• Spotlight on Variance Applications

    All homeowners and commercial property owners are required to follow the municipal rules of land use and development. There are exceptions, however. If you want to install a wooden fence or other type of privacy fence that doesn’t quite conform to your local zoning ordinances, you can apply for a variance or variation. If approved, the variance allows you to deviate from the local rules.

    You can find the application for a variance on the website of the Zoning Ordinance Administration. You’ll need to pay a fee and provide details about your property and the red cedar fence you’d like to have installed. There is no guarantee that the Zoning Board of Appeals will approve your request. All property owners located within a certain distance from the proposed land development must be notified first, and they’ll have the opportunity to object if they wish. If your variance request is denied, you can always have your fence installation expert design a fence that conforms to the code, but also fulfills your need for privacy.

    Paramount Fence is a full-service company that is committed to providing the superior products and customer care you need to get the most out of your property. Give us a call today at (630) 406-8410 to discuss installing a privacy fence in the Chicagoland area.

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  • Fence Planning 101

    Before you can plan your fence installation, you need to know your local building codes. Check with the fencing company to find out if there are any limitations on the height or type of fencing you can have in your area. While you’re chatting with the representative, schedule an appointment for an estimate. You and the fencing expert can plan every detail of your project—from the type of fence you want to the exact layout.

    Watch this featured video to see how the pros do it. This carpenter gives a quick explanation of the differences among ornamental, vinyl, and wooden fences. She then demonstrates how professionals measure out a string line to mimic the dimensions of the fence.

    Contact Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410 to request your estimate for a fence installation at your Chicagoland home. We pride ourselves on top-notch craftsmanship and unbeatable customer service

  • Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fence Owners

    When it comes to improving curb appeal, homeowners have a lot of options. Keeping the lawn watered, fertilized, and clipped is a simple way to show pride in your home. If you’re planning a fence installation , the way you mow your lawn will need to change a little. Ask the vinyl fence installer if the panels can be elevated slightly above the lawn to allow a weed whacker to pass under it. If your fence has already been installed, use the following tips.

    Mowing and Trimming the Lawn

    Set the blades to a height no shorter than two inches. If your area hasn’t had much rain or the grass looks a little sickly, set it to 2.5 to three inches. Drive the mower in a line parallel to the fence, and get as close as you can without risking damage to the fence or mower. Once you’ve finished mowing, fire up your weed trimmer to take care of the grass closer to the fence. The weed trimmer’s line won’t harm the fence, but you’ll probably go through the line faster if it does hit the structure.

    Installing Brick or Stone Pavers

    There’s another option for homeowners who prefer to keep their weekend landscaping routines as short as possible. You could dig up a narrow strip of sod along the fence and install brick or stone pavers. Arrange them so that the tops of the pavers are just slightly above the level of the sod. You’ll be able to maneuver your lawnmower right over them, and there won’t be any extra grass to trim right next to the fence.

    Growing Ground Cover Plants

    Ground cover plants are another alternative for homeowners who dislike using weed whackers, but aren’t interested in investing in yards of stone pavers. You’ll still need to dig up a strip of sod parallel to the fence. Replace the lost material with a little garden dirt, and plant ground cover plants like periwinkle or creeping phlox. Ground cover plants don’t grow too tall, but they’re dense enough to crowd out weeds. They’re also very low maintenance.

    Enhance the aesthetics and increase the value of your home by installing a beautiful ornamental fence or vinyl fence. Paramount Fence also designs and installs wooden fences in the Chicagoland area. Call (630) 406-8410 to request your free estimate!

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  • Creating a Backyard Haven for Your Furry Friend

    Your pet gives you unconditional love, and he or she deserves the very best in life. Keep your faithful companion happy and healthy by creating a backyard sanctuary. Start by installing a dog-proof, wooden fence , and then add special touches your dog or cat will love, like a water feature and pet-friendly plants.

    Fencing Options

    A fence installation specialist can give you the rundown of your options. Privacy fences are a great choice for puppy parents. You could fence in your entire backyard and give your pet lots of space, or you could create a special dog run. If you do fence in the entire yard and you also have a vegetable garden there, consider installing a chain link or picket fence around your garden to keep your dog out.

    Water Features

    Every pet needs a large bowl of fresh water whether they are inside or outdoors. But your furry friend might also appreciate a water feature. Digging a small, artificial koi pond will attract small wildlife your pet will enjoy watching. Plus, many dogs enjoy taking a dip now and then.

    Shelter Designs

    Never keep your pet outside for a long time when it’s too hot or too cold. But even in ideal temperatures, your pet will appreciate having a place to rest his or her paws. Consider building a simple, DIY dog house, or hire a carpenter to do it for you.

    Gardening Tips

    Consult your veterinarian to find out about the plants that are poisonous to your dog or cat. Keep these plants out of your furry friend’s backyard sanctuary. Windmill palms are safe for dogs , and they grow in cold regions. Creeping rosemary, pineapple sage, fennel, and snapdragons are other examples of puppy-safe plants. If you have a cat, you can’t go wrong with catnip (although you may find yourself replanting it a few times if your cat really likes it).

    Turn your dreams for your pet into reality with a little help from Paramount Fence! Our fence installation experts in Chicagoland can design the perfect dog-proof fence to keep your furry friend safe and happy. You can speak with a friendly staff member by calling (630) 406-8410.

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