Archives March 2015

Vinyl fencing, Wood, Ornamental Aluminum, or chain link ? Pro Fence has answers to some of your questions

Every day we get calls for estimates from customers that actually do not know which product they want. Vinyl fencing? Wood privacy? What are the pros and cons? So we are going to give you some details on each product to help you decide which is right for you.

Most customers, the vast majority for us at Pro Fence Grand Rapids, are buying their fence to secure their yard for their new puppy or children. If you are looking for a product that is simply for these reasons and on a budget, chain link is the product for you. It comes in Black Vinyl chain link, green, brown, and standard galvanized. The Vinyl coated products are more expensive, but are also much more attractive. This product seems to last forever, and if built correctly, will last decades. It is maintenance free. It comes in heights from 3′ tall to 6′ tall (for most residential applications). And it’ll usually cost between $8 and $10 per linear foot (terminal posts and gates are extra)  for a standard 4′ tall application Because we install every post in concrete and all posts are set no more than 8 feet apart we guarantee this product as long as you own your home.

For customers that are looking for basic privacy, 6′ tall wood fence is an excellent choice. If well taken care of it can last decades, it is affordable, and can be very attractive so long as your contractor uses a good quality wood. In our Michigan market we install mostly pressure treated pine, and cedar. Most companies in the Grand Rapids area market offer it in two grades of picket thickness, 5/8″ and 3/4″. You get what you pay for. The 3/4″ picket is definitely the superior product, as the thicker board is more resistant to cupping, twisting and warping. You can expect to pay $14 to $20 per linear foot (installed) for basic dog eared wood privacy. And any fence company that is worth hiring will never sell you prebuilt sections. If you wanted junk you’d go to any box store and buy it and do it yourself. Obviously wood is not the kind of product that comes with much of a guarantee, but any good company will guarantee their post footings and be happy to take care of you should your fence experience any serious warping within the first year or two.

Ornamental Aluminum is my personal favorite. Because it is aluminum you’ll not have to worry about rusting. Depending on the manufacturer, the paint finish (offered in many colors) tends to stay beautiful and vibrant for may years, and this is another product we guarantee as long as you own your home. We offer aluminum by Alumigard and Elite. This particular product is often the choice of many folks looking to secure their pool, or customers that have a Victorian Home and are looking for a more distinguished look. You can expect to pay anywhere from $22-$30 per linear foot (installed) for this product in four foot height, depending on the style you choose and company installing it. If i could do only product for the rest of my life, it would be ornamental aluminum.

Vinyl fencing is becoming more of a popular choice in the Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, and Muskegon areas. It is strong, long lasting, beautiful, and it is also 0ne of the most expensive residential fence products you can buy. It is offered in multiple colors, but white is the most poplar. Keep in mind that this is basically a plastic product, and when installed for privacy it becomes a sail against heavy winds. It gets brittle when cold. If you live in a high wind area, full privacy may not be a a great choice, we have actually had to replace one installed by a competitor that blew away due to the posts bending straight over in straight line winds. We offer vinyl (also known as pvc) fence by Bufftech, we feel this is an excellent product. If you choose a competitor product we recommend you choose a company that offers Digger Specialty, another excellent product. We cannot recommend anything else, and suggest you stay away from box store vinyl fences for quality reasons. Vinyl fence is offered in a couple dozen different style, many of which can be seen in the gallery on our website or on our Google+ page at Again, we guarantee this product as long as you own your home. You can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $50 per linear foot (installed) for this product depending on the height, style, manufacturer, and contractor.

Give us at Pro Fence, or any other contractor a call for answers to any other questions. More tips will be posted next week at

wood fence tip of the week from Pro Fence

Don’t want the bottom of your wood fence to rot??? make sure to take the weed whacker to the growth along the bottom of your fence each time you mow. This can extend the life of your wood fence many years, and save you on maintenance costs!

If you are having a new wood fence installed this year ask your installer to leave a small gap under the fence when it’s being nailed up. It will hep with longevity if the pickets do not contact the ground, and make it easier for weed whacking.

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Pro Fence vs. web design firms

Having a website for your small business is a must in today’s world. There are so many little things to make it fly. You want it to look good. First impressions are everything. Also you want it to be easy to navigate. It is our first opportunity to sell the customer. Next, you want it to be linked to your social media pages. It is almost a full time job to keep our company updates on facebook (shameless plug at  ) and twitter( ). Finally, it must be easy for the search engines to crawl. It can’t be found when you search, otherwise

Every summer i go through this battle. We hire a new firm because i am just a guy that digs holes for a living. I am always let down. It has cost me thousands of dollars over the years. They never get the social media buttons to work properly. Or it doesn’t come out right. I always feel like i just finished a bad date when the monthly bill comes due. So i gave it a shot. I did it myself. It came out pretty good. Of course I could be biased. Take a moment to browse around. We hope you liked our site and found it easy to navigate. I did learn something from this experience. I prefer to dig holes for a living.

Looking forward to the 2015 Fence Season

It has been a long, strange Winter. Starting with over 20″ of snow over Thanksgiving, then less than an inch and a half all of December, then ….well, you know the rest. All winter long I sit and think about the upcoming fence season, Advertising, concepts for YouTube Videos, blah, blah, blah. What it comes down to is after checking the forecast for the next 8 days it is time to load up the trucks and get ready to dig some holes. We even made a few deals allowing us to stock aluminum fence and vinyl fence panels over the winter, giving us an edge over the “other guys” that have a 3-6 week order time. (YAY US!)

Over the next couple weeks we will be out doing estimates, and itching to get into your back yards, feel the sunshine on our faces, hear the birds (and nail guns) all day long. This is what we live for in this business. Welcome back Springtime! We have missed you.