• Dealing with Elevation: Stepping A Fence

    Fencing can give your home privacy, a sense of belonging, and an increase in curb appeal. Most fencing is relatively simple to install, but what if your property is on a hill or graded at all?

    This short video describes the two options you have when you fence an elevated property. Either you can step a fence or you can fence along the contour. Watch this video to learn more.

    To get help from the professionals, contact Paramount Fence for all of your fencing needs. We specialize in residential and commercial fencing for Naperville, Elgin, Batavia and many other Chicagoland communities. Call our experts at (630) 406-8410 for more information.

  • Keeping Your New Fencing Compliant with Codes and Property Lines

    It is important to keep your new fence in compliance with Illinois property lines and codes, not only to keep your neighbors happy, but also to avoid incurring fines. Keep reading to learn more about basic property codes and their importance:

    Height Limit

    Most fencing laws limit the height of artificial fences in residential areas. Local ordinances in cities throughout the United States regulate fencing. If a fence violates the law and the homeowner intends to change the fence, he or she can apply for a variance. A variance is a one-time exception to the law. If the city has issued new height regulations but the fence was in place prior, the fence can usually remain.

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    Property Lines

    Boundary fences sit on the line between two properties. Both property owners own the fence when both use it. Each state interprets “use” differently, so it is important to check with your city’s boundary laws. If you plan on installing a boundary fence, then your neighbor and yourself can agree on property lines by binding and signing deeds that describe in detail the agreed upon property line . Making sure that property lines are correct is crucial. If your neighbor encroaches just a few inches onto your property, it can cause problems later if you sell your house. For instance, a title company may refuse insurance or your neighbor may gain that section of property if their structure is on your property long enough.

    Appearance of Fence

    If your neighbor has built an unsightly fence, you can have the fence subjected to regulation if the fence is dangerous or poorly constructed, prohibited materials are used, the height is incorrect, or where the fence is placed is not correct. Usually, appearance, style, and design are unregulated.

    It is best to check with zoning and property laws before constructing a new fence or structure. If you have further questions or are interested in a new fence, contact the experts at Paramount Fence . Call us at (630) 406-8410 for more information.

  • A Timeless Classic: A Look at White Picket Fences

    The white picket fence conjures images of classic suburbia—large single-family homes, well-manicured lawns, and a peaceful life. The traditional whitewashed picket fence remains popular, but now homeowners have different options when it comes to creating this timeless look for their homes. Keep reading to learn more about the classic look of the white picket fence:

    White picket fence and trees

    The Basic Picket Fence

    Picket fences are short and have evenly spaced boards that are pointed or tapered at the top. They are commonly painted white and made of wood. Modern picket fences can be made of different materials, such as vinyl.

    A Brief History

    The white picket fence was extremely popular during Colonial times, having evolved from medieval paling. During the 18th and 19th centuries, as homes became more elaborate, so did picket fencing. The Gothic style became popular in the 1800s. Wrought iron, a popular material used in the Gothic style, created ornate picket fences with complex ironwork.

    Symbolism of the Picket Fence

    The white picket fence has been seen as a symbol of the American Dream: a suburban home, two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. While the white picket fence functions as a borderline, it also represents an ideal of American culture. The appeal of the white picket fence continues to this day in America.

    Modern Picket Fences

    Construction of the traditional picket fence includes mounting the pickets vertically on a pair of parallel stretchers, one on the bottom and one on the top. The pickets and stretchers attach to posts that are driven into the ground. While wood is used to create picket fencing, PVC/vinyl fencing is another option. PVC/vinyl fencing offers the same picturesque look of wood, but without the required maintenance.

    For more information on creating the classic white picket fence for your home, call our experts at Paramount Fence . We offer wood, aluminum, and PVC fencing. Call (630) 406-8410 to learn more.