hardware store vs. fencing company

What’s Your Best Option for Buying Fencing?

Whether it’s a big-box store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, a retailers’ cooperative like True Value or ACE, or even a smaller independent shop, most any hardware store will sell you fencing — and some even offer installation.

But there’s a big difference between buying a fence from a hardware store and buying a fence from a dedicated fencing company like Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions. Sure, we’re a little biased, but our belief is backed by the facts.

Here are 3 things to keep in mind when deciding where to buy your next fence:

1. Expertise

Given the option, most people would probably prefer a cardiologist diagnose and care for their heart condition as opposed to a general physician. That doesn’t mean the general physician is incompetent — it just means that he or she doesn’t specialize in heart health. The same is true of hardware stores when it comes to buying a fence.

The thing is, most hardware store associates know a little about everything and everything about a little. With so many materials and style options (not to mention the unique layout and elevation of your yard), choosing the right fence can be challenging. There just aren’t many hardware associates out there that know fencing as well as the experienced specialists at a dedicated fencing company like Maintenance-Free.

2. Selection

You can generally find a reasonable selection of fencing products at most hardware stores. What you won’t find, though, is the wide array of material and customization options offered by a full-service fencing company. From aluminum and vinyl fencing to ornamental steel and simulated stone, fencing companies like St. Louis’ own Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions offer the latest and greatest in fence options for your home. Want that vinyl fence in a different style and color? No problem. Or that aluminum fence with decorative tri or quad finials? No problem. The same can’t always be said of hardware stores, where only the most basic (and often, the most profitable) fencing is consistently available.

Fencing is an investment, and when it comes to finding the right fence for your home, there’s a lot out there. Don’t settle.

3. Relationships

No, this isn’t all about sentimentalism, though hugs are great. The fact is, fencing companies have established, working relationships with manufacturers that hardware stores simply don’t have. For you, the customer, this means that when working with a fencing company like ours, you can expect top quality and service based on our direct connections to the industry. We know you expect only the best, so we partner with only the best. Unfortunately, that’s not something that’s always happening at big-box chains or even smaller, independent hardware stores that don’t specialize in fencing.

More than that, a new fence is a big investment. And when you make a big investment, you want to make sure you’re doing business with someone you can trust and count on. That kind of personalized, dependable service is near-impossible when working with a hardware store that doesn’t specialize in fencing to begin with. At Maintenance-Free, we’re proud of the lasting relationships we’ve established with our customers, who know they can always call on us.

For anything. Really.

Thinking about a new fence for your home or business?

Contact the greater St. Louis area’s fencing experts at Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions and see the difference between a hardware store and a specialized fencing company for yourself…

For more information on aluminum fencing options from Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions, visit our showroom or request a free, full-service estimate.

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