• Could Rock Salt Harm Your Fence?

    Sea Salt

    Even individuals who much prefer sweet to savory are thankful for salt in the wintertime, when it serves as the most effective way to combat the snow and ice that overtake the Chicago area. Just as you have to clean your car regularly and park it in a covered place to safeguard it against rust damage, you may also need to take a few precautions to spare your fence from rock salt damage.

    Aluminum and vinyl fences are not susceptible to salt damage and require no special attention on this front. If you have a cedar fence, however, you will want to protect it from snow-melting salt. You can do this by refraining from using salt anywhere near your cedar fence and by covering the fence with burlap when heavy snow is forecast. Burlap is inexpensive, easy to use, and prevents cracking and discoloration due to rock salt.

    If your cedar fence suffered during the polar vortices of this past winter and is in need of repair or replacement, entrust Paramount Fence with the task. To speak with an experienced and friendly fence contractor about our services, call (630) 406-8410. You can also contact us online to request an estimate for your fence project. 

  • How to Care for Your Wood Fence in the Cold Weather

    A well-maintained cedar wood fence is a durable investment that can add curb appeal and functionality to a home. Keeping a wood fence in a good state of repair does require some effort, especially in the wintertime. In addition to winterizing your fence in late fall with a thorough cleaning and staining , you should take the following steps throughout the wintertime to further protect your fence against seasonal damage.

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    Keep Your Fence Clean
    Thoroughly cleaning your fence and then staining it with a water-repellent sealant after it has had a few days to dry is the best way to prevent exposure-related fence damage during the wintertime. Check on your fence every few weeks to ensure that no leaves or debris have accumulated, and cover it with burlap on heavy snow days to protect it against damage.

    Check the Foundation
    Frost causes soil to move in ways that can damage fences with shallowly rooted posts. Check your fence’s foundation to ensure that it is strong, and hire a fence repair professional if you think it could use some fortifying. In order to withstand winter soil shifting, your fence posts should reach at least three-feet below ground.

    Trim Branches
    Falling tree branches can cause significant structural damage to a fence. Protect your wood fence by pruning at the beginning of the winter season and any other time you see branches that have grown too long or look precarious.

    At Paramount Fence , we offer a host of cedar fence care and repair services. Regardless of whether you are looking to stain your fence before the next long winter arrives or replace your fence after the beating it has taken over the past few months, we can help. To enquire about our fence services or to request an estimate, call (630) 406-8410.

  • Keeping Your Dog Inside a Fence

    One of the greatest concerns shared among loving dog owners is that a beloved pet will escape out of curiosity and run into trouble before he or she is found. To mitigate this concern, there are a handful of things you can try.

    In this brief video clip, an experienced dog trainer discusses the importance of having a properly installed fence of appropriate height installed in your yard after getting a dog. He also offers advice on obedience training and exercise routines that can help keep your dog content to roam in his or her designated space.

    Over the last 20 years, Paramount Fence has installed thousands of dog-proof fences in the Chicago area. To protect your pet by becoming our next satisfied customer, call (630) 406-8410. You can also see our fence options and examples of our work by visiting our website.