or testimonials upon request. The fence business attracts a lot of start-ups because they think that they can rent a post-hole digger and buy some materials with their personal credit card and then “be in business”. This business is a lot more complicated than that though. There are a lot of factors which must be managed in order to keep multiple installation jobs running on time all at simultaneously. Break downs in the process occur and people get upset when extensive deals leave them with holes dug and posts sticking up out of the ground but no completion of the job in sight. Older companies (5+ years in business) will have worked through these common issues and have systems in place to keep things going on-target. Go with a South Rockwood fence company that has a consistent track record and ask for references. Nuff said.

General Professionalism – digging fences is a dirty job. When your job is to dig holes in the ground, there’s no way to get around it. That doesn’t mean that a company should hire “dirty people”. You know what I mean. Unreliable types who declare their “screw the world” attitude by purposefully neglecting their appearance. More often than not the outside is a display of what’s going on inside. A good South Rockwood fence company will work hard to maintain a professional outlook and disposition. If the sales rep that is sent out to your place to give you a quote on your fence project is clean and professional in his demeanor then you can bet that the company management takes that seriously and you can more than likely expect to see more of the same from the installation crew. Nobody likes to have jerks on their property…no matter how cheap a job can be done. Saving an additional $100 on a full-yard fencing project is usually not worth it if the people doing the work play offensive music at a loud level, use foul language, or do other things which will offend your neighbors and bring evil stares your way from the general direction of their porch or front windows. Watch for professionalism like a hawk.

These three tidbits of advice may seem simple, but people forget to actively keep an eye out for them. Don’t neglect these three basic areas of inquiry and you are sure to pick a good South Rockwood fence company to put in your new fence for you. As I said before, I encourage you to give my company, Veterans Fence, a call at 313-381-8530 and ask us to come out. I take pride in the fact that my team meets or exceeds expectations in all of these areas and I’d like to prove it to you. I hope to see you soon.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

Birmingham Fence Company

Birmingham Fence Company

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You probably already know that each and every aspect of your home will work to either enhance or detract from it. Every detail serves to either make it more beautiful or mar its appearance. While we value our eyes and hands because we are conscious of using them all the time that doesn’t mean that our knees and toes are less important to us just because we actively think of them less. We wouldn’t do so well without our shoulder, would we? In the same way a home that is beautiful in every way but has a hideous roof of cracked and curling is not something to be admired but because of this one serious shortfall it becomes a blight on the community. You can start to see how this same line of though applies to the type of fence you choose to install and maintain around your home and the single biggest factor in how well it performs its given function will be the Birmingham fence company you contract with to do the job of putting it in.

Of course, purchasing a fence is a rare event. While we may buy clothing to wrap our bodies in many times throughout any given year, we may only buy a new fence to wrap the home we live in two or at the most three times in our entire life. Having little to no experience in these types of purchases means that most of us are at a disadvantage where the knowledge and skills at researching, interviewing, and hiring the right Birmingham fence company are concerned. In fact, I bed that is the reason why you’re here reading this article right now. You want to know more about the fence installation process and you want to know how to weed out the good fence contractors from the bad.

My name is Brian Teets, and my family has been in the fence for nearly half a century. My father, a war veteran, came back to Michigan and decided that he would use the intangible skills of courage and perseverance to start his own business. Veterans Fence company was born and once my dad put his hand to the plow, he never looked back.

I was brought on at an early age to run the heavy equipment used to dig post holes and haul bags of cement in the summer heat year after year. My father put me through an informal apprenticeship process where he taught me that I needed to put out of my mind the idea that installing fencing was all about putting posts in the ground and stretching some material across it. He welded into my mind that the fence business was really a people business and that no Birmingham fence company could survive in the long run without abiding in the good graces of its customers. It is this knowledge, this basic understanding of the “real business” within my business that allows me to reach out to people and help them express their true desire for what they want their fence to accomplish and then show them what our company can do to make that a reality.

It is true that my company will never be a giant in this industry. While it is possible that one day some young buck will startup a Birmingham fence company that will come up with some slick marketing campaign and sales process and become the “Rock Financial” or “Wallside Windows” of the Metro Detroit fencing business – but it won’t be me. I’ve followed in the footsteps of my father for too long. His old-fashioned business practices have served us well over the past five decades, and while I like to think of myself as having more than a fair share of youth, I will admit that I’m too old to abandon my roots and try to transform Veterans into something that it was never intended to be.

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That isn’t to say that I don’t know that price is an important factor to each and every one of you who’ve chosen to read this far. I right a tight ship in order to keep overhead down and I purposefully keep the communication lines open with local fencing material suppliers. Common-sense methods like this go a long way for a smaller company like mine and it means that I am still able to give you the best quality fence at the best price, you can be sure about that. On the other hand, I don’t run the type of Birmingham fence company that will cut corners, fail to pull permits where required, or hire unreliable workers who fail to show up and get the job done in a timely manner because customers inevitably are dissatisfied with the end result of these devious means of cutting costs. They smile when they see the too-good-to-be-true price on the initial quote but they never call back for other projects nor recommend such companies to their friends and family. The obvious result of running things this way (the right way) is that our prices are not the lowest, but they are the “best” when all things are weighed in the balance.

I encourage you to give me a call at 313-381-8530 and have me out to your place. I love lemonade and if you have a bit of it on hand I’ll sit down with you and yours and listen as long as you can talk while you tell me everything you want to see happen with your new fence. I look forward to showing you the difference that working with a multi-generational family fence company can bring to the table in helping your achieve you goals for wrapping your home in a new, attractive frame that integrates perfectly with the overall style you are looking to achieve for your grounds.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence Company, Owner

Gibraltar Fence Company

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Most people will only have a new fence installed on a home they live in one or two times in their lives. This means that they have very little contact with the industry and know even less about how the average Gibraltar fence company does business. You might think that things are rather straight-forward and regulated like any other home contracting field such as electrical repair or HVAC installation. Unfortunately, if that’s the idea you have about the fencing industry, you’re very much wrong.

While many municipalities have some permit requirements for installing a fence on either personal or commercial property, many do not. This lack of regulation means that there is very little accountability in between various Gibraltar fence companies who work in the local area. Furthermore, while installing fence as a business is not something that is easy to do for the long run, it’s something that is easy to get into. You could send in some sole proprietorship paperwork today via FedEx, rent a post hole digger, get a line of credit at a local commercial building materials supplier and be in business tomorrow. This makes the fence installation business the wild-west of the small contracting industries.

So how can you know that the Gibraltar fence company that you’re working with provides quality product, great customer service, and proper follow-up? Here’s a few things to keep in mind that will go a long way in helping you achieve that goal:

1) Check References – any company that has been in business for more than a handful of years should be able to supply references (if not full-blow testimonials) from happy customers who are willing to share their experience with you. Either ask for two or three previous customers right-off-the-bat when you call and ask for someone to come out and give you a quote so you can call the references up before the rep shows up at your front door, or ask that he bring them along when he stops by. If you choose the later, make sure you don’t make any commitment to buying a fence the same-day as you need to take some time to CALL the references and ask about how their experience with that particular Gibraltar fence company went when they had their fence put in. For this reason, it’s usually best to get the references up-front so if you like the price and style that you are shown, you’ll already know if the company follows through after the deposit is made and you can choose to move ahead with your project instead of waiting a few days.

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2) Look for Professional Behavior – I know from experience that there is a lot of difference in how the team members of one Gibraltar fence company conduct themselves when compared to another. The sales representative is the first contact and most companies who know what they are doing tell their people that the first impression is the only impression. If a particular sales rep seems lazy, disinterested, and has an unpleasant demeanor or appearance, you can be assured that the installation crew will be worse. Try to stick with a company who sends their sales people out in business casual attire and show an attention to their appearance and you’ll likely get the same type of people digging holes in your ground and interacting with your neighbors.

It may seem like a short list, but keeping an eye out like a hawk for these two factors will serve you well in choosing the right Gibraltar fence company. At this point I’d like to say that our company, Veterans Fence, has served this area for over 40 years. My father started the company and has taught me from the time I was a boy that the way you treat people will determine whether you are successful in this business or not. Pricing on fencing between one company or another doesn’t vary much because the costs of materials are pretty much fixed, but the way you treat people goes a long way in determining whether or not they recommend you to family and friends. I always keep this in mind and strive for excellence in every fence project my team takes on. Please give me a call at 313-381-8530 and give me a chance to show you how a fence company should do business. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Brian Teets

- Veterans Fence, Owner

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"Veterans fence solved all my safety issues. I live on a busy street and my kids would always find a way near the street. I called Veterans Fence Company so that I could get a proper fence installed. They had my job completed in a few days. With other Plymouth homes that end up gettting new fencing installed, it seems like it can take forever. The team at Veterans was fast, professional and economical. Now I can let my kids play in our backyard and not have to worry." Brian Kurtz