• Is it Better to Paint or Stain a Fence?

    If you’re thinking about installing a new wood fence, you might have questions about the finish. While you can choose to leave your fence bare, this may shorten its lifespan. Over time, an unfinished wood fence could warp, twist, split or develop mold. To protect it from the elements, consider either painting or staining your fence. You may also want to consider alternatives to wood fencing if you prefer to do neither.

    Painting a Fence

    Years ago when stain options were limited, paint was the obvious choice. However, painting requires a lot of maintenance, and these days, there are numerous ways to get just the right look with stain.

    If you decide to paint your fence, expect it to start cracking and peeling after just a few years, depending on the quality of the paint you choose. When the time comes to repaint your fence, you have to scrape off the existing color, prep the surface and then apply the new paint. This takes a great deal of time and costs more in the long run.

    Staining a Fence

    Most of the time, staining is better than painting a fence. It’s true that stain eventually fades and must be reapplied, but not for several years. Also, because stain doesn’t peel or crack, it requires less preparation than repainting. Simply power wash the fence to produce a clean, prepped surface for staining. Stain often costs more than paint upfront, but because you don’t have to re-stain nearly as often, the long-term cost is lower.

    Stain comes in many different shades and transparencies. Some are clear, which provide waterproofing and protection for your fence without changing its color. Then, some are semi-transparent. They darken the wood but still allow the grain to show through, emphasizing its natural beauty. Others are more opaque, mimicking the appearance of a painted fence without nearly as much maintenance.

    Other Options

    If you want the look of a traditional white picket fence, but you don’t want to repaint it every few years, vinyl fencing is a low-maintenance alternative. Vinyl never needs to be stained, painted or maintained beyond a quick cleaning with a hose. White is the classic color for vinyl fences, but it’s certainly not your only option.

    Ornamental and chain link fences are other options for your property. These provide another way to enclose your yard with minimal maintenance required.

    Paramount Fence Inc installs wood, vinyl, ornamental and chain link fences in Chicago. Each material is available in various finishes and styles based on your preferences. We have been in business for over ten years, and our team boasts more than 50 years of combined industry experience. Let us help you make the right selection for your home or business. For additional information about the finishing options for wood fences – or to learn more about fencing that never needs to be painted or stained – please call us at (630) 239-2714 or contact us online today.

  • 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.

  • How to Care for your Fence

    When you install a new wood fence, you’ll be amazed at how great it looks in your yard. How can you keep it looking great? With the proper maintenance, you can keep your fence in good shape for decades.

    • Stain it as soon as possible. When you stain your wood fence soon after installation, you’re protecting it from both dry and wet rot. Linseed based oil stain is the best way to go because it restores the wood’s natural protective oils. The stain should be reapplied about once a year.
    • Keep it clean. Whenever you see leaves or other debris on your fence, clean it. It’s important to keep dirt and moisture from accumulating because that accumulation can lead to wet rot, mold, and mildew. Using a pressure washer is very effective, especially if you first apply a solution of white vinegar and water. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes before using the pressure washer.
    • Mold and mildew can be insidious. Even the best-kept fences can develop these issues, and it’s important to catch them early. Inspect your fence regularly, and if you see mold or mildew, wash it with soap and water, followed by mildew cleaner and then rinsing well.
    • If you paint your fence you should plan on repainting it every three to four years. This helps to maintain the appearance of the fence, as well as providing protection. If it peels or chips, you can just touch it up, scraping away the old paint, sanding the area, and putting on a new coat of paint. After you paint, it’s smart to reseal, using a paint spraying unit.
    • Keep up with repairs. Fences expand and contract with the weather, so nails and fasteners tend to get loose. Drive in loose nails, and replace any that are missing. Inspect your fence regularly and replace any sections that have split, warped, or rotted.
    • Be wary of pests. Birds nests should be cleared away immediately. If you see termite activity, you can use borax to deter them, but if they’ve dug in, you should seek professional assistance. Clearing leaves and debris will help you spot pests early so that you can manage them.

    If you’re ready to get a jump on 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 Decide what Fence is Right for You

    Installing a new seems simple enough, doesn’t it? In truth, there’s a lot to consider when deciding on the fence that best meets your needs and fits your yard. First, you’ll need to determine whether a permit is necessary before you put in a fence, and exactly where your property lines fall. Then, too, you’ll need to make sure there are no underground utility lines that might interfere with your fence’s installation. Once you’re ready to put in the fence, though, which fence should you buy? It’s best to take your time choosing the right fence and think about why you need it.

    • You might need a fence for privacy. For maximum privacy, choose a fence designed without spaces between the boards. Of course, you can also choose a closely spaced lattice if you plan to combine it with lush climbing plants. Base the height of your new fence on the slope of your yard and your neighbors’ yards, taking into account any applicable building codes. If you don’t need the security of a gate, you can always install offset fences to give you a path while still blocking others from seeing in, and if you don’t want a tall fence all the way around your yard, you can choose a stair-step design that only puts taller fence sections where you need them.
    • A new fence may be a good way to block the wind. If you’re just trying to keep the breeze away from a seating area, your fence doesn’t need to be especially tall. If you only want protection from the wind and not privacy, you may want to go with glass.
    • Security may be your top priority. If that’s the case, go for a fence that’s at least eight feet tall, with a sturdy gate that locks. Skip the horizontal rails on the outside, because those can make a fence easier to climb.
    • You may be trying to contain your dogs. This can be a tricky proposition, and what you’ll need is largely subjective. If your dogs are small and generally content to hang out in the yard, you can get away with a short fence. For big dogs or jumpers, you’ll need to consider their abilities when determining how high the fence should be. If your dogs are diggers, the fence should be buried at least six inches underground, or you should do some hardscaping along the bottom of it. If your dogs are excitable, you might need a fence that blocks their view of the outside world.
    • Your new fence might be designed to keep deer out. Deer are good at jumping, so if they’re a problem in your area, you may want to go with a tall privacy fence. You might also consider a hedge along the fence because while deer can jump to heights of about eight feet, they aren’t great at the long jump.
    • Keeping kids out of the pool may be your primary concern. If this is the case, you have a very specific guideline to follow. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, you need a fence that’s at least 48 inches high, with no more than 1 ¾ inches between pieces and nothing that could provide handholds or footholds for climbing. The gate should also be self-closing and self-latching and should open outward from the pool.

    No matter what kind of fence you need or why you need it, you can count on 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.

  • Growing Roses Along Your Fence

     

    After fence installation, you don’t have to stop enhancing your outdoor space. Growing roses along your fence adds beauty and privacy to your home. They can be grown along any kind of fence, from picket wooden fences to chain link fences and metal fences.

     

    This video offers suggestions for how to grow roses along your fence. The key is to make sure you space the plants out far enough to allow them to spread and to weave the vines in and out of the fence if you choose vining roses.

     

    If you’re interested in a new fence for your home, choose Paramount Fence. In addition to a wide variety of fence styles, we offer fence installation and repairs in Chicagoland. For more information, call (630) 406-8410.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.