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A Vinyl Fence Installation: What it’s Worth to Your Home

April 26th, 2012

Vinyl FenceA vinyl fence installation can add a lot to the value of your home and property. In comparison with other materials, a vinyl fence installation may also be a good solution in wet climates, such as the Pacific Northwest.

A professional vinyl fence installation adds curb appeal to your property. Basically, curb appeal describes the attractiveness of your property when seen from the street. A properly maintained, aesthetically pleasing yard and exterior will bring high curb appeal, while a tumbledown, dirty or otherwise unattractive exterior and yard will fail to deliver any curb appeal.

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Mix It Up: Using More Than One Fencing Material

April 25th, 2012

When you’re designing a fence, combining more than one material opens up design options that are not available using single material methods. Stone, wood, metal and vinyl fencing materials can be combined in countless ways to achieve stunning results that will enhance the overall value of your property. Cinder blocks and brick may also be incorporated, particularly when retaining walls are needed. Property owners may want to consider composite materials, as well.

The first step in creating a mixed-materials fence is to figure out why you’re building a fence in the first place. Below, is a look at common reasons homeowners give for building a fence, along with a suggested fencing material or two for each goal. Here’s a basic overview of how each fencing material can achieve different goals:

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Fence Design Solutions for Transitional Outdoor Spaces

April 23rd, 2012

Vinyl Picket GateSeveral factors should be considered when designing outdoor spaces. First, it’s important to think about how you and your family will use different areas. Garden and fence design should also address how entrances and pathways direct the general flow of energy (think people and pets!) around the property. When done well, a fence design can contribute to flow and compliment transitional spaces.

The point of this article is to give you ideas about how fence design can delineate and ornament the transitional areas in your yard, with tips on how to accentuate transitional spaces through fence design. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Treated Wood Safe for a Vegetable Garden?

March 29th, 2012

Cedar Fencing
Nothing lasts forever, not even cedar fencing or decking materials. No matter how many times you reseal and re-stain, that cedar fence or deck will eventually succumb to the elements. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reuse old fencing and decking materials. One of the most popular applications is to turn old fences and decks into raised vegetable garden beds.

If you’re eco-friendly enough to prioritize reusing rather than simply trashing old fencing and decking materials, you’re probably also earth-smart enough to recognize the potential hazard of using pressure treated wood in food production. Pressure treated wood is created in a tank; the air is vacuumed out, and then preservative chemicals are added in a highly pressurized setting. Because there is no air barring their way, these chemicals go deep into the wood pulp, thereby extending its durability. Read the rest of this entry »

A Vinyl Fence in Two Minutes

March 29th, 2012

Vinyl FenceHave you ever wondered what’s involved in a vinyl fence installation? If so, have we got the right time-lapse video for you! Surf on over to YouTube or the video section of our website to watch our production, “A Vinyl Fence in Two Minutes.”

To create this video, we set up several cameras and took pictures at a consistent rate while one of our experienced vinyl fence installation crews dug postholes, set the posts for the vinyl fence, and installed rails and center fence sections. Later, we ran all the photos together, as if each were one frame in a film, to give the impression of time passing quickly.

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Best Fence Installation: Why Your Fence Starts at the Hole

March 26th, 2012

Post Hole DiggingThe first step in a fence installation is digging the holes for the fence posts. While this initial step is seemingly simple, it’s also the foundation of your entire finished fence. Failure to dig the postholes just right can result in a collapsed fence installation. Before you dig, therefore, it’s important to consider the ideal alignment, the required depth of your postholes, and the different methods used for digging. No pressure, right?

Posthole Placement and Alignment

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Finding Native Plants for Landscaping around Your Cedar Fence or Deck

March 24th, 2012

Allegheny Serviceberry

Native plants are ideal for any garden, including those located near cedar fencing or a cedar deck, primarily because they discourage pesky invasive species. Additionally, native plants are often very low-maintenance, since they evolved to thrive in local conditions.

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Best Placement for a Vinyl Fence Installation

March 23rd, 2012

Rock Vinyl Fencing A vinyl fence installation is one of the greatest investments a homeowner can make. Without a fence, a home can look naked. While natural cedar fencing is often considered the go-to fencing material, a vinyl fence is perfect for busy homeowners who are looking for a low-maintenance option. Moreover, depending on the conditions of the land on your property, there are some instances in which a vinyl fence installation will fare better than wood or other fencing materials.

Advantages of Vinyl Fencing

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Fence Design Options for Small Yards

March 7th, 2012

In cities with high population densities, such as Portland, fencing materials are often destined for small yards. And as any custom fencing expert can tell you, the unfortunate tendency is to install fences that actually make small yards seem even smaller. To avoid this outcome with your fence materials, Portland residents, follow the tips we’ve gathered below.

1. Strike a proportional balance between your home and your fence materials. Portland’s grand Victorian homes often feature huge yards. In this setting, a tall, stone fence would be striking. However, the same six-foot stone fence would completely overwhelm a Portland bungalow with a postage stamp yard. While researching custom fencing options, remember to match the size and style of your new fence to the rest of your property.

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Importance of Frost Lines when Building a Deck or Fence

March 6th, 2012

If a there was a reality show about cedar decking and fencing, “When Water Expands” would be an excellent title for a horrifying episode. The show’s producers would understand that the temperature-driven expansion and contraction of water can devastate a poorly built deck or fence installation.

Portland homeowners usually understand the importance of resealing their cedar decking or fencing so as to seal out water and prevent mold and fungi from taking up residence. They may even comprehend the fact that water trapped inside wood (like all water) will expand 9 percent when it freezes, thereby causing splinters and checks. However, few people appreciate the damage that freezing underground water (i.e., frost) can cause to a cedar deck. Read the rest of this entry »