Do I Have to Pay for the Entire Cost of a New Fence if it's on the Property Line?

A common dispute amongst neighbors can be over something as simple as a fence.  A slight disagreement can turn into a costly legal battle if cooler heads don’t prevail.  Here are a few things to consider if you have an issue with a bordering fence:

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Where is the fence located?

Consult your real estate agent or the public records office to find the legal property lines.  If the fence is not on your property, then you have no legal grounds to dictate its presence unless it violates a city ordinance and was built after that ordinance came into effect.  Conversely, if the fence is technically located on your property entirely, then you are solely responsible for its maintenance.  If the fence is on the border, then both parties have equal say in matters concerning the fence. 

How do I go about getting my neighbor to contribute to a new fence?

First and foremost, try a friendly solution.  Communicate with your neighbor to find a fair settlement.  Let them know that a new fence adds to the aesthetic appeal and property value of both homes. Take the lead and get a few quotes for replacements.  If your neighbor refuses to take action, then contact your nearest governing body.

What are the laws?

Legally speaking, both parties are equally responsible for the maintenance or replacement of a dilapidated fence.  The Fence Act in Illinois Compiled Statutes (765 ILCS 130/7) (from Ch. 54, par. 7) Sec. 7 states that:

            If disputes arise between the owners of adjoining lands concerning the proportion of fence to be made or maintained by either of them, such dispute may be settled by any two of the fence viewers of the town or precinct...

Notify the city before taking any further action.  They will send your neighbor a letter notifying them of their responsibility.

For more information about our winter fence installation, call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410. With over 20 years of experience in the fence business, we are confident we’ll not only meet your needs, but exceed your expectations, as well. 

Installing a Fence: Types of Fencing

Whether you have a dog or you just want more privacy, installing a fence can beautify your yard and improve your home life!

In this video, you can learn the steps involved in installing a new fence. The first step is to make sure you are aware of your local building codes and home association guidelines. Next, you want to consider different fence materials and styles. Wood, aluminum, vinyl, wrought iron, and cedar are the most popular and durable options. Then, figure out what is best for you and your home by making sure you install a fence that meets your needs, is resilient, and looks good as well.

If you want to add a fence to your Naperville yard, then give us a call at Paramount Fence Inc. at (630) 406-8410. We use only the highest quality materials and can even complete your fence installation during winter months.

Tips for Maintaining Your Red Cedar Wood Fence

The Western Red Cedar can grow to hundreds of feet and live for over a thousand years. A truly resilient tree, it should come as no surprise Red Cedar lumber is extremely durable. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few steps to make your beautiful cedar fence lasts even longer and maintains that freshly cut look.

New wooden fence

Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning and maintenance can make your fence last for decades. Be sure no excess dirt or leaves become stuck on or around the fence, as this can exacerbate decay. Watch out for mildew. The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) recommends washing with a diluted solution of common household cleaners. Avoid using anything too strong, as that may stain or bleach the wood.

Consider the Elements

Naturally, your fence will be exposed to the elements and there’s not much you can do about it. If you live in a place with excessive snow and wish to clear it off the fence, then be sure to do so along the grain or you will scrape the wood. If you live in a very wet climate, then be cautious of iron staining caused by nails. To prevent discoloration, use only aluminum or stainless steel nails to fasten the fence.

Apply a Finish

Within a few weeks of construction, consider applying a protective finish in dry weather. This helps maintain that original auburn color and further protects the wood from decay. Consider different treatments if you want the wood to age to a silvery brown color. Mild stains containing fungicide will last for a few years until they require reapplication. A solid color stain will last even longer, but it will also obscure the natural color of your cedar fence. A 100% acrylic paint used with an oil based primer will give you the color you want to make your fence last at least a decade with minimal maintenance.

Western Red Cedar is an extremely green and sustainable building material, which is why we use it for all of our wood fences in Naperville, Elgin, Gurnee and many more suburbs in the Chicagoland area. Give Paramount Fence a call at (630) 406-8410 to find out about our winter fence installation.

Fence Installation in the Winter? Absolutely!

What things come to mind when you hear winter is approaching?  Snow, ice, blizzards, shoveling, hot cocoa, holiday cheer, bargain shopping, fence installation??  You’re thinking, “Fence installation, in the winter?”  That’s right; Paramount Fence, Inc. installs fences all year round! 

Snow on patio furniture

Now, you may be asking yourself, “But, how can you install a fence in the winter with snow on the frozen ground?”  One of the great things about snow is that is acts as an insulator for the ground.  So, it is actually better for our crews when installing to have snow on the ground.  Here in the Chicagoland area, the ground does freeze in the winter.  What does this mean for fence installation?  The fence holes are dug at least 36” deep, well below the frost line, so the frozen ground is not an issue for winter fence installation.

At Paramount Fence Inc., we guarantee our workmanship for 5 years.  If you have an issue with a post heaving, we will come out to inspect the issue and re-set the post at no cost to you.

Paramount Fence Inc. is now offering our Thanksgiving Special, call the office today to set up your FREE in home estimate!!  Don’t delay, get your fence today!!

A Crooked Fence is the Last Thing You Need: Get the Eye Level App from Android

Building a Fence Series - Using Power Drill

When you invest in a new fence, the results should be completely even and straight. Make sure your new fence meets the highest of standards with the Eye Level app for Android. This intuitive app utilizes your phone’s camera as a laser level tool. Regardless of what model you own, this app allows the user to align fences with the front-facing camera. Make sure your new fence looks its best with the help of Eye Level.

If you’re looking for wood, vinyl or aluminum fencing in the Chicagoland area, Paramount Fence is the place to go. Contact us by visiting our website or calling (630) 406-8410 today.

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