The Paris Pike, a road winding through Kentucky and connecting Paris to Lexington, has been struggling to deal with the historic stone walls that line it. The state, in 2003, spent nearly $93 million to rebuild the fences in different locations, with the help of workshops to teach skilled stone masonry. Now that it’s 11 years later, however, there are significant gaps and crumbling sections of the fencing, with no real plans to get it repaired or move forward with new fence installation.
Part of the issue is the expense. The nature of the stones make repair an ongoing issue — the freeze/thaw cycle that winter brings, and impact from vehicles, cause the roads to fairly perpetually be in need of repairs. And the cost, at about $180 per reconstructed foot of fence, is not insignificant. Many, though, feel that the fencing is an important part of local and cultural history. “If we just let it go then you’ve lost a part of your history,” explained Neil Rippengale, the stone fencing conservancy’s training program manager.
When it comes to fence installation, it pays to invest in quality fencing. The better fencing you receive, the less you’ll have to do later in terms of maintenance and upkeep. What else should you know about commercial fencing contractors? Here are three things you should keep in mind.
1. Look for a Quality Backyard Fencing Company
It’s always tempting to call up the cheapest offer in the phonebook, but before choosing a fencing company, make sure to do adequate research. Do they have good reviews online, and an established local reputation? Or do many past customers cite poor service and fences improperly installed? If a fencing company poorly places a wooden fence, for example, the fence can develop rot or insect damage — and repairing this usually preventable problem will cost you.
2. Know Your Fencing Laws
Before paying hundreds of dollars for new residential fences, first make sure you know the local ordinances governing what you and and can’t have. Many towns, for example, have local laws that limit the height of fencing to four feet in front of the home, and six feet in back. Other laws restrict how close a fence can approach someone else’s property. If the fences in question are swimming pool fences, then many additional laws will apply in order to make sure the structure adequately protects young children who could otherwise wander in.
3. Consider the Benefits and Drawbacks of Each Design
All fence styles and types have different advantages. A wooden fence has a very classic look that blends well with existing architecture. Vinyl fencing requires little upkeep, and lasts for a long time. Wrought iron fencing can allow for unspoiled views of the surrounding landscape while adding a unique aesthetic to one’s yard. The right fencing type for your family will depend on your specific needs.
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