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Top Considerations Before Installing Your Fence For A Pet Or Other Wild Animals

Whether installing a new fence to keep your pet enclosed or keep wild animals away from your garden, it is a significant long-term investment. There are many important factors to consider before picking a fence that is right for you.

Size Of Gaps and Holes in Fencing

When considering the type of fence to choose, it is vital to consider the pet’s size you are trying to keep in the fenced area. For an animal, like a rabbit, who can squeeze through a small space, you will want to avoid a chain-link fence. When considering a fence such as a picket fence for a dog, you want to make sure the holes are not wide enough for its body to slip through but also not wide enough for it to get its head stuck in the gaps.

Avoid a Fence The Pet Can Dig Under

Many animals like to dig under fences in an attempt to escape. If you have an animal prone to digging, it is vital to pick a fence that the pet cannot dig under, such as a fence grounded in cement. If you cannot ground the fence into cement, there are other options, such as using chicken wire at the bottom to prevent digging.

Fence Height

Just as some pets like to crawl under a fence, plenty of animals can also go over a fence. Therefore, it is essential to know if your pet can jump high. For a larger pet such as a dog, you may want to opt for a tall wooden fence over 6 feet tall to avoid any risk of escape. You will also want to make sure there is nothing close by the fence that the pet can jump up on and then get over the fence.

Keeping Animals Out

While many fences are designed to keep pets safe, other fences keep wild animals away from your pets or garden. If you are trying to keep out deer, you will need to invest in a tall fence. Typically, a wooden fence over 6 feet should do the trick. If you are trying to keep raccoons away, you will want to make sure they cannot climb up the fence. It is effortless for raccoons to climb up a chain-link fence or even some wooden fences. However, if you have a wooden fence with a slick finish, it will be hard for them to gain traction.

If you would like to learn more about which fence might be right for your home, reach out to the experts at https://www.westernfenceco.com/ today.

While it’s true that many homeowners install fences to mark their property lines and enjoy a little privacy from their neighbors, the reality is that there are many other practical uses for fencing. Explore these four other popular uses for fencing on a residential property and consider whether any of these may be useful to you!

1. Around Your Pool

If you have a pool on your property (especially an in-ground one), then you should really have a fence around it for the safety of your loved ones. This is especially important if you have small children in your household or have children who visit regularly.

Without a fence, all it takes is a few moments for a child to make his or her way into a pool unsupervised. A dedicated fence around your pool can provide you with added protection for small children and even pets.

2. Around Your Kids’ Playground

If your children have an outdoor playscape or other toys that they like to play with outdoors, consider putting up a small fence to create a dedicated play space for them. In doing so, you can keep their outdoor messes contained in a designated area on your property. At the same time, fencing in a kids’ play area also keeps your children from wandering into tool sheds or other potentially dangerous areas on your property.

3. Around Your Garden

Maintaining a garden can be a very rewarding experience—but if you have wild animals (such as deer and rabbits) in your area, you might also deal with the frustration of these animals entering your garden and damaging your plants. By installing a fence around your garden, you can keep unwanted pests out, which will make maintaining your garden easier and less time-consuming.

4. Around Your Dog’s Outdoor Space

If you have a dog or multiple dogs living at your house, then you probably know first-hand just how much work it can be to keep your yard free of dog droppings. By fencing off a small portion of your property and training your dogs to recognize this as their space to do their business, you can keep these messes contained. This will make it easier for you to keep the rest of your yard clean.

Looking for a Quality Fence Builder?

These are just a few potential applications for fencing, aside from the “typical” fence surrounding an entire property. If you’re interested in having a fence built on your property, Western Fence Co. is here to help. As Utah’s oldest fencing company, we have the experience and knowledge needed to build a beautiful and durable fence to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more!

Fencing requires the proper maintenance to keep them in excellent condition for as long as possible. During the hot, humid summer days, it becomes even more essential. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of what their fences need. The following will help you take the right steps to keep your fence in good condition.

Watch for Damages

The earlier you find damage to your fence, the easier and less expensive it is to repair. Routinely inspecting your fence visually can help you identify problem areas that require your attention. Exposure to the elements can cause rust, corrosion, and breaks in your fence over time. Growing vines or vegetation along your fence can exacerbate these problems. If you notice anything amiss, get it repaired right away.

Wash and Stain Wood Fences

Wood fences require more care than fences made with other materials. Use a power washer regularly to remove dirt and any other debris on your fence. Evaluate the condition of the stain each time you wash it to help you determine the best time to restain the fence. UV rays can degrade the stain, requiring reapplication. If your fence is painted, watch for peeling paint to indicate when it needs a fresh coat.

Use Caution When Washing Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences need washing as well, but it’s easier to cause damage if you don’t do it properly. Although vinyl fences are typically lower maintenance than other options, it doesn’t mean the material is maintenance free. While you can still use a pressure washer to wash your vinyl fence, check the pressure carefully. Using too high of a setting will damage your fence materials.

Care for Aluminum Fences

Aluminum fences are another lower maintenance option popular with homeowners. However, they also require specialized attention, particularly during the summer months. For most aluminum fences, hosing them off with water is sufficient to keep them clean. While you hose it down, it’s essential to look for stains or other signs of damage. If the fence is stained, you may need to use a high-quality degreaser or lime cleaner to get your fence into better shape. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully on any products you use.

Use Car Soap on Iron Fences

If you have iron fences anywhere around your home, you may think you don’t need to check on them because of their durability. This isn’t true, however. It’s still essential to check them over for signs of wear to take care of them in a timely manner. When it’s time to clean your iron fence, car soap is the most effective without damaging the iron. Car wax or a special sealant can also help protect your iron fence from wear and tear due to exposure to the elements.

Contact Western Fence Co. Today!

Western Fence Co. is Utah’s oldest fence company. We are experts in both residential & commercial fencing as well as design and installation of all fencing types including chain link, wrought iron/ornamental iron, other types of ornamental fencing, vinyl, wood, and aluminum.

We also carry and install automatic gate operators and have thousands of fencing products including hardware and fencing panels in stock! We even do custom CNC Plasma Cutting for artwork and railings!

Contact us today for all of your fencing needs!

There are few things in life as rewarding as a project we begin and finish all on our own. Whether we want to tackle the chores or build a shed in the yard, the feeling of completion is rewarding in and of itself! Yet with some projects, it makes more sense to let the professionals lead the way.

One of the best ways to renovate and rejuvenate your yard without breaking the bank is by hiring a team of professional fence installers to work on your home. A newly installed fence can provide curbside appeal, a boost to your home’s value, and it can also add functionality to your home!

Let’s look at a few reasons why you will want to turn to the team at Western Fence Co for help on your next fencing project in Utah.

Save Yourself Both Time & Money

While we adore the DIY mindset, doing it ourselves isn’t always the most cost-effective approach to a project. DIY-ers swear that they can save time and money, but often that isn’t the case. Working on a professional fencing installation will go quicker with a team that has done it before. As Utah’s oldest fence company, Western Fence Co has the experience needed to quickly accomplish an affordable fencing installation.

If your time is valuable, let a professional fence company handle the job.

Minimize Future Maintenance Requirements

Measure twice and cut once, right? In the same way that caution can prevent mistakes, so too can professionalism. One of the main reasons to consider hiring a professional fence company for your backyard installation is to minimize the amount of maintenance that you can expect in the future.

Fence installers like Western Fence Co utilize top-of-the-line materials combined with their professional background to craft long-lasting fencing solutions for clients throughout Utah. From chain-link to vinyl, wood, and aluminum, there is something for every fencing situation.

Requires Extensive Expertise

What could be more simple than a fence? The question answers itself as most homeowners turn to fence installation companies to handle the task. Fencing requires a blend of mortaring, welding, metalworking, woodworking, and carpentry. Not only are there many specialties that need to be understood before construction can begin, but the work itself is also backbreaking and labor-intensive.

Save yourself time, money, and sweat equity by turning to professionals to handle your next fencing installation.

Call Western Fence Co Today!

The oldest fencing company in all of Utah, Western Fence Company opened its doors in 1948. Proudly serving Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas, Western Fence Co specializes in chain-link, wrought iron, vinyl, wood, and aluminum fencing. In addition to fencing solutions, Western Fence Co provides custom CNC Plasma Cutting for railings and artwork. Contact Western Fence Co TODAY!

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.

 

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.