• Which Fences Are Best for Blocking Road Noise?

    Even if you live in a suburban neighborhood, road noises can interfere with your family’s enjoyment of the great outdoors. If you’ve been reluctant to set up lawn chairs or play a backyard game of badminton because of traffic noises, it’s time to do something about it. Talk to the fence installation specialists about your best options for blocking road noises.

    Wooden Fences

    Red cedar fences make excellent sound barriers, particularly if they are built as solid privacy fences. Thick, tongue-and-groove boards are ideal. For even better sound-dampening, consider installing mass-loaded vinyl directly in the wooden fence. This material is sold in rolls. You’ll need the type labeled for outdoor use. Mass-loaded vinyl sheets are stapled directly to the frame of the fence, which consists of the posts and rails. The sheets should be overlapped, and any seams should be treated with acoustic caulk. Then, the solid wood panels are fastened to the frame, sandwiching the mass-loaded vinyl in between them.

    PVC Privacy Fences

    If you’d prefer a fencing choice that requires less maintenance and upkeep than a wooden fence, consider getting a PVC privacy fence. PVC fences are available in various colors to suit every home’s design scheme. Noise abatement PVC fences feature a tongue-and-groove interlocking system to effectively impede sound waves.

    Tall Fences

    Whichever type of fence you choose for your property, ask the installation company about the tallest allowed height for fences in your municipality. Although you can’t install a fence that isn’t built to code, you can install the tallest fence possible in order to dampen sound waves entering your property.

    Fences with Greenery

    You can adorn both wooden and PVC fences with thick, luscious greenery to absorb sound even better. You can plant thick shrubs and trees between the fence and the road, and/or between the fence and your home. Look for evergreen varieties, as these will provide noise reduction year-round.

    At Paramount Fence , our expert installers can help you create an outdoor sanctuary around your home. Call us at (630) 406-8410 to get started. We provide ornamental, PVC, and wooden privacy fences in the Chicagoland area.

  • Can I Install a Fence in Sandy Soil?

    Every fencing project presents unique challenges. Fence installation specialists adapt their techniques to suit each individual project, such as by compensating for a difficult terrain. Sandy soil particles are coarse, and they drain well. This means the ground is likely to be dry, which makes digging post holes easier. However, sandy soil needs a little extra attention because of its inherent instability.

    One option is to very firmly compact the soil once the post is in the hole. Sandy soil should be compacted so that all or nearly all of the soil that was removed will fit back into the hole, despite the presence of the fence post. A second option is to set the posts in concrete. Ideally, the top of the concrete should be rounded. The slope will help water drain away from the wooden fence post.

    The fence installation specialists serving Chicagoland can expertly put up your fence no matter what challenge the terrain poses. Call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410 to request your free estimate for a new ornamental fence .

  • Outdoor Projects to Help Your Home Sell Faster

    Even if the interior of your home is worthy of a magazine cover, many would-be home buyers might never see it if the exterior is less desirable. Entice more people to your open house events, and create a stunning first impression, by sprucing up the hardscaping and landscaping around your home. A great place to start is with a professional fence installation .

    Fence

    Wooden fences, PVC fences, and ornamental fences are popular among home buyers. Choose a fence that fits with the style and design scheme of your home. Additionally, consider the surrounding properties. If you have close, visible neighbors, a privacy fence in the backyard could be a great addition.

    Mailbox

    The mailbox is one outdoor feature that home sellers often neglect. Take a look at yours, and replace it if it looks rusty or unstable. Avoid replacing it with a novelty mailbox, like those that look like animals or vehicles. You want house hunters to be able to envision their own style preferences when they see your home.

    Garden Beds

    If it’ll be awhile until your home is ready to go on the market, you should have time to update your garden beds and shrubs. Purchase established plants, rather than growing them from seed. If you’re in a rush, simply adding a fresh layer of mulch can make your garden beds look fresh. Remember to trim overgrown shrubs and overhanging greenery, and pull up the weeds.

    Front Door

    The front entryway has a lot of potential for enticing home buyers . Give it a fresh coat of paint, and replace the hardware. If the doorbell doesn’t work, get it fixed. And consider having a contractor install a small overhang if your front entrance currently lacks one. Home buyers like knowing they can look for their keys without getting rained on.

    You can boost the value of your home and help it sell faster with help from the pros at Paramount Fence. Call (630) 406-8410 to discuss your fence installation ideas for your Chicagoland home. Ask us about our free estimates!

  • The Beauty of Western Red Cedar

    Western red cedar is an evergreen native to the Pacific coastal region. Humans have harvested it for over 1,000 years, recognizing its unique ability to withstand rot. Today, it’s used for everything from wooden fences to exterior siding to guitar soundboards.

    When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll experience the beauty of these majestic trees for yourself. Take note of the warm grain of the sawn lumber, and the variety of colors present from heartwood to sapwood. If you choose to install a red cedar fence, you can look forward to its graceful, gradual weathering that gently redefines its color palette.

    Paramount Fence is proud to use beautiful and durable Western red cedar for our wooden fence installations in the Chicagoland area. If you’re thinking of putting up a privacy fence, give us a call at (630) 406-8410.