Tips for Keeping Your Vinyl Fencing Clean

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A vinyl fence is both beautiful and easy to maintain. This makes vinyl fencing a very popular choice among homeowners today. Vinyl is a durable material that doesn't attract much in the way of dirt and soil, making cleaning quick and easy. Here are some tips for caring for your vinyl fence:

  • Use a Hose for Regular Maintenance

A vinyl fence is incredibly easy to clean. When you're ready to clean your vinyl fence, simply direct the flow of water from your garden hose onto the panels to rinse dirt and dust away. For your typical cleaning jobs, that's all that's necessary. If you encounter an area with stubborn dirt, adding a little pressure with the hose should be enough to take care of the issue. You can also use a damp cloth to take care of dust and small layers of dirt.

  • Try Soapy Water and a Sponge for Tough Stains

If you are trying to get rid of tough stains, like animal spray or vegetation stains, you want to use a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. Just some gentle soap and the lightest of elbow grease is all that's necessary to get your vinyl fence looking as good as new. Vinyl fencing’s low maintenance makes it easy to see why it is such a popular choice for homeowners!

If you would like to learn more about caring for your vinyl fence or if you would like to have one installed in your home, contact Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410. We can help you see the beauty in many styles and varieties of fencing. For more information on our fencing options, visit us online today.

Choosing the Right Vines to Grow on Your Fence

If you have a vinyl fence or a properly sealed wooden fence, you can grow vines to increase the privacy and beauty of your yard.

This video explores several species of vines and plants that grow upwards and provide blooms, making them ideal for fences. Clematis is one such plant, offering beautiful flowers and coverage. Trumpet vine, or honeysuckle, is a vigorous, hardy vine that spreads horizontally as well as vertically. Virginia creeper is another high coverage plant that is ideal for privacy.

Find the perfect fence for your home at Paramount Fence of Illinois. Contact us at (630) 406-8410 or visit our website to get started.

5 Questions About Wood Fencing Answered

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A wood fence is a beautiful addition to any home that adds function and value. Many homeowners have questions about wood fencing, especially regarding maintenance and choosing the right type of fence for your home. Read on to see some of these common questions answered, and contact your fencing professional if you have additional questions:

  1. What type of fence should I choose?

Wood fences are available in many different styles. The type of fencing you choose will depend on your esthetic and privacy goals. Traditional split rail fences provide a country style, while solid fences vastly increase the privacy within your yard. The traditional picket fence is an option for those looking to add an element of beauty while maintaining open relations with your neighbors.

  1. What are some of the benefits of a wood fence?

A wood fence is largely unmatched in terms of beauty when compared to other materials. Wood fences add a timeless aspect to many homes, and they are available in a large variety of styles and configurations.

  1. What maintenance will I need to perform?

With the right care, your fence will last for many years and maintain a beautiful appearance. One of the biggest aspects of fence care is ensuring that it is sealed against both pests and moisture.

  1. Can I stain my fence?

Another great benefit to wood fencing is that many types of wood can be stained in a wide variety of shades. You can also paint your wooden fence any color you desire.

5. Which woods are best for fences?

Cedar is one of the best choices for a wood fence, because it is naturally insect-resistant and has a distinctive and gorgeous appearance

Paramount Fence can help you choose the most beautiful wood fence for your home. If you would like to learn more about the care and selection of wooden fencing, visit us online or contact us at (630) 406-8410 to schedule a consultation.

For More Information on Buying and Maintaining a Fence That Lasts For Years, Take a Look at These Resources

Owning a fence isn’t just about installing one—it’s about maintaining it, too! If you’re interested in finding out more about fencing options and upkeep, check out these sources from around the Web: 

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  • Find out just how great cedar heartwood is at repelling insects and fungus in this article by the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Learn about the sustainability of PVC, a component of vinyl fencing, at PVC.org.
  • HGTV.com offers some great tips on how to maintain your wood fence in this article on their website.
  • Find out under what conditions wood will rot in this article by the Forest Products Management Development Institute at the University of Minnesota.
  • Find out more about going green with environmentally-friendly cedar wood for your fence by checking out this information provided by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

Are you looking to install fencing around your home? Paramount Fence offers a wide range of fencing products, as well as installation and upkeep services in Naperville, Aurora and much of the surrounding areas. Check us out on the Web or call us at (630) 406-8410 today.

Understanding How Different Fencing Holds Up Over the Years

Your fence faces the elements every day. In fact, those elements are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to keeping your fence looking like new. The composition and manufacturing of your fence will determine the type of weathering it will—or won’t—show. Some fences require regular upkeep to look their best, while others call for little to no maintenance. Below, we examine the various types of fencing available and the factors involved in keeping each of them looking like new: 

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  • Treated Wood Fencing: Wood fencing is susceptible to weather and insects. Without regular maintenance, wood can warp or splinter over time as it sits in the sun or rain. Applying a stain or waterproof sealant can maintain the high-quality look of your fence for years. Additionally, the bottom of the fence should be placed just above the ground to keep soil and water from piling against and rotting the wood. Some woods, such as western red cedar, contain natural oils and acids that make it naturally insect-repellant as well as less likely to rot or decay with little to no chemical treatment at all.
  • UV-Protected Aluminum Fencing: Aluminum fencing is resistant to fading, scratching, rust, and corrosion with the right initial manufacturer’s application of UV-protective powder coating. The lighter the coating, the more vulnerable the fence is to sun damage. Additionally, aluminum comes in different grades; the lighter the grade, the higher the chance for bending or other damage.
  • Modified PVC or Vinyl Fencing: PVC or vinyl fencing won’t tarnish, stain, splinter, or warp. PVC’s two biggest enemies are sun and cold, but their effects can be mitigated with the right manufacturing processes. Choose PVC made with titanium dioxide and treated with impact modifiers to render it sun- and cold-resistant. Additionally, the thickness of the vinyl will affect the strength of the fence—thicker vinyl is virtually indestructible, while thinner vinyl is more easily torn, cut, or dented.

Do you want a fence that looks like new year after year? Paramount Fence delivers the services and materials to provide you with a quality fence in Aurora, Naperville and the surrounding communities. Visit us on the Web or call us at (630) 406-8410 today.

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