Good fences make good neighbors.

The slogan is a favorite of Forest Tilly, owner of Classic Fence in Jacksonville.
“Many believe fences keep people apart, when in reality fences serve a good purpose,” says Tilly, whose family has owned the business since 1966.
Fences play many roles. They can provide privacy, protect children and pets or enclose a pool. Fences can also add a decorative element to your home.
Where to begin? Tilly, the third generation owner of Classic Fence, offers some advice.

Know What You Want
Before you build or install a fence, the first step is determining what you want to accomplish. A fence
can function in many ways and you will want to select one that will work best for you.

Choose Your Materials
The next step is selecting from a wide range of materials. What are the best options? “Again, it depends on what a person is trying to accomplish,” Tilly says.

A chain-link fence is durable and economical, but other materials offer greater design options. With ultraviolet light inhibitors, vinyl fencing is durable and low maintenance. Aluminum fencing is long-lasting and ornamental aluminum is a popular choice among homeowners because it looks like wrought iron. Wood fencing is more economical in price, but wood needs regular upkeep and repair, such as staining or sealing, and eventually wood will need to be replaced.

Do Your Research
Check with your neighborhood or homeowner’s association and municipal building code officials before you begin regarding rules and regulations that could dictate the look, height and materials used for your fence.

Repair or Replace?
It’s important to consider the age of the fence as well as the climate that surrounds it. Dirt, leaves, salt and wind are elements that will eventually deteriorate a fence.
To learn more about Tilly’s business, more information is available on their website at