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How to Spice up Your Wood Fence for Spring

March 2nd, 2012

birdhouse fenceWood fences are just that, until you add your own special touches. While an eye-popping fence is appropriate all year round, the spring season is a great time to start adding some pizzazz to your cedar fence materials. Before you begin beautifying your wood fencing, however, make sure the fence itself is in good condition. Replace broken, rotted or missing boards so your fence is strong enough to support its new additions.

When decorating wood fences, it is important to keep in mind that any materials that are in constant contact with your cedar fence materials can cause moisture to become trapped between the two surfaces, which can lead to rot. Check your fence regularly for signs of damage, and be vigilant about cleaning and resealing.

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5 Signs of a Great Fence Installation Company

February 24th, 2012

Putting up a new fence can be a positive or negative experience, depending on the quality of the company entrusted with your fence installation. Vancouver and Portland residents can find exceptional fencing contractors by looking for these five signals of great customer service:

1. Progress updates regarding the fence installation. Vancouver to Venice, exceptional communication is included in good customer service. An excellent fence installation company will keep you abreast of progress on the construction of your cedar fence materials.

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Best Fencing Options for Vertical Gardening

February 21st, 2012

Vertical GardenVertical gardening is one of the latest trends in gardening, as real estate lots continue to shrink and yards are increasingly eaten up by outdoor living spaces. With sustainable practices on the rise, more and more homeowners are getting their hands dirty and growing their own food. For homeowners who don’t have a lot of space to plant a garden, however, planting up instead of out is often the best option.

Vertical gardeners use a variety of materials and methods to extend their gardens toward the sky. Trellises, arbors and pergolas have been commonly used for this purpose since long before vertical gardening had a name. Many homeowners have also begun using their fences for vertical gardening – wood fences, vinyl fencing and especially the ubiquitous chain link fence can all become support structures for vertical gardens. This serves a dual purpose by allowing the garden to expand upward while also beautifying a boring or unattractive fence. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons to Build a Custom Fence

February 15th, 2012

Not all fences are created equally – just take a look at the gates that surround Buckingham Palace. While all fences essentially serve the same purpose, some of the most famous fences in the world gained their popularity because of their uniqueness. When you need to build a new fence for your home, you can use standard cedar or vinyl fencing, which results in an aesthetically pleasing but unremarkable fence, or you can hire a contractor to design unique, custom fencing that will add to the aesthetic value of your home and give it curb appeal. Reasons to opt for custom fencing include:

1. You can have a unique structure that shows off your personal flair.

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What to Do if a Storm Damages Your Fence or Deck

February 13th, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog responsible for making the call on Groundhog Day, very clearly saw his shadow this year. Unfortunately, that means we’re in for another six weeks of winter. That’s another six weeks of storms that could cause damage to your cedar fence materials or cedar decking.

Washington and Oregon residents are aware of the toll winter’s moisture can take on wood fencing and decking. A poorly sealed deck or fence quickly becomes saturated with rain and snow, allowing mold, mildew and fungi to take up residence. Wood rot soon follows. Restaining and resealing your fence or deck every year prevents this form of storm damage.

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Planning a New Fence? Explore Your Vancouver Fence Installation Options

February 9th, 2012

Partial Deck InstallationYou’ve spent plenty of time comparing cedar fence materials to chain link to vinyl fencing. You’ve looked into city permits, and perhaps you’ve even researched what return on investment you can expect on a new fence installation. Vancouver and Portland homeowners, however, may not have considered the full range of installation options available for new fences.

It’s not unusual for fencing purveyors to offer full installation. Sometimes, fencing companies are also willing to deliver vinyl or cedar fence materials to a customer’s home. What sets us apart from the pack, however, is that we offer partial installation, as well. Read on to discover our full menu of installation options for your new cedar, chain link or vinyl fencing.

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3 Reasons to Build a Cedar Fence before Selling Your Home

January 30th, 2012

Picket Cedar FenceWhen selling a property, homeowners generally understand that their home is more likely to sell if it is clean and well maintained. However, they may not as readily name the construction of a new cedar fence as a technique for attracting homebuyers. Below, we explain why adding a cedar fence is a great way to entice buyers to your property.

Curb Appeal: Making a Great First Impression

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Chain Link Fence: Portland History or Disposable Fencing Material?

January 20th, 2012

Washington Park Reservoir Chain Link Fence After saving your money, researching options and talking to your neighbors, you’re almost ready to replace that utilitarian chain link fencing around your yard. You’re just waiting on one thing: the building permit for removing your chain link fence. Portland’s bureaucrats will surely rubber stamp this application, you tell yourself. But they don’t. Instead, they reject your plans, saying your fence is protected by historical preservation ordinances. You can’t replace the boundary marker with anything other than chain link fencing, they say. To do otherwise would be to destroy the cultural context of the neighborhood.

Admittedly, this kind of story hasn’t yet popped up in Portland, but a similar series of events recently occurred in Old Town Alexandria, VA, as reported in the Washington Post. A homeowner there, Anita Hall, replaced her old chain link fencing with an aluminum fence. After examining the new fence (which had been erected without the proper municipal permits) city historic preservation staffers reported that by taking down the chain link fence, Hall “would be removing an important contextual clue to the original occupants of this neighborhood.”

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Top 3 Winter Threats to Your Cedar Fence Materials

January 17th, 2012

Upper DeckThe cold, wet winters of the Pacific Northwest make hibernation a tempting proposition. However, holing up in your home and completely ignoring the aftereffects of winter’s wrath could be fatal for your cedar fence materials. Below, we list the top wintertime threats to your cedar fencing. Hopefully, this information will inspire you to review the status of your fencing materials… as soon as the rain stops, of course.

1. Falling Branches

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Chain Link Fence: Portland Tips for a Quality Installation

December 29th, 2011

Chain Link FenceThere are plenty of reasons for installing a chain link fence. Portland homeowners value utilitarian chain link fences as a great way to improve security, for instance. Another advantage of chain link fencing is that it is virtually maintenance-free. If you’re thinking of hiring a contractor for a chain link fence installation, Portland residents can consider the following tips to help you ensure a high-quality, solid chain link fence.

Ensure that the contractor is licensed by the state.  Portland homeowners should always check that their handymen are properly licensed and experienced for fence installation.

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