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.
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.
Wood fences are beautiful and classic, but they require expert installation and maintenance. At Paramount Fence, we’re experienced in the installation of wood fences of all designs and sizes, and we will ensure your fence is built to last.
Our fence installation team works with spaced picket, shadowbox, and solid wood fences with a variety of post and picket top options, including French gothic, gothic, and lantern styles. We work with high-quality Western red cedar that is locally sourced and resistant to rot and decay without the need for chemical treatment. When it is left untreated, your wood fence will age to a silver gray color, or it can be stained to meet your design needs.
Are you ready to enjoy the beauty of a wood fence at your Chicagoland home? Call Paramount Fence, Inc. to find out how we can help you with the design and installation process. Dial (630) 406-8410 to talk to a team member today.
PVC fences are a great alternative to wood fences if you want the look of wood without the additional maintenance it requires. They are child-friendly, as they don’t splinter, and they are available in a variety of colors and design. After your fence installation is complete, PVC fences don’t require a great deal of attention and will stay looking their best for a long period of time with only minimal maintenance. Here is what you need to know.
Selecting Your Fence
PVC fences are designed to mimic wood fences, so when selecting them, you should look for the same design features you would want in a wood fence. If you’re looking for a decorative fence, scalloped pickets and split rails are popular options for PVC fences. If you want a privacy fence, solid and shadowbox designs are good choices. Semi-private fences are also an option. These fences have large pickets with minimal gaps, so your fence isn’t completely solid but still largely obscures the view of your yard.
White and tan PVC fences are popular, but they can also be painted in any color using 100% acrylic exterior paint. No primer is required, so painting can be completed quickly and easily. For this reason, prioritize the design of the fence over the color when you are making your selection.
Maintaining Your Fence
PVC fences require much less maintenance than their counterparts. The only thing that is required is removing stains that appear on the fence with a soft cloth, water, and dishwashing liquid. PVC fences are prone to algae and mold growth, so remove the stains when they appear to prevent from them spreading. Over time, the sun may make the paint on your fence fade. Repainting it will refresh the look.
Paramount Fence, Inc. can help you decide if a PVC fence is right for your home and then assist with fence installation and maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about our fences in Chicagoland by dialing (630) 406-8410.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.