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Mundelein offers these helpful tips.
Idea First, Installer Second
Before you start canvassing Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for fence installation
companies and estimates, decide on your preferred fence design. This is pertinent for
homeowners and business owners, with the only difference being that business owners must
research any building codes that might affect fence size, location, etc.
Along with confirming your fence design, confirm your desired material: wood, metal, plastic,
etc. Once you have an idea of your fence’s design and composition, you can begin soliciting
estimates and narrowing down candidates based on whether their expertise is in line with your
Insurance and Warranties
Our fence professionals in Mundelein suggest avoiding any fence installer that isn’t
professionally or independently insured. Also, make sure you understand the installer’s
contract. Some installers might ask for 100 percent payment upfront – which, while not a
warning sign, is a bit different from a standard contract in which the customer pays a
percentage of the total cost before the job begins, and then pays the balance at predetermined
Regarding warranties, the best and most trusted fence companies will back up their work with a
warranty. If a fence company is unwilling to extend a warranty, or their warranty seems lacking,
this is likely a sign that they lack confidence in their work and aren’t as professional as an
experienced fence installer like Action Fence.
Do Some Detective Work
Once you’ve pared down your list of “suspects”, it’s time to do some detective work. First and
foremost, confirm that each candidate is Better Business Bureau (BBB) licensed, approved, and
insured, and be mindful of their BBB rating, with A+ being the best. Go online and look at
reviews posted about the company, and then speak with the company and ask for referrals. At
the same time, get to know the installer by asking general questions about experience
(especially as it pertains to your specific project), warranties, payment terms, and how many
projects they typically work on at once. If you call a fence company and they have nothing going
on besides your project, this could be a red flag. On the flip side, an installer that’s super busy is
almost always a good thing, but be sure they’re prepared to devote themselves to your project,
no matter how small or large.
Other Questions to Ask
Along with the questions mentioned above, here are several more questions you should ask
each fence installer before making a decision:
● Will they call a utility locator?
● If your lot has a slope, how will they address this?
● Will they “pull permits”? This relates to applying for and receiving city approval for your
● Are there any hindrances (i.e. easements) that the installer must work around? What is
their plan for these?
Stick with these tips and you should have no problem finding the right fence company for your
project. If you have any questions or would like an estimate, contact Action Fence, a well-
established fence contractor serving Mundelein and the rest of Chicagoland.
There’s an old saying that “good fences make good neighbors”. It’s a great axiom that can be construed a couple of different ways, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll use the literal interpretation: that a good fence, when agreed upon in terms of style, height, color, etc. between you and your neighbor, can make for good neighborly relations. Of course, the biggest question, even more vital than what the fence looks like, is who pays for it?
Discuss the Project
In the unwritten rules of home fencing etiquette, the first thing you should do after deciding to build a new fence is to discuss the project with your neighbor. The primary reason for doing this is to ensure that your notion of the property line matches your neighbor’s. Find your plat and review it together. If you lack a plat, hire a surveyor to do a new survey of the property. The key here is to avoid the costly mistake of building something you’ll have to tear down later because it strays onto your neighbor’s property. Even after studying the plat, most people still build their new fence a couple of feet inside the boundary line, just to be on the safe side.
Note that you aren’t required by law to discuss your new fence with your neighbor, but it’s highly recommended – especially if you want your neighbor to share the cost with you.
The Question of Payment
If you approach your neighbor with the idea to build a new fence that separates your respective properties, and your neighbor agrees that it’s a good idea and that he’d like a new fence too, then common sense dictates that the cost should be split equally. However, another possibility is that your neighbor doesn’t care about a new fence, in which case you should prepare to assume 100% of the cost, unless your neighbor approaches you and says he wants to contribute to your costs. Often times this gesture will include the neighbor having some input into the fence’s design. Also, in this “ambivalent neighbor” scenario, your neighbor is under no obligation to put any money towards your new fence, even if he/she derives some benefit from it.
Building and Maintaining the Fence
Whether or not your neighbor ends up covering half, some, or none of your new fence’s cost, keep the following things in mind when building and maintaining the fence:
Select a classy fence design that meshes with your home, your neighbor’s home, and your neighborhood as a whole. Everyone likes a good-looking fence, especially if it enhances overall property value.
Chances are the fence you build will look the same on both sides. However, if for some reason one side looks better than the other (i.e. one side is finished and the other isn’t), then the less-attractive side should face your property.
Unless your neighbor agrees to maintain his side of the fence, it’s your responsibility as the “new fence builder” to maintain both sides. Keep in mind that vinyl and aluminum fences are much easier to clean than wood fences, which require not just cleaning but also staining and sealing.
If you’d like more insights on this topic and many others regarding fencing in and around Mundelein, contact Action Fence today.
After a big storm tears through your neighborhood, damaging fences on both sides of the street, the same question weighs on every homeowner’s mind: “Is my fence covered by insurance?”
In almost every scenario resulting in fence damage, the answer is yes, your fence is covered by your insurance . Most homeowner insurance policies include “other structures” coverage that protects adjunct property elements around your house: the garage, shed, fence, etc. And since this “other structures” coverage protects said elements against the same dangers your home could potentially face, there are very few situations where your fence could be damaged and your insurance would not cover the necessary repairs.
Let’s review the three most common sources of fence damage:
Your fence sustains wind-related damage during a storm
Whether we’re talking about a tornado, hurricane, or particularly fierce thunderstorm, any wind-related damage your fence receives is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. The same goes for any other structure on your property. Once the storm has passed, we recommend taking pictures of the damage and sharing them with your insurance company. Photos can be very helpful to a Claims Adjuster during the investigation process, especially photos that are time-stamped right after the storm has moved through.
A tree in your yard falls on your fence
A standard homeowner’s insurance policy provides reimbursement if a healthy tree in your yard falls on your fence and damages it. If the tree is old and/or diseased, you should contact your insurance company for a clear definition of healthy vs. unhealthy. But assuming the tree is healthy, it’s likely that your insurance will not only cover fence repairs, but also any costs related to tree debris removal so that said repairs can be made.
A tree in your neighbor’s yard falls on your fence
According to the Insurance Information Institute, if a tree falls on your fence, it doesn’t matter whose tree it is – you are free to file a claim with your insurance company. Where things get dicey is if your insurer finds evidence that your neighbor’s tree toppled due to negligence related to standard maintenance or an untreated disease. If this turns out to be the case, your insurance company could seek to recover its costs from your neighbor’s insurance company (i.e. costs related to clearing debris and fixing your fence), as well as the deductible you had to pay when filing your claim.
It’s wise to wait on filing a claim with your insurance company until you’ve commissioned your own estimate for fence repairs. This will give you an idea of the cost involved, as well as a notion of how much of that cost will be covered by your deductible.
If you have questions about your homeowner’s insurance as it relates to your home’s fencing, we encourage you contact your insurance company. And if you’d like to talk further about the wide variety of fencing options offered by Action Fence , speak with one of our experienced team members today.
For many homeowners, a fence is a must-have for a variety of reasons: security, property enhancement, and providing kids and pets with a safe, private place to play are all important factors. Of course, before you seek out expert fence installation from a respected company like Action Fence, you need to familiarize yourself with your city’s residential fencing codes.
Let’s use Mundelein, IL, Action Fence’s headquarters, as an example. Mundelein is of course in Lake County, and surrounded by cities like Libertyville, IL, Wauconda, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Many cities in Lake County share similar residential fencing codes. Here’s a summary of Mundelein’s:
A $25 building permit fee is required when erecting a new fence or replacing an existing fence. Also, the village of Mundelein requires two copies of the Plat of Survey, which outlines the fence’s location, height, materials, and design (specifically, openness). For a list of allowable materials, contact Action Fence or the village.
A fence can be positioned up against your property line, but not over it. Residential fences must be six feet or shorter. The measurement is from the adjacent finished grade to the fence’s tallest point.
If you’re thinking about a solid fence, these are only permitted in backyards. Fences built in front yards and side yards must integrate some level of pass-through visibility, i.e. a split-rail fence. Speaking of split-rail fences, if you’d like to construct one for decorative/ornamental purposes, a three-foot split-rail fence is permissible in front and side yards.
This one’s a no-brainer: make sure that the finished side of your fence faces your neighbor’s house.
If located outside, your water register must be outside of your fence. If you forget to account for this, you may have an unhappy meter-reader on your hands. And on the subject of water, if you live near a drainage easement or floodway your fence project may be subject to special restrictions. Our fence experts can consult with you on this topic.
If your home is on a corner lot, keep the following regulation in mind: for the purposes of fully enclosing your backyard, you’re allowed to build a 4-foot open fence extending from the rear of your home to within 1 foot inside the property line of the side yard located next to the street.
Special design requirements apply to fences that serve as safety barriers around a swimming pool. The village encourages you to contact their Building Department for the details.
Further to this last point, Action Fence has considerable experience designing and erecting swimming pool enclosures, as well as tennis court enclosures and other types of privacy fencing and custom fencing. We’re very familiar with the building codes in Mundelein, IL and surrounding suburbs, and we’ll ensure that everything we do complies with local regulations.For more information on the residential fencing codes in Mundelein, IL , Libertyville, IL, or another city in Lake County, IL, contact one of our staff members today. Any job we enter into involves thorough preparation and communication with the customer and the village to ensure a successful project.
At Action Fence, a leading fence company serving Mundelein, IL , we know that choosing the right gate isn’t as easy as it sounds. There’s research to be done, as well as an assessment on your end regarding the gate’s purpose. Would you like a gate that enhances your home’s aesthetic appeal? A gate that optimizes your home’s security? A bit of both?
To get you started, here’s a helpful guide we’ll call “Gates 101”, which our professional team offers as a primer to supplement your search for the perfect gate.
Get a Survey
Before assessing the many different gate materials, colors, and designs, we recommend commissioning a land survey. The measurements taken during the survey will confirm exactly how much space you have/need for your gate. While the survey is being conducted, you can talk with our experts and get their thoughts based on your property and needs, as well as assess the general lay of the land.
Determine the Purpose
Once you have accurate measurements for your gate project, it’s time to consider what purpose your gate will serve. As alluded to in the intro paragraph, is it for aesthetics, security, or both? Regardless of its intent, we believe a gate is essential for peace of mind (from a security perspective) and pride of home ownership (from an aesthetics point of view). How you value each side of this coin will determine the materials and design of your gate, as well as its operation: automatic vs. manual.
No shortage of options
Let’s review the most popular gate styles so that you have a solid understanding of your choices:
- Swing gate:
likely the oldest, and certainly the simplest gate type. All a swing gate requires is a hinge. Most swing gates are wooden, manually-operated, and for residential aesthetic purposes (i.e. a garden gate).
- Sliding gate:
If space is an issue, a sliding gate is preferable because it requires no “swing room”. Many sliding gates are metal, automatic, and employed in commercial spaces where efficient opening and closing helps alleviate congestion.
- Wood gate:
wood gates, just like the next entry on this list (metal gates), are highly customizable. Depending on the type of wood, these gates can be used for security, aesthetics, or a combination. Wood gates can be less expensive than metal gates (again depending on the type of wood) and they can be automated, though you’ll want to consult our installers for ideas on durable wood options that can handle the stress that comes with automation.
- Metal gates:
certainly the most durable gate type, and can easily be designed to maximize both security and aesthetics. Metal gates are weather-resistant, low maintenance, and when properly cared for can last a lifetime. Also, different gate treatments exist that can enhance durability and color.
For professionally designed, competitively priced fences and gates near Mundelein, IL , choose Active Fence. Our expert team will help you determine what type of gate is best for your needs, and accompany you through the entire process, from survey to installation.
There are few things more damaging for a wooden fence than the effects of a harsh winter. Snow, sleet, rain, and falling branches can do a number on a fence in a variety of different ways.
While there’s nothing that you can do to prevent winter, there are some things that you can do to help protect your fence against the effects of winter. Don’t let your wooden fence meet an early demise. Make sure to do these things so that it can withstand the wear and tear of winter, and live as long as structurally possible.
Use a Protective Wood Stainer
Whether you’re preparing it for winter or not, it’s recommended that you regularly prime your wooden fence with a protective wood stainer. A wood stainer will help your fence to thrive through the ill effects of rain, sleet, snow, and other forms of moisture.
At the very least, you should be applying a protective wood stain to your fence every three years. However, ideally, you will apply a wood stain just before every winter. While it won’t completely protect your fence from the bitter cold and snow, it will help it to survive much longer than it otherwise would.
Cut Branches in its Proximity
When winter rolls around and the cold weather comes raging, trees become prone to freezing. When trees freeze, their branches break off and fall to the surface of the earth. If a wooden fence is struck by one of these falling branches, it can suffer some irreparable damage.
To protect your fence from falling branches, it’s ideal to ensure that no branches are capable of falling in its proximity. In essence, you need to be proactive by cutting any branches that have the potential to break and fall on top of your fence.
Trim Grass Around the Fence
One of the quickest ways to ruin a wooden fence is by letting it become saturated with water. To make your fence lasts as long as possible, you must keep it away from water as much as possible.
When snow falls, it eventually melts. When it melts, it seeps into the ground and is retained by grass. Grass is essentially a container for standing water. So, to keep standing water away from your fence in the winter, it’s wise to cut the grass around the fence as short as possible. Doing so will reduce the amount of water that’s allowed to saturate the fence, providing the fence with a longer lifespan.
Ensure its Stability Before Winter Sets In
When it comes to wooden fences, winter provides no positives. The only things that can happen to your wooden fence during the wintertime are bad things. Something that almost always happens during the winter time is that the ground shifts, causing your fence to shift with it.
Because your fence will almost inevitably shift, it’s important to make sure that it’s nice and stable before winter hits. If it’s already unstable before being subjected to the harsh elements of winter, its instability will be compounded. By ensuring that it’s already stable, you will be able to reduce the ill effects of winter.
Call in a Professional
While there are certainly a number of things you can do yourself to help protect your wooden fence from snow, cold weather, and falling branches, it would still be wise to call in a professional. A professional fencing service can ensure that the fence stands as great of a chance as possible of maintaining itself through a harsh winter.
A professional contractor will take all precautions to ensure that your wooden fence is durable, functional, and stable.
If you’re looking to bring in a professional Chicago area fencing contractor to winter-proof your wooden fence, we here at Action Fence are who you need to call. Our team of professional, knowledgeable, and experienced fencers know exactly what must be done to get your wooden fence through a brutal winter.
Installing a fence around your yard offers a number of different benefits. Not only will it provide your property with more privacy, but it will also keep your pets from running away, and increase your property value as well.
Perhaps you’re looking to install a fence around your Chicago yard? If so, you’re making a great choice. But perhaps, at the same time, you don’t know what type of fence you should install? There are many different types of fences, all of which carry their own benefits and drawbacks. Let’s discuss them so that you can decide which type of fence is best for your particular purposes.
● Versatile - One of the huge benefits of using aluminum fencing is that it’s versatile. Whether you’re dealing with flat or hilly land, aluminum fencing can be installed in a manner in which it looks professional and attractive.
● Durable - Aluminum is an incredibly durable material. Not only is it strong structurally, but resistant to corrosion as well. By using aluminum fencing, you won’t have to worry about rain, sleet, and snow prematurely rusting your fence.
● Relatively Inexpensive - While it’s not as cheap as wood, aluminum fencing is less expensive than both steel and iron. And, unlike wood, it doesn’t cost any additional money to maintain.
● No Privacy - Because aluminum fences are made out of narrow aluminum bars, they provide close to no privacy.
● Not the Strongest Fencing - While they do a reasonably good job of withstanding the elements, aluminum fences are not as strong as steel and wrought iron fences.
● Cheapest Option - Out of all the materials that can be used to make a fence, wood is the absolute cheapest.
● Can be Painted - Unlike with metals and composites, wood can be painted any color you wish for it to be painted. This allows you a seemingly endless amount of designs and styles.
● Capable of Making Many Types of Fences - Whether you need a fence to keep your pets in, a privacy fence, or just an aesthetically-pleasing fence to give your property more appeal, wood will accommodate you.
● Lack Durability - Compared to other fence materials, wood is easily the least durable.
● Require Tons of Maintenance - From staining it, to protecting it from moisture, a wooden fence requires tons of maintenance.
Wrought Iron Fence
● Extreme Durability - When compared with other fence materials, wrought iron is easily the most durable. In fact, it can last for hundreds of years.
● Provide Excellent Security - Because of its premium strength, wrought iron is the best material to use for security fences. It’s nearly impossible to bend or break.
● Regal Aesthetic - Wrought iron is characterized by a regal aesthetic which brings a touch of class and power to your property.
● Difficult to Install - Because of its extreme heaviness and stiffness, wrought iron is very difficult to install.
● Very Expensive - In most cases, wrought iron is the most expensive material to use for fencing purposes.
Chain Link Fence
● Inexpensive - While it’s not as cheap as wood, chain link is relatively inexpensive. It provides the most value for its price.
● Durable - Though it’s not as durable as steel and wrought iron, chain link is still designed to hold up over decades of use.
● Easy to Install - Due to its ability to be shaped, chain link fencing is very easy to install. Whether you’re building on flat ground or on a hill, it will accommodate you.
● Unattractive - To put it simply, chain link looks boring. Often used at construction sites and jail yards, it will add little to your property in terms of aesthetics.
● No Privacy - If you’re using chain link for a privacy fence, you might as well no install a fence in the first place. The material is decent for keeping in pets, but useless for privacy purposes.
● Durable - While it’s not as durable as chain link, steel, and wrought iron, composite will still hold up reasonably well through the years.
● Works for All Purposes - Whether you’re using it to keep your pets in, to keep intruders out, or for privacy, composite fencing will have you covered.
● Easy to Install- Because it snaps together in sections, composite fencing is typically very easy to install.
● Lacks Strength - Though it’s durable, it’s not all that strong. Repetitive heavy-duty collisions with composite fencing will result in its demise.
● Expensive Upfront Costs - Composite fencing is typically fairly expensive upfront. However, because it doesn’t require much maintenance, it will pay for itself over time.
Choosing the right fence to protect your commercial property is no small task. With so many good (and some bad) options available on the market today, knowing where to start is half the battle. Luckily, with the help and guidance of our professional team at Action Fence, we can help you find the perfect security fence to meet your unique business needs and fit your budget. From choosing the right materials to adding extra layers of security to complete the final product —we’ve got you covered.
How To Tips: Choosing the Right Security Fence for Your Commercial Project
When choosing the right fence for your business, you need to consider the safety of your property and employees. But you also need to think about the functionality, cost and aesthetic appeal of your fencing. Consider these simple tips before investing in a security fence for your commercial property:
For any businesses that are located in an industrial park or other areas where higher levels of security are necessary, fence material is very important. For maximum security, choose a fence that is made from aluminum, vinyl or chain link. For even more protection, consider add-ons like taller panels or electricity to ward off intruders.
Security fencing is a big investment, so working with durable materials is also important. Low-quality fencing can be easily vandalized, leading to costly repairs later on. Commercial aluminum fences in Mundelein are a safe, durable and affordable option for most local business owners.
While you want your fence should be the first line of defense against intruders, make sure that a new fence won't lower your curb appeal. Be sure to work with materials that complement the building, grounds and other surroundings. Lastly, keep in mind that the use of spikes or points can work as a functional and aesthetic addition to your outer perimeter.
Does Your Commercial Property Need a Security Fence?
The decision to protect your commercial property with a durable and impenetrable security fence is one that you won’t regret. With an extra level of security protecting your property, you can ensure that your employees and your assets are safe and give yourself peace of mind.
If you’re looking for a security fence that will protect your property from intruders, look great and last for many years to come —choose from the highest quality security fencing at Action Fence. Our aluminum security fences in Mundelein can be tailored to fit your specific needs and your budget. Call (847) 949-6690 to learn more about our commercial and industrial fencing options or visit our friendly and knowledgeable team online today to request a free estimate!
Many home and business owners understand that installing a fence around their property is a great way to bump up their security. Once their fence is installed, they leave it at that because any fence is better than no fence at all. But in reality, all fences are not created equal. When it comes to protecting your property, your employees or your loved ones —some fences are much better than others. At Action Fence, we want to make sure that each one of our customers has the right security fence to fit their needs and budget.
3 Things to Consider When Installing a Security Fence in Mundelein
1. Fence Material
When considering a security fence for your home or business, think see-through. Solid fencing can provide an easy hiding place for burglars and vandals and should generally be avoided. While solid fencing is great for privacy, the added risk isn’t worth it. The exception may be a pool area where you want both privacy and security. However, consideration should be given to your specific area when making the decision.
2. Create an Obstacle
A good security fence should be difficult to climb over and include a few key characteristics, including:
- Height – Your security fence
should be at least 8ft tall. Many homeowners’ associations have restrictions on
fence heights, so be sure to check with them before installation.
- Horizontal Rails – If possible,
limit the number of horizontal rails on your fence or bypass them completely
because they can easily give intruders a helpful leg up and over.
- Spike or Points – Spikes, points
and razor wire are all great for keeping climbers away.
3. Secure the Area
Smaller fences can work to provide an extra layer of security for your home or business as well. Focus on a fence that can fully enclose your yard or property and cannot be easily cut through with special tools. Additionally, a secure and heavy-duty gate will also help to boost your level of security.
A Good Security Fence is Your First Line of Defense
A strong, durable and fully-enclosed fence is your best defense when it comes to keeping your home, business and other property protected from outside threats. Don't get caught without the right level of protection when you need it the most. Keep these important factors in mind before installing a new security fence on your property:
- Consider a fence that has open
spacing so that it doesn’t provide a hiding space for burglars.
- While tall fences are ideal, a
smaller fence with a secure gate can also protect your property.
- Spikes or points are a great way
to keep fence climbers away.
Interested in learning more about our residential and commercial security fence options in Mundelein?
Call (847) 949-6690 or visit the team at Action Fence online today for more information.