• 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.

  • How to Repaint Your Wood Fence

    Wood fences are study and durable, but over time, the elements will take a toll, and you will find that you need to repaint your fence. Although there is some preparation involved, repainting your wooden fence isn’t as hard as you may imagine—in fact, it is one of the easiest wooden fence repairs you can make. Here is a look at how you can give your fence a facelift with painting.

    Clean the Fence

    Your wooden fence needs to be as clean as possible before you start painting, so that you get a smooth finish and don’t trap a lot of dirt and debris under the paint. The most effective way to clean your fence is to use a power washer. With a power washer, you can loosen the dirt that has become entrenched in the crevices of the fence and make sure you start with a smooth, clean surface.

    Cover Non-Fence Parts

    If your fence runs against your home or has parts you don’t want to paint, such as brick posts or gate handles, cover these up before you paint. Plastic sheeting can be used over windows and other large obstacles, while you can tape small sheets of plastic over handles and other small features. If your neighbors have any items in their yard that could be affected by paint sprays, give them a heads-up that they may want to cover their items.

    Use a Paint Sprayer

    You can paint a wooden fence by hand, but a paint sprayer makes the job much faster and easier. Use the sprayer to apply thin coats, so that the paint doesn’t drip. You may need more than one coat to achieve your desired coverage. Allow the paint to dry for about four hours between coats for an even application.

    Paramount Fence offers wooden fences in Chicagoland alongside a variety of other fence styles, including metal and ornamental fences. To learn more about our installation and repair services, please call (630) 406-8410.

  • Tips for Getting HOA Approval for Your New Fence

    If your neighborhood has a homeowners’ association, or HOA, then there is a good chance you will need approval before adding a fence to your home. It’s important to seek this approval, along with any permits required in your town, before your fence installation begins in order to avoid delays and fines in the future. Dealing with an HOA isn’t always easy, but these tips will help you get your new fence approved quickly, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible.

     

    Consult the CC&Rs

    Each HOA has a set of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs. The CC&Rs set the rules for your community and may address everything from behavioral guidelines to rules for home additions. There is a good chance that your CC&Rs address guidelines that are specific to fence installation. The rules may dictate which materials are acceptable for fences, what colors your fence can be, and how high your fence can be. These rules should form the baseline of your fence design. If you want to install a fence that is not currently allowed according to your HOA guidelines, you may have to file an appeal with the board or face fines.

     

    Present Your Plans

    In some cases, HOAs don’t require direct approval of your fence installation as long as you attempt to follow the CC&Rs in good faith. However, other HOAs require approval before the installation can begin. File detailed plans with your HOA, including information about the fence materials, design, and height. Failing to provide complete information to your HOA could lead to a delay.

     

    Give Yourself Ample Time

    Some HOA boards have infrequent meetings and only look at proposals from residents at those times. Find out the typical approval time from your HOA and be sure to submit your plans far enough in advance so that there aren’t any delays in your fence installation plan.

     

    Paramount Fence, Inc. offers high-quality fence installation in Chicagoland of chain link, wood, metal, and ornamental fences as well as repairs to existing fences. To find out more information, call (630) 406-8410.

  • Why Choose Us for Your Wood Fence Installation

    Wood fences are beautiful and classic, but they require expert installation and maintenance. At Paramount Fence, we’re experienced in the installation of wood fences of all designs and sizes, and we will ensure your fence is built to last.

     

    Our fence installation team works with spaced picket, shadowbox, and solid wood fences with a variety of post and picket top options, including French gothic, gothic, and lantern styles. We work with high-quality Western red cedar that is locally sourced and resistant to rot and decay without the need for chemical treatment. When it is left untreated, your wood fence will age to a silver gray color, or it can be stained to meet your design needs.

     

    Are you ready to enjoy the beauty of a wood fence at your Chicagoland home? Call Paramount Fence, Inc. to find out how we can help you with the design and installation process. Dial (630) 406-8410 to talk to a team member today.