• Why can’t fences be over a certain height

    Your home is your castle, right? And if you want to surround that castle with a 20-foot fence, or a wall, or a moat full of alligators, that’s your prerogative, right? Well, not exactly. Just about everywhere, there are rules and regulations that limit the construction of fencing, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, there are some very good reasons why you can’t build fences above a certain height.

    So what’s the right height for a fence? Most places, artificial fences can only be four feet tall in front yards, and six feet tall in back yards. This varies, depending on your city, county, or subdivision regulations. Sometimes, height restrictions apply to natural barriers as well, like fences or rows of trees, but they’re usually a little less restrictive: typically five to eight feet. In some circumstances, you can apply for a variance and receive a one-time exception to the law. Additionally, if the fence was there before the rule, it can typically stay there.

    Why does anyone care about the height of someone else’s fence? To begin with, just because you build a fence doesn’t mean you’re the only one it impacts. A fence that’s too high can disrupt your neighbors’ daily lives by blocking light and airflow to their homes and yards. It can interfere with the success of their gardening or block their view.

    What’s more, a fence that obstructs a driver’s view of oncoming traffic, it can be a true safety hazard. So even though you might want to build a big fence to block your view of a busy road, the authorities will have to take into account how your fence will affect people driving on the road. That’s one reason front yard fences must be lower. Interfering with someone’s view of the road or, worse, children playing in or near the road could have disastrous consequences.

    So what do you do if your neighbor has put up a fence that’s bothering you? If your neighbor’s fence is just unsightly, you may not have any recourse. If it’s too tall, built of prohibited material, dangerous, or ill-maintained, you can make a complaint to the subdivision’s homeowners association or to the city. It’s nice, though, to talk to your neighbor first. It’s possible that the neighbor was unaware of the regulations, and may be willing to come to an agreement with you about modifying the fence. Just make sure that when it comes time for you to put up a new fence, you acquaint yourself with the applicable rules before you get started.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • What should you know before painting a fence

    Is it time to paint your fence? Aside from making it look more attractive, a fresh coat of paint or stain on a fence can help protect it from the elements. It’s a big job, but if you know when and how to do it, you can easily paint your fence yourself.

    You’ll probably notice when your fence needs repainting. It will start to look weathered and worn, and you might start to see some areas with significant damage. You should probably repaint your fence every two to three years, but the main thing to look for is moisture. The right paint or stain will prevent moisture damage, and you can check to see if it’s still working by looking at it after a rainfall. Is the water beading up on the surface or has it soaked in? If it’s soaking in, it’s time for a fresh coat.

    When the time comes, do you know what kind of finish you want to use? The choice between paint and stain is largely subjective, so you can do whatever you think will look best and weather well. Painting is less expensive but needs to be touched up more frequently. Staining is less expensive per gallon, but you’ll need more stain than paint, so the job will end up costing more. However, because stain fades rather than chipping, you won’t have to redo it as often.

    Once you’ve done your homework and chosen the right paint or stain, it’s time to get started. Before you start the job, ask a friend or neighbor for help- do this well in advance so they have plenty of notice. Plan to work on a day with good weather, when temperatures are moderate and humidity is low. Make sure you have all the equipment you need, then follow these steps to complete the job.

    • Properly prepare the fence. Remove old pieces of paint and any dirt, using a scraper or a pressure washer. It’s important to have a clean surface so that the paint will adhere properly. Scraping is the most effective way to remove stuck on paint and debris, but using a pressure washer in short bursts can knock off loose paint. Wash the fence with a hose once you’re done scraping, and allow it to dry completely before beginning to paint.
    • Time to prime. Protect the area around the fence with plastic sheeting, and then apply a primer. Priming the fence is important because it protects the wood and creates a better surface for adherence. Make sure the primer is completely dry before you apply any paint.
    • When it’s time to paint, you can use a brush, roller, or spray gun. It’s a good idea to start with the top trim and horizontal pieces, then move on to the pickets. Use sweeping strokes to apply the paint evenly, and then finish off with a clear coat to protect your paint from the elements.

    Of course, there are some problems that can’t be fixed with a new coat of paint. If your fence has been attacked by pests like termites, you’re better off getting a new one. And while some fences can be spruced up with just a few replacement boards, if more than 25 percent of the boards need repair it’s probably time to go ahead and spring for a new fence.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • Things to Consider About Getting a Fence When You Have a Pet

    If you have a pet and a yard, it’s only logical to want to put up a fence. A fenced yard is a wonderful place for pets, especially dogs, to enjoy nature and have the freedom to run and play. Before you go to the expense of having a fence installed, though, you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for your pet.

    • Cats and fences are a tricky thing. Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: cats are not easily contained by a fence. They’re expert jumpers and love to be higher than the people, so the fence height you’d have to achieve in order to keep them from scaling it is probably not within your zoning code. The solution? There are fences on the market that curve inward at the top, using a flexible material that causes cats to bounce off, rather than being able to climb. You can also choose an invisible fence that causes a mild shock if your cat wanders outside its parameters. Your best bet, though, may be a cat run, fully enclosed to allow your pet to experience the outdoors without being free to roam the neighborhood.
    • Dogs are a different story. Dogs are fairly easy to fence in, as long as you consider their abilities and choose a fence they can’t conquer.
      • If your dog is a jumper, figure out how high he or she can jump and then choose a fence a few inches higher than that.
      • If your dog can climb, get a fence with a smooth surface and rollers at the top.
      • Do you have a digger? This is trickier but not insurmountable. Install a fence that extends a foot or two below the ground, and your dog won’t be able to tunnel out.
      • Some dogs just break the fence. They might do this by body-slamming it or chewing through it, but if you choose durable materials like wrought iron or brick, it won’t be a problem.
      • Can your dog open gates? Install a padlock.
    • Aesthetics are a factor, too. Your fence has a major impact on the look of your property, so even if you’re putting in a fence because of your pets, make sure it’s appealing to humans as well. Take care not to allow the fence to obstruct your view or prevent your plants from getting the right amount of sunlight, and make sure the fence fits with the overall look of your property.
    • Who should you be excluding? Fences don’t just keep your pet in, they also keep other animals out. Consider the type of wildlife in your area and plan your fence accordingly.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.

  • How to Deal with your Neighbors when Getting a New Fence

    Most of the things you do to improve your home don’t require approval from other people. If you want to touch up the paint on your eaves, repaint your kitchen, or plant a garden in your back yard, that’s your personal business. For some projects, though, you need to be considerate of others. You’ll need to consider the rules of your neighborhood, for example, if you want to paint your home an unusual color. Installing a fence is one of those improvements that have an impact on your neighbors, but do you really need to run it by them before you put in your fence? Not necessarily, but there are some guidelines you should follow before erecting any barriers.

    • Some things are absolute “musts” when you’re putting in a fence. Common sense dictates that you have to make sure you know your property boundaries and HOA rules before you hire a company to put in your new fence. There are some things the fencing company will handle, like knowing local zoning regulations and obtaining permits. Knowing the rules of your neighborhood, though, is your responsibility.
    • It’s nice to share. Don’t surprise your neighbors with a fence, unless you’re looking for conflict. It’s smarter to talk to them about it ahead of time, making sure no property line disputes exist and letting them know what you’re planning.
    • Make sure things look nice. Put in a fence that’s sturdy and attractive, with the more finished side toward the street and your neighbor’s yard. As time passes, be sure to keep it clean and well-maintained.
    • Sometimes, the neighbors should be even more involved. In some states, neighbors are required to share the cost of installing a fence, as well as the responsibility for maintaining it. When you’re making your plans for a fence, that’s something you should look into by looking into local laws on fencing permits.

    If you’re ready for your new fence, call Paramount Fence Inc for professional installation. At Paramount, we’ve been in business for over ten years, but our combined experience in the fence industry spans more than half a century! We’re a full-service fence sales and fence installation business in the Chicagoland area, and we’re dedicated to providing creative and affordable solutions that address our clients’ needs and fulfill their requests. Our staff offers exceptional customer service, striving to exceed your expectations throughout the fence buying and fence installation process. We provide high-quality, beautiful fences, and our reputation for excellence is well-established. Paramount Fence Inc is a member of the American Fence Association and a registered member of the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how we can help you find the right fence to meet your needs, call us at 630.239.2714 or contact us through our website.