Fence Repair and Fence Construction
“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost said. That point has been argued for generations hence, but the statement seems apropos in today’s world where fences ensure privacy, provide noise barriers and enclose our yards so we are not forced to view unsightly traffic, alleyways or other distractions while enjoying outdoor activities.
During the past century, most chose wood as fence construction material. Chain link was also popular – and cost effective. Today, the options for embellishing our properties are more affordable than ever and the choices are nearly endless. We can incorporate vinyl fencing that resembles a picket fence – except that it never requires painting. In fact, vinyl fencing now replicates nearly any fencing material, including cedar, cement, pine, or even bamboo with rattan embellishments. But if vinyl is not your preference, today’s weatherproofing treatments mean that most wood fencing material will last two to three times longer than those our parents installed.
This is an exciting time for home owners. Rather than just considering a fence repair we can address drainage issues, contour our landscape to make the most of natural rainfall and build raised planting areas for nearly the same price that a fence alone would have cost our parents.
One of the most attractive and practical choices is a privacy fence set into a masonry retaining wall . Incorporating this tactic allows you to multi-task. It evens out hilly terrain, keeps slopes from eroding into street or alleyways, prevents plants from sprawling into or out of our yards, and perhaps most importantly, provides solid, attractive fence posts for any fencing material. A retaining wall fence also helps keep costs down. No longer is it imperative that you choose an 8 foot fence panel. By building a retaining wall at a height suitable to the aforesaid purposes, the panel size can be minimized. You save construction costs because you require less fencing material and you can build to service diverse landscaping ideas.
If you are among those who believe a masonry retaining wall fence is outside your budget, you might want to look into an industry called “concrete stamping.” This technology allows fence construction companies to pour deeply-embedded concrete walls that can be sculptured into the masonry look you desire. The finished product can replicate nearly any material – stacked flagstone, brick, rock-and-mortar, or finished granite, (to name a few). Today’s mason artisans create simulations that are believable, beautiful, long-lasting, cost effective and functional, (i.e., they can divert water from your property, separate living areas, and provide posts for covered patios). If a fence repair IS required in the future, the costs remain low, because this medium is adaptable to any changes you would like to incorporate into your plan.
Additionally, this medium allows you to enclose your property in something other than a box. Curvatures are as easily incorporated as straight lines. In fact, this type of landscape fence is used on golf courses, horse properties, municipal parks, and at luxury resorts and hotels. A landscape fence helps segregate areas into different purposes. Applying this technique on smaller properties means it is now feasible to consider the addition of a small stream, pond or other elements that turn a simple yard into an outdoor living area.
Of course, a retaining wall can also be used for raised garden beds, for showcasing landscape plants, or to encircle trees. Placing a retaining wall along a slope that is difficult to mow and incorporating plants or river rock is also popular.
If you are considering fence construction, it would be helpful to explore landscape fencing possibilities by Googling “landscape ideas,” “stamped concrete,” “retaining walls” or “outdoor living areas.” Next, speak to masonry professionals whose portfolio confirms they have successfully helped other home-owners and municipalities design areas that were not only beautiful, but free from erosion, drainage problems, and other issues; while maintaining the natural beauty of the property. This summer may be the perfect time to create a piece of paradise in your own yard.