Hurricane Dorian Head For Central Florida.

Hurricane Dorian Head For Central Florida.

Hurricane Fence Preparedness, Orlando

Well, Central Florida, a Hurricane Dorian is barreling for the heart of Orlando.  Now is the time to stop what you are doing and prepare.  If you never been through a hurricane, we recommend you review the hurricane preparedness guide on News 96.5 WDBO.

Hurricane Fence Preparedness, Orlando

We at Custom Fence Orlando encourage you to prepare, stay safe, and do not forget about your fence.   We spoke with, Kip, the owner of Paramount Fencing and Co-Host of the Florida Home and Garden Radio Show on News 96.5 FM and he said,  “We have moved to threat level “Red”.  So now is the time to prepare your fence”.  He followed up with five things that will possibly save that fence, money, and your life as a storm approaches. They are listed below:

1. If you have a pool, purchase an orange safety barrier fence from the home improvement store prior to the storm. It is impossible to find after a storm. You need to be able to secure your liabilities.

2. If you have a wood gate, take a small piece of 2″ x 4″ and screw it with 3″ screws to both the gate and hinges post, at the top, at the bottom. If possible, open the gate fully and screw it to the fence structure itself.

3. If you have an Aluminum gate, just bungee cord it.

4. If you have a vinyl gate, take it off at the hinges and put it in your garage. Check all post caps. If they’re not glued down remove them and store indoors.

5. Regardless of what type of fence you have, go to the home improvement store and buy several ninety-degree angle brackets. Secure the last component of the fence, runner or post, to the house together. It could be the difference between your insurance viewing that fence as a structure of the house or a detached structure.

He further added.  Now is the time to think about the aftermath.   Dorian is likely to hit the Central Florida area as a Category 2 with winds between 90 and 110 MPH.  So it does not matter if you live in Orlando or Oviedo,  Winter Springs or Winter Park, or Orange County or Seminole County,  fences are going to come down.  Fence professionals will be in high demand.  Now is the time to get on a pre-hurricane list.  Otherwise, you will experience longer than normal wait times and have to settle for two guys in a truck.

Below is Paramount Fencing’s Pre Hurricane Estimate Request.

How To Pick A Fence Company After A Hurricane

How To Pick A Fence Company After A Hurricane

How To Pick A Fence Company After A Hurricane

If you find yourself requiring a fence after a hurricane, make sure you don’t fall victim to the scams.  The market will be flooded with fly by night companies and individuals looking to make a quick buck.  Do your homework. Below is a checklist which will assist you in making a well-informed decision.

  1. Never call a fence company that placed a door hanger on your door unless they have a website associated with the company, a  Facebook, or a Google plus.
  2. Call at least three fence companies and request an in-person estimate. Phone quotes will only set you up for failure.
  3. When selecting the final bid, do your homework and check that company out. Below are few resources:
  4. See if the company has any complaint listed with the BBB.
  5. Join and read the companies reviews. Try to avoid payment by click websites which claim to be a home advisor who sells your lead to as many fence companies as possible.
  6. Verify that the company is registered and licensed to do business in the State of Florida. Visit and do a corporate Search.
  7. Never give a fence company a material deposit in the form of cash or check.  Always, use a credit card.
  8. Do your research on the building method and materials being used.  There is a great resource guide at Paramount Fencing’s Buyer’s Guide
Hurricane Florence and Fence Preparation

Hurricane Florence and Fence Preparation

Hurricanes and Fence Preparation In Florida

As you are aware, Tropical Storm Florence will affect Central Florida in some manner.  From Orlando to Oviedo, from Winter Park to Winter Springs, Topical Storm Florence will huff and puff and try to blow those fences down.  As a result, we at Paramount Fencing are encouraging every homeowner to embrace that old-fashioned saying, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Pound of Cure.”  It is time to protect that investment,  your fence.

Here are a few things you can do to protect your investment. They are also the difference between the insurance company picking up the tab or the cost of repairs coming directly out of your pocket.

    • Spend 20 minutes, and tidy up your fence.  Screw in any loose boards or fence parts that could come loose during a hurricane. If your fence line is leaning or old, try to get a post or two back to its original position.   Then photograph your fence.  Take picture of the inside and the outside and especially the gate areas.


    • Remove all Vinyl Fence Gates and place them in your garage. Understand, the gate area is the weakest part of any fence line. Vinyl Fence can be easily removed by removing the hinges attached to the gate itself. Simply, remove the screws or nuts and slide the gate off. Do not remove the screws attached to the fence post itself.   If you have an exposed pool, make sure you put up orange mesh fence at the gate entry.  If you do not have time, call us.  We will take them off and re-install them once the storm passes for $100.00.


  • Wood gates should be handled differently.  There are two methods:  (1) Take a 12″ long piece of 2″ x 4″ and screw it to both the wood gate frame and the post.  This should occur at both the top and bottom on the latch sided.  If you do not have a 2″ x 4″, fold the wood gate against the fence line and secure the gate to the fence with a couple of 4″ wood screws.
  • If you have a wood fence line which is standalone or not attached to the fence line as a whole, brace it. Bracing can be accomplished by taking a 2” x 4” about four foot long and placing it at a 45-degree angle, one end buried 12″ in the ground, one end attached to the post with a 3″ screw.  If you do not have time, call us. We can create the bracing and then take them off once the storm passes for $10 per brace.
  • If you have a vinyl fence, make sure you remove the post caps and place them in a safe place.  If they are glued, still check your caps.
  • Check to see if you have items attached to your fences such as fence art, potted plants, or equipment. Remove it all and place them in a safe place.
    • If you have tree limbs that overhanging your fence, trim them.


  • Best advice, regardless of fence type, make sure any post that abutts your house is secured with an 90 degree angle bracket.  This can be accomplished by securing one end of the bracket into the wood posts and one end of the back to the house.  Understand, an insurance company may consider that fence as part of the structure of a house, and not a stand-alone accessory structure.  We have seen this over and over with Hurricane Mathew and Irma insurance claims.

The above are just a few ways to protect your investment.

In the event you are impacted by the Hurricane and suffer fence damage, let us know immediately.  Understand, our previous customer will always have priority over new customers; however, if you are not a former customer–make sure you take the opportunity to reserve your spot on our pre-Hurricane estimate list.  Understand, after a hurricane, our estimates, repairs, and installations are organized by situational liabilities:  1. Open and exposed pools, 2. Families with children who have special needs, 3. The elderly, and 4.  A situation we deem dangerous. So Schedule. We promise we will work diligently to fix your fence once the hurricane passes.

Last, my team will be here to help in any way possible.  Even if you need assistance in cutting downed trees or removing debris, we are here to help.  We have tractors and chainsaws and often supplies.

Hurricanes and Fences: The Before, During, and After

Hurricanes and Fences: The Before, During, and After

Pre-Hurricane Florence Estimating Schedule

If you were around for the hurricanes of 2004 and 2017 fences and screen enclosures were the most damaged items.   The increasing need for fence repairs and replacement created shortages of good and reputable fence companies who were licensed and insured.  As a result, homeowners were faced with long wait times for estimates and fence installations.   The homeowner had to settle for fly by night companies, a friend of a friend, and fence companies trying to take advantage of the situation.   More often than not, the homeowner either lost their deposit or ended up with sub-par fences, only to replace it 2 years later.

DONT BE THAT HOMEOWNER WAITING IN LONG LINES.  Take advantage of Paramount Fencing, Inc. pre-hurricane estimating list and reserve your estimate spot before the hurricane even arrives.  Just fill out the form below, click submit,  and your spot will be reserved.  It’s that simple.