Get Ready for the New Year with a New Fence!

At Paramount Fence, we install fences all year round, including winter! While fence installation may seem like a warm month endeavor, the winters in Chicagoland are actually perfect for installing a fence. Since snow actually insulates the ground and fence holes are dug below the freezing line, this means that snow or frozen ground has no bearing on your fence installation.

Couple Having Fun in the Snow

To find out about installing a fence at your home or business, contact Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410. Learn about our free no interest financing available for up to 12 months and have your new fence installed just in time for the new year!

Useful Online Resources to Understand More about Fences & Fencing Guidelines

For more information on fencing in Naperville, Elgin and the surrounding Chicagoland communities, call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410. Ask about our winter fence installation!

If you’ve enjoyed our recent blog topics, which covered maintaining your red cedar fence and what to do if your fence shares a property line, then check out these helpful resources: 

Panorama of fencing and old live oak trees

  • If you want to know more about fencing guidelines in Illinois, then visit the Illinois General Assembly’s website.
  • If you are having a dispute with a neighbor over a fence, then it is important to get your facts straight.  Visit findlaw.com for more information on neighbors and fences.
  • Visit ThisOldHouse.com for some helpful fencing lessons if you are thinking about installing a new fence at your home or business.
  • To learn more about Red Cedar and its benefits, visit redcedar.org.
  • For tips on how to care for your cedar fence, visit cedar-outdoor.com.

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:

white picket fence

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.

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