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How To Install A Replacement Fence Panel

How To Install A Replacement Fence Panel

It always seems to happen at the worst times – a costly home repair. If you own a home with a yard, you likely have a fence. Maybe the fence came with the home and is starting to wear out. Maybe you’ve endured some bad weather the past few years and parts of your fence are showing wear and tear or got blown out in a storm. Now you need to figure out how to repair or replace your fence. Luckily, there are ways to install a replacement fence panel without redoing the entire fence.

Assess the damage

How do you know if you need to replace a fence panel? The most obvious way to tell is when the wind has knocked a panel right out! But what about wood rot? If your wood fence panel is rotting, the wood may appear discolored. It may also have more obvious damages, such as splintering or warping. You can do a quick test to check the wood. If you poke the wood panel with a screwdriver and the wood pushes in, then you likely have rotten wood beneath the surface. Time to replace the panel!

You will also need to check your posts. It doesn’t make much sense to replace a single wooden fence panel if the posts are compromised. A single damaged post can ruin an entire fence line. That why you must double-check that the fence’s posts are secure and level before beginning work on any individual panel. Fix or reinforce a damaged post before starting to repair or replace a panel.

Installing a replacement fence panel

Once you’ve assessed the damage and repaired any fence posts, you are ready to get to work on installing a replacement fence panel. Most vinyl or wood fence panels are made 8 feet long and the actual distance between fence posts cannot be greater than 96 inches. Some panels are 72 inches long. In such cases, the maximum space cannot exceed 6 feet. Before you purchase any replacement parts, you’ll need to measure your fence.

How long does it take to replace fence panels?

A professional, like the pros at Bravo Fence Company, can easily repair your fence in a day. If you are trying to DIY the project, you should allot more time than you’d anticipate, as you want to be as precise as possible. Additionally, if you need to install a replacement fence panel due to rot or damage, it’s likely that more than one panel needs to go. If you’re looking to replace more than one or two panels, you’re looking at a large job. At that point, it may be worth it to call in professionals who can finish the job quickly and securely.

Should fence panels touch the ground?

In most cases, a wood fence should be installed at least two inches off the ground. The posts should be the only fence components that contact the ground. Wood pickets should never touch it. However, if your fence was a DIY job or installed incorrectly, your wood may touch the ground. This can cause the wood to absorb moisture and rot much more quickly. If you are planning to install replacement fence pannels because of rotting at the bottom of your fence, you may be better off replacing the entire fence. Then you can have a wooden fence installed properly, or you can choose a different material altogether.

Painting your wooden fence

If you are simply installing replacement fence panels instead of an entirely new fence, you certainly want to match the existing fence. However, you may also take this as an opportunity to update your existing fence. Stain and paint are two good options for updating and protecting wooden fences.

Does painting a fence make it last longer?

Painting or staining a wood fence can help your fence last longer and look better. Either option will extend the lifespan of your fence by giving it some protection against rot, insects, wear, and tear. Painting often does a better job of filling any cracks, covering imperfections, and provides longer-lasting protection than stain. Paint also is typically more rot resistant and does a better job of preventing mold and sun damage. When it comes to long-term effectiveness, both paint and stain will protect your fence. However, paint may restrict the wood’s natural ability to breathe, increasing moisture content and potentially causing rot.

Is it better to paint or stain a fence?

Stain is more forgiving than paint and is quicker to apply. Stain won’t require the use of a primer, and you won’t have to work as hard to get a uniform color as with paint. If you have a textured or rough-hewn fence style, stain will work much better than paint. Stain will enhance raw wood’s natural beauty and texture. Unlike paint, stain won’t peel, crack or blister. And you don’t have to worry about it causing rot by holding in moisture since it’s more breathable. If you’re worried about making a mess, trust the professionals to stain your wooden fence for you.

What causes a fence to lean?

Natural weathering will cause a wooden fence to lean. As a wood fence absorbs moisture from rain or sprinklers it swells and then dries out. This stress on the fence panels and posts can cause it to shrink. Over time, shrinking may cause wooden fence panels to crack or warp. And that can result in a leaning fence. If you have a wooden fence, it’s only a matter of time before parts or all of the fence will need to be replaced due to natural weathering.

What type of fence lasts the longest?

By this point, you may be thinking that wood fences, while attractive, are more work than they’re worth. However, vinyl fencing lasts much longer than wood, requires virtually no maintenance, and won’t be destroyed by wood’s archenemies. That’s right, with vinyl there’s no need to worry about termites, fungus, dry rot, or even fire! Vinyl is somewhat more expensive than wood, but it can last 30+ years with minimal maintenance required. Unlike wood that can warp, rot, or shrink over time, vinyl is rigid and resilient. It is resistant to pests, rain, snow, temperature changes, and other elements. That is why vinyl fencing is the longest-lasting fence material. If you’re tired of patchwork fixes and installing replacement fence panels, consider a new vinyl fence. Just call Bravo Fence Company for a quote and get started on your new, maintenance-free fence today!

Vinyl Fencing FAQs

Vinyl Fencing FAQs

If you’re in the market for a new fence, then you have surely considered vinyl fencing. Vinyl fencing (also commonly referred to as PVC fencing) has quickly become the star fencing material and for good reason! Read on for our vinyl fencing FAQs. This guide is jam-packed with useful information to help you make the best choice for your fencing project.

What is the cost of vinyl compared to wood?

Vinyl fences are typically more expensive than wooden fences. However, vinyl fences have a longer lifespan and are sold with longer warranties. Both wood and vinyl fences have a range of options for style, which can affect your overall cost for both material and installation. As vinyl fencing becomes more popular, the price gap is closing. Vinyl fencing can be less expensive than ornamental steel fencing.

What is the vinyl made of?

One of the most common vinyl fencing FAQs is “what is this stuff, anyway?” Vinyl fencing is a type of plastic fence made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The PVC resin is combined with special ingredients that give the vinyl fence exceptional strength, durability, and weatherability. The terms “Vinyl” and “PVC”  are interchangeably used in the fencing industry.

Is vinyl fencing maintenance free?

Vinyl is an easy-care alternative to other fence materials. A vinyl fence won’t warp, rot, split or blister like a wood fence, or rust, chip, peel or corrode like aluminum. Vinyl never needs sanding, staining, or painting.

How do you clean vinyl fencing?

Surface dirt and debris on your vinyl fence will wash away easily with periodic spraying from a garden hose. A mild detergent and water should be sufficient to keep your fence or deck rail looking new after the winter. For tough stains, baking soda, dish soap, and steel wool work well together.

Is PVC graffiti proof?

Although not classified as graffiti proof, PVC (vinyl) fencing is easy to clean. Paint and graffiti should come off with little effort. Cleaning off paint may require the use of a pressure washer or in extreme cases, the use of paint thinner. If that doesn’t work, then 400 grit sandpaper may be used.

How long will a vinyl fence last?

Vinyl fences are a great investment because when properly maintained, they can last for decades. Upwards of 30 years in many cases!

Can I get custom vinyl fence styles made?

Vinyl can be easily customized – height, style, even color. There are tons of options to meet your aesthetic and design needs. Keep in mind, though, that vinyl fences cannot be painted like wood or metal fences, so the color you choose is what you will have for the duration the fence stands.

Do fences come in different heights?

Common heights for front yard fences are around 3 feet, while common heights for backyard fences are between 6 and 8 feet. A professional fencing company can help you choose the right size for your project.

Can you use vinyl as a porch or guard railing?

Vinyl railings have become very popular in recent years due to their durability and maintenance-free designs. Vinyl railings won’t splinter or split, and they are fire-resistant, making them a safe choice for homes.

Can you make gates from vinyl?

If you’re having a fence installed, it’s very likely that you will want a gate, as well. While vinyl gates are no problem to add to a project, be sure to hire a professional to make and install your gate. A professional installer will make sure the gate is properly braced and that the posts are cemented in place.

Do you cement the vinyl posts?

Manufacturers unanimously require vinyl fence posts to be installed into a concrete-filled post hole. Setting vinyl posts into concrete provides a consistent footing to ensure the posts will remain inline and true for years to come. That’s why you should always trust a professional fencing company to safely install your vinyl fence.

How strong is vinyl fencing?

Though vinyl fencing has a certain amount of flexibility, the materials are engineered to be impact-resistant and withstand a wide range of normal use. The vinyl fencing FAQs address the various questions related to aging and weathering:

How does vinyl fencing stand up in the wind?

The ability of vinyl fencing to withstand wind depends on the design, as well as how the posts were installed. A picket-fence style offers less wind resistance because the wind is able to pass through the gaps, while a privacy fence provides protection from strong winds. In general, vinyl fences are designed to withstand normal wind loads.

 

Does a vinyl fence become brittle in the winter?

Vinyl does become less flexible in colder weather conditions. However, unless subjected to unusual impact, it should not break. It is normal for vinyl fence materials to expand and contract during temperature changes. Many vinyl products have been specifically engineered to accommodate extreme changes in weather conditions.

Will vinyl burn?

One of the pros of installing a vinyl fence is that it’s classified as “self-extinguishing,” making it safer against fire than a wood fence. PVC has a flashpoint of approximately 900 degrees and does not easily ignite.

Will a vinyl fence fade?

While vinyl fencing may lose a little of its sheen over time, it will not fade. Today’s vinyl fencing has a chemical formulation similar to sunscreen. It is designed to permanently reflect the sun’s rays and helps the material hold its colors.

Will the vinyl fence material yellow?

Nope! To prevent fading and yellowing, vinyl fencing contains titanium dioxide (TIO2) which prevents ultraviolet degradation.

Does vinyl fencing expand?

It is normal for vinyl materials to expand and contract during temperature changes. However, a professional, trained contractor will allow for such expansion and contraction during the installation process to avoid any negative effects.

Will my vinyl fence crack, chip, peel, or rot?

During the life of your vinyl fence, you should not expect to find surface cracking, peeling, chipping, or rot. Vinyl fencing material has a hard outer shell that protects it from the sun and chemical additives to help it hold its color. The inner shell is a softer compound that prevents cracking, chipping, and peeling. And since it is not a natural product like wood, it will not rot. Also, unlike metal, vinyl will not rust.

How does vinyl fencing hold up to weed eaters?

As with all vinyl and wood fences, direct contact with lawn and garden equipment can cause damage to the posts. Use caution when operating any type of equipment near fence posts, especially commercial trimmers, which are more powerful. A string trimmer also has the potential of destroying your vinyl fence, which is why if you have a lawn your fence should be at least 3 inches above the ground. In that case, you are able to trim the area carefully without worrying that the weed trimmer damages it. In general, try to avoid using those kinds of trimmers around vinyl fences or research how to carefully mow around your fence.

Bottom line

As you may have realized from our vinyl fencing FAQs, these fences are a fantastic choice for just about any home or project. The pros at Bravo Fence Company offer state-of-the-art vinyl fencing. Options include:

  • Picket Style
  • Privacy Style
  • Ranch Rail Style
  • Vinyl Fence Gates

We have more than 20 years of expertise in installation of vinyl fences. Bravo Fence is licensed, insured, and our work is backed by a 5-year warranty. If you’re looking for a trustworthy vinyl fencing company, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here.

Do I Need A Pool Fence?

Do I Need A Pool Fence?

Summer is finally rolling around, and for some lucky homeowners, that means months ahead of fun by the pool. But did you know that several states have pool fencing laws that require pool owners to put up a protective barrier or fence around their pool? These regulations were enacted to help reduce the number of child drowning fatalities each year, and are especially common in states with temperate weather and a high number of residential pools.

If you have a pool in your yard and don’t have a fence or are looking to replace your current fence, let’s “dive in” to explore your options!

Is it law to have a fence around your pool?

While not every state has specific laws regarding pool fencing, having a secure fence for your pool is still considered a matter of public health and safety. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), fences should not be more than 2 inches from the ground and any holes or gaps in the fencing should not exceed 4 inches in diameter. The pool gate should swing out and away from the swimming area, and the latch should be on the inside of the swimming area. The CDC guidelines add that if a pool is residential and its house doors provide pool access, they should have self-locking latches and be connected to an alarm, as well.

The Law in Georgia

Like many other states, Georgia has its own swimming pool fence laws in place to protect children from drowning. It is important for pool owners to check with their local government, as some Georgia municipalities may enforce more stringent laws than others. Georgia state law does require swimming pools to be completely fenced in. Homeowners may use their house as one side of the fence, but if they do, they must install an alarm on the door leading to the pool from the inside of the home. Any other gates or pool entryways must be mounted so that they open out, or away from the pool. Gates are not allowed to push open toward the pool from the outside of the fence.

Additionally, gates in swimming pool fences are subject to regulations. In Georgia, they must be self-closing and latching, and latches must be installed at the proper place. For a pool fence that is more than 4 feet tall, gate latches must be mounted no less than 4 feet above the ground. There are also rules regulating how tall the pool fence should be, with 4 feet being the minimum height. If the fence is no taller than the 4-foot minimum height, gate latches must be installed within 6 inches from the top of the fence. These rules are in place specifically to prevent children from reaching through the fence to open a gate, therefore there should be no fence openings within 18 inches of the latch release.

Are you liable if someone drowns in your pool?

Following pool fence laws is important not only to protect children but also to protect the home and pool owner from liability. When someone dies or is seriously injured in a drowning accident at a private pool, their loved ones may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against the owner. Simply put, if an accident happens at your swimming pool, chances are that you can be held responsible for it. This is especially likely in the circumstance that the pool was not fenced off or covered, particularly with respect to local regulations. Therefore, leaving your pool unfenced or fenced with a deteriorating fence is a huge safety and financial risk.

How much does it cost to put a fence around a pool?

Now that you have determined that a pool fence is an important investment, it’s time to consider what it will take to build one. Price varies greatly depending on the size of the fence and the materials. For example, if you are using one or more walls attached to your home, you may only need a small amount of fencing. If you are covering a large area, you may need significantly more materials.

Additionally, you may be surprised to learn how many options there are for fencing materials. Since pool fencing is so important, you will want to ensure that you hire a professional to do the installation. This will guarantee that your fence meets regulations and also is very aesthetically pleasing. Remember, adding a large fence to your yard will change the look of your landscaping, so you want this project to enhance your home’s beauty, not detract from it.

The most common pool fence material is aluminum or steel/wrought iron since these materials can be powder coated in just about any color to match your home. You can even “mix and match” fencing materials to get the aesthetic that best fits your overall home and landscaping design. Our experienced team of professionals can help you design the best fence for your home.

What is the best pool fence?

If you have already started researching options for pool fences, you have probably noticed that there are tons of options on the market. Many companies will specifically advertise their pool safety systems, though these can be cost-prohibitive and less aesthetically pleasing. Many of the pool fencing options on the market advertise as being temporary or easy to install on your own. The risk with such options is that they may be less sturdy and give you a false sense of security.

That is why the best option for a pool fence is a professionally installed, permanent, and attractive fence. The fence can be made of just about any material – aluminum, steel/wrought iron, wood, or vinyl (high-quality PVC). The customization of a permanent fence structure means you can rest assured that your pool is incredibly safe and it will look beautiful and not detract from your yard’s overall appeal.

What’s the cheapest fence to install?

You are probably familiar with the old adage, “you get what you pay for.” It is no different when it comes to pool fencing. Some low-end, temporary fencing may be fairly inexpensive, but you will likely need to replace these materials often to ensure they meet safety standards. That kind of annual expense can add up quickly. Likewise, Do-It-Yourself attempts at pool fencing may also become costly if you damage your pool decking in the process. Therefore having professionals install a permanent fence is your best choice for value in the long run. Different fences have different price points, aesthetics, and ongoing maintenance needs. Vinyl fencing is typically a great choice for any kind of fence because it is virtually maintenance-free. Glass fencing is typically the most expensive option, and can be as much as three or more times as expensive as comparable vinyl, wood, or metal fences.

The bottom line on pool fencing

As a homeowner, the responsible choice, whether it is the law in your area or not, is to build a secure fence around your pool. That means if you don’t currently have a pool fence, it’s time to invest in one, or if you have one that no longer meets regulations, it may be time to upgrade. Luckily, there are lots of beautiful, safe options for fencing that can actually enhance your yard’s landscaping and visual appeal and even increase your home’s value. If you are in the market for a new fence for your pool, Bravo Fence Company can help get you started.

Is Wood Fencing Secure?

Is Wood Fencing Secure?

When it comes to home security, fencing is your first line of defense. Whatever size your property is, a sturdy fence can provide peace of mind. But there are a lot of factors to consider when planning a security fence. What will keep burglars off my property? Is wood fencing secure? Let’s dive in and discuss all you need to know about putting up a security fence around your home.

What is the best fence for security?

You might be surprised by how many options there are for fencing! The most common fencing materials are wood, vinyl, or metal. Heavy-duty security fences are typically chain link, metal, or electric perimeter fencing. However, these fencing types aren’t very picturesque, and therefore many homeowners opt for alternatives. So can wood fencing secure your home? Absolutely!

Wood fencing is incredibly versatile and attractive, which can make it a great option for a home security fence or privacy fence. When selecting your wood type, you’ll want to consider your climate and ongoing maintenance. To provide the best security for your home, you’ll need to keep your wood fence in good condition.

If security is your main concern, be sure to hire a professional for installation, as they’ll know best how to make your wood fencing secure. They can assist you with selecting a strong wood and with choosing a design that will provide both security features and curb appeal. Additionally, a professional installer can add brackets to prevent would-be intruders from lifting fence panels to access your property.

Security versus privacy

The first step before putting up a fence on your property is assessing your needs and wants. Do you truly need security for your property, or are you looking to upgrade your privacy? The two can actually be quite different! For example, safety experts recommend that a security fence surprisingly not be solid. This is because a solid fence obscures views and allows potential criminals to hide from the building occupants.

For example, if you’re planning a wood fence installation, you should opt for a sturdy palisade style (one with spaces between the boards), instead of a close-board fence (where the boards overlap without gaps). However, if you’re looking to increase privacy from neighbors or pedestrian traffic, then a solid wood fence will provide that.

Additional security measures

If security is your aim, there are three main factors recommended by security experts. The fence should:

  • Not provide hiding spaces or obscure sightlines
  • Be high and/or difficult to climb over
  • Not be easily bypassed

There are also additional security measures you can add to your fencing design. If you’re worried about intruders jumping your fence, you may wonder what you can put on your fence as a deterrent.

To make wood fencing secure, an attractive and crime-preventing option is a timber trellis with thorny plants. Not only are the plants a more attractive, aesthetic option for your property, but they can also be a great deterrent as they make climbing a fence quite difficult. No criminal wants to get stuck in a thorn bush!

Another more visually appealing fence that provides a security feature is one with a spiked top. This is a popular choice as spikes can look very simple and elegant, providing curb appeal while still making intruders think twice. For example, a traditional white picket fence doesn’t have to be super tall but can still provide good security thanks to the spiked top of the panels. Spiked fencing is available in a variety of materials, whether you opt for wood, metal, or vinyl fencing. This makes a spiked fence a popular and broad choice for security.

Some property owners are less concerned with visual appeal and instead opt for more severe safety measures. But is it illegal to put carpet grippers on your fence? While there is no law to stop you from hammering nails or carpet gripper into the top of your fence, your local Homeowners Association may take issue with the practice, and it certainly won’t do anything for the visual appeal of your property. Instead, we recommend you opt for a more integrated look and choose a fence type with spikes or spires along the top.

How tall can you make a privacy fence?

In addition to spikes on top of your fence, the height of your fence will greatly impact how much it acts as a security feature. Simply put: the taller the fence, the more secure it is. So how tall can you make your fence? Take a look around your neighborhood and see what other homeowners have done. Does your neighborhood have a Homeowners Association? If so, it will probably have some regulations regarding fence height. Typically, fences are 4 feet to 6 feet tall. A privacy fence is commonly 6 feet tall or even higher. If you’re considering a much taller fence, you should check your city’s regulations regarding fence height. While some cities will allow extra high fences, they may require a permit.

Some homeowners might worry and ask are privacy fences rude? As with any fence you add to your property, there is a certain etiquette to follow to maintain peace with your neighbors. Regardless of any specific HOA regulations or your neighbors’ opinions, keeping your fence construction in line with the aesthetics of your neighborhood will be better for your curb appeal and home value.

What type of fence is most durable?

Overall, vinyl and metal fences offer the most in terms of durability. However, if you’re set on a wooden fence, you have several options in regards to price and durability. Redwood is one of the most extensively used types of wood for fencing. Redwood is known for its durability and aesthetic value.

But if durability is your main concern, some manufacturers claim that vinyl fences are nearly five times stronger than comparable wood fences. We typically recommend vinyl fencing over wood fencing as these are effortlessly durable and attractive. Plus, vinyl fencing is essentially maintenance-free. Given its low maintenance costs and long lifespan, in the long run, vinyl fencing is more affordable than many other fencing types.

Does putting up a fence add value to your home?

An important question that most homeowners want to know before starting a fencing project is if it will add value to their home. If you’re going to invest in a good quality fence for your property, it makes sense to want a good return. Keep in mind that landscaping only accounts for about 15% of a home’s overall value. That said, security and privacy are great selling points for a home, as long as the addition of a fence doesn’t look out of place in the neighborhood or take away from your home’s aesthetic.

Recommendations

In summary, if you’re considering adding a security or privacy fence to your property, there are several factors to consider.

Materials

Vinyl fences will be the most durable option and have the versatility to look like many traditional wood fences. Metal fences can provide great security and be aesthetically pleasing, though they do require some maintenance. Wood fencing can be very economical and provide great curb appeal. Vinyl and wood are especially good choices for privacy fences.

Height

Privacy and security fences are typically 6 feet high, but you may be able to build higher. Check with your local HOA and city planning office to confirm if you can erect a higher fence on your property.

Style

Carefully consider if you need security or privacy, as this will impact your fence style. Security fences tend to be taller and feature a deterrent along the top, like spikes or spires. They also are less solid, though carefully designed so as to not be easily climbed. Privacy fences will reduce visibility from neighbors and pedestrians, but may look more imposing since they tend to be solid and not feature gaps or spaces.

Getting started

Ready to start your project? Reach out to the pros at Bravo Fence Company to discuss service options that best fit your needs or to schedule your free estimate today.

What You Need to Know About Installing a Front Yard Fence

What You Need to Know About Installing a Front Yard Fence

Backyard fences are common. However, while front yard fences are not as popular, they’re certainly not unusual. You might be considering putting a fence around your front yard as a security measure, to increase curb appeal, or as an added safety measure for kids or pets to play outside. If a new fence sounds like a good idea to you, check out these questions to think about when adding fencing in your front yard.

Can you put a fence in the front yard?

The short answer of course is yes, you can certainly fence your front yard. But it may be more complicated than a simple yes or no. Does your neighborhood have a homeowners association? If so, you will likely need approval or to follow their guidelines regarding a fence on your property.

Some cities have ordinances preventing front yard fencing, or limiting the type of materials, location,front-facing, pass-through, lawnmowers, or height of the fence. Additionally, you will want to find out if your fence project will require a building permit. A quick online search or phone call to your local city hall or HOA will give you the information you need.

Do I need a survey before putting up a fence?

Before you start your fencing project, you’ll need to know where to put the fence. To make sure that you accurately build your fence on your own property and not partially on your neighbor’s land, you should get your property surveyed. A property survey is a document created by a surveyor that establishes a property’s boundaries and rights of way. If you’ve lost your property survey, you may be able to get it from your county’s records office.

Having a property survey is a way to protect your investment in the fence and ensure that you won’t need to remove it because it’s encroaching on a neighbor’s property or public property.

How tall can a fence be in the front yard?

Look around your neighborhood: do other houses on your street have front yard fencing? If so, how tall are the fences? If not, do you have an HOA that prevents fencing in front yards? A good rule of thumb is to follow neighborhood trends when adding a front yard fence, in terms of both size and style. A front yard fence typically has to be set back 2 to 8 inches from sidewalks and property lines, and some cities will have additional requirements about height and location.

Whatever your practical reasons are for installing a fence, you’ll want to be careful to add to your home’s value and not detract. For that reason alone you may want to consider the overall look of homes in your area, regardless of whether or not there are specific restrictions or guidelines for fence installation.

How can I make my front yard more private?

To make your front yard more private, you’ll want to carefully consider your fencing materials. While picket and wrought iron fences can be very visually appealing, they tend not to offer as much height or privacy as a wooden fence. A traditional white picket fence is usually no more than 3 feet tall.

Another option for more private fencing is a chain link fence with added slats for privacy and style. If you do opt for fencing with more gaps between slats, you could also plant bushes, trees, or other shrubs along the inside of your fence to decrease visibility from the street.

What materials can I use for my front yard fence?

Fences come in a variety of materials for different price points and climates. For warmer, wetter climates, vinyl is the best material choice, as wood is more susceptible to water damage. Nowadays most traditional-looking white picket fences are actually vinyl/PVC, not wood. In very cold climates, wood, PVC, and metal (aluminum, steel, or chain-link) fences are the most durable. What we think of as wrought iron fences are now typically made of aluminum and powder-coated to add color. These do require a bit more upkeep than other materials, so factor that into your decision.

Natural wood is a popular material for front yard fences and quite a versatile option. It can be designed and finished to coordinate with just about any style of home. If you opt for a metal fence, you can still add variety and style by adding wooden, stone, or brick columns or posts. A professional fencing company will be able to help you choose the best materials for your climate, budget, and home style.

Does a front fence add value?

Adding a front yard fence can increase your curb appeal which may boost your property value. But to ensure the best return on investment, you’ll want to carefully consider styles and materials that will complement and accent your home. Touring your neighborhood to see what other homeowners have done and researching trends online can help you narrow down the perfect aesthetic for your new fence.

What is the best time of year to install a fence?

Installation depends a lot on the climate where you live. In colder climates, frozen ground can make installation more complicated. However, if you’re not concerned about snow and ice, winter can be a great time to install your fencing so it will be ready by spring. Spring tends to be the busiest, most popular season for fence installation, so keep that in mind when planning your project timeline.

What do I need to know before putting up a fence?

Along with following regulations and choosing your design and materials, there are a few more topics to consider before you begin a fencing project:

Value

Keep in mind that landscaping accounts for about 15% of your property’s value. On the one hand, this means that installing new fencing can be a great investment to boost your home’s value. On the other hand, it also makes sense to consider your other reasons for the fencing. You’ll want to find a good balance between your budget and your intended usage to ensure a beautiful and practical final result.

Being a good neighbor

You should also consider neighborly fencing etiquette. After you’ve checked all the boxes with a land survey and local fence laws, have a conversation with your neighbors. Let them know you plan to build a fence, as it may change how their property looks, too.

Gates

When installing a fence, you also need to plan out gate entrances. Fences should typically include at least two gate entrances, with one of them being slightly wider to accommodate bulky equipment. For the front-facing gate, a 3-foot wide opening will easily accommodate pedestrians. However, for a side gate, you should opt for a wider entrance for items such as trash bins, lawnmowers, and other yard equipment. Usually, a 4-foot wide gate entrance is large enough to allow for easy pass-through of equipment; however, take note of the equipment you have and how much clearance would be needed.

How do I get started installing a front yard fence?

Fence installation is harder than it looks, so it’s best left to the professionals to ensure a beautiful, safe erection. You’re also better off hiring a fencing pro if your home project involves an automatic driveway gate, stone or brick elements, or any other feature that’s more complicated than your basic fence panels. When you hire a licensed company like Bravo Fence Company, you have the quality assurance of bonded and insured professionals.

Fences don’t have to be just for the backyard. With plenty of front yard fencing options, you can enhance your home’s landscape design and make better use of your space.

Proper Fence Etiquette to Keep Your Neighbors Happy

Proper Fence Etiquette to Keep Your Neighbors Happy

Before you get a new fence, it is important to think about more than yourself. You have to think about your neighbors on each side and your HOA rules if they happen to apply to your neighborhood. In addition to following the local zoning rules for fence building, it is a good idea to read up on proper fence etiquette to avoid problems down the line. Keep in mind that while you may be building a fence to keep your pets in or to keep wildlife out, your neighbors also have to see it daily from their windows or driveways. We have put together a few fence etiquette points that you should keep in mind during your new fence installation.

How To Determine Where To Build Your Fence

It is very important that you know where your property starts, and where it ends. When there is no fence to define your property lines it is easy to make assumptions, but if you plan to build a structure, you need to be precise. In order to prevent arguments and property encroachment, make sure that your fencing company checks the house’s plat ahead of the installation. The plat is the map of your land, you can usually get a copy from the city or the county records office. If you are still not sure about the boundary lines, a surveyor can be hired to stake out the lines of your property boundary before the fence is built.

Do Neighbors Have To Be Informed Before Building A Fence?

There is no law that states you have to inform your neighbors of your plans to build a fence. If your plans are firmly within your property lines and the design is in compliance with neighborhood rules, you are free to start your project. However, it is a courtesy to let your neighbors know your plans in the event they have concerns or even if they want to prevent you from erecting a fence. In a best-case scenario, your neighbor may even agree to work with you on the fence that lines your dual properties, which may mean splitting expenses. It is always a good idea to be upfront to prevent hurt feelings and even to prevent potential legal challenges. A conversation can never hurt, even if you are not on good terms with your neighbor.

Do You Share The Cost Of Building A Fence With Your Neighbor?

Another important thing to consider when it comes to fence etiquette is who bears the cost of the fence. In most cases, the homeowner who wants the fence and on whose property it will reside will need to bear the cost. This includes the cost of building the fence as well as maintaining it over the years. Speaking with your neighbor before you build a fence is a great way to get their feedback and perhaps come to an agreement.

If you both want to build a fence that is mutually beneficial, it becomes a boundary fence. This type of fence will be situated on the exact property line and shared by both property owners. Proper fence etiquette and even local laws dictate that the maintenance of a boundary fence must be shared by both property owners unless there is a written agreement stating otherwise. Following proper fence, etiquette can help make things smoother and ultimately more affordable for both of you if the cost of the fence is shared.

Height and Placement Regulations For Fences On Property Lines

In most localities, fences must be placed a minimum of six inches inside of your own property line. It is important that your fencing company check regulations prior to installation. Every jurisdiction will have its own rules and regulations. However, in most places, the maximum height for a fence is 6 feet. The height limits are lower for fences that will be built in the front yard, those that are within 15 feet of the curb, or street line, and areas where a high fence will limit traffic sight distances.

Can My Neighbor Tear Down My Fence?

Legally, your neighbor is not able to tear down a fence without a court order. If you have your fence professionally installed, then it will be within your property lines and follow the regulations of the city. When your neighbor tears down a fence on your property, it is illegal and you can take them to court to have it repaired or replaced at their expense. Following proper fence etiquette will help you to avoid most situations that would cause a neighbor to act so rashly, however, there are always exceptions.

If your fence was built on their property, then they do have the right to remove a fence that you built from their property. This is one of the main reasons that it is best to have a fence built by professionals, surveyed to ensure boundary lines, and erected with a legal permit. A lot of hassles can be avoided simply by following property fence etiquette.

Am I Allowed to Build A Fence Next To My Neighbors Fence?

As a general rule, a fence that is not a boundary fence must be built at least two feet inside of your own property line. If your neighbor has a fence up already, then chances are their fence is two feet within their property line. You are allowed to build another fence on your own property as long as it falls within two feet of your property line. If there is not enough space to do so, you may end up dealing with a fight for easement rights between the yards. It is a good idea to have your fencing company look into the specifics of easement rights for your city before starting work on your project.

What Is A Neighbor Friendly Fence?

Depending on which style of fencing you plan to install, one side may look better than the other. It is always a good idea to let your neighbor have the more attractive-looking side pointed towards their property. When building a neighbor-friendly fence, you can choose one that has an identical look on both sides, or simply one that offers a plain finished look that won’t have a negative effect on the aesthetics of their home.

Most privacy fences are solidly paneled on one side and have slats on the other. Pointing the solid side outwards is polite, and it makes your property look more appealing. This is also standard practice so if you install your fence with the smoother side facing in, most people will assume it was improperly installed.

If you prefer to have an even look on both sides, then good neighbor fences are a better option. These double-sided fences have a sandwich-style construction which makes them thicker, and much stronger. Instead of you or your neighbor viewing the connection slats, they will be sandwiched in the middle of two outside panels.

Does Maintenance Fall Under Proper Fence Etiquette?

Proper fence etiquette will help keep you and your neighbors on good terms, but it doesn’t end when your fence project is complete. Everything in your home requires regular maintenance, including your fence. Performing proper fence maintenance will ensure that it looks good and performs well long into the future. Everyone wants their home to look that best, so that means you will need to paint, repair, treat and stain the wood of your fence as it ages. If you have pets, you may have to repair areas of the fence where they dig or damage the wood. This is not only for your benefit but also for the benefit of your neighbors.

If long-term maintenance is not going to be your strong suit, consider building your fence out of low-maintenance materials. Wooden fences are highly attractive, but they do require more care than other types of material. Aluminum or vinyl fences are a great option that will allow for easier cleaning, fewer repairs, and a better-looking fence years after it was installed.

With our easy-to-follow guidelines for proper fence etiquette, you will have an easier time with your neighbors when it comes time to build a fence. Instead of your fence becoming a jarring surprise that makes you seem unfriendly, communicate with your neighbors to get their feedback. You never know, they may even have some design suggestions or decide to collaborate with you on the project.

Spring Fence Maintenance for Metal Fences

Spring Fence Maintenance for Metal Fences

The majority of metal fences and metal post found on residential properties are crafted from steel or aluminum. They are able to mimic the appearance of wrought iron without the sky-high cost of the attractive metal. If you do happen to have a true iron fence, you can consider yourself one of the elite. Regardless of what type of metal fence you have, it is important to care for them properly to ensure they last as long as possible. We have put together some information on spring fence maintenance for metal fences so that you can keep your fence looking pristine all year long.

How Long Will A Metal Fence Last?

Metal naturally has a longer lifespan than softer materials such as wood. Depending on the type of metal fence you have, it may even last longer than the natural lifespan. A hollow steel metal fence for example can easily last for 20 years as long as it has a protective finish. Chain link fences tend to be crafted from galvanized steel. If they are coated in vinyl, this type of metal fence will usually stand for 15 or 20 years before it needs to be replaced.

Aluminum fences are not only affordable, they typically also last for 50 years or more. Solid steel fences, cast-iron fences, and tubular-aluminum fencing have the potential to last a lifetime. Although metal is much sturdier than other materials, proper care is needed to ensure they can maintain their longevity. Our spring fence maintenance for metal fences will tell you everything you need to know about caring for your metal fence.

Will A Galvanized Fence or Wrought Iron Rust?

Iron and pretty much any other metal will rust, especially if it is outside. The majority of galvanized and wrought-iron fences will develop spots of rust over time. It will take years or even decades for this rust to damage the structure of the fence, but it can make your fence look unsightly. Galvanization is a method used to help protect iron and steel fences from environmental damage. This zinc coating is usually applied over a metal fence and will help prevent corrosion and rust for as long as 50 years. Galvanization is not permanent, you will need to reapply it occasionally, especially if your fence was damaged in any way. There is no way to completely prevent metal from rusting if it is exposed to the elements, but you can delay the process for many years, even a lifetime.

Metal Fence Maintenance Tips

Our spring fence maintenance for metal fences will help you keep your fence strong and free of rust. The first order of business is to inspect your metal fence at least once a year. This will give you a chance to spot problems before they become rust, or worse. Examine your entire metal fence for scratches, dents, chips in the sealant, missing links or caps, and any other issue that may damage the metal.

Next, set aside a day each month to wash and wax your metal fence. Just like a car, regular washing and waxing can help protect the metal from the elements, in addition to the sealant that has already been applied. A gentle soap and warm water are all you need. Pick a day when the sun is shining so that the water dries quickly ahead of your waxing efforts. You can apply any type of gentle gel-style car wax to your fence. This will help protect it from UV rays, the elements, and even fading if you have a layer of paint on your metal fence.

Vegetation and Rust

It is also a good idea to prevent vegetation from leaning or climbing on your metal fence. Climbing plants look attractive, but the vines have the ability to eat away at protective coating and even paint that covers the metal. This will allow moisture to attach to the metal, which will eventually cause it to rust. On that note, make sure that you avoid wetting your fence when you water your lawn and plants. A little bit of water is ok, but constantly dousing your metal fence can reduce its longevity.

Check your fence carefully for rust spots. If you find any, no matter how small, you need to address them immediately. The rusted areas will need to be completed sanded down to remove all traces of rust. Wipe the surface down to get rid of rust dust, and then clean the area and allow it to dry. Reseal the metal fencing where you sanded the rust away. You can also paint over the areas once the sealant has fully dried.

The Best Way To Keep Metal Fences From Rusting

There are a few tricks you can use to help prevent rust from developing on your metal fence. You can call in professionals to have your metal fence cleaned and sealed, or you can apply coating on your own. It is always a good idea to have the fence sealed professionally with commercial-grade products for maximum efficiency. Keeping your metal fence clean is the best way to stop rust in its tracks. Dirt, moisture, and air all trigger rust development, so make sure to clean your entire fence at least once a month. A simple bath in warm water and regular dish soap will get rid of debris that may be wearing down the protective coating. Choose a day that has full sun to help the fence dry after washing it.

Everyone likes to save money, but keep in mind that there are some things you should never skimp on. If you are looking to lower your budget, it is better to go with a simpler design over cheaper materials. Always buy the best quality metal you can afford, and the highest grade sealant that your budget will allow. This will help you save money in the long run by keeping rust at bay for as long as possible. An oil-based rust-resistant primer should always coat your fence, even if you plan to paint your fence later. When choosing a paint, it should always be oil-based metal paint. Use a couple of layers to increase the overall protection.

Cleaning Suggestions For Metal Fences

Cleaning a metal fence is as easy as cleaning your car. All you need is warm water, dish soap, and a soft cloth. Rub down your fence to get rid of debris, dust, dead bugs, and salt from the rain. Rinse your fence with spray from your garden hose and they either dry down your fence or let it air dry in the sun. Never use acids like vinegar on your fence. Not only will they break down the sealant, but they can also trigger the development of rust. Once your fence is dry, apply a layer of gel-based car wax for extra protection.

How Do You Weatherproof A Metal Fence

The best way to weatherproof a metal fence is to have it coated in protective sealant and then painted over with oil-based paint. There is no way to completely eliminate the ravages of mother nature on anything that is outside, but you can limit the damage. Check your fence for loose nails, hinges, or dents on the surface. Pay special attention to these areas when sealing your metal fence. Damaged areas are more prone to developing rust which can easily spread to other parts of your fence. Waxing your metal fence once a month will also help protect it from moisture and sun damage. Just make sure you clean your fence before applying a layer of gel-based wax.

How Do You Fix A Rusty Fence?

The best thing about spring fence maintenance for metal fences is that you can actually spot small bits of rust before they become big problems. When you inspect your fence, make repairs to post, links, or hinges if you notice any damage. If you happen to spot rust, then act quickly to clean and repair the area before it spreads.

To fix a rust fence all you need is sandpaper, cleaning tools, and rust-preventing primer. You will need to sand down all of the rusty areas until you reach healthy metal. Make sure there is no rust left anywhere, or it will simply keep spreading. Once you have sanded down the rust, you will need to clean all of the rust dust off of your fence. Apply a rust-preventing primer over your clean fence and allow it to dry completely. If your fence was painted, you can go over the primer with a coat of oil-based metal paint once the primer has dried down.

When it comes to repairing a large metal fence, or if you think the overall stability of your metal fence has been compromised, seek help from a fencing company. A fencing professional will have the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to restore your metal fence and protect its surface after repairs.

Fence Maintenance Tips For New Homeowners

Fence Maintenance Tips For New Homeowners

If you’re not sure how to go about caring for your new fence, we have some fence maintenance tips for new homeowners that will come in handy. The best way to take care of a new wooden fence is to always keep up with regular maintenance. A well-maintained fence has the potential to last more than ten years before it will need to be replaced. Wooden fences left to their own devices may start to split or even begin to warp within the first year. Further neglect can cause the fence to fall into disrepair and it may start to lean and sag around year five.

The best way to ensure your wooden fence always looks its best is to start taking care of it as you install it. If you just moved into a home that already has a wooden fence, you can still start maintenance to keep it looking pristine.

How Do I Keep My Fence Looking New?

There is nothing more visually appealing than a crisp wooden fence around your property. A sturdy fence with no cracks, warping, or flaking paint can increase the curb appeal and help protect your yard from unwanted intruders. Wood will naturally start to degrade the longer it is exposed to the elements. But there are ways you can help protect your fence and keep it looking its best. Regular maintenance is the most effective way to keep your wooden fence looking new. Quick repairs when needed will also be helpful.

Our specific fence maintenance tips for new homeowners will help you target common problems that can emerge over time with wooden fences. For example, if you have pets that love to dig, your wooden fence will be at risk of getting uprooted in certain spots. To help prevent this, pour a concrete foundation under each post to keep it stable and looking new. Termites are also a concern with wooden fences or any other wooden structure around your home. Having your fence and property inspected periodically can catch problems before they are too severe to be treated. Sealing your wooden fence can also help guard against termite infestations that can cause them to age and fail quickly.

What Should I Use To Protect A Wooden Fence?

One of the best ways to keep your wooden fence safe is to stain the fence at least once a year. For homes situated in climates that see regular rainfall, you may need to stain your wooden fence two or three times per year. The stain will help protect the wood from both moisture and the elements. When there is a barrier between the wood and the elements, the life of your wooden fence will be extended. In addition to helping keep your wooden fence safe, the look of your wooden fence will also be improved.

Any time you apply a stain or treatment to your fence, make sure that the wood has been cleaned and that it has fully dried. This will allow your treatment the best chance of protecting the wood from the elements and any other dangers. If your wooden fence has gates, you need to protect and care for the hinges. You can use wood grease or car grease to oil the hinges and locks. This will help protect the metal and the wood from rust and staining.

The Best Way To Retain The Natural Color Of A Fence

Fence stains are a great way to help keep your wooden fence looking new and ensure the wood stays healthy over the long run. You can get both colored and clear stains. But if you want to maintain your natural color, you need a clear stain. You can also use a fence stain that has the same or similar color as your wooden fence to enhance its appearance. If you want to keep the natural color and keep it from fading, use a clear wood fence stain that has strong UV filters. This will nourish the wood and also prevent damage from long-term sun exposure.

Make sure that you clean your wooden fence on a regular basis and reapply the protective layers at least twice a year. For homes located in areas with extreme weather, you may need to increase your applications to help maintain the natural color of your fence. Avoid pressure washing too often, as it can strip your wooden fence of the protective stain and its rich color. If your fence lackings protection, it will start to fade and weaken over time.

How To Prevent A Fence From Turning Gray

For many homeowners, a silver wood fence is simply gorgeous. While the vintage look may appeal to some, most people prefer a fresher look. Gray wooden fences look unkempt and uncared for and can even make the rest of your yard appear run down. Thankfully, there are several ways you can go about protecting your wooden fence and helping it to retain its vibrant color. UV exposure is the main reason wood loses its color. The second reason behind fence graying is exposure to the elements. Just like skin, you have to protect your wooden fencing from both the sun and mother nature if you want to prevent or reduce the effects of age.

Keep in mind that there is no way to completely prevent your wood from turning gray. Once a plank is cut from a tree, the wood dies. Dead wood has no way of renewing its fibers, which means it will eventually succumb to the ravages of time. You can delay the process by applying UV-resistant wood finishing products to your fence. This will help block damage from the sun and also work to protect your fence from the elements.

The best fence maintenance tips for new homeowners to slow wood graying is protecting your wooden fence while the timber is new. Most timber is pre-treated, but you can also apply wood stain or a wood preserver to boost protection. Always find out what type of product your wooden fence has already been treated with so that new product applications will be compatible.

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Tips To Help Extend The Life Of Your Wooden Fence

The best way to extend the life of your fence is to keep it clean and properly maintained. Although fences are made for outdoor use, they still need a bit of TLC. Dust your fence off every once in a while with an outdoor broom. Check for burrowing timber-loving insects when you clean. If you find evidence of any, treat your wood as soon as possible to prevent the spread. You can also extend the life of your wooden fence by preventing rot. Clearing grass, foliage and debris from around the base will help prevent moisture from building up and also reduce mold. Wood-boring insects loved to hide in fallen leaves and cut grass. Make sure to rake your yard often to prevent wood rot and extend the life of your fence.

Wooden fences are generally very sturdy, so it can be tempting to lean things against them. If you want your fence to last as long as possible, avoid leaning tools, garden decor, or other items against it. Not only will moisture collect at the point of contact, but repeatedly leaning heavy objects on the fence can cause it to start leaning. Items that rest against your wooden fence for long periods will cause your wood to age at different rates. This can lead to a fence that looks patchy and unkempt.

What Is The Best Fence Treatment?

Treating your fence is among our most important fence maintenance tips for new homeowners. Not only will you keep your wooden fence looking new, but treatments will also help protect it from harmful pests and decay. There are many treatment options to choose from, and most garden centers offer a wide selection. In addition to regular stains, many offer organic wood treatments that are safer for the environment and people with pets. Every type of wood needs a different type of treatment. Make sure that you choose the right one for your fence type to keep your wood looking fresh for years to come.

Deck stains are a great option for treating wooden fences  so that it is water resistant. It will also make them more flexible, and most deck stains also have a high level of UV protection. Most applications will last for up to five years, especially if they are applied by a professional fencing company. Regular wood fence and deck stains need to be reapplied once a year or more often depending on the local climate. No matter which options you choose, Bravo Fence is here to help. We offer a range of high-quality wood fences, wooden fence treatments, and more. Contact us today to find out more.

Choosing the Best Garden Fence

Choosing the Best Garden Fence

Garden fences offer an aesthetically appealing look to any yard. They also double as protection against wild animals. Nothing is worse than waiting all season to harvest some delicious organic vegetables only to find that they have been nibbled to the nubs by local wildlife. If you have pets or even small children, a garden fence is also effective in keeping them out of places they don’t belong. We have put together a simple guide that will help you select the perfect garden fence to meet your needs.

Do You Need To Build A Fence Around Your Garden?

Homeowners that have gardens on their property know just how frustrating wild animal encroachment can be. The best way to protect your garden while also being humane is to build a garden fence for protection. Your pet may be able to ward off wandering wildlife. But your furry friend may also end up being as much of a disturbance to your garden as the local wildlife. While building a garden fence is not required, it is much safer than other forms of animal repellant. In addition to being more humane, a garden fence will add character and visual appeal to your outdoor space.

What Is The Best Fencing For Gardens?

The first step in choosing a garden fence is understanding your needs. Are you trying to keep your kids out of the garden, or are you looking for a way to keep your pets from digging in the dirt? Are wild animals your main concern, or are you simply looking for something that offers aesthetic appeal? Once you understand your needs, you can choose the material and the type of garden fence that will best suit your needs.

There are a few main types of garden fencing to choose from: woven wire fences, wooden fences, vinyl garden fences, stock panels, and welded wire fences. Each type offers varying degrees of protection from common garden pests.

Woven wire fences are very sturdy and are able to handle the impact of large animals. They are also easy to install on land that is less than even. Wooden garden fences are visually appealing and a great way to keep your pets and small children out of the garden. Welded wire fences are a bit stronger than woven fences, but are only suitable for even ground. Stock panel fencing for the garden are pre-fabricated to a specific size, usually 16 feet long. They are easy to move and are ideal for gardens that vary in size depending on the season. If you have a problem with deer encroaching on your property, a deer fence may also be a good choice to protect your garden.

Do Garden Fences Require Permits?

Most exterior structures require a permit, including garden fences. In most cities, a permit will be required no matter what type of fence you plan to install. Local regulations often limit front yard fences to four feet in height and backyard fences to eight feet. Some areas that have concerns with wildlife encroachment may have different height limits. Also, if your neighborhood is part of an HOA, you will need their permission in addition to any city permits for your garden fencing. A professional fence company will be able to check the regulations for your area prior to installation.

Making Your Garden Fence Attractive

Once you have all you need to make your garden safe with fencing, you can think about improving the aesthetics. Creative garden fencing can add definition and joy to your garden while providing structure, texture, and protection. The point of your garden fence is not only to protect your garden but also to bring joy when you spend time outside in nature. Garden fences do serve a purpose, but aesthetics are often overlooked in favor of practicality. A professional fencing company will be able to work with you to create an attractive garden fence that is as functional as it is beautiful.

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A metal and woven wire fence can keep out small animals. Woven wire can also withstand the impact of some larger animals.

For those looking for a way to keep small animals out of the garden while also separating the space, a wood and wire fence is an attractive option. Wooden fencing stained to match the surrounding landscape with chicken wire between the slats serves several purposes. The plants in your garden will have a place to climb, and the wire will also keep out small pests. The colored wooden fencing will look attractive in all seasons and make your garden a meeting spot for the whole family.

If you want to get a bit more creative, you can have a geometrically shaped garden fence installed around your precious produce. Embed wire or garden mesh in the spaces to prevent animals from getting in while also maintaining a visually appealing look in your yard. The great thing about this type of garden fencing is that you can make it high enough to keep out deer without ruining the aesthetic appeal of your garden.

How High Should A Garden Fence Be?

Most garden fences are used to keep animals away from the plants, and the height you choose is determined by the animals you need to deter. If you are trying to keep your garden safe from house pets such as medium or small dogs, a three to 4-foot-high fence will usually suffice. This height is also ideal if you’re interested in keeping curious children from wandering into the garden on their own. The above-ground height is only one factor to consider. If you have burrowing animals in your area, you will also have to consider adding fabric or mesh belowground for extra protection around your garden.

To protect against rabbits, woodchucks, and tunneling animals, you need a three to 4-foot-high fence. It is important to have a curve built at the bottom of the fence to create an apron that discourages burrowing. Adding mesh a good two to three feet below the soil under your fence will complete your garden protection. For deer, you will need a much higher fence to limit their ability to jump over the perimeter. You need an 8 to 10-foot garden fence to protect against deer, but we will cover more on that in the next section.

Raccoons and opossum can climb. So while a 4-foot high fence may make it hard for them to get to your garden, it won’t make it impossible. These types of critters are deterred by material that sticks to their feet. One way to make your fence more effective is by attaching material such as bird netting along the barrier and top of the fence. For other types of animals, it is best to speak with a local fencing company in order to get a customized solution that meets your needs.

What Type Of Garden Fence Will Deter Deer?

Garden fences work best when the animals you are keeping out don’t know what you are trying to protect. If a deer can see or smell food on the other side, they will try that much harder to go over or under the fence to get your fresh vegetables. Installing a solid fence that is at least 8 feet high is an effective way to protect your garden and keep your fresh produce a secret. Deer are prolific jumpers, which is why your fence needs to tick several boxes if you plan to protect your garden. Not only will you need a high fence that is not see-through, but it will also need to be built at an angle. Deer are also very good at getting under fences, so make sure that you keep the edge low to the ground, or supplement the bottom with extra mesh.

Our Final Thoughts On Garden Fences

The main reason homeowners build fences around their gardens is to protect them from hungry or curious critters. Make sure that you are choosing the right type of fence to keep out animals that are common in your local area. Some garden fences will need to be taller to keep out jumping animals, while others may need to have burrow guards. Another common reason for garden fences is to increase privacy. Some gardens have seating for homeowners to enjoy the weather, while other gardens may sit on the edge of joint property. Well-chosen garden fencing will help restore privacy without destroying the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood.

Like with any other structure you build on your property, a garden fence will need regular maintenance. When you choose a material for your garden fence, think about how much time you are willing to spend on its upkeep. For a more attractive but higher-maintenance garden fence, wood is an ideal choice. Metal or PVC garden fences are lower maintenance but have fewer options for customized designs. No matter what fencing you choose, we are always here to help. Contact us to find out more about how we can help transform your garden with an attractive fence today.

Is There a Best Time of Year to Install a Fence?

Is There a Best Time of Year to Install a Fence

When you think about residential fences, chances are wood is what comes to mind. Most traditional homes use wood fencing, although metal and vinyl are also common options. If you are in the market for traditional wood fencing, Bravo Fence Company can help. We often get a lot of questions about what type of wood fencing to use and when is the best time of year to install a fence. Just like any other addition to your home or property, your fencing should be professionally installed and then maintained over the course of its lifecycle. In this post, we will cover the best time of the year to install a fence, permits, and everything else that may come in handy.

Why You Should Install A Fence

There are a number of reasons to install a fence around your home. If you have pets or small children, a fence can help keep them safe and contained within your yard. Small dogs can roam around the yard in peace without worrying about being bullied by bigger dogs in the neighborhood. For those with larger dogs, a wooden fence is a great way to keep them contained in the yard without the need of keeping them leashed.

No matter what age children you have, installing a fence around your yard can increase the safety of their playtime. Sturdy fencing creates a barrier that can keep them from wandering in the street or into the neighborhood. If your children have an abundance of toys, a fence can also help keep their toys contained. An added bonus of installing a fence is extra security for your home and your family. It is much harder for burglars to gain access to your home if they have to scale a sturdy fence before reaching the house. You can even affix spotlighting along various points of your fence to light up your yard in the evening hours.

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When Is The Best Time of Year To Install A Fence?

Building a fence is a great way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and protect your property at the same time. Knowing the best time of year to install a fence can help you save on installation costs and protect your fence more effectively. The best time to install your fence depends on a few factors. The type of material you plan to use is one of the main points to consider. If you are installing a wooden fence, you should avoid having it built in the summer. This is the worst time for wood, even if it may look nice under all that sun. Direct sunlight is very harsh for wood, especially new wood. It can dry out the fence which will make it age and change color much quicker.

Protecting Your Wooden Fence

One way to protect your new wooden fence from direct sunlight and heat damage is by treating it with a UV inhibiting sealant. Building your wooden fence in the fall is a great way to allow the wood to properly season without having to battle the effects of sun damage. The fall is a bit tough in terms of working outdoors, but it is actually the best time for all types of new fence installation. For wooden fences, the wood will have plenty of time to season before it is exposed to full sunlight or high temperatures. For other types of fencing material, fall and winter are ideal because less foliage on the ground will aid in proper leveling.

Cool-weather is best for new fence installation, especially wood. Moist weather allows wood planks to acclimate themselves to being outdoors, and it helps the wood to form a protective layer. Stains and sealants should also be applied during the late fall and early winter. This will give them plenty of time to seep into the wood and bond properly for a highly protective seal.

Are Permits Needed For Fences?

In most areas, a permit is required for any outdoor structure, including a fence. Before you start your project, Bravo Fence will check the regulations, zoning rules, and building codes in your area to ensure your fence stays within regulations. If a permit needs to be obtained prior to construction, we’ll take care of that too. In most residential neighborhoods, the allowance for backyard fences is six feet tall and the allowance for front yard fences is four feet tall.

Permits are needed prior to building a fence to ensure that the size, scale, fence design, and even the material are up to city codes. It is important that your fence is safe for your family and the public. When a fence is built on a shared property line, even your neighbor will need to give their approval. Aside from city permits, homes located in communities with homeowners associates will have further rules to follow. Generally, these rules relate to fence styles, colors, and designs. Every city and area has its own rules. Working with a professional fencing company will save you time and money when filing and building a new fence. A professional fencing company will know the best time of year to install a fence and how to secure permits with fewer hassles.

Are Certain Seasons Cheaper For Fence Installation?

Just like with any other product, there are seasons when homeowners can get a better rate on their fence installation. The off-seasons for fence building are usually just ahead of winter, or right before the rainy season in your area. It makes financial sense to build your fence in the off-season, and you can often get more flexibility in scheduling when companies have fewer jobs to juggle. Although fence building is more affordable during certain seasons, it is still important to choose your materials, style, and installation company with care.

Can You Install A Fence In The Winter?

Winter is cold no matter where in the world you live, but that is no reason to delay your fence installation. As long as there is no snow on the ground and the soil is not frozen, you can get started on your outdoor fencing projects. Landscaping in the winter is much easier because there are fewer plants, weeds, and other foliage to contend with. When there is less natural clutter, it is easier for a fencing company to plan and install your fence accurately. The work will also be completed much quicker as there is less foliage to clear away before installing the fence.

If you are used to having privacy around your home during the warmer months, winter brings with it another reason to have a fence installed. When the leaves on your trees and plants shed during the fall, you can be left with gaps in your privacy. Installing a fence in the winter will help restore your privacy while also increasing the curb appeal of your property.

When Is A Good Time To Install a Wooden Fence Around Your Backyard Garden?

If you have a garden in your backyard that you want to protect, a fence is a good way to go about it. When considering your garden, the best time of year to install a fence is when the ground will allow you to work properly. Any fence should be installed by a professional to ensure local regulations are followed, and most professionals can work all year round. For garden fences, the best time to work is just ahead of the spring planting season, or even towards the end of the summer just ahead of wildlife season.

Most people build fences around their backyard garden to keep pets and other animals out and to help create a visual barrier for the garden. Once your plants start growing, disturbing the soil to build a fence can lead to plant failure. Also, the last thing you want during the peak growing season is for installers to be trampling through your garden. If your garden has already been started, wait until fall or winter to install a fence around your backyard garden. There will be less competition for time, and the project will likely come in under budget.

Whatever the season, Bravo Fence is here to help you build the fence you dream of. Contact us today to get your free quote and start your fence project now!