First an earthquake, then a hurricane! From the sound of our phones this week, we know that many of our friends out there suffered some type of property damage during Hurricane Irene. No matter how well you prepare for a storm of this type, the force of the wind on your trees and other structures can have devastating results.
In the same way you prepare to keep your house and family safe during a major storm, you can prepare your yard to minimize damage. Here are some measures you can take:
If you’re going to fence in your yard, you will inevitably choose to install a gate. After all, a gate provides access and you will want to be able to move conveniently from one part of your yard to another. But you don’t always want access granted to just anyone. A good fence with secure gates and latches will give your home and property added security and protection.
You have choices when it comes to gate hardware, and some of the newer options help prevent a gate from being left open by landscape companies or meter readers. Have you ever come home from work, let the dog out, and then two minutes later you see your dog running loose across the street? All because the lawn care people serviced your yard that day and left the gate open! Self-closing, self-latching gate hardware may be the answer for you.
We’re in the privacy business. You need it. We provide it. As more homeowners choose to install privacy fences to help secure their property and lower insurance premiums, having clear definitions about the purpose of the fence helps to determine the material and style of the fence. The nine most popular reasons why homeowners choose privacy fencing are:
Do you ever wonder what the difference is between ornamental steel and ornamental aluminum fencing? After all, they look the same, don’t they? Discovering the differences between these two materials can help you make the best choice for your needs when you are going for a low-maintenance fence with the look of wrought iron.
Steel and aluminum fencing look similar but have different benefits depending on your needs. Steel provides strength and security and enhances your property, offering value that can’t be surpassed. Aluminum has an economical appeal and never rusts making it the perfect choice for swimming pools.
Regardless of the purpose of your fence or the type of material you select, it is important to choose the best products in order to ensure a stable, long-lasting fence. Four of the most important fencing components to help achieve longevity are the posts, gates, tension bands and ties and paint or stain, should your fence require staining.
The fence. It offers privacy, security, and safety. It can be decorative, stylish or strictly utilitarian. It is generally easy to install, whether you hire a contractor or do-it-yourself. And it needs a building permit. It surprises many homeowners that building permits are not confined solely to buildings. Even a fence must, in most cases, be permitted.
If your fence is broken or has seen better days, you should consider your options to repair it before you make a decision to replace it.
Wooden fences: If part of your wooden fence has started to rot, you can replace bad slats, pickets or posts with the same type of wood, but the color may not match if the original fence has weathered. This is a job you can do by yourself or you can have a contractor do it. However, if 20% or more of your fence boards are rotted or in a state of disrepair, it is probably time to replace your fence. It is a good idea to weigh the costs and benefits of a large-scale repair against total replacement with a professional fence contractor.