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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you subcontract out your fence projects? ​


We do not use subcontractors for fence construction. All our fences are built by Rain City Fence employees. We do use painting subcontractors for fence staining projects.




How do I get get a Fence Proposal?


The most effiecent way to get a fence proposal (estimate) is to fill out the form on our contact page. You are also welcome to send an email to fence@raincityfence.com. Please include all info requested on the contact form. Once your information is recieved, we will be in contact to set up an on site estimate meeting.




What is a a post-on-pipe type post?


Traditional fence posts, where wood is directly set into concrete, will rot and fail where the wood is in contact with concrete and/or dirt that seems to always build up around the base. While a post set in concrete can rot in a few years or may last 20+ years, 90% of all fence repair projects are due to post failures. To prevent this main point of failure, a fence can be built with a post-on-pipe design. For post-on-pipe, a thick galvanized pipe is pressed and glued into a round hole drilled into a post. One third of the pipe is embedded in the post with two thirds protruding (2ft). The protruding pipe is then set into concrete, so that the wood of the post never comes in contact with the ground (if soil levels are maintained). This design means that a post could last a lifetime.




What are your accepted forms of payment?


We send invoices via email using quickbooks, and the perferred methods of payment are as follows: ACH (checking account payments) Personal Check Credit Cards (addtional 3% is charged for this)




Do I need a permit to build a fence in Seattle?


For most fences in Seattle, permits are not required. See the City of Seattle Tip sheet for current Seattle regulations: http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Publications/CAM/cam312.pdf




Where on my Seattle property can I put my new fence?


For Seattle residents, "you can have a fence anywhere on your property." This is taken direclty from Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Tip #312. If there is concern about this, it's best to review this with the department of construction and inspections.




We are going to have our property landscaped as well as have a new fence built, what do I have installed first?


The fence building process involves a good deal of site traffic, digging, and the like, so it is usually a good idea to have the fence installed before landscaping.

An exception to this, is any changes is grade (or soil/ground height) should be done prior to the building the new fence. This is to ensure that new dirt doesn't get built up on the bottom of the fence.




What is the fencing code enforced by the Seattle Building Department?


The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has made a tip sheet available for common questions pertaining to the fences. See the following link to Tip Sheet #312 which covers common questions about fences. https://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Publications/CAM/cam312.pdf