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Should You Buy or Rent Your Fence?

Monday July 23rd, 2018

You’ve got a big job coming up. You’re coordinating all the materials, suppliers and labour to make sure the job gets done right. When you need temporary fence to secure your site, you may wonder if it is best to rent or buy. There are many different factors to consider, but to help simplify things we’ve narrowed them down to the top three:

Resources

In this case, we use “resources” to mean both equipment and people. Of course, purchasing fence will involve transporting the fence from your site to a storage facility once the job is complete. This will require disassembling the fence and loading it onto a properly equipped vehicle to bring it to its final destination. Do you have the necessary equipment, such as straps and banding, to transport fence safely? Can you allocate the appropriate amount of labour to facilitate tear-down, loading and transportation? During the busy summer construction season, it can be difficult to spare labour for non-essential tasks. Renting may be your best option for this reason. We can coordinate our Fence Guys for set up, removal, and transportation – saving you the headache.

Storage

Buying temporary fence means you will need a place to put the fence when it is not in use. If you’re working with a large site (and therefore, a large quantity of fence), it may be difficult to find the necessary space to store the fence if you decide to buy. Obviously, the more fence you purchase, the more square footage you’ll need to dedicate to storing the fence. You will also need to consider whether your storage space is suitable for temporary fence. It should be a secure area, and ideally it should be protected from the elements. You want to avoid wet conditions in order to maintain the durability of the fence.

Duration of Job

This is arguably the most important factor when it comes to deciding between buying or renting fence. Generally speaking, if your job is expected to last for 2 or more years you should consider buying. This is usually the point at which the cost of renting exceeds the cost of buying. Will you be returning to this site, or one with similar square footage? Buying may still be worthwhile if you are consecutively doing multiple similar jobs that will last a total of at least 2 years. It may be more cost-effective to purchase the fence if you believe the product you have will work well for multiple upcoming jobs.

There are many aspects to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy your temporary fence – such as your budget, site restrictions, and available resources. We hope this helps give you an idea of which option will be the most beneficial for you. It is always best to consult your sales representative before making a final decision. Our sales representatives can help identify the possible challenges and benefits of renting versus buying as they pertain to your specific situation. Contact us and we’d be happy to help you make the best decision for your job.

Have you decided that buying is the way to go? Check out When is the Best Time to Buy Fence? to see when you should plan to make your purchase in order to get the best deal. Then, read our How to Install Modu-Loc Fence and Best Practices for Installing Modu-Loc Fence posts to achieve an optimal installation every time.

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