Monthly Archives: September 2014

4 Popular Kinds of Fencing Material

Fall is here, and a lot of homeowners are taking time to do home repairs before the weather gets too cold. Most people believe that the majority of outdoor home work happens in the spring and summer, but homeowners that want to protect their property from harsh fall and winter weather will protect it now. Many people will focus on repairing their siding, cleaning their gutters, and even giving their lawn and gardens one more round of fertilizer before the weather gets too cold.

One other thing that you can do – if you really want to protect your home and improve your property – would be to get a new fence this fall. The right fencing can do wonders for your home, and the only problem is finding the right material for the project. There are a variety of materials you can use for your fence, but before you choose one you should learn about the most common types:

Vinyl

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Do you love the look of wood fencing, but want something that will last a little longer and require less maintenance? If so, you should look into getting a vinyl fence. Vinyl is very affordable fencing material, and it often looks much more uniform than wooden fence posts. It is very easy to maintain, and you won’t be required to re-paint it or add any kind of sealant.

 

Chain Link

When most people picture a typical fence, they immediately imagine a chain link fence structure around property. Chain link is one of the most durable, affordable, and all-around practical fencing options for your yard. Not only does it come in different heights, there are even color coated options that can be chosen to complement your existing structure and desired color scheme. If you are concerned that chain link won’t offer enough privacy, there are slat inserts and even hedge link inserts that can be used to fill the spaces in your fence.

Aluminum

Not all metal fences are chain link. A metal fence can come in a variety of styles and patterns, some more utilitarian, others more decorative, and aluminum fencing is just one of these further options. Aluminum is a great choice for homeowners who want a bit more than just function from their fencing, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to get it. The material is long-lasting, maintenance free, and comes in an assortment of colors, styles, sizes, and heights.

Steel

A further step up on the fencing chain, steel has most of the advantages of aluminum, with the additional benefit of being about four times as strong. Steel also has the classic appearance of wrought iron, but without the rust, maintenance, and lack of flexibility that come with it. In fact, steel is able to withstand dramatic landscape changes and many years of severe weather without bending or breaking.

4 Ways to Spruce up a Chain Link Fence

chainChain link fences make great additions to your home. They are cost efficient, safe, and allow you to have a sense of privacy and security around your property. These fences are especially beneficial for families with dogs and young children that may like to spend some time outdoors. However, they do have one minor disadvantage: they can be a little more challenging to decorate compared with picket fences or other wooden styles. Metal chain link fences cannot simply be painted over to match the color scheme of your home (though we do offer some color options to help you match!). That doesn’t mean they can’t be improved at all, though – it just calls for a little bit more creativity. Here are 3 ways to spruce up a chain link fence:

  1. Decorate it with plastic cups. It is easy to decorate your chain link fence with plastic cups; you can paint them and place them directly into the holes of your fence. Find an interesting pattern you’d like to recreate online or arrange them to make a certain slogan or phrase. This is an especially good way to celebrate birthdays, sporting events, milestones, and other fun get-togethers. Check out Pinterest for different ideas and patterns to use.
  2. Grow plants through the fence or lining it. Do you have a green thumb? If so, it’s time to combine your gardening and craft skills and apply them to your fence. Place some of your favorite plants along your fence and allow them to grow through it. As they begin to get tall, you can weave the vines right into your fence for a rustic look. This idea works especially well for vines like ivy or jasmine. Another option is to line the fence with decorative trees, shrubs, and flowers. Try planting Green Giant Thujas or Italian Cypresses and then placing a narrow bed of flowers in front of them.
  3. Weave it. Flowers and vines aren’t the only items you can weave your chain link fence with. If you’re not much of a gardener but enjoy the weaving idea, try using bamboo or even just colorful strips of paper through your fence. This is a great way to make your fence stand out a bit more and appear more attractive.The bamboo will help to create a cool earthy vibe for your fence, while colorful paper will create a more fun and bohemian feel. Try both to see which one you like better.
  4. Add Privacy Slats. Privacy slats can be woven into either the top or bottom of your chain link fence. Their primary purpose is to offer more privacy and security to your home, however, they offer many cosmetic benefits as well. For example, you can choose from a white, beige, blue, brown, green, black or redwood fence. You can also do a reed or bamboo fence to create a unique earthy or bohemian feel to for your yard. Fence inserts are also available. There is no shortage of creative options available through the use of our privacy slats.

Chain link fences don’t have to be boring. While they are mainly known for being functional and providing safety, security, and privacy to your home, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and have fun with them. These unique tips will allow you to indulge in your creative side and have a bit of fun with your fence. You can even change it up every few weeks or months. With the right designs, your fence will be the talk of the town!