You have spent a lot of money on your new fence and quite rightly you want to make sure it covered for any issues in the future. This is where your warranty comes into play. I suggest you always have a warranty for your fencing and it should cover the labour of installation as well as the materials used in the construction of your fence.
Lifetime limited warranties are provided by most manufacturers fence products. The warranties are to the original consumer purchaser. Most warranties state that its fence and railing products are free of defects in workmanship and materials in the course of normal and proper use of the warranted fence product. Most warranties will cover chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking and damage by pests or abnormal weathering discoloration. Gate workmanship, including welds, is typically warranted for a period of two years depending on the fence material manufacturer. Custom made gates do not carry a warranty. Most warranties extend only to the original consumer purchaser and are not transferable.
In order to claim a defect the owner must contact the dealer who sold or installed the fence or railing. Proof of purchase is required when requesting warranty service. The product must be purchased from the distributor or dealer and installed according to installation guidelines and in accordance with codes and regulations.