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Show Your Cedar Fence Some Love this February

February 21st, 2013

You may think summer is the only season for maintenance of your wood fence installation, Beaverton and Portland residents. Yet the truth is that your fence benefits from mid-winter TLC as well. Indeed, paying attention to your fence’s condition now can help you prevent problems and prepare for repairs once warmer weather arrives.

Wintertime Tips for Maintaining your Cedar Fence

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Winter Landscaping to Enhance any Fence Installation

February 13th, 2013

Winter 09Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be a drab time. One way to make your yard more interesting during this drizzly season is to add a few new plants. Below, we offer tips for planting along your fence, as well as a list of suggested species for adding winter interest.

Tips for Gardening Alongside a Fence

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Fencing and Decking for Multigenerational Homes

January 23rd, 2013

Wood deckMore and more families are sharing their homes across generations. Census data reveals a 10 percent increase in the number of multigenerational households since 2007. The tough economy has played a large role in the multigenerational trend; young people are less equipped to buy their own homes after a five-year recession, so many are moving back in with Mom and Dad. Moreover, the “middle generation” of 40- and 50-year-olds has fewer financial resources for putting elderly family members in retirement communities. In this way, the challenging economic climate has sent housing trends back 60 years, when several generations commonly lived under the same roof.

However, there are also non-economic reasons to live in multigenerational homes. Those who share their space with Mom, Dad or Junior report a better sense of community, for one thing. With so many family members nearby, there is more support and love for everyone in the home. Still, good designers can make multigenerational living more comfortable and convenient by removing the less appealing aspects, such as lack of privacy. Below, you’ll find tips on how to make your home’s fencing and decking more comfortable for multigenerational use. If you’ll soon be living with multiple generations in your home, apply these tips to your deck or fence installation, Washington and Oregon residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Resolve NOT to do these 3 Things to Your Fence and Deck in 2013

January 16th, 2013

vinyl fenceA fresh year and a fresh new you! That’s what the whole world seems to scream in January, when the year is still a mere babe and everyone you know is setting resolutions. Now, we’re not here to discourage anyone from setting lofty goals for the year. However, after years of providing fence installation – Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro are just a few of our service areas – we can vouch for the fact that few homeowners have time to follow through on all of their new year vows, especially where home maintenance is concerned.

While you may swear you’ll refinish the whole fence and deck this summer, you may not be as motivated once warmer weather actually rolls around. So we encourage you to set yourself some reasonable goals for fence and deck care, which you can pursue throughout 2013 without excess effort. Leave the bigger fence and deck maintenance tasks up to us, and focus instead on preventing procrastination from harming your deck or cedar fence.

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DIY or Professional Fence Installation: Which Should You Choose?

December 27th, 2012

Wood fenceTo build, or not to build; that is the question. Should a homeowner of strong DIY skills take hammer in hand and erect her or his own fence, or is it wiser to entrust the job to professionals? Here at Rick’s we offer multiple fence installation options – full installation, partial installation, or just delivery of materials. Before you begin your fencing project, take a moment to consider which option may be best for you.

Whether they’re made of metal, stone or wood, fences require a sizeable investment on the part of the homeowner. A privacy fence is clearly a worthwhile addition to any home, as it gives residents a lasting sense of security and comfort. Still, the price of a fence installation is enough to warrant careful planning.

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Cedar Fence Boards: What Is Dog-eared Fencing?

December 18th, 2012

Wood fenceDog-eared wood fences enjoy enduring popularity among homeowners. The boards in this fence style are slightly altered at the top. Imagine the rectangular shape at the top of a fence board; on a dog-eared fence, the top corners are removed. The flat spot that’s left behind reminds one of a folded page in a book. This is where the dog-eared fence gets its name – the shape of the board looks somewhat like a floppy beagle ear.

One reason for the popularity of dog-eared fencing is its design flexibility. With no extra spacing between boards, a dog-eared fence makes an excellent privacy fence. Or, if you’re aiming for more of a picket fence design, individual boards may be spaced out evenly. Alternatively, if you want to allow wind to blow through, or you simply want both sides of the fence to look the same, opt for a Good Neighbor dog-eared fence. In this style, boards are placed on one side of the fence, and then the other, in an alternating fashion. This creates a visually interesting pattern and a fence that looks equally good from both sides.

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Salem Fence Regulations: Permits You’ll Need

December 4th, 2012

Wood fenceEvery city has its own permitting process for building wood fences – Salem among them. Residents who are planning to build a Salem privacy fence should carry out the city’s required steps, as described below. Those who fail to obtain the proper permits and carry out the requisite procedures will face fines and the prospect of tearing down and rebuilding a to-code fence if the city deems it necessary.

In Salem, a Residential Building Permit Application is required for any fence that will be more than 6 feet in height. This restriction also applies to latticework and other architectural features. You and your Salem fence contractor will have to provide quite a bit of information in the permit application, including fence location, height and materials. Salem city code stipulates where fences of different heights may be built, along with a few other standards that must be followed when building a fence within Salem city limits. Read the rest of this entry »

Fence Installation Portland: Important Code Requirements

November 27th, 2012

Wood FencesThere’s plenty to think about when installing new wood fences or patio covers. Design, placement and materials all demand your attention. Yet if you don’t pay attention to your town’s building requirements, all of your hard work could be rewarded with a fine and a command to tear everything down and start over.

When it comes to building a privacy fence, Vancouver and Portland each have their own distinct requirements. In a past blog, we have outlined Vancouver’s fence regulations. Today we’re focusing on Portland’s fencing rules. Read on to learn what the City of Portland requires for fence installations.

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Best Fencing Design Features for Security

November 15th, 2012

Privacy FenceThroughout history, fences have always served a security purpose. Although today’s fences may also be decorative, the oldest fences in the world, such as the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall, were built to keep certain undesired people out of a certain area. Indeed, even the word fence originally referred to “the act of self defending” in the Middle Ages. If you hope your privacy fence will serve this original purpose, you’re not alone. Security is the most common reason homeowners cite for building a fence.

Top Materials for Security Fences

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What Homeowners can Learn from Animal Fences around the World

October 9th, 2012

Wood FenceExtreme weather conditions are driving wild animals to search for food in human habitats. In smaller towns like the Tri-Cities, wood fences have long been relied upon for garden protection. Yet animals are now becoming more desperate for food and therefore braver than ever – many are willing to walk straight through town and climb fences if it means they might find some tasty treats, such as human garbage.

The New York Times recently ran a story on how last summer’s intense drought killed off much of the grasses, berries and nuts that bears, mule deer and elk rely upon. As a result, some very unusual animal spottings have occurred: Read the rest of this entry »