Frequently Asked Questions

Our customers ask a lot of great questions. We thought we'd share some of them with you ... as you might be wondering about some of these things as well.

Our Company FAQs

Our founder / owner - Mark Olson has been in the fencing industry for over 28 years. SWi was founded in 2015.

Like many Florida residents, Mark is not originally from St. Augustine. "My wife and I came to St. Augustine to visit and literally never went home! We are proud to be full-time residents of St. Augustine, Florida and we are proud to make our community better, safer, and more beautiful - with high-quality fencing materials and superior fence installation techniques.""

Of course! As a proud Florida fence company, we do not take shortcuts or cut corners. We are fully licensed and insured. We are also certified fence professionals and belong to multiple business and trade organizations. It is our commitment to being the best fence company in Florida and in the entire U.S.

There are some pretty important differences that I can see, that distinguish us from many of the other fence companies in St. Augustine and the surrounding area.

  1. As members of the American Fence Association (AFA) - we maintain the highest levels of professionalism and expertise that are uncommon in the fencing industry ... not just in St. Augustine, but across Florida and the entire U.S.
  2. We have fenced in nearly a quarter MILLION square miles! There are few companies in the country that have that much experience in fencing! If you are a believer in the adage "practice makes perfect", then we are about as "perfect" as you can get in a St. Augustine Florida fence company!
  3. Our owner, Mark Olson is recognized as one of the leaders in the fencing industry in the U.S. Mark represents "excellence" in the fencing industry ... which is a direct benefit to all of our St. Augustine neighbors who choose to work with his company ... SWI Florida!

Each type of fence has its advantages for specific situations. St. Augustine, like all of Florida, has serious heat and humidity issues to consider. These can be tough on a fence. My experience is that the QUALITY of the fence and the materials you are using is more important than the type of fence.

Wood fences, for example, can withstand the harsh St. Augustine climate if you use a higher grade wood and take care to either pre-stain the wood or seal the wood regularly. Unfortunately, we have found that some local fence companies in St. Augustine use low grade lumber when building their fences. This becomes obvious just a year or two later when the fence is already beginning to fail.

Aluminum fencing, vinyl fencing, and chain link fencing are all good options for St. Augustine residents - fdepending on the specific needs of your situation. Again, the quality of the materials that are being used and the quality of the installation are more important than the specific type of fence you choose.

At SWi Florida, we ONLY use high-quality materials and superior installation techniques when installing fences. That is why we are such a popular choice with you friends and neighbors across the St. Augustine, Florida region.

Aluminum Fence FAQs

Yes. We carry lighter grade aluminum fencing for more economical options all the way up to heavy duty aluminum fencing typically used for commercial or industrial applications.

Our fence experts can help you select the right grade of aluminum fencing that strikes a balance between the strength you need without breaking the bank - paying for additional strength you don't need.

Aluminum fencing comes in many different heights and lengths. Generally speaking, most styles of aluminum fence come in heights from 4ft tall up to 8ft tall. Our residential aluminum fences come in 48", 54", 57", 60", and 72". Aluminum fence section lengths also vary depending on the style.

Our fence experts can help you choose the right size for your situation ... also ensuring that you are in compliance with all local codes.

Absolutely! Aluminum fencing is the top choice for Florida residents to protect their pools - meeting even the most stringent pool codes.

Because aluminum doesn't rust, it is a great choice for wet areas. Being able to see through the fence allows you to keep an eye on what is going on in the pool - another key safety feature for parents and homeowners.

Chain Link Fence FAQs

Yes. Chain link fence is a popular choice for many Florida property owners. We are experts at chain link fencing.

Generally, chain link fencing is galvanized to protect from rust and corrosion. It does also come coated with a PVC or polymer coating in various colors which greatly improves the look and the durability of the fence.

Many people don't realize that chain link fencing comes in heights up to 12ft or even higher. Obviously, anything over 8ft is usually not intended for residential applications in Florida.

Chain link fencing is a great choice for Florida property owners. Our experience is that chain link fences last an average of 20+ years in Florida and PVC or polymer coated chain link lasts even longer.

Vinyl Fence FAQs

Standard colors for vinyl fencing are shown here:

We also have a premium Timberland Series:

We work with NVP (National Vinyl Products) vinyl fencing. We choose to use their products because they are a proven solution with a long track record of manufacturing quality fencing products.

Wood Fence FAQs

Absolutely! This is how we got our start and earned our reputation as a premier fence company. Check out our FENCE GALLERY to see examples of our awesome custom wood fences.

One of the reasons wood fences are so popular in Florida is that they can be customized for nearly every style and situation. Check out our WOOD FENCE page to see photos and examples of many different styles of wood fence.

Many fence companies low-ball their intial bid, then come back with additional charges just before the project starts. We don't do that! Also, we use only top-quality products and top-quality fence installers. Quality costs a little more but is worth every penny in the long-run!

Believe me, you can't afford to choose the cheaper guys!

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