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.

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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! 

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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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Understanding the Law Regarding New Fence Installation

After you choose a design for your wooden, cedar, or wrought iron fence, it’s time for installation. When designating a location for your new fence, it’s imperative to ensure you are complying with the law.

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When installing a fence, it’s possible to leave yourself vulnerable to legal action. Here are a few tips you should know before you start a fencing project:

  • State-Specific Privacy Laws

Although fencing laws are quite similar across the nation, they differ slightly from state to state. Be sure to head online and investigate specific fencing regulations in your state; for example, businesses and residents in Chicago will require building permits for fences taller than five feet.

  • Shared and Privacy Fences

Some neighbors choose to share a fence; though this can be a great idea, some issues may arise if you want to rebuild. If you would like to alter a shared fence, then you will need to receive permission from your neighbor. Additionally, if you wish to build a privacy fence, most states and cities will require the fence be built at least half of a foot away from the border line.

  • Permits and Regulations

One invaluable resource to turn to before building a fence is your homeowner’s association. Be sure to ask them what kind of permit you need to receive before you initiate the project. If you hire a contractor, then he or she will likely take care of this process for you. Before digging, it’s also important to know the layout of gas, water, and electric lines.

Do you want to install a wood, aluminum, vinyl, wrought iron, or cedar fence around your home or business? Paramount Fence is happy to help. Our fencing company proudly serves all of Chicagoland, including the Aurora, Naperville, and Geneva areas. For more information about our services and products, visit us online or call us at (630) 406-8410.

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