Planning Next Spring's Garden? Consider These Fencing Options

The weather may be cold now, but many people are already envisioning brighter days in a springtime garden. Fencing can be as essential to a good garden as the plants you choose, so what kind is right for your needs? Before you begin fence installation, keep these tips in mind.

The fence you choose depends largely on the kinds of pests you’re trying to keep out. Generally, the best garden fences don’t allow animals to see what is inside, so solid privacy fences, like wooden and vinyl fences, are good choices. If deer are a problem in your area, then you will need to ensure that the fence is high enough to prevent them from jumping over. If you simply want to create a boundary for your garden without obstructing the view, then an ornamental fence can be a good choice.

Paramount Fence offers a variety of styles, from red cedar fences to metal fences, and provides quality fence installation in Chicagoland. Contact us at (630) 406-8410 to learn more about our selection.

How Long Will a Wood Fence Last?

Homeowners often select wooden fences because they add beauty to the property, increase the home’s value, and offer plenty of privacy. They will also last a long time, as long as they are well taken care of. The longevity of wooden fences also depends on the species of wood. Spruce fences generally only last 4 to 7 years, while pine may last 5 to 12 years. Cedar can last 15 to 30 years untreated, which is why reputable fence installers prefer this type of wooden fence.

Fence installers often recommend that homeowners purchase treated cedar fencing. When treated, pine and spruce fences might last up to 20 years. Treated cedar can last an astonishing 4 decades. To make sure your fence lasts as long as possible, apply a fresh coat of stain or paint about every 4 years. Additionally, keep plant growth away from the fence, and don’t aim your sprinklers at it.

Paramount Fence is committed to high-quality fence installations in Chicagoland, which is why we sell red cedar fences. Call us today at (630) 406-8410.

See a Fence Installation Demonstration

If you’ve recently scheduled a fence installation, you might be curious about what to expect. Watch this video to see a demonstration of installing a cedar fence on a narrow side yard. This homeowner wanted a fence with internal wing walls to create separate enclosures for trash and storage needs.

The expert featured here explains how he ensures the posts are kept stable with concrete. This particular job was made more difficult because the land was at a steep slope. You’ll hear how the wooden fence panels were adapted to suit the land.

Paramount Fence is proud to install durable Western red cedar fences in Chicagoland. Get in touch at (630) 406-8410 to find out how a red cedar fence can beautify your home and yard.

Little to No Maintenance Required for These Types of Fences

Despite the natural beauty of red cedar fences, wood does have one drawback: It requires staining or painting about every 4 years for maximum durability. If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are other aesthetically pleasing options that require little to no maintenance. Consider talking to a fencing contractor about having an ornamental aluminum, PVC, or chain link fence installed around your property.

Chain Link Fences

Chain link is the workhorse of fences. It’s endlessly versatile, practical, and durable—and of course, it’s virtually maintenance-free. The main problem to watch out for is rust. Purchase a rust-resistant coated or finished chain link fence, or have the finish applied afterward. If your fence features a gate, spritz some oil on the hinges every now and then. And about once per year, check along the length of the fence for loose fencing hardware. These simple tasks will help your chain link stay in good condition, and enhance the look of your yard for years to come.

Ornamental Aluminum Fences

If you love the look of wrought iron fences, but don’t love the price, then an ornamental aluminum fence could be right for you. It mimics the more expensive look of wrought iron at a fraction of the cost. Plus, they’re incredibly durable and nearly maintenance-free. Ornamental aluminum fences require a similar maintenance routine as chain link fences. Oil the hinges of the gate periodically, and tighten any loose screws. You can keep your fence looking like new by occasionally rinsing it off with a garden hose to remove grass clippings and grime.

PVC/Vinyl Fences

PVC fences are popular choices for homeowners who want that white picket fence look, but without the maintenance of wood. These fences require almost no maintenance, with the exception of rinsing it down every now and then to clean it. Occasionally, check the post caps to make sure they haven’t loosened.

Whatever your fencing preferences are, Paramount Fence will help you find the perfect solution. One of our representatives will work closely with you until you’re completely satisfied with the proposed design for your new fence. Call (630) 406-8410 to get started on your chain link, ornamental aluminum, or PVC fence project in Chicagoland.

Compelling Reasons to Protect Your Backyard Chicken Coop with a Fence

Backyard chicken coops have become a popular trend in recent years. Not only do chickens make good pets, they also contribute to the household groceries once they’re old enough to lay eggs. Keeping a backyard chicken coop is a bit more work than taking care of a gerbil, however. Before you purchase your flock, consider having a privacy fence installed. If you already have an established coop, schedule a fence installation right away—before your neighbors have a chance to complain.

To Block Your Neighbor’s View of Your Coop

You probably love your hens for their friendliness, and for the simple way they connect you to nature. Your neighbors might not necessarily share your views, and their own view of your coop could cause conflict. It’s not unheard of for disgruntled neighbors to file lawsuits over backyard flocks. You can ward off future complaints and litigation by getting a privacy fence installed as soon as possible. As a neighborly gesture, let others who share your property boundary know of your intentions to build a privacy fence.

To Protect Your Chickens from Predators

Hens are prey animals. Against the talons of an owl and the jaws of a snake, chickens have no natural defenses. Your flock will need a secure chicken coop, raised up off the ground slightly to discourage predators from digging to them. Every healthy flock also needs plenty of space for exercise during the day. You’ll need a fenced-in poultry run that features a top made of chain link. This will protect your hens from airborne predators, as well as coyotes, raccoons, dogs, and cats. Some flock owners like to have chain link installed underneath the run, connected to the sides of the fence. This prevents predators from digging into the run.

With more than 20 years of experience installing fences in Chicagoland, you can count on Paramount Fence to deliver exceptional quality every time. If you need a dog-proof fence for your chicken coop, we’ve got a design that works for you. Call (630) 406-8410.

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