• 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.

     

  • Taking a Closer Look at Our Commercial Fencing

    In addition to residential fencing, Paramount Fence offers commercial fencing for a variety of different needs. Whether your business needs fencing for security or to enhance the appearance of your outside space, we offer several fence styles as well as fence installation and repair services.

    Our chain link fences can be constructed in a variety of heights for security purposes and can support the addition of barbed wire across the tops. It is also possible to add privacy slats to our chain link fences for additional security. For businesses looking for fencing for aesthetic purposes, we offer ornamental steel and wooden fences in a variety of styles and designs.

    If you’re looking for commercial fences in Chicagoland, choose Paramount Fence. We can design a fence for your business’ specific needs and provide full installation and repair services. Find out more by calling (630) 406-8410 to speak to one of our team members.

  • What to Consider When Selecting a Fence for Your Dog

     

    A common reason that many people start to consider getting a fence is because they get a dog. Letting your dog run around in the confines of your enclosed yard is fun for your pet and relieves you of the worry of your dog running free. However, not all fences are created equal, so it’s important to choose a dog-proof fence that actually keeps your pet safely confined. Here are some of the things you should consider before your fence installation.

    How high can your dog jump?

    Although dogs can’t jump as high as cats, many breeds can leap surprisingly high. Your fence should not only be high enough to keep your dog from climbing over it but also high enough so that your dog can’t jump over it. For most breeds, a fence that is six feet high is sufficient, but some dogs are able to jump higher or will learn to jump higher just to get out. If you’re worried your dog can clear six feet, build your fence higher from the start rather than trying to update it later.

    Does your dog like to climb?

    If your dog is a capable climber, then a chain-link fence is an invitation to escape. For climbers, choose a fence that has smooth sides, like a wooden fence, that doesn’t have places your dog can use as footholds. If you choose a solid wooden fence, an added benefit is that your dog won’t have a view of all of the other dogs, people, and squirrels going by, which will make him or her less likely to bark.

    Is your yard dog-friendly?

    Your dog will be less likely to try and climb your fence if your yard is a fun place to be. Keep some toys out for your pup to play with, and make sure it is safe for him or her. Don’t give your dog access to a pool that he or she can get into without supervision.

    Paramount Fence can help you select the best dog-proof fence in Chicagoland for your pup and then handle the fence installation for you. You can learn more about all our fencing services by calling (630) 406-8410.

  • Spotlight on the Benefits of Ornamental Fencing

    If you want to increase the curb appeal of your home while enhancing your landscaping, consider ornamental fencing. Ornamental fencing is both visually pleasing and functional, and they require little to no maintenance. Here is what you need to know.

    Ornamental fencing from Paramount Fence offers the look of wrought iron fencing without the expense and upkeep. They are made of steel or aluminum, which stand up to weather conditions without demanding maintenance and which can be painted in a variety of colors. With this kind of fencing installation, you get the advantages of a fence without obscuring your view. Ornamental fencing can be built in a range of heights and designs to meet your needs, and with the correct bar spacing, they can even be used for pool fencing.

    Could ornamental fencing be right for your needs? Contact Paramount Fence to discuss fence installation in Chicagoland and find out which kind of fence is right for your home. Call (630) 406-8410 to speak to one of our team members today.

  • Finding Your Property Line

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    An important part of fence installation—one that you don’t want to skip—is finding your property lines. Your property lines dictate exactly where your property ends, and when you know where they are, you won’t inadvertently fence in part of your neighbor’s land.

    Watch this video to learn about finding your property line. You can call a surveyor, who will review county records and mark your property, or you may be able to use a metal detector to find the original property stakes.

    Paramount Fence offers a wide range of fence installation, repair, and maintenance services, including wooden fences, metal fences, and ornamental fences in Chicagoland. You can learn more about our services by calling (630) 406-8410.