Are Wild Animals Damaging Your Property? Add A Fence To Gain Some Protection

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are Wild Animals Damaging Your Property? Add A Fence To Gain Some Protection

Protecting your property is important because it prevents you from having to worry about excessive or unnecessary maintenance, repairs, and difficulties that might come from these weaknesses. If your home has had problems because of wild animals coming into your yard, you may want to solve this issue. While you can work on measures to take action when one of the animals makes their presence known, you are better off preventing damage from happening in the first place by installing a fence on your property. Consider Bird Prevention Birds might not cause a lot of damage, but they can certainly harm parts of your property. This could be in the form of eating beneficial insects that normally patrol your garden and keep out harmful bugs. The birds might also munch on the flowers, fruits, and seeds that you would like to stay in the yard. To fix this problem with a fence, you may want to look at options with a solid surface at the top. This makes it possible to put spike strips along the entire top side to prevent birds from flying there for a perch. Prioritize a Solid Fence Another thing that can help is getting a solid fence. Lots of wild animals can squeeze through fences that have gaps between each picket. The gap does not have to be that large for critters like squirrels, mice, or rats to crawl through and start causing damage to your house or landscape. A solid fence, especially when reinforced under the ground with wiring, will prevent most land animals from getting to the house. Keep the Future in Mind Most landscapes change over time, and yours may be in the process of growing. If you have trees that are in their youth and you know that they will be expanding over the years, you need to take these details into consideration when installing a fence to avoid compatibility problems in the future. For instance, you may want to remove a tree or install the fence in a different location to avoid root growth complications. Or, if you know that squirrels are constantly trying to get into your yard to eat and drink, you can position the fence so that it is far away from any neighboring trees that the squirrels could use to get in the yard. With these tips in mind, you should be able to build a fence and protect your property against most wild...

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Planning A New Deck? Consider These Benefits Of Composite Decking

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning A New Deck? Consider These Benefits Of Composite Decking

It’s an exciting time when you decide that you’ll have a new deck built onto your home, whether it’s the home’s first deck or you’re tearing down an existing one to build a better one. Hiring a professional deck contractor can ensure that you get the finished product you desire, but you’ll need to give some consideration to a number of the design elements before the contractor can begin to work. One of the big decisions you’ll face is choosing which material the decking should be; many people opt for cedar, while pressure-treated lumber is adequate for others. A desirable alternative is composite decking, which is readily available at your local home supply store. This human-made material has several benefits. Very Little Maintenance Required Wooden decking requires a long list of regular maintenance tasks. For example, you’ll routinely need to refinish the decking when the paint or stain wears off, which is a lengthy process that involves sanding the boards and applying multiple coats of the paint or stain. You won’t have to fret over these maintenance tasks when you have composite decking. The durable nature of the material doesn’t need to be refinished, and for years it will look just as good as it did the day it was installed. Safer Underfoot One of the concerns with wooden decking is that it can splinter and cause wooden slivers in the feet of your family members. This is especially a concern if you have young children who enjoy being on the deck in their bare feet, but this issue can certainly affect anyone in your family or even friends who are visiting you — or even your family dog. Composite decking doesn’t have this risk; it does not splinter or flake, meaning that it’s perfectly safe to walk on in bare feet. This attribute makes it particularly ideal if you’re planning the deck to be built around a swimming pool. Longer Lifespan Even with regular maintenance, wooden decking will eventually need to be replaced. The exact length that it will last depends on a wide range of factors, including the type of wood and how thoroughly you maintain it, but the reality is that you’ll still need to think about replacing the decking eventually. The lifespan of composite decking is significantly longer; the exact number of years depends on the product you buy. Consider checking with your deck contractor to see what type of material he or she recommends; you’ll often find that contractors will suggest using composite decking, given the above...

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Temporary Fencing Options Available To Contain Your Dog Effectively

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Temporary Fencing Options Available To Contain Your Dog Effectively

If you just moved into a new home and you are in need of temporary fencing to keep your dog on your property, you have several options available. Permanent fencing is the best way to keep your dog on your own grounds; however, there may be a waiting list to have installation done or you may still be looking into what type of fencing you prefer. It will be important to select an effective temporary containing system in the interim. Here are a few fencing solutions to consider in an attempt to help you keep your pooch from running off in an unfamiliar area. Try Invisible Fencing If You Do Not Wish To Alter Your Yard’s Appearance If you are interested in retaining your yard’s natural appearance until a fencing company can make a permanent installation, consider putting in an invisible fence made especially for keeping dogs within boundaries. These “fences” consist of small posts that you bury underground. They each have the capability to give off radioactive signals that are transmitted to a collar you place upon your dog. When your dog gets within proximity of one of the posts, an uncomfortable but painless jolting sensation will be given via the collar.  Your dog will quickly associate getting too close to the barrier with this feeling, training them to stay within the boundaries you have set. Training your dog to use this type of fencing will give you the flexibility to select a permanent fence that is more attractive rather than one made specifically to keep your dog inside your yard as they will be seasoned in staying away from the perimeter with this training tool. Install A Temporary Mesh Fence To Keep An Eye On Your Dog Many dog owners will install a mesh fence when waiting for a permanent fence to be installed. This type of fence is usually used around trampolines or swimming pools as it allows people to look in at the people using these amenities to increase safety. The same will go for your dog. Simply install this nylon fencing material and enjoy the fact you can watch your dog from the outside if necessary. This will allow you keep track of dog’s activities while allowing it to enjoy watching those around the neighborhood as well. The fence itself will be difficult for the dog to use to make a break-out as the small holes are not easy to climb. If a dog does try to claw its way up a mesh fence, the soft material will make it difficult to gain traction to continue to the very top. Use Temporary Plastic Or Wood Picket Fencing To Keep Smaller Dogs Safe If your dog is small in stature, you may be able to install a picket fence on your property temporarily. Plastic or wood fencing kits can be purchased from your local home goods store and placed around your yard quite easily by following the instructions provided with each kit. These fencing pieces are relatively sturdy if you take the time to install them properly, making them a good option for a dog that is not large enough to jump over. Larger dogs however may be able to leap over shorter pieces, so it is best to reserve this solution for miniature canine species. For fencing, contact a company such as Allied Fence of Tampa...

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Fixing The Winter Holes In Your Vinyl Fence

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fixing The Winter Holes In Your Vinyl Fence

Winter can cause a lot of damage to vinyl fences. Limbs fall from trees, ice falls from limbs and snow plows blast the fence with ice and snow from off the roads and driveway. If your vinyl fence has holes in it, don’t worry; you can fix those holes and make it appear as if the damage never happened in the first place. Supply List Spray Foam Insulation Spray Primer and Paint Plastic Body Filler Putty Knife Sandpaper – Fine and Medium Grit Handsaw Water Clean Towels Plan the Project You will need a couple of days of dry weather to complete this project. Plan the project for two days in which no rain is forecast for your area. Prep the Area Clean the area of fence that you are repairing using clean cloths and warm water. If the area is extremely dirty, use a mild detergent to clean and then rinse the area. Let the area dry completely before you proceed. Fill the Hole Filling the hole is much easier than you might think. A little spray foam insulation will go a long way. Simply insert the nozzle of the insulation into the hole and fill it until it begins to swell out of the hole. Now you do nothing but wait until the foam hardens – read the label to find out the hardening time of the product you are using. Smooth the Surface After the insulation has hardened, use the handsaw to carefully cut off the excess insulation, trying to keep the finish as flush with the fencing material as possible. Now, sand the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Wipe with a clean cloth. Finish the Repair Use plastic body filler to cover the area and create a flawless finish. Skim it over the patch and over the areas just around where the hole once was. Let the putty harden and set. Sand the surface using medium-grit sandpaper followed by fine-grit. Wipe the surface clean. Spray the area with primer and let it dry. Follow up with a coat or two of paint. If you can see any imperfections in the finish, sand the area and repeat the priming and painting steps. Your fence can look as good as new with a little bit of work. If you don’t feel comfortable making this repair on your own, talk with your fencing contractor–such as one from Askatu Construction–for assistance. But don’t wait too long; leaving that hole will make your fence more susceptible to further...

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2 Fencing Options To Keep Your Dog Safe On An Acreage Property

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Fencing Options To Keep Your Dog Safe On An Acreage Property

Moving to a semi-rural home on acreage is a dream for many people. This type of home allows you to live amongst trees and wildlife and be able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature. An acreage home means that you will have plenty of room for a large vegetable garden and for your children to explore their environment. However, if you have a dog as a pet, you may find that the wide open spaces make it difficult to keep your dog contained on your property. Acreage blocks can be very difficult or even impossible to fence. This is sometimes due to the type of terrain, especially if there is a steep gradient. Often, the sheer amount of fencing that would be required makes it an impractical and very expensive idea. Fortunately, there are two simple solutions to this problem. 1. Build a chain link dog run A great way to keep your dog safe is to build a specially designed dog run. One of the cheapest and simplest to install fence types for this purpose is chain link. This type of fencing is strong, durable, and will allow visibility and air flow between the interior and exterior areas of the run. The size and height of your dog run will largely depend on how much space you have available, the size of your dog, and your dog’s exercise needs. Be sure to include a covered area that will provide your dog with shelter from the sun and the rain. A small concrete slab under the shelter will keep the area from becoming a dust bowl in dry weather or a mud pit when it rains. 2. Install a radio collar dog fence If you prefer the idea of your dog being able to roam freely around your acreage, then a radio collar dog fence may be a good choice. The dog’s collar acts as a radio receiver which emits a painless electric shock to the dog if they cross over the designated boundary. The boundary is set using specially designed wiring which connects remotely with the dog collar. This is a great solution for acreage because it can cover a very large area for significantly less cost than a standard fence. It also allows you to pick and choose where your dog is permitted, so vegetable patches will be free from holes dug to bury bones in. Radio collar dog fences will require you to spend some time training your dog for them to work effectively. If you buy a good quality brand, then they will generally include a comprehensive training guide for you to follow. Keeping pets safe and secure is a top priority for pet owners. Although keeping your dog contained on an acreage property can be a challenge, the above solutions will help to provide your dog with the security it needs. Contact a local fencing contractor, like Fence Pro, for more...

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Roofing Emergencies – Be Prepared For Major And Minor Damage

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Roofing Emergencies – Be Prepared For Major And Minor Damage

Winter is the most abusive season for your roof to withstand. Heavy snows, freezing temperatures, strong winds and so much dampness isn’t easy for any roof to hold up to. Are you prepared for roofing emergencies that could occur at any time? Below, you will find out what you need to have on hand to prepare for roofing emergencies and limit the amount of damage that your home sustains. Required On-Hand Supplies Take some time to look around and be sure that you have everything that you might need if your roof was to get damaged. These things include: Ladder Tarps of different sizes Hammers Roofing nails Duct tape Wood furring strips Rubber roof sheets and sealant Handing Emergencies Knowing what to do when a roofing emergency arises will help you expedite sealing up the roof and putting a stop to further damage. Quick Repairs for Major Damage The fastest way to put a stop to water coming into your home when your roofing is damaged is by covering the damaged area with tarps. Sure, it won’t look very pretty, but it can buy you a little time to have the right repairs made. When covering the roof with tarps, you want to make sure that the tarps will stay put. You don’t want them ripping off of the nails that you used to hold them in place. This is where the furring strips come in handy. Instead of pounding nails directly into the tarp, wrap the edges of the tarp around a furring strip a few times. Then, pound the nail through the tarp and the furring strip into the roofing. Note: If you have to use multiple tarps to cover the damaged area, be sure that the tarps nearest to the peak overlap the lower tarps to keep the water from running underneath the lower tarp. Semi-permanent Repairs for Minor Damage If you have a few shingles that have come loose or have been damaged, get your bucket of rubber roof sealant and the sheets of rubber roofing. If the shingle is damaged but still intact, apply the rubber sealant to the underside of the shingle, press it firmly back into place and seal the edges with a bit more sealant. For shingles that are missing, cut a piece of the rubber roofing sheet, apply a layer of rubber sealant to the underside of it, press it into position to cover the area of the missing shingle and seal the edges with the sealant. These repairs aren’t going to fix things permanently, but it will buy you a little time to find a roofing contractor to come out and make the permanent repairs for you.  Going here can help you with further...

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Is Your Chain Link Fencing Broken? Learn How To Repair It

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Chain Link Fencing Broken? Learn How To Repair It

When there is a portion of your chain link fencing that is damaged, you’ll most likely want to fix it. As long as damage has not occurred to any of the fence posts, the repair should be easy to take care of on your own. Follow these steps to repair it. Materials and Tools You’ll need the following items to repair your fencing, many of which can be bought at your local home improvement store. Replacement fencing section Strong wire or rope Pliers Your new section of fencing should be the same height and color of the existing fencing that you have, but can be a different width. Prepare The Sections of Good Fencing To ensure that the remaining fence stays together while doing the repair, you’ll need to tie together the sections of your fence that is still in good condition. You can do this with a strong metal wire or rope. Tightly tie the good sections of chain link fencing together as tightly as you can. Remove The Section of Damaged Fencing All you need to remove any damaged section of chain link fencing is your pliers. Start at the top and untwist the damaged metal strand that is on the far left or right side. Then switch to the opposite side, and untwist that metal strand as well. You’ll then un-weave the strand from the fence that is still there. Roll up all of the damaged sections of fencing to easily get rid of it. Metal fencing can be recycled, though if you have a lot of it that you are replacing, consider selling the material at a scrap yard. Install The Section of New Fencing Start the repair process by unrolling your new chain link fencing next to your installed fence. Remove strands so it matches the width of the section you are looking to replace. You can then weave a new metal strand through both the new and old fencing, done in the opposite way that you removed it. Use pliers to twist the metal strand at the top so it is secured in place. Repeat these steps for the opposite side. Now you can remove the wire or rope that held the good fencing together. If these steps seem too complicated for you, or you are having difficulty doing it yourself, contract a local fence company for help. They can do the job for you and ensure it is done...

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Benefits Of Aluminum Fencing

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits Of Aluminum Fencing

Whether you are planning a fence for your home or business location, you have lots of choices for fencing materials. One type of fencing that is becoming increasingly popular is aluminum. There are several reasons you should choose aluminum fencing over other materials. If you are undecided, the following information can help you make the right decision for your fencing needs. Cost  When it comes to fencing, you can be looking at a major investment of several thousand dollars. The cost is based upon the type of fencing you choose, and the size of the area that is being fenced. Wrought iron is one of the most expensive types of fencing, and the cost can be out of reach for many customers. Wood fencing is affordable, but needs a lot of maintenance, so the low cost is offset by the amount of maintenance this fencing will need over the years. Aluminum fencing is generally as affordable as wood fencing, and takes less maintenance, so it is actually a better deal in the long run. Aesthetics When you choose a fence, you should consider the aesthetic value of the fence. Your fence should complement your home or business, and add to your neighborhood as well. You should avoid fencing materials that attract attention. Choosing the right fencing material can raise your own property value, and increase the value of the neighborhood around you. There are several types of aluminum fencing that can complement your property and add value to your home or business. Durability Aluminum fencing is one of the most durable types of fencing on the market. Wood usually warps and becomes discolored over time. It requires quite a bit of maintenance to keep it looking decent. And like Tom Sawyer, most people don’t have the time or desire to stain or paint a wood fence every year. Some types of metal fencing can rust and look shabby within a few years of installation. Aluminum fencing will not rust; this fencing looks great for many years. Other Considerations Many home and business owners are conscious about the products they buy. Many people are choosing recycled materials in an effort to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Many companies now offer aluminum fencing made from recycled aluminum. These fences look great and help reduce the burden on our planet. Recycled aluminum is also cheaper than fencing made of new material. Contact a local fencing company, like Fence-It, for more...

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Wooden Fence Maintenance: Dos And Don’ts For Homeowners

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wooden Fence Maintenance: Dos And Don’ts For Homeowners

A wooden fence can add a great deal of cosmetic appeal to any property while also creating a boundary between your property and your neighbors’. However, like any fencing material, wooden fences require special care and maintenance to keep them looking their best and lasting for years to come. Specifically, there are some wooden fence maintenance dos and don’ts that you’ll need to keep in mind to protect your fence from warping, rotting, and falling apart. DO Apply a Sealant as Needed Water is any wooden fence’s worst enemy, so be sure to provide a barrier between the wood and exterior elements. Specifically, you should seal your wooden fence with a water- or oil-based sealant shortly after it’s built; this will make it impermeable to water, usually for several years, before it wears off. Test your fence sealant annually by spritzing some water on the fence; if it beads up, the sealant is still working. If it seeps into the wood, it’s time to have the fence sealed again. DON’T Overlook Hardware The hardware used to build your fence is just as important as the wood used in its construction, so make sure your fence company is using quality hardware such as fasteners and bolts. Specifically, you’ll want to make sure that any hardware being used is rust resistant; otherwise, you’ll find yourself needing to replace bolts, gate hinges, and other pieces of hardware every few years to keep your fence from falling apart altogether. Generally, galvanized steel or stainless steel are the best materials for wooden fence hardware. DO Trim Vines and Shrubs If you have vines and shrubs growing along your wooden fence line, keep them trimmed and keep a close eye on them. Over time, overgrown vines and shrubbery can add unnecessary weight to your fence, causing it to lean to one side or even allowing excess moisture to seep into the wood, causing rot, mold, or mildew problems. DON’T Place Sprinklers Near Fence Last but not least, protect your fence from excess exposure to water by keeping sprinklers and other irrigation systems away from the fence line of your property. Even if you have a sealant on the wood, it’s still best to limit the exposure to water as much as possible. While you can’t prevent rain from falling on your wooden fence, you can keep your sprinklers from spraying it, so take this extra precaution to protect your fence. You can get more information by talking to a company like Phoenix Fence,...

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Tips For A Toddler-Safe Chain Link Fence

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For A Toddler-Safe Chain Link Fence

Safe yards begin with good fences. Chainlink is a durable and inexpensive option that works especially well for keeping toddlers and young children safe. While you likely know that your child shouldn’t play outside unsupervised, it’s still best to plan for distractions or the unexpected. The following tips will help ensure your fence is as safe as possible. Tip #1: The Right Height There is no single best height to ensure safety. For a standard yard with no attractive dangers, like a pool, opt for a fence that is high enough so a child can’t easily grab the top rail. This prevents young children from pulling themselves up or from leaning over and tumbling over the top. If there is severe danger on the other side of the fence, such as a pool or a busy road, you may want to opt for a 6 foot or taller fence. Some municipalities have strict rules for the height of fences around pools, so check with your local city offices to find out the requirements in your area. Tip #2: Stop the Climb Toddlers may not seem very graceful, but they can surprise you with their agility and climb to the top of the fence. Unfortunately, it may not end well if they tumble over the other side. There are vinyl slats that you can install in the chains that make them difficult to climb. You can also cover the fence with a privacy net made to fit the fence. If you want a permanent option that doesn’t affect the look of the fence, opt for a fine metal mesh net. Your child can’t find a foothold in the small mesh. Tip #3: Check the Gates There are two concerns when it comes to gates and children. First, make sure a child can’t easily open the gate. There are safety latches available that are difficult for a child to operate. Ask your fencing contractor about these latches, which are sometimes lumped all together as pool safety latches. The second concern is that there is usually a small gap between the gate and the fence. This gap should be narrow enough that a child’s head can’t fit through it. After installation, check all gaps to verify they aren’t too large. Stripping can be attached to block the gap if it is unavoidable due to the terrain in the yard. Tip #4: Step Stool Troubles The best made fence does no good if a child has plenty of items to climb on top of. Make sure patio furniture and chairs are too heavy for a child to push near the fence, or have them anchored to the ground. Survey the yard and make sure there are no toys or items near the fence that the child could use as a step stool to climb over the...

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