Taking Care of Your Fence Like It’s Your Best Friend
Everyone can appreciate a good quality, attractive fence because of the important purpose it serves for years to come. It offers protection, a barrier from interlopers of the world and your yard, garden, and family. It serves as a measure of privacy, ensuring your yard remains yours. It serves as a beautifier, making a good yard, garden, and home even better, or even making one that might be sub par higher in value.
Everyone loves their good quality fence, but not everyone takes care of it over time. Either they don’t care, they don’t have the ability, or they just don’t know how or what to do to ensure it’s longevity. If you want to keep the Best Fence in your city, you need to work hard, and put forth the effort. After all, your fence gives to you every day.
A large part of the effort goes into the planning at the very beginning of your fence construction. Consideration must be given to the design first, the materials second, and the actual execution of the construction third.
First, the design. You want a fence that is designed with function as well as beauty in mind. Design with longevity in mind. For example, metal posts are a are much more practical design than wood posts. Do you want the metal posts to be on the inside of the fence, which may not give you the most attractive enclosed back yard, but will give you an attractive look to the outside of your property? Or do you want the metal posts on the outside of your fence, which will give you a clean, beautiful look to the inside of your your backyard, but will not have much appeal to the outside of your fence? Part of your decision may be based on what is more important to view that visitors and neighbors have of your property, or the view that you have as you sit in your backyard. Other design considerations may be the color that you choose to stain your fence. Darker colors of stain resist the sun better and protect the wood longer. When you have your Custom Fence built also take into consideration any slope your yard might have, and the height you would like your fence to be. You can choose board on board, or side by side. If you have dogs, would you like little windows to be cut into the fence so your dogs can look out at the world? Some people choose a fence with iron inserts. You can even place some of the iron inserts over the holes that you cut for the dogs. And a beautiful iron gate is a design element that you do not want to overlook. These are just some of the questions that you need to ask yourself when considering the design of your fence.
Next, the materials. Wood will most likely be the primary material, but when looking at wood, make sure your fence company uses only the best quality of wood, and the best cuts of wood. Cedar is a popular choice because of its beauty and its natural resistance to insects. The cut of the wood should have as few knotholes as possible so that the integrity of the wood is not compromised. The only exception would be if you are trying to go for a rustic look. In general, however, wood with less knotholes is stronger and less likely to warp over time. When considering materials, also think about any stains or sealants you want to use. There are stains that have built in UV blockers, which helps to protect your fence from sun damage. You also will have to decide what materials you want your gate built out of. Do you want a custom wood gate, or a custom iron gate? Some homeowners opt for an Electric Gate, which is usually constructed out of iron. If you do choose an electric automated gate, be sure to purchase a wireless keypad to go with it.
Finally, the execution, or the actual construction. Make sure the fence is built by the best fence company in your area. They should have experience, references, expertise, a long list of happy customers, and knowledge for the best construction techniques. A qualified and professional company will be exact with all the measurements required so that there are no gaps in your fence and it fits your yard like a glove. They should plant the metal posts in holes that are at least 3 feet deep and use concrete, not dirt, as a filler. They should place the metal poles within close range to one another, and back up their work with a good warranty in case any fence repair is needed.
Just like anything, if you want the best, you have to do your homework. If you want the best wood fence in town, you’re going to have to put forth the effort to choose your fence company carefully, give thought to the design, and make sure only the best materials are used. The fence is an important aspect of your home, so don’t take for granted the effect it can have on the appearance of your home, as well as its security. After all, if you’re good to your fence, it will be good to you.