• A Guide to Maintenance for Wood Fences

    Wood fences are beautiful additions to any yard, but they do require a bit more maintenance than some other forms of fencing to maintain their quality appearance. If you have a wooden fence, performing a small amount of regular maintenance can help you avoid large issues that require more complex fence repairs. Follow these steps to keep your wooden fence in top condition.

    Clean Dirt and Mildew

    Getting dirt on the surface of your wooden fence is inevitable. Mildew is also likely to grow, because wood is so prone to holding moisture. To clean your fence, use a store-bought mildew cleaner on the affected portions and then a soft scrub brush with soapy water on the rest of the fence. Rinse everything clean with a pressure washer or hose. You can clear dirt about once per year, but you should clean mildew whenever you see it growing.

    Re-stain or Repaint

    Re-staining or repainting your wooden fence every few years will not only keep it looking its best but will also help to protect the wood from moisture, insects, and other types of damage. To paint, use a roller or brush to apply two coats of the stain or paint, allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly before adding a second. If your fence is not painted or stained, then you will need to apply a water sealer to the surface annually.

    Caulk Between Wood and Posts

    Find the areas on your fence where the wood meets the concrete posts and apply a layer of caulk. Caulk helps to prevent the wood from sucking up water when the concrete gets wet. Reapply the caulk once per year to maintain a good seal.

    Paramount Fence offers wooden fence installation, including red cedar fences, as well as wooden fence repairs, to keep your fencing looking its best. If you are interested in a wooden fence in Chicagoland, call (630) 406-8410.

  • Must-Have Features for Pool Fences

    If you have a backyard pool, a fence should be an essential part of the design. Fencing is required by law in most areas, and your insurance company is likely to require it as well. Fencing also ensures that your pool is as safe as possible for kids and pets. Before your fence installation, check the legal design requirements in your area to make sure you design it appropriately. Your fence company should be able to assist you with the proper design. Keep these features in mind that will significantly improve the safety of your pool fence.

    Self-Latching Gates

    It’s important for any gate leading into the pool area to both close and latch itself. A self-latching gate means that even if someone walks out and fails to secure it, you can be confident that the gate will remain latched. A latch makes it difficult for children to enter the pool area without adult supervision. Additionally, the gate should open outwards instead of pushing in. An outward gate is more difficult for young children to operate.

    Little-to-No Spaces Between Slates

    Whatever materials you use for your fence, you should have a minimum amount of space between the slates, if there is any at all. No openings should be wide enough to make the fence climbable. Vertical slats with minimal spacing are safer than horizontal slats. Solid fences are also ideal, since they are nearly impossible to climb. For chain link fences, consider installing mesh behind the openings or adding additional slats through the links to make them harder to climb.

    Alarms

    If your home is forming one side of the pool barrier, having a door alarm that sounds when the door to the pool area is opened is essential. You can also install alarms on your pool fence gates so that you know if someone enters your pool from outside.

    Paramount Fence can help you build and install a fence that complements your outdoor space will increasing the safety of your pool area. Contact us today at (630) 406-8410 for more information about fence installation in Chicagoland.

  • See How to Power Wash a PVC Fence

    One of the benefits of having a PVC fence is that maintenance is simple. If your fence gets dirty, washing it is as easy as renting a power washer. This video shows you how.

    A 4500-psi power washer is powerful enough to get the job done without damaging your fence. Start at the top and move down the surface of the PVC fence in slow, back and forth strokes until all of the dirt has been removed.

    Paramount Fence provides a variety of fence styles, as well as fence installation and fence repairs. Find out more about PVC fences in Chicagoland and our other products and services by calling (630) 406-8410.

  • Must-Have Features for Pool Fences

    If you have a backyard pool, a fence should be an essential part of the design. Fencing is required by law in most areas, and your insurance company is likely to require it as well. Fencing also ensures that your pool is as safe as possible for kids and pets. Before your fence installation, check the legal design requirements in your area to make sure you design it appropriately. Your fence company should be able to assist you with the proper design. Keep these features in mind that will significantly improve the safety of your pool fence.

    Self-Latching Gates

    It’s important for any gate leading into the pool area to both close and latch itself. A self-latching gate means that even if someone walks out and fails to secure it, you can be confident that the gate will remain latched. A latch makes it difficult for children to enter the pool area without adult supervision. Additionally, the gate should open outwards instead of pushing in. An outward gate is more difficult for young children to operate.

    Little-to-No Spaces Between Slates

    Whatever materials you use for your fence, you should have a minimum amount of space between the slates, if there is any at all. No openings should be wide enough to make the fence climbable. Vertical slats with minimal spacing are safer than horizontal slats. Solid fences are also ideal, since they are nearly impossible to climb. For chain link fences, consider installing mesh behind the openings or adding additional slats through the links to make them harder to climb.

    Alarms

    If your home is forming one side of the pool barrier, having a door alarm that sounds when the door to the pool area is opened is essential. You can also install alarms on your pool fence gates so that you know if someone enters your pool from outside.

    Paramount Fence can help you build and install a fence that complements your outdoor space will increasing the safety of your pool area. Contact us today at (630) 406-8410 for more information about fence installation in Chicagoland.

     

  • Taking a Closer Look at Our Commercial Fencing

    In addition to residential fencing, Paramount Fence offers commercial fencing for a variety of different needs. Whether your business needs fencing for security or to enhance the appearance of your outside space, we offer several fence styles as well as fence installation and repair services.

    Our chain link fences can be constructed in a variety of heights for security purposes and can support the addition of barbed wire across the tops. It is also possible to add privacy slats to our chain link fences for additional security. For businesses looking for fencing for aesthetic purposes, we offer ornamental steel and wooden fences in a variety of styles and designs.

    If you’re looking for commercial fences in Chicagoland, choose Paramount Fence. We can design a fence for your business’ specific needs and provide full installation and repair services. Find out more by calling (630) 406-8410 to speak to one of our team members.