Fence 101

Planning for Your New Fence

When it’s time to plan a home improvement project, a little prep work can go a long way to ensure a hassle-free outcome. Fence building projects may be very simple or very complicated. Below are a few suggestions to help you prepare for the process.

Whether you choose to go it alone or enlist the help of a professional, Titan Fences recommends you familiarize yourself with the terminology of fence building. This will help you plan for your fence and understand any issues that come up during the construction process.


These tips will help you cover your bases and make sure you think through each factor that may affect your project before you buy a single plank of wood.

  1. Check with your HOA. Make sure there are not any restrictions on fence installation or style guidelines in your community.

  2. Communicate with your immediate neighbors to discuss your intentions. You may be able to pool your resources and share the costs of a dividing fence.

  3. Determine your materials and fence style based on your home’s architecture. Answer the following questions to help decide which type of fence is best for you:

  • Will your new fence be used to control access to a pool, prevent your dog from escaping, or protect your children’s play area?

  • Are you looking for privacy? Or is the fence purely an aesthetic landscaping feature?

  1. Determine your property lines and ensure your new fence lies within them.

  2. Acquire any required building permits. Check local zoning ordinances and building codes that may restrict your fence installation.

  3. Contact your local utility companies to locate any existing underground power, gas, and water lines. Titan Fence offers free estimates and samples. We can also obtain permits and help with utility locates.


Building a backyard fence is one of the most commonly attempted DIY projects in America, often with amazing results. Before you make the decision to do it alone, however, you should ask yourself these three vital questions:

Do I have the time?

The time required to install a fence varies widely depending on your project. What kind of materials will you be using? Wood fences take longer to install than chain link. What is the terrain like? Wooded, rugged, and obstructed terrain will also take longer to work with. How much space are you enclosing? Digging the post holes and installing fence can be very time-consuming work, especially for a long fence in rocky soil.

Do I have the skills?

Installing a fence can require a number of various skills, especially if the project is complicated. It would be a relatively simple job to install a wooden fence on a clear and level lot in topsoil that is already clear of rocks. However, installing a wrought iron fence with an electric gate on a sloped property with rocky topsoil requires a higher level of expertise. Take a good look at your property and determine whether you feel confident in your knowledge of addressing issues of terrain and the needs of your chosen building materials.

Will support be available throughout the installation process?

When buying an integrated fence product from a manufacturer, the directions are usually very thorough and phone support is available. However, when buying raw materials, wood posts, or rolls of chain link fence; support is usually scarce.

Think very carefully before you purchase materials and try to do it yourself. If you change your mind and decide to hire a contractor, the material quality may not conform to their set standards. Many contractors will refuse to install a fence using materials that you have already purchased and provided, because they cannot guarantee the quality.


Your home is your biggest investment. If your confidence is not high in the areas of fence construction that apply to your property, call a professional fence contractor to design and install your fence. When you call Titan Fence, we always provide a free estimate and take the time to answer your questions.

What to Expect During the Estimate

For your free estimate, our sales associates will schedule an appointment at your convenience. We offer week day and early evening appointments. If possible, we prefer to meet with everyone who is involved in the decision-making process during this time.

Our sales associates will arrive with photos, material samples, and the expertise to assess your needs and property specifications for the best solution.

After the Estimate

After your visit from Titan Fence, you will receive a project proposal. You may sign it or take time to review it, as this proposal will be good for 30 days. Once we receive the signed proposal and all required paperwork from you, we will begin the construction process. The first steps are to obtain the permits and call for the utility locates. Once these are complete, we will begin building your new fence.

The Installation Process

You will be notified of an installation date after all paperwork is in hand. You can expect to see utilities companies arrive within 48 hours before we start work, to mark any existing utilities lines on your property. Next, our crew will dig and set posts. The posts will be left to cure overnight before pickets and entry gates can be installed.

Final payment will be required after the completion of your job. If you have any questions, during or after the installation process, our team will be happy to answer your questions and keep you informed of any decisions or unexpected details that may come up.


If you have any questions about our pricing, capabilities, or quality guarantee, please contact us to learn more. Click here for an online estimate or call us at 940-365-9999 to speak to a member of our staff. We proudly serve the North Dallas area including Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm, Prosper, and Plano Texas.

Titan Fence & Supply Company is a family-run business located in Crossroads, Texas. Contact us via email at admin@titanfence.com or call us at 940-365-9999.