Shoulda, Wooda, Coulda: Don't let your fence continue to weather the winter.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Jan 18, 2017


You already know it is critical that you prepare your fence for the winter months since it can cause a wide variety of damage to your fence. Severe weather can do enormous damage. Before, you write it off, you can still apply protective maintenance tips to your fence before the next batch of winter weather.

The Big Freeze

With temperatures at a record zero degree average, Richmond Metro, and Norfolk areas this week, your fence is continually alternating between cold wet and warmer wet moisture.  While our wood fences are installed with high-quality wood products, the organic structure of wood can still give pesky mold and mildew opportunity to flourish. 

If you have not already this year, you can still help protect the life of your wood fence by applying a high-quality fence stain and sealant in between storms. 

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String Theory

Inspect your wood fence following significant storms. Check for damage and ensure the posts are still level by running a piece of string along the tops.

Look for dips or rises in the string, and examine those posts to see if repairs are needed. Making structural repairs now will prevent the damage from worsening throughout the winter.

Read more about measuring with string here


Snowed In

Whether you live on the main street or a winding country road, snow plows will push dirt, snow ice and chemicals from the road all over your fence.

When you gear up to go outside to clear the driveway, you should at least try and knock most if not all of the lingering snow from your fence. The longer moisture sits, the more damage it may do.

Remove any branches that look prone to breaking off especially if they are large in size. Routinely clean your fence of leaves or other organic matter that has settled on the rails or become lodged between boards.

Overhanging tree limbs can break under the weight of snow and ice, causing damage to your fence on their way to the ground. Monitor any trees within falling distance of your fence, and trim back any branches.

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Proactive Projects: The Perks of Winter Fence Installation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Dec 10, 2016

This time of year, visions of butterflies and backyard barbecues are overshadowed by ones of sugar plums and mistletoe. However, having your fence installed in the fall & winter months has some crucial advantages you should consider.

Along with the latest toys and technologies, a new fence is a perfectly reasonable and highly impactful gift to add to the top of your Holiday Wish List. Indeed, September-March is the best time to build your new fence.

Overlooked, but probably not a surprise that conscious consumers make big purchases for their homes in the off season. The fact is that most homeowners are not concentrating on outdoor projects until the spring thaw.

Preparing your home and business for annual winter weather should be a priority. Before you head out into the wild winter wilderness, here's some insight into scheduling and installing a fence in early winter so that you can check those projects off your list, twice.

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TIME & LABOR

It’s simple supply and demand. Homeowners who do their homework want the best service, and they want it at a reduced cost with little to no overtime. Being aware that in the off season; you are likely to pay less for your residential fence installation and get the most attention from your contractor.

Professional fence contractors tend to fill up very quickly with new and repeat Residential Commercial & Industrial customers during the spring and summer.

Peak season fence installations can have longer turnaround times.  Other anticipated spring projects could end up on the back burner waiting for installation from a busy contractor.

Keep in mind that there are two winter situations where fence installation on is not recommended.

  • Rainy days: Digging in the mud is never easy, and the holes tend to fill with water. Even if you do manage to get the fence up, chances are it will not be straight.

  • Lots of snow: Snow causes issues with the string line as well as the barrier edges.

 

  

 

A huge perk of this strategy is that when you start your fence installation in the off-season months, you will get to work in close collaboration with your Professional Fence Specialist. If you have specialty materials or regulated job specifications, a fence company can help you line that up.

Off Season is perfect timing to replace a dilapidated or damaged fence. Maybe you are ready to replace an old fence on your property that is not up to code.

Alternatively, if you are tired of staining and maintaining an old wood fence, you may want to consider a low maintenance option like vinyl or Ornamental Aluminum.

These two options need very little attention after installation. Replacing your wood fence with these options will allow you to see firsthand how these weather resistant materials stand up to the colder months.


WILL END OF YEAR FENCE INSTALLATION BENEFIT NEXT YEAR'S HOUSE PROJECTS?

It is a good idea to consider pool installation in winter months as those prices are also generally lower. Having the pool and fence ready to go by the time the flowers start blooming will be worth its weight in winter weather. Be proactive and schedule your pool and fence jobs in unison.

If you are in contact with your pool company for a winter installation, a Professional Fence Specialist should be able to work with your preferred contractor. Both construction companies should work in sync to achieve your individual project goals.

A Professional Fence Company should even be able to provide temporary fencing for the duration of the construction process. They can help streamline your project for your future Residential Fence Installation.

RECALL THE MOST FAMOUS REASON OF ALL

There’s nothing quite like that first enchanting blanket of snow, timeless holiday lighting and cool holiday decor Christmas draped across your fence. Your neighbors and family will be in awe at the sight of your very own winter wonderland. Moreover, while your neighbors are planning and constructing and spending, you’ll be the one chilling.

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Handling fence damage through insurance and an appeal to your HOA for repairs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Apr 17, 2015

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

No matter how you slice it, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage, can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

HOW DO INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES WORK?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE FOR ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 

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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid.

DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

Topics: Fence Design, Perimeter Security, Homeowners Association, Ornamental Aluminum, Property Value, Fence Permit, Insurance, Fence, Richmond Fence, fence law, fence regulations, Maintenance, residential fence damage, wood fence, fence insurance, fence repair, commercial fence damage, vehicle fence damage, fence repair damage

Repairing your Residential or Commercial fence enclosure

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Tue, Sep 02, 2014

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

In either case, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage,
can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

WHO DOES INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE POLICIES ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 
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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid. 

FENCE DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

Topics: Fence Design, Perimeter Security, Homeowners Association, Ornamental Aluminum, Property Value, Fence Permit, Insurance, Fence, Richmond Fence, fence law, fence regulations, Maintenance, residential fence damage, wood fence, fence insurance, fence repair, commercial fence damage, vehicle fence damage, fence repair damage

Cedar or Pressure Treated Wood. Which will work best for my fence project?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Wood fences are beautiful, no doubt, and (PVC) vinyl fences even come with simulated options making man-made materials look and feel nature based. 

But in Virginia, cedar wood and pressure-treated pine are two of our top-selling residential fence types.

Eighty percent of all wood fencing is composed of either pine or cedar wood.

Below are various residential fence solutions available throughout the United States.

6' Privacy Cedar with Clear Posts

6' Shadowbox Convex cedar

Two Cedar privacy fence options - Left: 6 ft. cedar privacy fence with clear posts / Right: 6 ft. cedar Shadowbox privacy fence

 

Red cedar trees are indigenous to the American Northwest and Canada. The red cedar wood's straight, tight grain and lack of knots make for optimal fence material. It is naturally highly resistant to decomposition, displays a beautiful red hue, and is well-known for its' aromatic woodsy smell.

Cedar does not warp or shrink and is a naturally stable material perfect for picket and privacy fences. Cedar wood fences stand the test of time, and look great decades after installation.

For fence posts, cedar can go several years without rotting; however, they tend to be less durable against soil erosion than pressure treated pine posts.

For this reason, it may be a good idea to use pressure treated pine for the posts and cedar for the rest of the fence. 

Or, the cedar fence posts can be set in concrete to prevent soil-related rotting.

Pressure treated wood (PTP) is the most popular residential fence choice in outdoor structures (decks, porches, and all types of residential fences, for example).

PTP can warp, shrink, and crack. The sun makes any outdoor damage worse especially if you don't stain it.

To avoid this, pressure treated pine (PTP) is chemically-treated in order to prevent against decay, termites, weathering, and other pine-related troubles. All PTP fences come with a warranty to protect against termites and rotting.

PTP fences need to be consistently and regularly maintained. It is recommended that all pressure treated pine fencing should be stained and sealed about 6 weeks after installation to improve and maintain a handsome appearance and prevent rot. 

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Pressure treated: 6 ft. concave board picket fence

 

Keeping your pressure treated fence wet when it is hot or exposed to the sun can also be done to maintain your pine fence and keep the fence from cracking. Staining, sealing, moistening, stripping, and cleaning are all maintenance techniques that are commonly used and recommended for pressure treated pine fences.

Cedar is increasingly rare and thus more expensive than pine. However, cedar stands up to the test of time and it's aroma and handsome appearance coupled with the comparatively low required maintenance make it a smart investment. These incentives outweigh the cons for most people who are strongly considering cedar as a fence material. 

Knowing the pros and cons of each type of wood type will help to make an informed decision when choosing the fence and fence company that fits your needs. 


 

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