Wooden fences can be affected severely by the elements just as any wooden item. Wooden doors are often bent out of shaped or rotting away within a few years, if they were severely affected by water damage or the homeowner hasn’t used the proper maintenance solutions to keep it in good shape. The same can be said about wooden fences, which are even more exposed than doors or siding panels.
Maintaining wooden fences in good order and extending their life span is possible through good maintenance and the use of high quality paint. As recommended by wooden Brighton fence experts, one thing you have to do is re-coat and repaint the fence at least once every 3-5 years. While you can repaint more frequently, re-coating is also important on occasion, since it helps to prevent UV radiation and decay. Water-repellent coating will also help prevent damage from storms as well as the development of mold and the attraction of tiny pests that could damage your wooden fence severely over time.
Another thing you can do to extend the life span of your wooden fence is to inspect and repair it on a regular basis. By fixing your fence’s deteriorated areas at least once a year, you can prevent more permanent damage that can ultimately only be eliminated by replacing the affected part of the fence.
The main choice you can make for your split rail fences is between natural trails or pressure treated wood. Regardless of your choice, split rail fencing certainly is one of the most traditional fencing ideas available out there.
A split rail Brighton fence is ideal for those who live in the countryside or in the more rural areas of a city, adding more charm if they are accompanied by natural elements such as decorative bushes, climbing vines, and so on.
For those who prefer something a little different, there is the option of split boards, which, instead of rails, use boards. The principle of design is the same as that in the case of split rails.
In case you want a more unique touch for your split rail fencing, a good idea may be to use red cedar. This can help you create a beautiful imagery, while also offering you the best in terms of safety.
Another great option is that of round cedar. This type of rails is made from white cedar, which is brought from Canada. This can be a good idea for those who like the traditional look of split rails, but want something that is not so common in their area.
DIYers who consider replacing a fence post, must detach the fence, take out the post of the ground, install a new post and finally reattach the fence. Even if it does not sound complicated, according to experienced Brighton fence repair pros, pulling an old fence post out may be difficult, especially if it is rotted.
Step 1 – Detach the Fence
Back out the screws if the rails are attached with screws. But if they are set into mortises, things complicate a bit, because you will have to cut the tenon on a lower rail.
Step 2 – Pull the Post
You must dig around the base, soak the ground and wiggle the post (typically, it is set in concrete or gravel). This should loosen it enough to allow you to pull it out. If it doesn`t, you will have to pry it out by hooking a chain around a solid area, and use a car jack to pump it.
Step 3 – Setting a New Post
If the old post has been installed in concrete, when you take it out the concrete will also come out. You must place the new post in the hole and pour concrete to ground level.
Step 4 – Put the fencing back into place and nail it.
Although many people won`t consider the cold season for installing a fence, this time of the year can be great for such a project, as long as the weather allows people to work properly and the ground is not frozen. There are many days with mild weather in winter, so why not taking advantage of them?
Landscaping is easier and safer during this season, for Brighton fence contractors and DIYers alike, because vegetation is dormant and it is less likely to be damaged during the construction project. Another advantage is especially for people who rely on trees and shrubs around their property to ensure the privacy they need. In winter, except for evergreens, nature looks bare and it will make them feeling exposed. Installing a yard will remove this inconvenience.
In the cold season, fence contractors are not so busy, so you may be able to schedule an appointment quickly, without being put on a waiting list, and even get some discounts.
Finally yet importantly, considering that in winter people do not spend time in the yard like they do in the summer, but rather get cozy inside, the fence installation will not get in their way.
Strong sunshine, rain, snow, heat, cold and pests can all harm your wood fence and natural aging can also take its toll, causing the wood to become dull and weak. However, if you notice the signs of aging or damage on your wood fence, you don’t necessarily need to replace it – here are some things that you can do to refresh it and to make it resistant to the elements:
- Wash the fence – you can use a power washer set to deliver a mild spray or you can do it manually, applying the cleaning solution with a sponge. Wait until the fence is completely dry before you move on to the next step: inspection;
- Check the fence inch by inch to identify any damage that needs Brighton fence repair contractor services. Look for signs of mold, mildew, rot, insect attack and cracks – if the damage is not too extensive, correct with some wood preservative and caulk;
- Apply protective coating on all the wooden components of your fence, on the healthy surfaces as well as on the parts that have been repaired. Wait for the coating to dry completely. If you want to preserve the natural color of the wood, the coating is the last task. If you want to change the color, apply your stain or paint carefully, in a uniform layer without drips.
We tend to associate fences with back yards and neighborhoods, but installing one on your commercial property also has many advantages, especially if you are looking for solutions to increase privacy and restrict or limit access to some areas.
In general, your business needs a commercial fence for different reasons: aesthetics, privacy, access control and, of course, security.
Aesthetics – If you own a business, you know that image is everything, in order to be successful. A fence can hide less aesthetic things on a commercial property, such as warehouses, protect the entrance or simply complement the building and the surrounding landscape.
Deter trespassers and ensure privacy – People work on a commercial property, so there is no room for unwanted guests. A fence also protects from view and provides security.
Access Control – Some businesses have their properties divided into parts dedicated to different departments. With a fence, the access to these separate locations can be controlled easier.
Security – Last but not least, security is actually the main reason why most businesses have a commercial fence. A solid industrial Brighton fence prevents vandalism, theft as well as other crimes that may affect your business and make you lose money and reputation.
Your fence is probably more than a barrier that separates your property from the surrounding plots of land and from the street in front of your home – the fence needs to play a protective as well as an aesthetic role. While the safety provided by your fence depends on the its sturdiness and height, its aesthetic function is governed by design. Here are some of the latest trends in Brighton fence design that you can use for making a modern fence:
- Green fences – climbing plants can transform any fence into an attractive, organic component of your property. If you decide to start a green fence, be prepared that you will have to wait for at least a year to get a nice fence, but the effort is surely worthwhile;
- Multicolored fences – you can buy vinyl panels designed especially for mixing colors and create your own, special and unique fence design;
- Combining materials – wood panels fastened with elaborate metal stripes that play an ornamental role, too or fences that are made from stone or brick on the bottom and from iron or wood on the top are also very trendy fence solutions;
- Horizontal panels and wood boards – the fences that use panels or boards installed horizontally, rather than vertically are very popular, too.
Although apparently the idea of building a fence seems simple, it is important to know a number of useful tips before actually starting the project; they will help you make the right decisions.
First of all, determine the purpose of the fence. Some people install a fence for protection, others to enjoy better privacy etc. Knowing the purpose of your fence is very important for the next step: choosing the materials. Some fencing materials are very durable and provide enhanced protection, while others are rather ornamental.
When you choose the material for your new fence, you must also take into account the styles and colors available. The fence has to match the house.
Before installing a fence, you have to know that digging is not possible without marking underground utilities. It is your responsibility to call 811 and have your yard marked by locating specialists. If you hire a contractor, it is your contractor that should make the call; contractors are required to obtain all the necessary permits before starting their work.
As much as you would like DIY projects, installing a fence can be a difficult task. If you have no experience at all, the safest thing is to call on Brighton fence professionals.