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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Don’t Let A Dingy Fence Dampen Your Home’s Curb Appeal: Care For Fencing Materials

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let A Dingy Fence Dampen Your Home’s Curb Appeal: Care For Fencing Materials

Entropy is one of the immutable laws of nature. In its most basic form, the law of entropy can be explained as “things fall apart.” This law applies particularly to objects that are subjected to the full brunt of mother nature’s wrath. For example, a fence is out in the open and must contend with wind, blowing grit, humidity, rot, and so on. A run-down fence can make your whole home look unappealing, so one key to owning a home is to take proper care of your fence. What care you should take depends on the type of fencing material you have.  Care for Chain-Link Fencing Chain link fencing is nearly maintenance free, so if you want to free yourself from the burden of washing and staining your fence, chain link is not a bad way to go. On the other hand, if you allow vines and other climbing plants to cover your fence, the weight of the plants can cause your fence to sag. Furthermore, grasses that get caught in your fence can cling to your fence even after you cut them. Thus, you should keep plants away from your chain-link fence.  Care for a Vinyl-Fence Vinyl fences are durable and colorfast. In other words, as long as you don’t climb on your fence, it should last for decades. The problem is that vinyl fences are designed to be a barrier not a jungle gym. Thus, keep your kids off of your fence. The sun cannot fade your fence’s color because it is the same color all the way through. Thus, the only care you should have for a vinyl fence is to wash it with a hose whenever it gets dirty.  Care for a Wooden Fence The sun will leach away a wooden fence’s color and humid conditions will promote rot. Still, it is hard to compete with the natural beauty of a wooden fence. If you choose to build a wooden fence around your home, you will need to stain or paint it whenever you see signs of fading. Allowing sprinklers to hit your fence will also promote fading, so adjust sprinklers so that they don’t hose down your fence.  With the right care, you can help your fence withstand the forces of mother nature. While there is no such thing as a maintenance-free fence, you can lessen your need to maintain your fence by choosing either a vinyl or chain-link fence. On the other hand, if you are up to painting your fence every few years, a cedar fence is an attractive alternative to either vinyl or chain-link.  For more information, contact a professional like Family Fence...

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Looking For A New Fence? Here’s 3 Reasons Why You Should Go With Cedar

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking For A New Fence? Here’s 3 Reasons Why You Should Go With Cedar

If you are looking to add a new fence to your home, cedar fencing can provide you with an attractive addition composed of natural wood. While cedar is only one type of available wood fencing, you can also choose from redwood, spruce and pine. The wood used to make fences can be sapwood or heartwood. Heartwood tends to be the stronger option, as it comes from deep within the tree. With sapwood, it is a lot closer to the tree’s surface. The type of wood used is going to determine how much your new fence is going to cost, as well as how durable your fence will be. Consider the following reasons why a new cedar fence might be just what you need. Cedar is an extremely durable type of wood. One of the biggest benefits in cedar is that it is quite durable. Cedar has a natural oil in it that works as a deterrent against any insect infestation or rotting. Since the wood doesn’t rot as quickly, you aren’t going to have to worry about redoing your fence every couple of years. In the event that the wood does need to be replaced, it is environmentally friendly and biodegradable so you don’t have to worry about it damaging the environment. Cedar is aesthetically appealing. Another reason why so many people choose to go with a cedar fencing is that it looks amazing. The grain and tone give it a look that is unlike anything you can imagine. You don’t have to worry about using a bunch of chemicals on it to treat it. In fact, sealants can end up destroying the natural oils that are found in the wood already. Since you don’t need to worry about applying a sealant to the wood, it should tell you just how durable the wood truly is. Cedar is easy to install. Since cedar tends to lie flat, you don’t have to worry about struggling just to get a piece installed where you want it. You can have your new fence installed in no time when you opt for this particular type of wood. It doesn’t shrink or warp, so you won’t have to worry about large gaps appearing a year or two down the road. Spend some time talking with a fencing specialist (such as one from City Wide Fence Co) to help you make an informed decision as to what type of wood is going to work the best for your...

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Four Tips To Help Your Utilize Space With A Vertical Garden On Your Fence

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Help Your Utilize Space With A Vertical Garden On Your Fence

If you have a small yard, space can be precious. You may not want to use part of your landscaping for things like vegetable gardens, herbs and flowers. If you have a fence on your property though, you also have vertical real estate to start any type of garden without interfering with your landscaping. Here are a few tips to help you with your vertical garden along your fence line: 1. Using Plastic Containers That Have Brackets For Metal Fencing Plastic containers can be a great addition to metal chain-link fences if you want a vertical garden. There are containers that have metal brackets that you can use for this. You can also get boards that are long enough to fasten to posts, and tie them to the posts with wire. Take metal screws to attach the containers to the boards. You can create any design you like with the containers on the fence. 2. Building Wood Planters To Match The Materials Of A Wood Fence If you have a wood fence, another option is to build your own wood containers to attach to the fence. You will just need to use wood screws to fasten them to the fence. To add support, you can use larger containers at the bottom and smaller ones above. Use the edge of the lower containers to help support the higher, smaller containers. This can allow you to plant larger plants and have more soil for a more productive garden. 3. Creating A Small Irrigation System For Your Vertical Gardens You may also want to install a small irrigation system. This can easily be done with small irrigation pipes and a drip system. You can hide the pipes behind the fence, and fasten it to the back of the containers. Where you need irrigation, just make a tiny hole in the pipe for it to drip. Use a garden hose and an adapter to connect the system to a faucet. 4. Planning The Layout Of Your Plants In Your Vertical Garden It is also a good idea to plan the layout of your plants in your vertical garden. You will want to have large plants at the bottom and smaller plants at the top. It is also important to keep plants that need a lot of sun in an area that gets direct sunlight. Climbing plants and vines can be trained to grow hanging from the fence. If you are planting vegetables such as tomatoes and beans, they work well for hanging designs. These are some tips to help you save space with vertical gardens on your fence. If you do not have a fence, contact a fence contractor like those at Elrod Fence Co, and talk with them about the best design for your fence and the garden project you are...

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