• Things to Consider About Getting a Fence When You Have a Pet

    If you have a pet and a yard, it’s only logical to want to put up a fence. A fenced yard is a wonderful place for pets, especially dogs, to enjoy nature and have the freedom to run and play. Before you go to the expense of having a fence installed, though, you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for your pet.

    • Cats and fences are a tricky thing. Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: cats are not easily contained by a fence. They’re expert jumpers and love to be higher than the people, so the fence height you’d have to achieve in order to keep them from scaling it is probably not within your zoning code. The solution? There are fences on the market that curve inward at the top, using a flexible material that causes cats to bounce off, rather than being able to climb. You can also choose an invisible fence that causes a mild shock if your cat wanders outside its parameters. Your best bet, though, may be a cat run, fully enclosed to allow your pet to experience the outdoors without being free to roam the neighborhood.
    • Dogs are a different story. Dogs are fairly easy to fence in, as long as you consider their abilities and choose a fence they can’t conquer.
      • If your dog is a jumper, figure out how high he or she can jump and then choose a fence a few inches higher than that.
      • If your dog can climb, get a fence with a smooth surface and rollers at the top.
      • Do you have a digger? This is trickier but not insurmountable. Install a fence that extends a foot or two below the ground, and your dog won’t be able to tunnel out.
      • Some dogs just break the fence. They might do this by body-slamming it or chewing through it, but if you choose durable materials like wrought iron or brick, it won’t be a problem.
      • Can your dog open gates? Install a padlock.
    • Aesthetics are a factor, too. Your fence has a major impact on the look of your property, so even if you’re putting in a fence because of your pets, make sure it’s appealing to humans as well. Take care not to allow the fence to obstruct your view or prevent your plants from getting the right amount of sunlight, and make sure the fence fits with the overall look of your property.
    • Who should you be excluding? Fences don’t just keep your pet in, they also keep other animals out. Consider the type of wildlife in your area and plan your fence accordingly.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Deal with your Neighbors when Getting a New Fence

    Most of the things you do to improve your home don’t require approval from other people. If you want to touch up the paint on your eaves, repaint your kitchen, or plant a garden in your back yard, that’s your personal business. For some projects, though, you need to be considerate of others. You’ll need to consider the rules of your neighborhood, for example, if you want to paint your home an unusual color. Installing a fence is one of those improvements that have an impact on your neighbors, but do you really need to run it by them before you put in your fence? Not necessarily, but there are some guidelines you should follow before erecting any barriers.

    • Some things are absolute “musts” when you’re putting in a fence. Common sense dictates that you have to make sure you know your property boundaries and HOA rules before you hire a company to put in your new fence. There are some things the fencing company will handle, like knowing local zoning regulations and obtaining permits. Knowing the rules of your neighborhood, though, is your responsibility.
    • It’s nice to share. Don’t surprise your neighbors with a fence, unless you’re looking for conflict. It’s smarter to talk to them about it ahead of time, making sure no property line disputes exist and letting them know what you’re planning.
    • Make sure things look nice. Put in a fence that’s sturdy and attractive, with the more finished side toward the street and your neighbor’s yard. As time passes, be sure to keep it clean and well-maintained.
    • Sometimes, the neighbors should be even more involved. In some states, neighbors are required to share the cost of installing a fence, as well as the responsibility for maintaining it. When you’re making your plans for a fence, that’s something you should look into by looking into local laws on fencing permits.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • Why winter is a good time to have a fence installed

    Many of us don’t think about having work done in our yards in the winter time, but some outdoor chores are better done when the weather’s cool. If you’ve been putting off fence installation until the spring, for instance, you might want to rethink your schedule. There are plenty of good reasons to install a new fence when the weather is cool.

    • Contractors aren’t as busy in the winter. This means it may be easier to find someone to do the work, and you may even be offered a discounted cost for the labor. The job also may be finished more quickly, because contractors will often commit a larger crew to the project when they’re not stretched too thin by other projects.
    • Work done in the winter is easier on your plants. When most of your landscape has gone dormant, your plants are less likely to be damaged if they need to be relocated or trimmed back. What’s more, the grass won’t be as dramatically affected by equipment and a work crew in the winter. Then, too, you’ll know if anything needs to be replaced well in advance of spring, so you can get it planted early and well-established by summer.
    • When you get the work done in the winter, you’ll be better able to enjoy the spring. Having your new fence installed in the winter means that by spring, you’ll be able to truly relax and enjoy your improved yard. You can even invite friends and family to join you, without having to postpone until the new fence is finished.

    If you’re ready to get a jump on your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Tell if it is Time for a Fence Replacement

    Putting in a fence is a big investment, so most homeowners try to keep their fences standing for as long as possible. With time, though, even the most well-maintained fence will need to be replaced. How can you tell if it’s time for a new fence?

    • Your fence has started leaning. As time passes, your fence will start to weaken and lean. This can make it vulnerable, especially in seasons of punishing wind and rain. You can adjust the fence posts to temporarily fix this, but it’s likely that the fence is already damaged to a point that requires replacement.
    • The signs of rot are visible. One of the first signs that your fence needs to be replaced is rot. Wood is very vulnerable to rot, and once decay begins, the fence can deteriorate quickly. Sometimes you can catch it quickly enough to replace a section of the fence, but it’s often spotted too late to reverse the damage.
    • When the wood changes color, it’s time to replace the fence. Especially if the wood hasn’t been properly preserved, wooden fencing can discolor because of sun, rust, or fading paint. You may be able to treat it for a temporary fix, but it is unlikely that you can restore it to its original state.
    • If some of the panels go missing, it’s best to replace the whole thing. There’s really no point to a fence that’s missing panels, because it no longer does what it’s meant to do, whether that’s keeping pets and children in, keeping people and animals out, or providing privacy or security. You can replace one panel, but the problem can reoccur if you don’t replace the whole fence.
    • Other visible signs of wear and tear mean it’s time to replace the fence. You can maintain it, repair it, and replace missing parts, but the wear and tear of everyday life eventually runs down your fence. Eventually, the maintenance costs will build up and be more expensive than replacement, so if you’re doing frequent repairs, it’s time to consider replacing the fence.
    • Sometimes you simply no longer like the fence. If it doesn’t fit with the aesthetics of your home and garden, it’s perfectly fine to decide to replace the fence. Your fence doesn’t have to be in disrepair to be replaced, you can switch it out just to update the look of your

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Care for your Fence

    When you install a new wood fence, you’ll be amazed at how great it looks in your yard. How can you keep it looking great? With the proper maintenance, you can keep your fence in good shape for decades.

    • Stain it as soon as possible. When you stain your wood fence soon after installation, you’re protecting it from both dry and wet rot. Linseed based oil stain is the best way to go because it restores the wood’s natural protective oils. The stain should be reapplied about once a year.
    • Keep it clean. Whenever you see leaves or other debris on your fence, clean it. It’s important to keep dirt and moisture from accumulating because that accumulation can lead to wet rot, mold, and mildew. Using a pressure washer is very effective, especially if you first apply a solution of white vinegar and water. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes before using the pressure washer.
    • Mold and mildew can be insidious. Even the best-kept fences can develop these issues, and it’s important to catch them early. Inspect your fence regularly, and if you see mold or mildew, wash it with soap and water, followed by mildew cleaner and then rinsing well.
    • If you paint your fence you should plan on repainting it every three to four years. This helps to maintain the appearance of the fence, as well as providing protection. If it peels or chips, you can just touch it up, scraping away the old paint, sanding the area, and putting on a new coat of paint. After you paint, it’s smart to reseal, using a paint spraying unit.
    • Keep up with repairs. Fences expand and contract with the weather, so nails and fasteners tend to get loose. Drive in loose nails, and replace any that are missing. Inspect your fence regularly and replace any sections that have split, warped, or rotted.
    • Be wary of pests. Birds nests should be cleared away immediately. If you see termite activity, you can use borax to deter them, but if they’ve dug in, you should seek professional assistance. Clearing leaves and debris will help you spot pests early so that you can manage them.

    If you’re ready to get a jump on your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Decide what Fence is Right for You

    Installing a new seems simple enough, doesn’t it? In truth, there’s a lot to consider when deciding on the fence that best meets your needs and fits your yard. First, you’ll need to determine whether a permit is necessary before you put in a fence, and exactly where your property lines fall. Then, too, you’ll need to make sure there are no underground utility lines that might interfere with your fence’s installation. Once you’re ready to put in the fence, though, which fence should you buy? It’s best to take your time choosing the right fence and think about why you need it.

    • You might need a fence for privacy. For maximum privacy, choose a fence designed without spaces between the boards. Of course, you can also choose a closely spaced lattice if you plan to combine it with lush climbing plants. Base the height of your new fence on the slope of your yard and your neighbors’ yards, taking into account any applicable building codes. If you don’t need the security of a gate, you can always install offset fences to give you a path while still blocking others from seeing in, and if you don’t want a tall fence all the way around your yard, you can choose a stair-step design that only puts taller fence sections where you need them.
    • A new fence may be a good way to block the wind. If you’re just trying to keep the breeze away from a seating area, your fence doesn’t need to be especially tall. If you only want protection from the wind and not privacy, you may want to go with glass.
    • Security may be your top priority. If that’s the case, go for a fence that’s at least eight feet tall, with a sturdy gate that locks. Skip the horizontal rails on the outside, because those can make a fence easier to climb.
    • You may be trying to contain your dogs. This can be a tricky proposition, and what you’ll need is largely subjective. If your dogs are small and generally content to hang out in the yard, you can get away with a short fence. For big dogs or jumpers, you’ll need to consider their abilities when determining how high the fence should be. If your dogs are diggers, the fence should be buried at least six inches underground, or you should do some hardscaping along the bottom of it. If your dogs are excitable, you might need a fence that blocks their view of the outside world.
    • Your new fence might be designed to keep deer out. Deer are good at jumping, so if they’re a problem in your area, you may want to go with a tall privacy fence. You might also consider a hedge along the fence because while deer can jump to heights of about eight feet, they aren’t great at the long jump.
    • Keeping kids out of the pool may be your primary concern. If this is the case, you have a very specific guideline to follow. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, you need a fence that’s at least 48 inches high, with no more than 1 ¾ inches between pieces and nothing that could provide handholds or footholds for climbing. The gate should also be self-closing and self-latching and should open outward from the pool.

    No matter what kind of fence you need or why you need it, you can count on Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • A Guide to Maintenance for Wood Fences

    Wood fences are beautiful additions to any yard, but they do require a bit more maintenance than some other forms of fencing to maintain their quality appearance. If you have a wooden fence, performing a small amount of regular maintenance can help you avoid large issues that require more complex fence repairs. Follow these steps to keep your wooden fence in top condition.

    Clean Dirt and Mildew

    Getting dirt on the surface of your wooden fence is inevitable. Mildew is also likely to grow, because wood is so prone to holding moisture. To clean your fence, use a store-bought mildew cleaner on the affected portions and then a soft scrub brush with soapy water on the rest of the fence. Rinse everything clean with a pressure washer or hose. You can clear dirt about once per year, but you should clean mildew whenever you see it growing.

    Re-stain or Repaint

    Re-staining or repainting your wooden fence every few years will not only keep it looking its best but will also help to protect the wood from moisture, insects, and other types of damage. To paint, use a roller or brush to apply two coats of the stain or paint, allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly before adding a second. If your fence is not painted or stained, then you will need to apply a water sealer to the surface annually.

    Caulk Between Wood and Posts

    Find the areas on your fence where the wood meets the concrete posts and apply a layer of caulk. Caulk helps to prevent the wood from sucking up water when the concrete gets wet. Reapply the caulk once per year to maintain a good seal.

    Paramount Fence offers wooden fence installation, including red cedar fences, as well as wooden fence repairs, to keep your fencing looking its best. If you are interested in a wooden fence in Chicagoland, call (630) 406-8410.

  • Must-Have Features for Pool Fences

    If you have a backyard pool, a fence should be an essential part of the design. Fencing is required by law in most areas, and your insurance company is likely to require it as well. Fencing also ensures that your pool is as safe as possible for kids and pets. Before your fence installation, check the legal design requirements in your area to make sure you design it appropriately. Your fence company should be able to assist you with the proper design. Keep these features in mind that will significantly improve the safety of your pool fence.

    Self-Latching Gates

    It’s important for any gate leading into the pool area to both close and latch itself. A self-latching gate means that even if someone walks out and fails to secure it, you can be confident that the gate will remain latched. A latch makes it difficult for children to enter the pool area without adult supervision. Additionally, the gate should open outwards instead of pushing in. An outward gate is more difficult for young children to operate.

    Little-to-No Spaces Between Slates

    Whatever materials you use for your fence, you should have a minimum amount of space between the slates, if there is any at all. No openings should be wide enough to make the fence climbable. Vertical slats with minimal spacing are safer than horizontal slats. Solid fences are also ideal, since they are nearly impossible to climb. For chain link fences, consider installing mesh behind the openings or adding additional slats through the links to make them harder to climb.

    Alarms

    If your home is forming one side of the pool barrier, having a door alarm that sounds when the door to the pool area is opened is essential. You can also install alarms on your pool fence gates so that you know if someone enters your pool from outside.

    Paramount Fence can help you build and install a fence that complements your outdoor space will increasing the safety of your pool area. Contact us today at (630) 406-8410 for more information about fence installation in Chicagoland.

  • See How to Power Wash a PVC Fence

    One of the benefits of having a PVC fence is that maintenance is simple. If your fence gets dirty, washing it is as easy as renting a power washer. This video shows you how.

    A 4500-psi power washer is powerful enough to get the job done without damaging your fence. Start at the top and move down the surface of the PVC fence in slow, back and forth strokes until all of the dirt has been removed.

    Paramount Fence provides a variety of fence styles, as well as fence installation and fence repairs. Find out more about PVC fences in Chicagoland and our other products and services by calling (630) 406-8410.

  • Must-Have Features for Pool Fences

    If you have a backyard pool, a fence should be an essential part of the design. Fencing is required by law in most areas, and your insurance company is likely to require it as well. Fencing also ensures that your pool is as safe as possible for kids and pets. Before your fence installation, check the legal design requirements in your area to make sure you design it appropriately. Your fence company should be able to assist you with the proper design. Keep these features in mind that will significantly improve the safety of your pool fence.

    Self-Latching Gates

    It’s important for any gate leading into the pool area to both close and latch itself. A self-latching gate means that even if someone walks out and fails to secure it, you can be confident that the gate will remain latched. A latch makes it difficult for children to enter the pool area without adult supervision. Additionally, the gate should open outwards instead of pushing in. An outward gate is more difficult for young children to operate.

    Little-to-No Spaces Between Slates

    Whatever materials you use for your fence, you should have a minimum amount of space between the slates, if there is any at all. No openings should be wide enough to make the fence climbable. Vertical slats with minimal spacing are safer than horizontal slats. Solid fences are also ideal, since they are nearly impossible to climb. For chain link fences, consider installing mesh behind the openings or adding additional slats through the links to make them harder to climb.

    Alarms

    If your home is forming one side of the pool barrier, having a door alarm that sounds when the door to the pool area is opened is essential. You can also install alarms on your pool fence gates so that you know if someone enters your pool from outside.

    Paramount Fence can help you build and install a fence that complements your outdoor space will increasing the safety of your pool area. Contact us today at (630) 406-8410 for more information about fence installation in Chicagoland.