Don’t Let Droughts Impact Your Fence-Side Landscaping

fence landscapingNothing can transform the appearance of a yard quite like a fence, except a fence that has beautiful landscaping planted strategically around it. For Florida home and business owners, intense summer heat and frequent water shortages can lead to difficult and even disastrous landscaping. It’s a prudent choice to plan fence-side landscaping that can endure long, dry summers while still looking gorgeous.

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most iconic flowering plants, and it’s a happy coincidence that Lavender is extremely self-sufficient in hot and dry growing conditions. Not only will the aroma of these flowers help you feel calm and relaxed, but their blue, purple, and pink colors will look stunning lining your backyard fence. Lavender’s most amazing quality is its ability to tolerate very poor soil. This plant can even grow in sand and gravel! (more…)

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Snazz Up Your Chain Link Fence with These Tricks

security-fence-1024x768There’s no denying that chain link fences are practical. They’re affordable, easy to install, and even easier to maintain. However, chain link fences don’t always carry the aesthetic appeal of decorative aluminum or rustic wood.

Rather than admit defeat, using these strategies can transform your chain link fence into a lovely addition to your yard.

Flowering Vines and Plants

Who doesn’t love a beautiful flowering vine? Morning Glory, Honeysuckle, and Wisteria are all stunning and will make your chain link fence look more like a gardening masterpiece than a collection of metal. English and Boston ivy also get the job done with their hardy evergreen nature. Not only will ivy cover your fence, but it will add a splash of color during the winter and provide a backdrop for any other gardening you choose to do. (more…)

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Your Spring Cleaning Fence Checklist

Semi-Private PVC Fence
Semi-Private PVC Fence

When the winter finally ends and makes way for warm and balmy spring weather, there’s quite a bit for you to do! Other than jumping in puddles and digging out your short sleeved shirts, it’s also time for spring cleaning. If you love to keep your home immaculate and organized, then you’re probably excited by the prospect of a full spring cleaning to meet a new season with a freshly prepared interior. But you can’t forget to spring clean the outside of your home either, especially your fence!

The most popular types of fence have quickly become vinyl and aluminum because they’re low maintenance, decorative, inexpensive, and durable. Since vinyl and aluminum are not porous surfaces, they don’t absorb moisture or other elements that would diminish its quality. However, no fence is 100 percent hands-off, so even vinyl and aluminum require some spring cleaning effort to clear off the dirt, algae, and grime that has accumulated. (more…)

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How to Choose the Best Fence for Your Home

Vinyl-Fence-Tampa-1024x768If you’ve decided it’s time to add a fence onto your property, you may be puzzling over which type of fence will provide the best exterior design while also providing adequate security. If you live in a neighborhood with strict Home Owner’s Association rules, the choice may already be made for you. If you can select any type of fence you’d like, you have many options open for your consideration!

Aluminum. Aluminum is basic, attractive, and low-maintenance. However, it’s not as strong as other fence materials and isn’t recommended for areas at risk of severe weather. Aluminum also isn’t the best in terms of security. While it certainly provides property separation and an inherent level of privacy, it isn’t the right choice if security is your top priority. (more…)

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Important Things to Consider Before You Have a Fence Installed

DI-AluminumPutting up a fence around your residential property has lots of advantages, from increased security to clearer boundaries and safer containment for your kids and pets. However, before you go ahead and get one installed, there are a few things to consider.

Decide What You Want Your Fence to Do for You

Do you want a fence for privacy reasons? Does it need to look attractive or will it be purely for safety purposes? According to the president of the American Fence Association (AFA) the first thing homeowners should consider when installing new fencing is what you want to achieve from doing so. This in turn, will help you determine what type of fence you need, where it should go and ultimately, how much you’ll need to spend to achieve these goals. (more…)

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Why Investing in a Fence for Your House Can Make it Sell for More

Vinyl-Fence-Tampa-1024x768If you’re about to put your home on the market, you’ll know that when it comes to closing the deal, appearances are everything. Prospective buyers will be examining your house with an eagle-eye, taking in every last detail, and it’s important to ensure that they’re impressed by what they see!

According to research, most buyers make their mind up whether they want to buy a house or not within only a few seconds of arriving at the property. This means that a substantial part of their decision is made based on the exterior.

Is Your Home’s Exterior Looking Good?

There are a variety of things you can do to ensure that your home’s exterior is looking good. Repainting any cracked or peeling paintwork is imperative. So too is treating any parched, blistering woodwork. Fix any cracked paving slabs and make sure your front garden is well tended. (more…)

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Choosing the Best Fence for Your Home

dog fenceWhen it comes to fence installation, homeowners want to choose a fence that is the most visually appealing and one that complements their property. Whether you are looking for privacy fences, gates, or security enclosures, you may be torn as to what materials are best for your home.

The following are a few home designs matched up with the fence materials that one can choose for their fence project.

Victorian Or Neo-Colonial Style Homes

If you own a Victorian or neo-colonial style home, experts agree that wooden picket fences are the best choice aesthetically. If you like the look of wood but want to avoid the maintenance that is involved in keeping up with them, vinyl is great because it can be designed to look like wooden planks and is more durable in the long run.

Mid-Century Modern Or Contemporary Style Homes

For the more modern and contemporary look, corrugated metal or horizontal wood slat fences go best with the (more…)

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Proper Fence Maintenance to Repel Hazards

Wooden-Fence-smallWhen it comes to owning anything in life, the goal is to have it perform its job and last for a long period of time. For fences, without proper maintenance, Mother Nature can do damage to the supports and overall structure of the fence, which can lead to faster deterioration and unwanted hazards.

The following are a few things to be aware of when it comes to securing your fence. By looking out for these common hazards you can properly maintain your fence to assure it lasts as long as you want it to.

Protecting Fences From Natural Elements

Whatever type of material your fence is made up of—wood, aluminum, or vinyl—all materials can be broken down by natural events. Whether by humidity, rain, wind, or insects, your fence is constantly being bombarded by the elements. (more…)

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What to Do if a Neighbor Puts Up a Fence that Encroaches on Your Land

board-on-board-picture-framedThe state of Florida is home to over 19,000 livestock farms, including orange groves, sugarcane, cotton, and various other agricultural and livestock facilities. Because of the importance of these locations and the close proximity some share with each other, installing gates, security closures, and other fences to separate these lands is becoming more common.

Recently, conflicts between Florida’s rapid growth in population and commercial growth has shed some light on the rights and responsibilities of adjoining land owners, farmers, and other property owners. The legal aspects of fences in the area has taken significant importance, which leads to the question—if a neighbor builds a fence that encroaches on your land, what do you do about it? (more…)

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Scenarios Where a Security Enclosure is Important

Verizon-Cantilever-Gate-clMany different types of screens, gates, and panels fall under the category of security enclosures. They are found inside buildings like banks and outside complexes like storage facilities, and provide many different types of security depending on their purpose. Sometimes they are simply for privacy while other times they are to keep potential intruders away.

In Banks

Bank branches usually have a few employees who work within a security enclosure. People who work inside these are often loan officers or other employees who deal with sensitive information ideally kept private. The walls of these security enclosures are usually made of clear glass that is there simply to block noise from entering or exiting the room. This is especially useful when dealing with financial privacy. (more…)

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