Do you remember the exact time that your wooden fence began to degrade? That beautiful cedar fence you installed a couple of years ago might be looking a bit worse for wear! Whether you are dealing with dirt, algae, or mold, that beautiful fence you once had can suffer from several potential issues.

Instead of ripping your fence out and re-installing a newer fence, consider exploring this simple fence cleaning and maintenance solution.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Wooden Fence

As a particularly porous surface, wood is often subject to dirt and grime that seeps deep into its crevices. Cleaning a wooden fence is unfortunately a little harder than merely wiping the grime away. As a result, you are going to need a few tools and some chemicals. Fortunately, most people should have these items at home!

Materials Needed

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Plastic Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Rag
  • Hose
  • Plastic tarp (optional)
  • Hard-bristled Brush

Cleaning your fence and maintaining it through this technique will require strict adherence to safety protocols, particularly when working with bleach. Make sure that you wear gloves and refrain from getting bleach onto your lawn.

  1. With your gloves on, you will want to grab your plastic bucket and fill it with 1-part bleach and 2-parts water.
  2. Again with your gloves on, you will use a rag to apply your bleach/water mixture to your fence. Apply generously to ensure an even coating, paying attention to problematic areas.
  3. Wait 10 – 15 minutes to allow the bleach to soak into your fence.
  4. If you want to prevent the bleach mixture from getting onto your lawn, place your plastic tarp along the base of your fence now.
  5. Taking your hose, rinse the bleach off with the highest-pressure setting. Any remaining dirt and grime can be wiped away with your hard-bristled brush.

This simple maintenance tip can be repeated as often as needed. Simple and affordable, the entire process should take most homeowners under an hour. To prevent the need for future deep cleanings, consider performing touch-ups throughout the year or as often as needed.

If you need to cut materials to exceptionally high tolerances, waterjet cutting can help. Waterjet cutting is a cold cutting technology that can produce high-precision cuts in a wide variety of materials. As a cold cutting process, it can be used in materials that cannot be cut through plasma cutting or other methods. Here are some of the major benefits of waterjet cutting.

1. It Doesn’t Produce Heat

Other types of cutting, like plasma cutting, will produce heat. Under this heat, some materials will warp, burn, or become brittle. Waterjet cutting is well-suited to these types of materials (such as plastics) because it can provide a precision cut without any heat.

2. It Can Cut Virtually Any Material

Waterjet cutting is flexible and versatile. It can cut many types of material, including reflective materials, and uneven materials. The highly pressurized waterjet can even cut through stacked materials, to produce multiple cuts at once. Waterjets are powerful enough to cut through electronic devices and solid metal.

3. It’s an Environmentally-Friendly Solution

Unlike other methods of cutting and fabrication, waterjet cutting doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals. Waterjet cutting won’t burn anything, so it won’t release anything hazardous or toxic into the air. This is not only great from an environmental standpoint but also better for workers who are working with waterjet cutting frequently.

4. It Can Cut in Any Direction

Waterjet cutting is performed like other CNC operations: The computer is loaded with a pattern and then the cutter cuts a line. But unlike other CNC operations, waterjet cutting can cut in any direction. Materials can consequently be cut into nearly any shape. Other types of cutting have to be done in straight lines on an axis, or can only cut from top to bottom or from left to right.

5. It’s Extremely Fast

Waterjet cutters can cut through even metal quickly. For rapid prototyping, it’s a very fast way to produce a part — but it can also be used for hundreds or thousands of parts. Of course, the exact speed depends on the machine and the strength of the pump. Some of the fastest cutters can cut through inches of titanium within seconds.

6. It Produces Very Clean Edges

Because it isn’t burning or warping the materials, waterjet cutting also produces very clean edges. The work that has to be done on parts once they have been cut out is minimal — it can even be entirely absent. This makes waterjet cutting a preferable method for those who don’t want to do further finishing.

There are many industries that take advantage of waterjet cutting, for its fast performance, versatility, and cold process. Nearly anything can be cut, ranging from hard metals to food — and the process is both fast and clean. Waterjet cutting is frequently used for rapid prototyping, and other times in which distinct and discrete parts need to be created on-the-fly. However, because the process of setting up the system is purely digital, it can also be used to produce parts of any quantity.

Your outdoor space should be a place where you can kick back and escape from everyday life. While it’s important to customize your yard (or patio, etc.) in a way that speaks to you, it all won’t mean much unless you have the privacy you want. This can be challenging in today’s housing developer trends calling for squeezing homes onto small lots with little yard space. That said, putting up the right fencing can help transform whatever space you do have into your own private oasis!

Here’s how you can choose the right fencing and get the outdoor privacy you deserve:

Determine Where the Distractions Are Coming From

Do you live on a busy street or near a commercial property? Is your neighbor’s home taller than your own with windows that can see down onto your property? Before you select any fencing, it’s important to take into account the areas that you may want to hide from view with fencing. While fencing won’t be able to block out noise, it can help mitigate it and make outside distractions feel less invasive. You may also want to consider adding in privacy screening to an existing fence or incorporating it into a new design. Try laying out your planned fencing with cords or rope to get an idea of where you would like to put it.

Keep in mind that you may also want to use fencing to divide up your outdoor space into zones (with easy access gates. Many people with pets or children opt for this in order to designate areas for play and spots for peace and quiet. It is also a good idea to separate pools and outdoor spas with fencing for both safety and privacy purposes.

Go for Height

Some people shy away from tall fencing because they fear it will make a small yard or patio space feel even smaller. But this is a misconception. The right tall fencing draws the eye upward and can actually make your outdoor space feel instantly bigger. To figure out exactly how high you would like your fencing to be, try holding up cardboard in different spots to get a feel for the height.

To help make your tall fencing feel even less imposing, you may also want to opt for a fencing design that has open spaces along the top or in other strategic places. Adding plants along your fencing will also help with establishing a peaceful atmosphere.

Choose the Style Carefully

Today’s fencing goes way beyond traditional chain link or picket styles (though of course these classic styles still work wonder for many people). Take into account the style of your home and what kind of fencing may complement it. You may also want to consider a more artisanal design for tall fencing to help it add more to the setting and serenity of your outdoor space rather than simply act as a barrier. If you are dividing your outdoor space into different zones, you may want to select a combination of styles.

Now, it’s important to note that you will have to check with local municipality restrictions first before you select any kind of fencing. If you live in a housing development with a community association or HOA, you may have additional regulations you need to follow. An experienced fencing contractor can help you navigate this area.

A wood fence provides a great look for your landscaping, as well as for the privacy you want for your yard. Natural wood can enhance the look of your home and boost its value and curb appeal. However, this type of fence can often become damaged or show visible signs of wear and tear over time, making it much less attractive. The good news is there are several ways you can give your wood fence new life.

Replace Rotted or Damaged Pieces

If your fence is older or it wasn’t properly protected when it was first installed, you will need to replace rotted or damaged pieces. The good news is this doesn’t mean you have to completely replace the entire fence. Instead, you can limit replacements only to those areas that have been damaged. However, you may need to repaint or restain the entire fence in order to ensure everything looks the same and the replaced sections don’t stand out from the rest.

Protect Your Fence

You need to propertly protect your fence if you want it to stand up to the elements. This includes purchasing treated wood fencing pieces that are designed to hold up to whatever Mother Nature may throw its way. Painting or staining your fence can also go a long way toward giving your fence a new lease on life. If the fence isn’t damaged in any way, a simple new coat of paint or stain can make it look like new and give your landscaping the boost it needs.

Inspect Your Fence Regularly

Damages to your wood fence take place over time. The earlier you are able to detect a problem, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix. However, many of these problems can’t be identified simply by walking by your fence every day. Instead, you should conduct a thorough evaluation of your fence at least once a month. Some things to look for include loose boards, peeling paint, chipped paint, missing boards, wet areas, termite damage and other types of damage. Be sure to pay close attention to the underside of boards, the posts and the part of the fence closest to the ground. This will allow you to make any necessary repairs quickly, minimizing the expenses of taking care of your fence.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to keep your fence looking great and ensure there’s less damage over time. Sealing and painting your fence properly can make a world of difference in the amount of damage you’ll have to deal with on a regular basis. The better you take care of your fence before problems arise, the less expensive it will be and the more you can enjoy spending time in your yard.

Keeping your wood fence looking great is important to protect the value of your home and ensure the fence does what it’s meant to do. While regular maintenance will protect your fence from long-term damage, if damage does occur over time, it’s essential to take care of it as quickly as possible to minimize further damage and keep your costs lower by avoiding the need to replace your fence, either in part or entirely.

One of the most attractive fences you can choose for your residential or commercial property is ornamental fencing. This barrier is durable, strong, and can be decorated to add a classic look to your property. In fact, this fencing is so versatile, you’ll have no problem finding the look that fits your style. When properly cared for, ornamental iron fencing lasts for years. In the past, rust was a problem, however, ornamental iron fences now come with an anti-rust finish for protection from UV rays that cause fading and rust. All in all, you don’t have to expect any major problems with iron fencing when you follow these maintenance tips.

Be Proactive

You want to keep your ornamental iron fence free from dents and scratches, which lead to rust. One way to do this is to absolutely avoid using a weed whacker or trimmer close to the fencing. Also, it’s wise to keep vegetation away from the fence so you won’t need to trim it in the first place. Too much vegetation near your fence will also hide problems, like rust, which is difficult to control once it starts spreading. Finally, keep sprinklers from spraying the fence. Constant moisture will only encourage rust.

Don’t Procrastinate

When a problem with your ornamental iron fencing occurs, tackle it right away to prevent serious damage from occurring. Follow these tips to prevent a problem from starting in the first place.

  • Inspect your ornamental iron fencing every six months.
  • For new fencing and coated iron, deep cuts and grooves will need to be repaired.
  • A fresh coat of paint every few years.

What to Do When You Find Rust

When finding rust, wash it off with soap and water. Let dry. Then apply a rust converter followed by a spray on primer to fill in the areas. Finally, apply a thin layer of metal-grade wax, which will help protect the paint. The trick is to get to the rust promptly, and then its expansion is thwarted. You may need to use a fine wire brush to get all the rust off, however, avoid using a highly abrasive brush as this will produce adverse results, mainly a deepening of the dings, scrapes, dents, and crevices. When this happens, it becomes harder to seal the area.

Gate Care Maintenance

Inspect your gate hinges every six months and be sure to replace them annually. Proper care for hinges includes lubricating them. If you fail to do this, the hinges will dry out and make an annoying squeaking sound every time you open and close the gate. How often should you lubricate the hinges? Often and use the lubricant liberally.

An ornamental iron fence adds beauty to your property and it’s a good investment. To protect this investment, put in the time and energy needed to keep it properly maintained. In fact, add it to your list of outdoor tasks that need attendance. Preserving your ornamental iron fence will assure you maintain curb appeal, security, and beauty for many years to come.

 

Trees are a major draw when it comes to property value and just general living appeal, but so are fences around your property. And in many cases, trees that have been standing for years tend to be inconveniently located on the property line or in other locations where you might want to place a fence. Now, you could uproot the tree and just get rid of it. But this isn’t an ideal choice because then you lose the tree and, in many cases, decrease your property value. Fortunately, with a little creativity (and by following some tips from professionals) you can keep your tree and have your fence too!

Fencing in Between Trees

Are the trees in question lined up right with the edge of your property? If so, you might want to try fencing simply in between trees (or rather, leaving fencing gaps where the trees are). Many people opt for this because they like the clean and unique look it creates. A good tip to follow here is to never use nails other fasteners directly on the tree. Not only can this damage the bark of the tree and cause odd growth patterns, but it can also make it easier for pests to get inside and cause problems.

The downside here is that, unless the fence goes right up against the tree on either side, it may not be the most secure. It’s also important to take into account the tree’s age and future growth potential, as it may eventually start growing into/around the fence if it is situated too closely.

Curve Your Fencing Around Trees

Another option is to simply accommodate for the trees in your design by curving the fence around them. You can do so by either keeping the trees on the inside or outside of the fence, and shaping the fence according. That said, bending the fence around them on the outside (if your property line allows it of course) can make sure you are not compromising any yard space. You will also need to allow a little extra room so the trees can have space to grow.

Now, if you are worried that bending your fence around your trees may cross the your property line, be sure to talk with your neighbors first. Most understanding neighbors will be able to help you find a reasonable solution.

Work the Trees into Your Fence Design

In addition to more traditional methods of going around the trees or leaving gaps, you can get truly creative by incorporating them into the fence design itself. There are a lot of different options for this, and each design is unique depending on the tree shape and size as well as the yard space. From creating a trellis appearance to tree “windows”, there’s a lot that can be done here.

Of course, the right option for you will depend on your design preferences, property boundary limits and outdoor style. Have questions or want to explore your fencing options more? We invite you to get in touch! We are happy to look at your situation in detail and come up with an innovative, visually-pleasing solution that will last for years to come.

 

Fences have a vast number of uses around homes and businesses alike. Not only do they provide a certain aesthetic appeal, but they can also offer a sense of security and additional privacy for your property. While there are many options when it comes to the materials from which fences are made, wood continues to be one of the most popular. If you want wood fencing for your property, your decisions don’t end there. You have a number of styles from which you can choose. The following are three of the most popular styles of wood fencing to help you make the best choice for your home or business.

Picket Fences

You may already be aware of the dream of buying a home with a little white picket fence. While this is no longer the standard dream for everyone, it continues to be one of the most popular types of wood fences, particularly for residential properties. This style of fence consists of horizontal rails that support vertical boards, otherwise known as pickets, that are closely spaced together. The spacing can vary, depending on the design you choose. Picket fences are often between three and four feet tall, although some versions can be shorter if you prefer. Picket fences tend to lend a colonial look to your property and can be painted in a variety of colors to best match the aesthetics of the rest of your home and the surrounding landscape. Staining the fence a natural color is also an option. The vertical boards can come in a number of shapes at the top, including flat, rounded or tapered.

Stockade Fences

For individuals who wish to install a fence that serves more of a security and privacy purpose, the stockade wood fence can be the perfect option for your home. The layout for these fence panels is similar to the picket fence, but the vertical boards are placed much closer together, often touching each other to create a solid wall of fencing. One of the other major difference from a picket fence is a stockade fence is usually built six to eight feet tall, preventing others from easily seeing into your yard. These fences can be painted or stained to create the precise aesthetic look you want for your property. These fences come in a variety of shapes and styles, with options like straight, rounded or tapered tops or even a portion of the top created with a lattice pattern for a more decorative appeal.

Board-on-Board Fences

While stockade fences provide a high level of privacy and security for your property, you can take it up a level with board-on-board wood fences. These fences are similar to stockade fences, but they feature vertical boards placed on both sides of the rails, making it impossible to see beyond the fence. This style of fence boasts an architectural appeal that makes them popular in more upscale neighborhoods, but they serve a purpose in just about any situation. Painting or staining the boards can create the exact look you want.

If you’re looking for the best wood fencing for your property, think about the purpose you want your fence to serve and then work with a professional fence company to help you realize your dreams and install the right fence for your needs.

For those of you have have a large dog, you understand how difficult it can be to keep him in your yard, especially if he is full of energy and loves to jump and climb. If you’re dog is big and bounding with vitality, strength, and curiosity, then its important to really think about the kind of fence you should install to keep him inside your property where he’s safe. The same is true for small dogs. While leaping and jumping may not do the trick, there’s other ways for small dogs to escape. Read on to consider the size of your dog when choosing a fence, as well as other factors, such as keeping your dog calm in the backyard.

Your Big Dog Needs a Big Fence

A small, short fence will not do its job when it comes to big dogs. It won’t keep them contained, and it will end up costing you more money in the long run due to repairs and eventually having to replace the fence after your furry friend gets out a few times. What your dog needs is a strong, tall fence (at least 6 feet tall) to create the right enclosure.

Your Dog Needs Privacy

If your dog can see through the fence, this will create distractions that will encourage him to bark and even escape. Chain link fences are always a bad idea for a any dog. Neighborhood kids can easily tease your dog, thus leaving him agitated and stressed out. Opt for a solid panel fence for ultimate privacy that will keep your dog relaxed, playful, and happy.

How is Your Dog Getting Out?

If you want to stop your dog from breaching the fence, first figure out how they’re managing to escape. Are they digging underneath?  If this is the problem, you’ll want to line the bottom of the fence with chicken wire or chain-link to prevent digging. If climbing is the issue, you’ll want to install a fence with a slippery surface. Your dog will slip when trying to climb and after a few frustrating attempts, your dog will give up and fetch that ball for you. If you’re dog is a jumper, you’ll need a very tall fence. In addition, you’ll want to be sure there is nothing near the fence the dog can use as leverage, such as chairs, tables, and potting planters.

To learn more about the fence you should install for your dog, call (insert company name here) and one of our friendly team members will come out to discuss fence options, meet your dog, and give you a free estimate for the perfect dog-friendly fence.

Installing a fence on your property is a significant financial investment and should not be done without a lot of research on the pros and cons of various material options. Vinyl fencing had grown in popularity in recent years. However, before choosing vinyl for your next fence, it is essential to understand the many disadvantages that come with a vinyl fence.

  1. One of the first disadvantages of a vinyl fence is that it does not hold up in adverse weather conditions. If you live in an area that often sees high winds, a vinyl fence might not be the right choice as strong wind gusts can cause it to bend or become dislodged from the ground. Also, unlike a wood fence, vinyl cannot withstand the impact of objects. In the event an object or weather causes the vinyl to break, it can not be repaired like wood or a metal fence, and instead, you will need to replace the entire section. Not only can harsh weather cause the fence to be damaged, but it can also cause the color on the fence to fade and over time, will lead to the need to replace the fence.
  2. Unlike wood, vinyl fences tend to grow mildew. If you water your grass and flowers near the fence regularly, you will find yourself continually needing to clean off the mildew to prevent it from turning to mold. Besides the mildew being a safety concern, it also makes the fence look dirty and unappealing on your property.
  3. Cost is also a significant deterrent to choosing vinyl for a fence. It is by far the most expensive fencing material out there. So if you do not plan on living in your home forever, it may not be the right investment for you.
  4. A fence is one of the first things your guests notice when approaching your property. While vinyl is designed to give the appearance of wood, when you get up close to it, it looks a bit cheaper and not as aesthetically pleasing as wood. The appearance of your fence is not only important as first impressions of your guests but if you go to sell your house, it could potentially become a deterrent to buyers of your home.
  5. When it comes to vinyl, you will have a limited selection of the color of the fence, and once you choose, you are stuck with it unless you replace the entire fence. With a wood fence, you can opt to stain it or even paint it a different color in the future if you would like to change up the look of your property.

No matter what type of fencing you end up choosing, it is crucial to have it installed by a professional so that it will last on your property for years to come. If you have any questions about any type of fencing, feel free to reach out to us today.

If you are like most people, your home and property is a significant investment and it’s only natural that you would want to beautify and protect it. The installation of a fence is an important security element and it’s a large investment for any property owner. Selecting the right fence contractor to handle the job is essential to prevent any complications that may develop during or after the installation.

There are several tips you can use to ensure your fence installation process is successful. Keep reading to learn what those tips are.

Research the Options

Before you interview a fence contractor, you need to learn as much as you can about the company or individual you want to deal with. Much of this can be discovered with your first encounter. Some things to think about include:

  • When contacting the office, there should never be a generic answer to your call. A professional company is going to have a professional answering their phones, and they should include the company’s name.
  • All advertising needs to include a verifiable address. There are some fly-by-night companies that won’t have a real address they can be traced to.
  • Don’t hesitate to look at the listings with the Better Business Bureau. This is offered as a free service and is designed to help consumers.
  • While it may be a “knee jerk reaction” it’s not a good idea to simply go with the first company that you find. Remember, the first company listed isn’t an indication of ability.

Red Flags to Look for During an Interview

As you begin to work through the process to find your contractor, there are some other items you need to keep in mind. These include:

  • If a contractor requires you to make an immediate decision, use caution.
  • Anytime that a professional pressures you to pay for their services with cash isn’t a good sign. There are several legitimate businesses that will provide a cash discount to customers, but this should not be confused with a contractor that requires a cash only payment.
  • A quality contractor is going to provide you with a written estimate for the services you have requested if they won’t give you one, you don’t want to do business with them.

Ask the Right Questions

Some other details you need to bring up when you talk to a fencing contractor or a potential contractor include the following:

  • What materials they recommend and why they are recommending them.
  • If a person is planning to repair or replace the fence and what the procedures include.
  • What is the track record for a contractor staying within the estimated amount?
  • How often the contractor completes jobs on time.
  • If there’s a warranty offered for the work, they provide.
  • If the materials be recycled if they aren’t used.

It’s important to always speak with several contractors and get a written estimate before moving forward with a decision.

Planning is Key

As you begin to make your plans to install a fence, you need to get them to make an assessment regarding what you will need to spend on labor and materials. After making these decisions it’s a good idea to share information with the fencing contractor and confirm they can work with your guidelines. Make sure you know where you want the fence to go too. This is crucial when planning the installation of a fence.