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.
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.
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.
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.