Ever wonder how to buy fence materials in New Jersey? Or if it’s even possible? You’re in the right place!
While this post isn’t a step-by-step guide on how to install your own fence, it is a guide for your first steps in the process. Keep reading to figure out:
- What you’re allowed to build
- What to buy
- Where to buy it
Remember, you don’t have to install your own fence. There are plenty of reputable fence contractors in the northern New Jersey area.
We install thousands of fences each year. If you’re interested in having a fence installer complete your project from start to finish, set up a free estimate with one of the Good Fence People by filling out the quick form below.
First Step: Check Your Town’s Fence Codes
When it comes to building your fence, the first thing you need to do is make sure you idea is legal.
Building and zoning offices do catch on when you’re installing something as big as a fence in your yard – so we always recommend knowing your town fence codes and sticking to them!
This is especially true when you’re installing a fence in your front yard. You don’t want to go through all of the trouble of drawing up a plan, buying your fencing materials, and installing your fence just to be issued a fine and forced to take it all down.
How To Check Your Town’s Fence Codes
There are two ways to check your towns fence codes. The first way is to go on your town’s website and search their ordinances/codes. Many towns in New Jersey have searchable online ecodes, so if you’re comfortable on the computer this may be your easiest route.
Codes spell out important rules about the fences you are allowed to install in your yard or at your business’ property. These rules often pertain to:
- How high your fence can be in the front, side, and rear yards
- How solid your fence can be in the front, side, and rear yards
- What materials your fence can be
Please note that corner properties often have different rules than other properties, just as residential and commercial properties often have different rules.
The second way you can figure out your town’s fence ordinances is by calling. We always recommend just talking to a real person, but understand that might be easier said than done for people with busy schedules. If you can, call your town’s building or zoning department and see what your rules are before you draw up a fence plan.
Get Your Permit
Most towns in New Jersey require a fence permit, so we highly recommend you apply for one of these. If you call your town with questions about your fence codes, ask about the permit application process as well.
Don’t be afraid. The application process is easier than it sounds. Just call your town and ask them how to start! Depending on where you live and the type of property, you might need a zoning permit, a building permit, or no permit at all. Make sure you check!
We have some blogs explaining how to get permits in certain towns. Scan the list below for yours. If you don’t see it, send us an email and ask us to post a blog for your town! We’ll get it out ASAP.
How to get a fence permit in:
- Scotch Plains
- Franklin Lakes
What Fence Materials You Should Buy
Once you take care of the fence codes and, it’s time to buy your fence material! Before you decide where to buy your fencing supplies, you should get an idea of what you need.
The first major decision is what material fence you want. For example, we sell wood, PVC, chain link, and aluminum fences. There are pro’s and con’s to each type of fence, but they are all viable fencing options in New Jersey. We’ll get into those details a little further down in this post.
If you work with fences all of the time, you probably know exactly what you need. But chances are if you’re reading this blog post, you aren’t a fence installation expert!
Have A Fence Plan
If that’s you, it’s ok to ask for a little help. The smartest way to figure out what materials you need is to draw up a plan and show it to a fence supplier. Different types of fences need different parts, like end posts, corner posts, gate posts, etc.
Even if you don’t know exactly what you need, a drawn out plan with fence lengths, heights, and gate locations will help a fence expert decide what you need. Take a look at the example below.
How To Buy Fence Materials Near Me
Now that you know what you need, it’s time to buy!
No one wants to go too far to get their fence materials. When you’re looking for fence materials near your home or business, the easiest way is to go to a local fence contractor or a chain building supply store like a Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Many fence material manufacturer’s do not sell directly to the public. They sell through fence companies, like Artistic Fence. If you are interested in a specific brand or type of fence, you can call them and they will tell you your closest retailers that sell their materials.
How To Purchase Fence Materials From Artistic Fence
If you’re still wondering how to buy a fence in New Jersey, you should just call the Good Fence People!
Buying your fence materials from Artistic Fence is easy. We’ve been selling fence materials since 1983 and can get you everything from post caps to entire sections of fence.
While we are bringing a lot of aspects of our company in the 21st Century, we do not offer fence materials online. All purchases must be made in person at our shop in Passaic, but we can give you a quote over the phone. If you are interested in purchasing fence materials from us, either stop on by or give us a call at 973-779-4540 and ask for Bruce.
It’s important to keep in mind that we don’t have sections built to order. If you need something small in a pinch – like a post cap or a gate latch – that’s OK. But we don’t have sections of fence just sitting in the yard ready to go.
Just Grabbing An Extra Piece?
All of this information is super helpful if you’re looking to purchase everything you need for a fence. But what if you just need an extra picket or post cap?
Not a problem! We recommend bringing the piece you are trying to match in with you to your fence store or bringing in photos and measurements. Different people call different parts of fences different things. Actually bringing in what you need or having a picture with measurements is the best way to ensure you’re buying the right thing!
There is a chance your fence company has what you’re looking for onsite, or they may have to order it.
If You Don’t Want To Do It Yourself
Here at Artistic Fence, we install thousands of fences each year. A lot of people prefer to hire a reputable fence contractor like us to install their fence so it’s done the right way.
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