Choosing to build an aluminum fence on your property could be one of the best decisions you make as a homeowner. With such a large project, it can be rather daunting at first, and you may be wondering how long the process will take. As you plan out the next steps and start researching fence companies, you are likely asking: What is the timeline for aluminum fence installation in Westchester County and Rockland County, NY?
Before You Start the Fence Project
It could be a huge time saver to come to your fence project with a site survey already done in addition to a conversation with your adjacent neighbors before you make the call to your fence contractor. This will enable an accurate estimation of the property line to prevent future disputes or zoning issues. This may take just one day to do. However, failing to get a survey and failing to check in with your neighbors could significantly delay or even derail your aluminum fence project.
Site Visit and Design
A fence contractor will typically send a representative out to walk the property, to discuss your needs, take measurements, and come up with a detailed fence plan including exact locations of gates. At this point, you may be able to choose a fence style and color from the fence company’s catalog of designs. You may want to factor in more time if you opt for custom fence designs or special features.
Approvals and Permits
Depending on your municipality and whether you are part of a homeowner’s association or not, the process of permits can take a variable amount of time. After you have signed a contract with a fence installation company, you may need to apply for a permit (or your fence company can apply for a permit on your behalf). This may take a few days or several weeks, so you may need to be ahead of time to see which documents you need to bring—this may include your detailed plans as well as the survey.
Similarly, you may need approval for the project from the homeowner’s association if applicable. During this time, you may need utility companies to come out and mark buried utility lines. Estimated time for this step could take anywhere from three to four days or three to four weeks.
Aluminum Fence Installation
The installation of an aluminum fence may seem very complex, but a professional crew can actually have it done relatively quickly, especially if premade snap-together panels are used, such as those from ActiveYards. Fence installation crews will begin by marking all the locations of the fence posts. Then, they will dig these posts accurately and set the posts in concrete. From here, your fence will quickly take shape.
This is the part of the project that can actually be the quickest—when you choose a fence installation company that understands the unique traits of your landscape and how to best go about installing your aluminum fence. You will be stunned at how quickly your property has a new fence, even if your property is generously sized.