Summer is the season when the gardens are filled with the colors of the flowers and shine under the sun rays. But as beautiful as a garden or a back yard is, a banal or ugly fence will negatively affect its charm.
Some people decorate their fences in various ways, to enhance their visual appeal. Some paint their fences in vivid colors, with cartoon characters or flowers, while others choose to prolong their garden on the vertical planks of the fences, installing stands or pots for different species of flowers and plants. Some creative owners install on the fences colored boxes for birds, or even carve their wood fences in different ways.
With a little patience and skill, these decorative ideas can be easily put into practice.
But before anything else, you should be concerned about decorating your fence without harming it. Protecting the fence starts with knowing the particularities of the material it is made from. Brick or asphalt fences can crack, wood, vinyl and metal can be scratched and stained, while a living fence can be affected in multiple ways. According to Arvada fence company pros, to protect your fence, avoid mechanical shocks, avoid decorations that require the execution of operations that can weaken its structure, and generally avoid performing operations that are not adequate with the material the fence is made of.
Naturally, the first things that attract attention to a house are the fence and the entry gate. Thus, choosing the fence should be a well-calculated decision because, in addition to affecting the aspect of the house, it also interferes with the exterior space. Besides, once installed, a fence is likely to stay there for many years, even until the demolition of the house.
One of the frequent dilemmas refers to the height that a fence should have. The answer is not simple and depends primarily on the role of the fence.
If the main function of the fence is to delimit the private space from the public space, provide protection for children or animals, or simply enhance the appearance of the property, then the best choice may be a not very high fence, but which must be fully functional and visually matching the house. But if you are looking for intimacy, you will automatically need a higher fence. Although it will cover much of the facade of the house, a high fence must still be matched visually with it, by choosing, for example, a model with the same color as the roof. You also have to consider the local regulations before deciding on the height of your fence. You must find out what restrictions exist in your area and which is the maximum legal height of a fence. A well informed residential fence company can help you determine what fence will fit your objective, budget, and neighborhood covenants.
In some cases, the height of the fence is also a matter of style.
Wood is a natural material, so wooden fences are the most exposed type of fences to the elements: sun, frost, moisture, pests and mold affect them directly, so they need constant maintenance and even refurbishing. You do not need any in-depth specialized knowledge to know what you need to do to protect your wooden fence, but sometimes the help of a cedar residential fencing company Denver pro can be helpful.
Before you get started, check if the fence is in good condition. Rain, wind, frost, or even insects and animals can affect the integrity of a fence, so it is advisable to repair the problems before you begin the maintenance operations.
For this you need to check each nail, screw, plank or railing and fix the loose or broken elements. Make sure you also inspect carefully the bottom of the fence, where the planks meet the ground, to identify and potential rot issues.
The next step is cleaning the fence and sanding it (which helps removing scratches and roughness caused by moisture and allows the lacquer/ paint to adhere better). The final step in the wood fence maintenance involves the application of lacquer or paint, with the role of protecting the fence from the weather and the action of pests and enhancing its aspect.
This is really a great innovation in fencing design: modular living fences that can be installed in a blink of an eye, without waiting for them to grow and/ or bloom naturally. It is a great solution for this world that seems to lack patience and be in a hurry all the time.
The system is even more ingenious as it offers great protection. The plant holder is a galvanized steel wire mesh 5 mm thick, guaranteed by the manufacturer for 10 years and with an estimated life span of 45 years. Just perfect to be covered by plants, which will soon mask completely the metal support! Check with a local Denver fence company to see if this is the right fence for your home and garden.
The modular living fence system is perfect – an ideal solution for the protection and privacy of a property or perimeter. On the other hand, it is a welcomed green solution. Every living fence contributes to the reduction of pollution and changes positively the urban landscape, right after installation. It is amazing that it has so many applications, from home fences, to restaurant and cafe screens, exhibition stands, leisure areas, but also to over-ground parking or to the protection of walls and panels on the sides of the motorways. Manufacturers also created these modular living fence systems as a very good solution against vandalism with graffiti.
The color of the fence is just as important as the color of your house’s facade. Whether it is a wooden, brick or forged iron fence, choosing the right color is essential for the overall aspect of your property.
How do you choose the right color for your fence?
Before hurrying to choose the type of fence or its color, you have to realize that the fence is the element that makes the transition between your yard and the rest of the world, between the intimacy of your home and the surroundings. It is one of the first details (if not THE first) that people observe about your house. Therefore, choose your fence installation Denver contractor carefully.
What are the factors that influence the choice of the fence color?
The architecture of the house and the color of the facades influence to the greatest extent not only the type of the fence, but also its color. The fence has to complement the house, both architecturally and chromatically.
The roof of the house often influences the color of the fence. Especially in the case of homes built in a classic or rustic style, the roof and the fence typically have the same color, as do the window frames, while the facades are painted in a different shade.
The garden landscape also influences the color choice of the fence, especially if there are various accessories in the garden. If you want to create an atmosphere as natural as possible, choose natural colors and materials.
Any Thornton business, whether small or large, needs some sort of fencing to delimit its property and to create a welcoming entrance area for guests and clients. Here is how local businesses, whatever their profile or core activity, can benefit from having fences:
- Aesthetic aspects – the right fence can contribute to the integrated appearance of your business premises. If your business building faces the street, you can install a welcoming low fence to delimit your entrance area and you can use taller fences to conceal the areas that you want to display, such as your yard or your warehouse;
- Delimitation on the premises – fences can be used not only to mark the limit between your business property and public areas, but within your premises as well, to control the access of your own team members in specific areas;
- Security – keeping intruders away from your premises is probably the most important role that fences fulfill. Before designing security Thornton fencing, perform a detailed assessment of the security needs of your business and decide about the material to use, the length and the height of the fence with those requirements in mind. To make the most of your business fence, determine whether you need extra security measures, such as surveillance cameras or special, sensor-controlled lighting on the fence.
Installing your own fence might seem like an easy task, especially if the fencing design that you are planning to use is simple. In most cases, the process is fairly simple, indeed, but even so, many property owners who choose DIY fence installation are eventually dissatisfied with the outcome. The reason why DIY fences are sometimes less than perfect is the mistakes and poor judgement during the material purchasing and installation process – here is a list from Metro Fence with some of the most common DIY fencing mistakes to help you avoid them:
- Buying poor quality materials – lower quality material is cheaper, but very often looks just as attractive as more expensive varieties. However, lower quality material is likely to get damaged prematurely, so you should never make that compromise;
- Using fence posts that are too short or not digging holes that are deep enough for installing the posts – the posts will give your fence its stability, so they need to be anchored properly in the ground to be able to withstand winds and storms. Ideally, fence posts need to go down at least one third of their height and they also need to be secured with concrete and gravel;
- Using untreated material for wooden fences – wood should always be treated with suitable, moisture and insect repellent coatings to prevent premature deterioration. Don’t forget to reapply the coatings at regular intervals, too.
Fencing materials are for building durable and resistant structures to give your property all the curb appeal, protection and privacy it needs, but despite that strength, no property owner should underestimate the power of the elements or should neglect regular fencing maintenance and timely repairs. If your fence is well-maintained, the damage that the elements can cause in your fence are likely to be only minor and easy to fix, so here are some tips from a local Brighton fence company for you about how to achieve that durable fence health and how to stay on top of your fence repairs:
- Regular inspections – whatever material your fence is made from, you need to inspect the structure every six months and you also need to clean it to maintain its attractive appearance and to make it easier to detect damage;
- Timely fixes – the damage that you find during your inspection needs to be corrected before it becomes more serious. If you have a metal fence, the damage you should look for is rust, while wood fences tend to develop rot and mildew. In their early stages, both types of damage are easy to repair, but after the repair, you should take care of prevention as well, by applying a suitable coating for protecting your fence from any harm in the future.
The three broad categories that fences can be classified into based on the type of the property they surround are residential, commercial and industrial, but most fencing materials can be used for all three types of applications, so perhaps categorizing fences by the materials they are made from would be more effective. Per Thornton gate and fencing pros, here are the most common materials used in fences:
- Timber – the great, affordable material is easy to use and suitable for creating tall and long fences. Made from natural wood, timber panels are sensitive to moisture and pest attacks if they are not treated properly, but with the right amount of attention, the material makes a durable solution;
- Chain link – the metal mesh might not be very attractive, but it is affordable, easy to install, durable and suitable for fencing in very large areas;
- Masonry – the solution is not cheap, but very attractive and durable. Masonry can be used for building fences that combine several materials, such as stone and metal or stone and wood;
- Steel – another strong and durable solution suitable for any application, steel fences can also feature designs that use multiple materials. If this is your choice, don’t forget that the longevity of steel depends on maintenance and you will need to inspect and treat your fence at least once a year.
In some situations, it is very easy to determine whose responsibility it is to repair a damaged fence – if the fence separates your property from the street and it has been damaged by wind blowing from the direction of your building, the repairs are obviously your responsibility. However, there are much trickier situations, such as cases in which a fence separates two properties and the cause of the damage is not that clear – here are some pieces of information that can help you solve these issues:
- Check the property deeds – most deeds contain information related to the property boundary that the owner is responsible for, so the first thing to do to find out whether you are the property owner who should handle the fence repair is to check the document;
- Establish who caused the damage – more often than not, clearly identifying the culprit for the fence damage is difficult, but you should try, nevertheless. If it turns out that it was your neighbor who caused the damage, the repair is clearly their responsibility.
The best way to avoid disputes arising from fence damage is to agree with your neighbors about the ownership of the fence before any damage affects the hardscaping component. The discussion can take place any time, right after you move in as well as later. Call skilled Arvada fence company professionals for routine inspections and repairs.