Red Cedar: Using Only the Best to Make Wood Fences

Western red cedar wood has been used for fencing around Chicago for many years. Over the course of time, western red cedar has proven itself as the best wood for fences in the Chicagoland area. One of the greatest benefits of western red cedar is its natural resistance to rotting and decay. This alleviates the need for any sort of chemical treatment to the wood.

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When it comes to making your wood fence durable for the long haul though, staining or painting is a great way to add to the lifetime of your fence. While it is not necessarily needed with western red cedar, utilizing a wood stain will certainly extend the life of your fence. Something to also keep in mind is that only western red cedar wood fences have the distinct aging quality that allows them to weather over time to a desirable silver gray color.

To learn more about why and how we utilize red cedar in fencing, contact Paramount Fence. At Paramount Fence, not only do we use the best materials available, we continually strive to provide top of the line service to the Chicagoland area. Call (630) 406-8410 to speak with a representative about your fencing needs today.

Resources for Decorating & Maintaining Your Wood Fence

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Your fence can be the most beautiful addition to your Chicago home. Use these resources to keep your fence looking and performing its best. Call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410 for more great fencing tips.

  • Learn how wood staining can improve the look of your fence on this eHow page.
  • Find out why it’s so important to have your wood fence stained, and call Paramount Fence to take care of it for you.
  • Wood fences are a great choice for any home, especially if the fencing is stained. Find out more in this article from Southern Living.
  • Do you need some inspiration for creative ways to decorate your fence? Visit this page!
  • Use these interesting ideas to decorate your wood fence so your backyard has a style all its own.

Fence Staining: Maintaining the Look & Feel of Your Wood Fence


Every homeowner wants their wood fences to look beautiful, even after years of wear and tear. Consider the following benefits of staining the wood fence so it will last for many more years and look as stunning as the day it was installed.

  • Preserve the New Wood Look

Simply by staining your beautiful wood fence, you can keep it looking like new even years after purchase. If your fence is starting to look a little too weathered, then staining will not only add color, but also protect against color loss. Both old and new wood fences can benefit from staining, and stain should be reapplied approximately every five years to maintain its look.

  • Protect Against the Elements

An unstained cedar fence will look beautiful, but it won’t stand up to the elements as well as a wood fence that is stained or sealed. Staining keeps the wood safe from the sun and waterproofed against rain, which will also help prevent mildew growth. Special ultraviolet protection means the color won’t fade. You may also ask your fence installers about sealants that can protect against termite damage.

  • Increase the Value of Your Home

Not only does a stained wood fence retain its aesthetic appeal longer than an unstained fence, but will also increase the value of your home. If you are thinking of selling your home, or if you know that it might one day be a possibility, then staining your wood fence will increase the value significantly. Staining is an affordable investment that will definitely pay for itself in the future.

If you want to stain your wood fence or are considering buying an aluminum, vinyl, or wrought iron fence, then contact Paramount Fence. As the best fencing company in Chicagoland, we can help you find the fence that perfectly suits your property. To learn more, visit our website or call (630) 406-8410.

Important Information When Looking to Purchase a Fence

There are many different improvements you can make to your home on the inside and out.  When looking to purchase a fence for your yard, whether for safety, privacy, or decorative purposes, there are a few important documents you need to have ready first.  One of the most important documents needed when installing your fence around your property is your plat of survey.  A plat of survey is a legal document you receive when you close on your home.  The plat of survey shows where your property lines are located on your lot.  Normally, you cannot close on a home without a plat of survey, however, if you purchase a foreclosure, the plat of survey is not required.  A plat of survey is important for fence installation because it ensures that your fence is installed accurately and in accordance with where your property lines are located.  You will also need a copy of your plat of survey to take to the village if a permit is required for your fence.

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If you do not have a plat of survey, the easiest way to try and obtain one, is to contact the building department for your municipality.  Sometimes, the city, or village, or town will have a plat of survey on file for your home.  If your municipality does not have a copy of your plat of survey on file, you will want to contact a local survey company and order one.

Even if you already have a fence in your yard, it is still a great idea to have your plat of survey available for the salesperson to look at.  Many times, the old fence has been installed within your property lines, but there are some instances, where the old fence was installed incorrectly and part or the entire fence may actually be outside your property lines and on your neighbor’s property.  Having the plat of survey as a reference will clear up any questions regarding the property lines and property pin placement for your yard.

Another important question to ask yourself when looking to install a fence is, “Do I live in a homeowner’s association (HOA) neighborhood?”  If yes, chances are, there are rules as to which type of fence and which style of fence is allowed in your neighborhood.  HOA neighborhoods normally have a book that is given to you with all the rules and regulations pertaining to home improvements.  Having that information handy will help the salesperson to work with you when choosing the perfect and acceptable fence for your yard.

One final area to think about when looking to install a fence in your yard is the question of is your house on a corner lot?  Most municipalities have specific rules and regulations for fence requirements on corner lots.  Usually, most cities, villages and towns have information regarding corner lot fencing on their websites, or you can call your municipality’s building department to find out specific information for your corner lot. 

These are just a few ideas to ensure that the fence estimate you receive is accurate and acceptable for your neighborhood and lot location.   

Wooden Fence Repair: Indentifying Your Fence Repair Needs

It’s a good idea to perform routine repair and maintenance on your wood fence to help it last for a lifetime. Look for problem areas like cracked paint or splinters that might need to be scraped away, sanded, and repainted. Make sure there are no loose nuts or bolts, and if there are, tighten them right away. Inspect the entire fence to see if there is any rotten wood, which will need to be replaced to prevent termite damage. Take a final look over the fence to ensure everything is in working order.

Watch this video for more tips and find your new wood fence at Paramount Fence. We service all of Chicagoland, including Naperville, Elgin, Schaumburg and more. For more information on our great selection of wood, vinyl, and aluminum fences, call (630) 406-8410.

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