• How to Weatherproof Fences

    Has your fence made it through winter so far? Are you leery of the wet spring to come? If you’re starting to see signs that your fence is cracking, warping or rotting, it’s not too late to act! Just follow these tips on how to weatherproof fences.

    Weatherproofing a Wood Fence

    • Shore up weak points: Walk along both sides of the fence and look for any spots that need maintenance. Hammer in loose nails, drive in new screws, replace decaying posts and prop up damaged pickets. Getting your fence to stand tall and straight is the first step toward making it more resilient in inclement weather.
    • Apply a waterproofing sealant: You have three options for waterproofing a wood fence. The first is to apply a silicone or acrylic sealant to protect against water, extreme temperatures and UV rays. Colored sealant darkens light wood while clear sealant brings out its natural beauty.
    • Apply moisture-resistant paint: The second waterproofing option is to paint your fence with latex or alkyd-based paint. These are available in many colors and glosses to provide the look you want. Just be sure to read labels carefully to ensure you purchase paint designed for this application.
    • Apply a wax polish: The final waterproofing option is to wax the fence with colored, pine or clear wax. Each type repels dirt, dust and grit with varying aesthetic effects. You can apply wax to wood fences finished with varnish, shellac or oil-based paint.
    • Clear away leaves and debris: When organic materials stay in contact with your fence for an extended period, they promote rot and insect problems. Rake away leaves and other debris regularly throughout the season to prevent this.
    • Trim back low-hanging branches: Heavy snow or a strong gust of wind could snap a branch and send it plummeting to the ground. Protect your fence by removing any low-hanging branches that loom over it.

    Weatherproofing Other Types of Fences

    For wrought iron fences, rust is your biggest problem. If your fence is already rusty, brush off the flakes. Then, apply weatherproof wax or anti-rust paint to help water roll off the metal instead of sticking to it and making it rust. For a more maintenance-free ornamental fence, consider one made of aluminum or steel instead.

    PVC and chain link fences are naturally weather-resistant, so all you must do is clean them occasionally with a hose and stiff brush. This removes dirt, stains and debris to help protect the beauty and extend the lifespan of your fence.

    If your fence is too degraded to be restored with these weatherproofing tips, consider springing for a new fence when winter is over. Paramount Fence Inc is a full-service fence sales and installation company serving clients in the Chicago area. We’re dedicated to helping you design and install a beautiful, long-lasting fence around your home or commercial property. To learn more about our services, please call us at (630) 239-2714 or contact us online.

  • Are rodents, insects and wildlife an issue on your property? If you’re reluctant to share your outdoor living space with these pests, you need a few techniques to keep them at bay. Here’s how the proper type of fencing can help keep your backyard pest-free.

    Cedar Fencing Repels Pests

    It’s common knowledge that cedar furniture can protect your wool sweaters from moths, but have you considered that this type of wood can also serve as natural pest control for your backyard? Western red cedar fencing emits aromatic phenols and acids that smell pleasant to humans but repel mosquitoes, fleas, ants, mites, moths and rodents.

    To ensure you don’t seal in the beneficial phenols, avoid painting or staining cedar fences. Don’t worry – its natural ability to resist rot and decay helps cedar fencing last, even without chemical treatments.

    A Privacy Fence Deters Wildlife

    When it comes to keeping wild animals out of your yard, one effective method is to prevent them from seeing in. A standard six-foot privacy fence deters many types of critters from entering your yard.

    For instance, deer rarely jump a fence when they can’t see what’s on the other side. A tall fence also reduces the chance of dogs, skunks, coyotes and other animals from wandering onto your property. If you install a privacy fence made of western red cedar, you can also enjoy the benefit of keeping insects and rodents at bay.

    A Chain Link Fence Protects Your Garden

    Are rabbits, chipmunks or squirrels wreaking havoc on your meticulously planted vegetable garden? If you want to watch your plants grow while still keeping rodents at bay, a chain link fence is a great choice.

    Be aware that many animals can dig under traditional fences, so you may want to bury a footer made of galvanized wire mesh under your fence. The footer should extend at least eight inches below the surface to prevent determined critters from getting where they’re not wanted.

    Vinyl Fencing is Unaffected by Pests

    While vinyl is equally effective as other fence materials at keeping pests out of your yard, they offer an added benefit: vinyl fencing doesn’t provide food for termites. Since vinyl is a type of plastic, insects aren’t interested in eating it. As a result, even if you do have pests on your property, the fencing won’t show signs of deterioration.

    Paramount Fence Inc can help you keep your backyard pest-free with the right type of fencing. We serve customers across the Chicago area with creative and affordable solutions that are designed to stand the test of time. After over ten years in business, and with more than 50 years of combined industry experience, our reputation for excellence precedes us. If you’re interested in our services, or you want more help selecting the right fence for your property, please call us at (630) 239-2714 or contact us online.

  • Spotlight on the Benefits of Ornamental Fencing

    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.

  • Tips for Getting HOA Approval for Your New Fence

    If your neighborhood has a homeowners’ association, or HOA, then there is a good chance you will need approval before adding a fence to your home. It’s important to seek this approval, along with any permits required in your town, before your fence installation begins in order to avoid delays and fines in the future. Dealing with an HOA isn’t always easy, but these tips will help you get your new fence approved quickly, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible.

     

    Consult the CC&Rs

    Each HOA has a set of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs. The CC&Rs set the rules for your community and may address everything from behavioral guidelines to rules for home additions. There is a good chance that your CC&Rs address guidelines that are specific to fence installation. The rules may dictate which materials are acceptable for fences, what colors your fence can be, and how high your fence can be. These rules should form the baseline of your fence design. If you want to install a fence that is not currently allowed according to your HOA guidelines, you may have to file an appeal with the board or face fines.

     

    Present Your Plans

    In some cases, HOAs don’t require direct approval of your fence installation as long as you attempt to follow the CC&Rs in good faith. However, other HOAs require approval before the installation can begin. File detailed plans with your HOA, including information about the fence materials, design, and height. Failing to provide complete information to your HOA could lead to a delay.

     

    Give Yourself Ample Time

    Some HOA boards have infrequent meetings and only look at proposals from residents at those times. Find out the typical approval time from your HOA and be sure to submit your plans far enough in advance so that there aren’t any delays in your fence installation plan.

     

    Paramount Fence, Inc. offers high-quality fence installation in Chicagoland of chain link, wood, metal, and ornamental fences as well as repairs to existing fences. To find out more information, call (630) 406-8410.

  • We’re Proud of Our Angie’s List Super Service Award!

    Paramount Fence was the proud recipient of Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2017. We’re thrilled to hold this distinction because it was earned based on feedback directly from our customers and means that we are meeting the standards of excellence in service that we strive to provide.

    Angie’s List awards the Super Service Award, or SSA, to the top A-rated companies within specific categories and markets. To be eligible for the award, companies must have a minimum number of reviews. Angie’s List then selects the SSA winners based on the reviews of customers, selecting the companies with the best reviews within their markets and a track record of excellent ratings from customers.

    Paramount Fence is thrilled to have received this distinction from our customers for our fence installation, maintenance, and repair services in Chicagoland. Experience our service for yourself when you need a new fence installation by calling (630) 406-8410.

  • 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.

  • 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.