Texas Heat, Mosquitoes, and a quality Fence Repair!

It’s that time of year, the weather’s getting warmer, the trees are full, the grass is greener, and you know what that means?  Mosquitoes! Tree and Fence

Just kidding; that means, of course, that you and your family will be spending a lot more time outdoors, swimming, grilling, playing ball, et al. Oh, and you’ll be doing that while surrounded by your fence.

Sure, fences are functional, but there’s no reason they can’t be aesthetic, too.  If you’re going to sell your house, or just plan on enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends, there’s no reason you can’t do it enclosed in something functional AND stunning.

Just remember a few things prior to purchasing a new fence, and doing so will make it last many, many more years. It’s a bit of a “pay me now, or pay me later” situation.

Make sure the nails used are galvanized and ring shanked, which won’t work their way out of the wood (think soccer balls, baseballs hitting the fence time and again!). And if you want your fence to last, say, 12 more years than it would normally, make sure it’s stained on a regular basis, preferably every 3 – 5 years.

Your fence needs to be stained with a commercial grade product that is designed specifically for our humid conditions; it should be semi-transparent, which penetrates the wood and provides for much better protection.  In addition, it needs to be oil-based, which enables the stain to act as a sealer.

One more thing regarding staining: don’t utilize pre-stained wood, which oftentimes is stained while the wood is still wet, which prevents the wood from being fully penetrated.

Make sure the fence is off the ground to ensure it doesn’t get marred by water damage, and use steel posts, as opposed to wood ones. In fact, many cities in the Metroplex don’t approve replacement or new fences with wooden posts.

Remembering these tips will save you money down the road, and keep your backyard securely enclosed and looking great!

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Fences are an Interesting thing

Fences are interesting things, and I should know, I make them for a living. While you’re probably not surprised I find them interesting, let me explain.  IMAG0098

There are few things of beauty (I’m referring to the fences we make, of course) that are also functional and provide a level of security either personally or professionally. But while most consider fences functional and secure, few think of the word beauty when describing them­─unless they’re driving through a neighborhood filled with 10,000+ square-foot homes. Oh, and most think a fence is something you’ll have to replace in a few years, and at a high cost, the type of expense that provides the joy of a root canal or new tires.

Why not have functional, secure and beautiful? Oh, and I forgot the other element…re-sale value. Remember, it’s all about curb appeal, and if your property is lined with functional, secure and beautiful, you’ll be able to add another description to the list:  great investment.

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