Do I Need A Fence?

Scalloped cedar wood picket containment fence need itIf you are a pet owner or your neighbors have wandering pets, your life can be made easier with a new fence to contain your property. Maybe your neighbor’s unsightly yard has given you thoughts of moving to a new neighborhood.  No need to move, you can have an attractive privacy fence installed. There are many reasons why people buy fences. Are you wondering “Do I need a fence?”- here are three things to consider.

Need Containment?
Pets

A common concern for pet owners is dog containment. Consequently, a smart cedar picket fence can enhance the appearance of your property and also keep “Rover” safely at home. Therefore, Ornamental steel and aluminum systems have a classic look. Additionally, Ornamental fences are typically maintenance free and are equally effective at containing pets.

Children

Homeowners with small children looking for a lower cost way to keep their little ones safe may choose a chain system.  Hence, chain link fences are a great way to contain any size yard at an affordable cost. Galvanized chain link systems have been available for many decades. Vinyl coated black, green and brown can be more attractive options. In summary,  if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, be sure that they allow chain link systems as many do not.

Need Privacy?

Visually blocking out the things that are beyond your borders is easily completed with a Privacy fence.  It will provide a layer of security as well. These fences have many benefits but are often not allowed in front yards due to city regulations. Privacy fences can be made of cedar, vinyl or composite (Trex) materials.  Cedar would require a level of upkeep (staining, board or post replacement, etc) but with vinyl and composite, effort would be minimal.

Need Security?

Fences can add a great amount of security to your home and for your family.   A high quality, sturdy fence will be extremely effective in keeping animals or intruders off your property.  Also, it will improve the appearance of your home, and can enhance privacy as well as the aesthetics of your landscaping.

In the end, the reasons you purchase a fence are unique to your needs and a qualified fence professional can help you make the right choice.

Pros And Cons Of A Wood Fence

Pros and cons - King style cedar wood privacy fencePros And Cons Of A Wood Fence

Considering building a fence for your yard means evaluating what type of fence you should build and with what material. Among the most popular fencing materials in the Twin Cities is wood. Lets look at the pros and cons of a wood fence.

Selecting wood for a fence means choosing one of the oldest materials used for fencing. Wood allows for a wide variety of styles of fencing for a project, and is also traditionally the material used by do-it-yourselfers.

Similar to any material considered for a building project, wood has pros and cons when used for fencing. We will examine those advantages and disadvantages in this blog post, just as we reviewed the pros and cons of vinyl fencing as well as the advantages and disadvantages of chain link fencing. Continue reading

Best Fence For Swimming Pools

Enclosing a swimming pool is a good idea for a variety of reasons. From privacy to security and, above all else, safety, homeowners protecting their pool need to select the type of fence to fit those needs along with their individual style and taste.

Understanding applicable ordinances and rules to enclose a residential pool is important before making a final fence decision as they may have height and setback requirements that can affect the choice.

Wood Fences For Swimming Pools

Wood fencing for swimming pools are a solid option as they are custom built and offer various levels of privacy, height and styles. This allows fitting the fence to the contour of a property and also painting or staining a preferred color. Continue reading

Fence Options For Growing Families

Our previous post discussed the consideration a young, growing family should consider when discussing installing a backyard fence. Those options include Security, Privacy, Durability and Price.

In this post we will examine the various fence types available to homeowners and how the compare to the evaluations outlined previously.

When considering a fence for a family looking to keep children safe while they are alone outside there a several fence types:

Chain Link Fences. These fences are good at keeping children contained and unwanted animals out of your yard. However, while residential chain link fences can be of any height, they typically are four or five feet tall and can be traversed with some effort.

Chain link is also the most affordable fence type. Made from galvanized steel wire woven in a recognizable diamond pattern, chain link fences are durable and require little maintenance. They offer little privacy unless plastic slats are used.

They can be covered in black or green vinyl to help it blend into your yard, or can be used with wooden posts and cross beams to provide a distinctive appearance. Because the chain link is galvanized it is durable and has a longer lifespan than wood. Continue reading

What Families Should Consider When Buying A Fence

If your family includes children who are starting to play outside on their own and/or a dog you’d prefer not to have on a chain, you may have been thinking about fence options for your property.

What a growing family needs to consider when evaluating a fence for their yard:

Security. This includes keeping your children and dogs from wandering away when you aren’t watching them, but also keeping unwanted people and animals from entering your yard.

Privacy. This includes keeping passers by, neighbors and others from easily seeing what is going on in your yard. It could also include ensuring your children or dogs can’t be distracted by events outside of your yard, limiting the risk they will leave.

Durability. When building a fence, particularly one designed for a family, ensuring it is constructed soundly for both stability and durability is important. This makes sure your family fence remains sturdy and dependable for the years it is growing. Continue reading