While the white picket fence has always conjured images of quaint suburban life, plenty of homeowners have embraced metal fencing that offers unique benefits in both appearance and functionality. Read on, and you might discover that metal is the best choice for your property fence as well.
Becoming a Part of History
Wrought ironwork, meaning hand-shaped iron, was popular among the wealthiest Americans during colonial times. They paid steep prices to equip their brick and stone townhouses with beautiful iron fences. By the 19th century, blacksmithing became a domestic profession and more homeowners were able to embellish their homes with ornamental iron fences. In today’s modern economy, wrought iron fences are still available, but many homeowners prefer to use steel or weatherproof aluminum to create more durable versions of colonial wrought iron. Continue reading
It’s been said that good fences make great neighbors, but what about fences that boast stunning greenery and blooming flowers? There’s nothing quite like attractive landscaping to improve any outdoor feature, especially your fence. However, not all flowers are meant to gracefully climb your fence without causing problems. The following flowers have proven themselves to be excellent accents to any fence.
A White Picket Fence With Azaleas
Nothing beats a spring landscape in the south. If you have a white picket fence – or any other fence, for that matter – you can help your landscape flourish by adding a generous portion rose-purple azaleas behind your fence. These azaleas will grow up and out, gently sweeping over your fence and down to the ground. The visual effect is stunning and will significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. Another option is to select Southern Indica hybrid azaleas, which grow much larger. Continue reading
Life with a dog comes with many joys, including the bond you form with your furry companion. However, unless you live on a large, isolated farm, you most likely cannot allow your dog to run free through the streets as he pleases. Between busy roads and strict dog bite state laws, you don’t want your dog to roam far from your yard. You might be tempted to install an invisible fence that will keep your dog in a controlled area without causing the need for a physical fence, but invisible fences have many downsides you may need to know. Continue reading
Installing a backyard fence is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your property. Whether you’re giving your dog a safe place to play, adding privacy from your neighbors, defining your property line, or preventing intruders from entering, your fence will serve a number of important purposes. This means that you want to be sure to build your fence out of the right materials for your goals.
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The world may have once been a place where locking the doors at night wasn’t a priority, but unfortunately our society has evolved to make crime more prevalent. This makes security gates incredibly important for homes and businesses alike that need to ensure no unwanted visitors enter. Security gates boast many different components based on their specific use, such as emergency exit gates, security access gates, and more. Continue reading
In many households across Florida, pets are members of the family who are bathed, fed, pampered, and loved just like children. So it makes sense that these homeowners want to install fences to keep their dogs safe as they run around and play. But not all fences are created equal, and pet owners need to carefully select fencing based on the needs and habits of their furry friends.
If Your Dog Is a Jumper
Every dog has its own unique personality, and sometimes that personality leads your dog to make a habit of jumping over the backyard fence. This can pose a major problem if your dog then runs away, bites a neighbor, or gets into other trouble without you realizing. If you know your dog is likely to be a jumper, you need to install a fence that will prevent this behavior and give you the peace of mind you need. A “roof” that comes inward off the top of the fence at a 45 or 90 degree angle, for example, will stymie even the most determined jumper. If your local codes allow it, you can also opt for a higher six foot fence that is too tall for nearly all jumpers. Continue reading
If you need a fence for your home or business, you are likely aware that fencing materials range from aluminum and wood to PVC and vinyl. Each material offers its own unique perks, and it’s easiest to select the best material based on your needs. Some materials are best for privacy, some for security, and others for curb appeal. Once fencing option you may have never considered is concrete, but it’s an excellent choice for many different reasons.
Concrete Is Attractive
If you are picturing one large concrete block fence like you might find outside a prison, then revise your mental image. Concrete fences are actually manufactured with a completely natural wood texture that is so realistic that most people won’t realize the fence isn’t wood. You also have a wide range of color options, from titanium and terra cotta to taupe and white. Continue reading
The wooden fence is a classic piece of landscaping history, and while fencing technology has undoubtedly evolved and provided other appealing options for home and business owners, the wooden fence still plays a leading role in the industry. These great ideas put unique spins on the basic wooden fence to make intriguing and irresistible design options.
Make It More Than a Fence
A wooden structure can function as a fence while also offering other benefits. If you have a garden or plants that you would like to emphasize on the inside of your fence, build your wooden fence with a narrow, ladder-sized pergola extending over the length of the fence. Better yet, build the fence itself with many narrow, intersecting pieces of wood that form small squares instead of pickets. Flowering vines and flowers will thrive on this fence and extend to the pergola, and your wooden fence will transform into a landscaping statement. For an added element of sophistication, replace the standard fence door with a two door gate that compliments the rest of the fence style. Continue reading
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Fifty years ago, the phrase “going green” simply meant buying a new paint color for the kitchen, but today it has taken on an entirely new meaning. In a society with more environmental consciousness than ever before, many Americans are making it their goal to live in a more sustainable manner that places less strain on nature. Everything from purchasing local food to composting and recycling make the environment a better place, and “green” benefits can even be achieved when installing new fencing around your yard. Continue reading