4 (or so) Things You Should Know Classical and Alternative Fence Installations Before you Install

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

 

Fencing Needs and Restrictions

Before you set out in search of the perfect fence for you, decide what your goals are. Do you just want to keep your pets and loved ones inside your perimeter? Or, are you also looking for some privacy? With so many options out there, it is important to establish some objectives. Otherwise, the task of selecting a fence can be a tough one.

Before installing the fence, check to make sure your neighborhood doesn’t have any provisions against a particular type of fence. It's also important to consider how the fence you choose will contribute to or hinder the resale value of your home.

Each type of fence has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost, maintenance, and functionality. Although a wood fence may be beautiful now, without proper maintenance it will look worn in a few years. Consider all of your options. And, there are many...

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  • Ornamental AluminumAluminum is growing in popularity as an economical alternative to wrought iron. It can stand up to harsh weather and requires very little maintenance.
  • Wood: Wood fences can be expensive but are great for privacy. If your children play outside, you may want to consider this fence to keep them safe, but be careful if you have small pets, as they may be able to escape under the fence where it meets the ground. Wood requires routine maintenance but can endure harsh weather and last for many years.
  • Vinyl (PVC): Initially more expensive than wood, vinyl fences require very little maintenance and are not susceptible to termites and other pests. However, the color choices are somewhat limited and you'll need to inspect for mold over time.
  • Chain Link: Chain Link is an economical option, but some neighborhoods may have regulations against chain link fencing, so be sure to do your research before you make an expensive mistake. Once you choose chain link fencing, there are a myriad of options to consider, such as height, color, finish coating and the size of the holes.
  • Welded Wire: For a fraction of the money, you can achieve a cost effective and affordable enclosure for a range of applications. The wire can be attached to existing fencing (such as post and rail) or can be installed independently with knock in posts. Great to use for farms both rural and suburban.
  • Ornamental Welded Wire: Unique fence designs with ornamental panels and square open in post shapes that rival traditional ironm work and creare a unique, secure and beatutiful alternative for both Residential and Ciommercial use.
  • Simulated Stone: PVC and vinyl fencing have really branched out over the past couple of years. What once was a labor intensive and costly project can now emote the appeal of a stone wall or brick enclosure  in a light weight but weather resistant alternative application.
 
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Know Your Boundaries

Good communication between neighbors is a must for fence etiquette. While it's not legally required, you should always alert or discuss any fence building plans with your neighbors before beginning to build. This is especially trure If your property lines are close together or if you want to use a custom design as a result of you and your fence contractor's collaboration. You may find that they will be insported to replicate your fence enclosure or go in on cost with you.

Busy Season

Fence installations can be completed year-round. In fact, fall and winter is a great time to schedule your fence installation because companies may not be as busy. Ask the company about their timeline. Depending on the time of year, it could take weeks before they get to you.

Maintain Your Frame

Ask the fence company if they provide painting services before your fence installation. Or, if you're doing the finish work, ask them if you can have the materials to do so before the job starts. The paint job will last a long time if you paint each piece of wood after they are cut to length but before they are installed. Painted fences may need to be touched up every year or two.Your fence will lose its appeal if you don’t maintain it.

Check your fence every few months for splintering, peeling, mold, breakage or insects. Be careful with the weed whacker near the fence. Over time, that causes splintering and scratches which breaks the seal and encourages damage.

When it comes to understanding the ins and outs of your desired fence enclsoure, remember that communication with your city or county, neighbors, HOA and professional fence contractor is key to a seemeless installation.

Think of your fence like a custom picture frame for the piece of art that is your home. Getting these elements in alignment the first time will save you cost, and time and ensure that your home or property maintains its value and lives up tp your expectations for years to come.

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How to get HOA approval for the fence you want.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

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The rise of Homeowner Associations in recent years has seen exponential growth. Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, here are some tips of the trade from a Residential fence expert on the possible pitfalls of building that beautiful new fence installation.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make when installing a fence is not checking to see what the by-laws of their Homeowners Association (HOA) require.

You can't assume that what your neighbors have previously done with their fence and yard complies with your particular HOA regulations.

Even though a neighbor might have an admirable fence enclosure or gate doesn't mean doesn't mean that your HOA approved that particular fence installation.

We can recall a particular job where a customer scheduled an install for a chain link fence, and as it was in progress, the customer panicked as the HOA just informed her that absolutely no chain link was allowed in their community. Several adjacent yards that had previously used chain link enclosures prior to her request were ordered to remove them and seek other fence options. It turns out that residents were only approved to have vinyl and ornamental aluminum installed in that neighborhood. 

In another instance, a customer submitted her information to the HOA weeks in advance. Due to the fact that she had not heard from the HOA, she assumed that the fence was approved. So, she went forward with the installation. The HOA later stated that they never received her request. The customer then was ordered to redo her fence structure according to her neighborhood's HOA standards, and have the style she selected approved by them.

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to to get the HOA's approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

HOW TO AVOID COSTLY HOA FENCE INSTALL MISTAKES

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines, as well as aggravation and time consumption.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE SUGGESTIONS TO ENSURE HOA APPROVAL ON YOUR FENCE PROJECT


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     Read the regulations provided by the HOA thoroughly. Make sure that you have the most updated version. Call the HOA president or another board member with all questions you have regarding the specific regulations. Document the date and time of call, the name of the person with whom you spoke with, as well as what was said during the conversation.

2.     Make notes on what you want to communicate in your letter to the HOA. In your correspondence try to anticipate any questions the HOA board may have about your project. Always include possible solutions to any problem you think the board may have with your planned project.

3.     Enclose blueprints, pictures and project drawings. Also, be sure to include the specific dimensions of your project and any other pertinent details in your letter. Include images or colors of the materials you will be using. Be clear and precise so your letter will be easily understood.

4.     Make copies of your letter to keep for your records. Mail your request to the homeowners association. Be sure you have included the best ways for members to contact you, such as giving them both a home and work telephone number.

5.     Follow up on your letter if you are not contacted within a week after mailing. Confirm your letter has been received and ask for a date by which the board will render a decision on the plans for your property.

6.     Appeal for a variance if your request is denied and you still want to pursue your plans. An appeal hearing may then be scheduled during which you can present your case to the entire board. You can enlist the support of your neighbors to help bolster your argument.

Be sure to get the approval of the HOA first. It is not up to the fence contractor to find out the rules and regulations or to get approval of the HOA for your project. That being said, a longstanding and professional fence company will gladly help advise you in this process and should go out of their way to help you with your installation concerns.  

They can also supply you with fence samples and pictures of existing installations to help you get the approval of the HOA before starting construction so you won't be on the fence with your Home Owners Association.

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How to choose the fence option that suits your personal needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jun 20, 2014
Perhaps the best reason for putting up a fence isn't practical, it's emotional. A fence encloses your territory. Fences and walls really help make home feel special, separate and your own, like a haven and a sanctuary.

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AN OVERVIEW:

A fence is more than just a barrier. Used in imaginative ways, it can become an architectural feature that blends well with the style of your house, a landscape element that enhances the appearance of your property, or an accent piece that helps define a part of your yard or garden.In The Fence Bible hands-on home improvement expert Jeff Beneke provides an in-depth, comprehensive how-to encyclopedia that enables homeowners to choose and build the fences and gates that are best for their landscape—both for appearance and function.Beneke suggests the appropriate types of fence to keep the swimming pool secure, confine the livestock, keep deer away from the garden, or create outdoor living spaces. He then discusses the essentials of proper fence design and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for planning, building, maintaining, and repairing any style of fence.

Here's what goes into planning, designing and buying a fence and the materials to build one.

Privacy, security, curb appeal, noise reduction: The benefits of residential fences are numerous.There also are plenty of practical reasons for a fence. "The place I always suggest starting with (is) function," says Jeff Beneke, author of "The Fence Bible." 
Here's a look at what fences can do and how you can build or select the right one for your budget. 
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The first step is determining what you want your fence to do. Fences serve many purposes, including:
  • Security Fence: Even a fence only 3 feet tall can help deter prowlers, says Chris McGoey, a security expert in Los Angeles. "It is psychological," he says. "A fence denotes a property.
    It says, 'This is my house, my property.' People are going to be reluctant to step over that fence. Even a small boundary fence will discourage people from cutting across your yard.

  • Privacy Fencing: Living your life shielded from the prying eyes of others is a luxury of private property. A high privacy fence, tastefully built, can give you room to let down your hair, no matter how small your deck or yard.

  • Decoration: A well-designed, professionally installed fence will frame your home and add tremendous curb appeal. It may also enhance your property value, depending on your neighborhood and the fence's design and quality.

  • Boundary: It's a good idea to define your boundaries, especially if you own a small lot. A fence prevents neighbors from encroaching on your property.

  • Safety: A fence offers peace of mind. They keep small children and pets safe from strangers, traffic and hazards such as swimming pools, high bluffs and ravines.

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    Garden protection: Just as a fence holds in your pets, it keeps stray animals and other pests from digging and defecating in your yard. Properly constructed, fencing around a vegetable or ornamental garden also can protect precious plants from foraging deer and rabbits.

     

  • Weather protection: Snow fences keep drifts from growing too large. A protective fence lets you enjoy a garden or deck in a windy area; Beneke says he likes a louvered fence for taming a windy patio.

  • Noise: A privacy fence can buffer some noise. Wood blocks noise better than most fence materials. Planting a hedge or other tall vegetation in front of the fence helps buffer noise even further. For serious noise protection, professional fence specialists offer noise-buffering blankets that can be pulled tightly over any fence. Costs for these products start at about $12 per linear foot for a 6-foot-tall fence.

    The most effective fence for dulling sound is a tall, custom-built fence of foam-filled aluminum or composite, says Chris Policastro, vice president of operations at Production Fenceworks in Atlanta. This kind of fence costs $60 to $300 per linear foot for a 6-foot fence. 

  • Cosmetics: Trash cans? Propane gas tanks? The neighbor's trampoline? A large or small fence may hide it. It's like putting makeup on a pimple, Beneke says. Planting a vine or shrub in front of it makes it even prettier.

Cost and Planning

Once you have a list of your fencing needs, take your specs to a professional fence contracting company and talk it over with experts. Even if you build your fence yourself, it helps to bounce ideas around and ensure you have the right expectations for your fence materials, design law and specifications in your individual rural, suburban or urban location.

Here's a scenario: Farmers who've built 6' high enclosures soon learn that deer can jump 8 feet. To remedy that issue take into account that an overhanging extension or one of the deer-fence ideas from Leonard Perry, extension professor at the University of Vermont, may be a viable solution.

In another scenario, Homeowners have installed chain-link and vinyl fences only to finding out that their homeowners association (HOA) bans them. So make sure you arm yourself with knowledge going into your fence project.

Fence costs can sometimes be steep. A lot of material and labor is involved. But costs always vary depending on your preffered materials and style. You can cut fence costs by and by choosing local species of wood. Get a couple estimates, look at thheir websites and credential when selecting a contractor.

Beneke, a proponent of doing it yourself, nevertheless says he warns against getting into a job that's too big for your skills or your time. Building a fence is a big job, and you deserve to have a fence that fits you and your needs.

(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK'S FENCE POST: PART 2: A FENCE THAT FITS: BUILDING THE RIGHT FENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR BUDGET.


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COLORED VINYL CHAIN LINK FENCE AND IT'S VISUAL APPEAL

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

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Chain link fence popularity stems partially from chain link's moderately inexpensive cost. This specific fence material is exceptionally adaptable and the simplicity of establishment is a solid choice in a multitude of applications. Common color options for vinyl coated chain link fence are green, white, black and brown chain link fence.

Because of their variety, these solutions offer flexibility when aethetics are important.

Black Chain Link Fence

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Black chain link fence has a softer appeal and easily blends into residential and commercial environments. Different mesh sizes and wire gauges are available. When installed among shrubs or along the border of wooded areas, it’s possible for a chain-link fence to be nearly invisible, especially if outfitted with fabrics or lattice panels.

Green Chain Link Fence

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Green color PVC chain link fence is most often used at playgrounds, sports parks and other recreational facilities that require less formal security. Aethetically, the color green is reminicient of the spring season. Green shades evokes thoughts of nature and symbolizes growth.

Chain link fencing is considered “green,” since any scrap metal dealer will be happy to take the one you're disguareceive one you’re discarding. 

White Chain Link Fence

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White chain link vinyl is viewed as clinical, clean and sterile. It also evokes the feeling of organization and efficiency. White has also become representative of purity, fairness and impartiality. White is a color of protection and encouragement. Although not the most popular type of vinyl chain link, it does stand out from the crowd and it's uniqueness is very pleasing. 

Brown Chain Link Fence

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Brown represents the earth and compliments accompanying colors look richer and brighter. It conveys the feeling of warmth and needs less maintinance that other colors of vinyl chain link fence. Brown is considered to be a dressed down cousin to black vinyl chain link, and suits a more humble aethetic. It is also popular in the practice of Feng Shui.

Vinyl chain link fence normally conveys a 10 to 15 year guarantee against rust and consumption. The fence is upkeep free, does not oblige painting, and meets SATM detail 392 and elected particular R.r.f.-191. Dark vinyl chain link generally conveys a ten to fifteeen year producer guarantee against chipping ringing and blurring. Furthermore, its essentially upkeep free. 

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HISTORY: THE ROLE OF THE PERIMETER FENCE IN THE MODERN ERA

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Chapter 3: The Role of the Perimeter Fence in the Modern Era.

In the last few hundred years, millions of refugees from have sought out the United States in pursuit of life, liberty & happiness. Tribes of oppressed people’s from all over the world have come to stake their claim on their very own piece of land; The American Dream. In more recent times, perimeter fencing has become prevalent for setting boundaries between much smaller structured civilizations rather than larger ones colonies of the past where neighbors were few and far between.

Increasingly compact urban populations and the invention of the sub-burbs not only allow for property owners to mark territory but they now encompass a homeowner's unique vision, and trends within popular culture and security specifications. 

Fence types, styles and materials vary thanks to the industrial revolution the fence options absolutely endless in the modern era. Aluminum, Wood, Privacy gates, security fence systems are just a few.

In the past century, there have been some highly notable and peculiar fencing structures that are well worth a fence google. Especially because the history of modern civilization and fence structures of all kinds go hand-in-hand.

 

AQUA FENCE: TURKEY 

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Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu, a successful businessman and topographical engineer from Turkey, recently built the “world’s most fantastic” fence for his luxurious villa in Çeşme, Izmir. Eight years ago he replaced the wrought iron metal fence at the front of his property with a specialty 50-meter-long aquarium filled “fence” structure with hundreds of fish and octopuses. Above are the pictures to prove it.

Located just a few feet away from the shores of the Aegean Sea, Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu’s property has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Çeşme, attracting up to a thousand visitors a day, according to its owner. The villa itself is pretty impressive, but it’s not what draws so many people to this place. They come to see the aqua-fence. Eight years ago, the Turkish businessman had the eccentric idea to replace the front fence of his home with a giant aquarium full of various marine creatures from the Aegean Sea. Building the transparent structure was actually the easy part of the project. The hard part was linking the aqua-fence to the Aegean through a 400-meter-long buried pipeline, so the water could be changed continuously to keep the aquarium looking clean and its inhabitants happy. Gökçeoğlu hired a team of private divers to perform the task, and ended up paying approximately 40,000 Turkish Lira ($21,000) to fulfill his dream. The businessman says just seeing people line up outside his house staring at his specialty fence creation makes it all worth it.

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DINGO BOUNDARY FENCE: AUSTRALIA

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The longest man-made perimeter structure is the Australian Dingo Fence. In fact it is also the world's longest fence EVER. 

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Stretching across two southeastern Australian states, Queensland and South Australia, the Dingo Fence is 5,614 kilometers long. 

Quick Facts about The World’s Longest Perimeter Fence:

5614 kilometers is the total length of the Dingo Fence.
8614 kilometers was the total length of the Dingo Fence up until 1980, where due to repair costs it was shortened to its present length.
26.5 million hectares of sheep and cattle grazing country is what the Dingo Fence protects.
5,614,000 meters of wire mesh, that stands 180 centimeters in height and is a further 30 centimeters underground, was used to build the Dingo Fence.
623,777 wooden and steel posts hold the Dingo Fence together. 

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The perimeter fence has a wide-range of cultural, psychological and historical tones. We put fences around everything. From the physical to the meta-physical. It’s in our nature. A fence evokes ownership pride of your surroundings It's the semblance just a small part of the planet we all share. Very few human characteristics can imply so much so without words. The fence concept is just another fascinating example of what it means to be a human being.

 

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