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Using a Home Improvement Loan to Finance Your Deck Build

July 1st, 2011

new tigerwood deckBuilding a deck is a worthwhile investment in your home. Not only can a deck provide you with countless hours of outdoor enjoyment, but when the time comes to sell your house, you can often recover 70 percent or more of the cost of your decking. Portland, Oregon homeowners see an even better return on investment for decks than the national average; a cedar deck can add around 86.5 percent of its cost to your home’s selling price, while composite decking can boost your property value by 79.1 percent of its cost.

Still building a deck costs thousands of dollars, and fitting such an expense into your budget can be tricky in this tight economy. If you’re looking to finance a new deck, one option is to consider a home improvement loan, which can be used to pay for your installation and decking materials. Portland homeowners who are interested in pursuing a home improvement loan can find answers to some of their basic questions here. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleaning Tips for Vinyl Fencing

June 23rd, 2011

clean vinyl fenceMany homeowners install vinyl fencing because of its virtually maintenance-free qualities, but maintenance-free does not necessarily mean dirt-free. With any vinyl fence installation, Salem homeowners may find that the elements can take their toll, as can scuff marks, paint, garden tools, children and oils. While the market offers several specialized products for cleaning vinyl fencing materials, Salem residents can often clean their vinyl fencing with items found in their own pantries or cleaning supplies.

General Cleaning

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How to Prepare Your Yard for a Portland Fence Installation

June 17th, 2011

Fence Vinyl PicketEarly summer is a common time for Northwest homeowners to consider building a new fence installation. Portland spring rains have passed, and the weather has started to warm up, making June a busy time of year for local fencing suppliers.

However, it doesn’t pay to be hasty when planning a fence installation. Portland yards will need a bit of prep work before the building begins. Before installing any vinyl or cedar fence material, Portland residents should take the following steps to prepare their yards for a fence installation.

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Tips for Trellising a Chain Link Fence

June 15th, 2011

morning glories on chainlink fenceFew fence materials are as practical as the chain link fence. Portland homeowners often choose chain link fencing because it’s versatile, cost-effective and stands up well under heavy rains. In the world of fencing materials, chain link is a dependable work horse.

Homeowners who choose chain link fencing for its practicality often bemoan the fact that it’s not as attractive as other fence materials. Portland gardeners, however, know the secret to incorporating chain link fence into a landscape and disguising its utilitarian appearance: trellising.

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How to Discourage Vandals from Tagging Your Portland Fence Installation

June 13th, 2011

Shrubs in front of Cedar FenceFor vandals, a long expanse of fencing is a blank canvas to be filled – a tempting prospect that taggers seem to have a hard time resisting. Unfortunately, graffiti is an ongoing problem in many Northwest communities, and spray paint can be difficult to remove from your Portland fencing materials.

To deter vandals from tagging your fence installation, Portland homeowners can try these techniques for making a fence unattractive to taggers:

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How to Remove Graffiti from Vinyl Fencing

June 10th, 2011

Graffiti on Vinyl FenceRecently we posted about how to remove graffiti from your cedar fence installation. Tri-Cities homeowners saw a wave of tagging during the past year, costing thousands of dollars in property damage, and many other Northwest communities also struggle with graffiti problems.

The process of removing graffiti differs depending on your fence materials. For removing spray paint from a vinyl fence installation, Tri-Cities and other Northwest homeowners should follow these steps:

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How to Remove Graffiti from a Wood Fence Installation

June 8th, 2011

graffiti on fenceThere’s nothing like putting in the time and expense to build a fence, only to have vandals spray paint all over your new fence installation. Tri-Cities homeowners have struggled over the past year with serial taggers who have left dozens of marks all over fences, walls and garages in the area.

According to conservative estimates, tagging has cost residents and the City of Kennewick at least $10,000 in property damage to walls and fence installations. Tri-Cities police have been working to get a handle on the graffiti problem.

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Check Your Cedar Decking for Safety Hazards

May 31st, 2011

Check Under DeckIf you haven’t yet performed a post-winter safety inspection on your cedar decking, now is the time to do so. Winters in the Pacific Northwest can be hard on a cedar deck; Vancouver and Portland are also recovering from an exceptionally rainy spring, which can contribute to mold and rot and eventually cause decks to become unsafe.

Last year, at least 12 major deck collapses occurred in the United States, and half of the 40 million decks in the country are in danger of collapse, according to the Home Safety Council. In a Consumer Reports survey, 10 percent of deck owners said they had not checked their decks for structural problems. Nearly 20 percent had never cleaned their decking, and even more hadn’t stained or sealed their cedar decking.

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How to Measure Your Yard for a Vinyl Fence

May 25th, 2011

Calculate Vinyl Fence MaterialsVinyl fencing is becoming an increasingly popular choice in the Pacific Northwest, in part because doesn’t require much maintenance and in part because it’s easier to install than many other fence materials. Salem is quickly becoming a hub for vinyl fence production, and many Northwest homeowners appreciate the ease with which vinyl fence panels can be assembled.

One of the most important elements of a do-it-yourself vinyl fence project is the measuring stage. If you goof up on your measurements, you will end up with a flawed or uneven fence. Correcting such mistakes later involves digging up sections of your fence and requires more time and more work. However, you can avoid such situations by taking accurate measurements and making careful calculations before ordering your fence materials. Salem homeowners should keep the following tips in mind when measuring a yard for vinyl fencing. Read the rest of this entry »

Partial Fence Installations for Portland Homeowners

May 5th, 2011

Partial InstallThere’s a certain pride that comes with building your own fence. It’s a good feeling to look outside and think, “I made that.”

While building a fence isn’t rocket science, it does require some basic construction skills beyond simply knowing how to hammer in a nail. Fortunately, there’s another option that allows homeowners to enjoy some DIY pride without the headaches: a partial fence installation.

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