Fence Replacement: What to Do After a Storm

February 21, 2020

Have you had your fence blown over by a storm? Here are a few things you need to keep in mind and the steps you should follow to make sure your fence replacement is done safely. 

Safety First

We understand that a blown over or damaged fence is a serious issue and you’ll want to fix it as quickly as possible. However, that doesn’t mean that you should pick whichever contractor claims they can do the job “tomorrow” or any other short time frame. 

Any licensed contractor in California needs to follow the laws and regulations before replacing a fence. This includes contacting an Underground Service Alert organization so that your property can be marked for utilities before any digging or fence installation starts. This process alone can take anywhere from 3-5 days. 

This law was enacted for the protection of homeowners, so construction companies don't accidentally break a utility line, which could have dangerous consequences. Failure to follow this law can also result in fines up to $50,000 and paying for repair costs to public utilities. 

It’s also important to consider other factors that might lead to waiting longer than you’d like to. For example, if a storm blew down your fence, it’s likely that the same thing happened to other people in your neighborhood and other areas nearby. This means that fence contractors are getting a higher volume of requests for fence replacement, which can cause delays in getting your fence replaced. 

It’s simply not worth the risk of using an unlicensed or irresponsible contractor who promises to get the job done quickly by breaking the law and cutting corners. Ultimately, it’s important for your fence replacement to be done safely and legally. The best way to ensure this is by only using licensed fence contractors that have a track record of good results

Why A Full Replacement is Better

In some cases, only a portion of your fence is damaged by a storm. However, that doesn’t mean that you should only replace that part of the fence. It’s always best to replace the entirety of your fence. 

If you leave the older parts of the fence, they might fall down during the next storm or even before that. Leaving you with another situation to deal with and potentially damaging the new parts of your fence.

While it might cost more at first to get a complete replacement, the end result will be a sturdy and secure fence that will be able to handle any other storms for years to come. It’s best to do a full replacement to ensure quality, safety, and security. 

Check with your Homeowners Insurance Policy

Some insurance policies will cover damage done to your fence or property. If you check with your insurance provider, you may be able to get help paying for your fence replacement. 

You’ll likely need pictures of the damage from multiple angles as well as measurements. An adjuster will assess the damage and you’ll have to wait for the claim to be approved afterward. You can always contact your specific insurance provider to learn more about the process. 

We’ve replaced fences for numerous customers who lost their fences after a storm. You can see some of their experiences by clicking the links below:

Spencer B. from Stockton, CA

Sharon D. from Hayward, CA

Louie E. from Berkeley, CA

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