Monthly Archives: January 2015

4 Things to Consider When Installing a Fence

black fencePutting a fence up around your property can provide you with numerous benefits you can enjoy year after year, but there are some considerations that you must keep in mind before you install it. Will it match the exterior elements of your home? Will your homeowners association approve the fence? Are you fencing in the entire property or just a portion? There are several other questions to ask yourself before you start digging for the post so check out these four things to consider when installing a fence.

1. Know What You Want

One of the first things that property owners should know is why they want a fence. Perhaps you want an area designated in your yard for your dog? Or do you want to beef up the security around your home? Chances are your wishes are very diverse but can complement each other and serve double duty. Whatever the purpose, a fence can provide you with many functions, but the first step is choosing the main reason for it before you make the investment.

2. Fence Material

Fences can be constructed with a variety of materials from wood to vinyl to aluminum and deciding which material works best for you can be challenging. If you are looking to add elegance to your property, consider an aluminum fence because it’s an economical alternative compared to wrought iron fences and is rust-free. Those on a budget can benefit from aluminum fencing because it’s long-lasting and maintains its’ beauty. Vinyl fencing can give you more privacy than other materials because the slats can be snug against each other in each panel. Wooden fencing can give you that white-picket-fence look if that’s what you desire. Either way, fences come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors so your options are nearly limitless!

3. Map It Out

Installing a fence takes some thinking, and mapping out where your fence will be around your property can give you more precise estimates on the cost and a visual to imagine its placement. Be sure to locate the best spot to place a gate and if you are installing a fence in the backyard, keep your lawn equipment in mind. Perhaps you have a riding lawnmower – you want a large or double-sized gate to provide access for the mower to move around the property.

4. Research  

Like mentioned above, some homeowner associations may require you to follow certain guidelines when installing a fence. This may also be the case in certain cities and neighborhoods, so be sure you check out any information about installing a fence. Additionally, if you have a pool, you will need to install a fence that meets your local BOCA (The Building Officials and Code Administrators) standards. To take the guess work out, aluminum fences from Fence Center meet BOCA codes!

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The History Of Bamboo

bamboo (2)Bamboo is synonymous for its unmistakable look, Asian flair and high strength qualities, but do you know about its’ history and origins? Bamboo was first recorded in use about 5000 years ago in ancient China where it was often used to build tree houses. Dating back to the Han Dynasty in 206 to 221 B.C., bamboo was used to make paper and books while fast-forwarding to the Ming Dynasty (1386 to 1644), it was used for bedding and flooring. Bamboo has been put to use in a variety of ways and even has some practicality in Chinese medicine and cuisine.

Environmentally Sustainable

Wherever you come across bamboo, it’s becoming a part of our lives more than you may think because there is a bamboo alternative in almost every industry from clothing to dishware to furniture. This versatile plant is technically considered a type of grass yet it has more strength and integrity than wood and even some steel alloys. It has a higher compressive strength than brick and concrete, too. Interestingly enough, bamboo grows faster than any other kind of wood plant in the world, making it one of the most sustainable plant species around. Certain species of the plant can grow up to 35 inches in a matter of 24 hours! Generally speaking, the plant can reach maturity in five years while some popular hardwoods can take up to 120 years to reach maturity.

Everyday Use

It’s a given that bamboo is becoming more popular, as it has great eco-sustainability, which is why so many products are now made with the plant. Take for instance the Japanese martial art of kendo, bamboo is used to craft arrows, bows and swords for the practice. You may also find it in musical instruments such as panpipes and flutes in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. A very trendy use the woody plant is used to construct bamboo fence rolls – this type of fencing material typically last longer and weathers better than traditional wood fences and is naturally termite resistant. Additionally, in 1979, a group formed the American Bamboo Society where it provides general information about the plant, research support for new species and more.

It’s quite obvious that bamboo has made its’ way around the world with many different uses. From bamboo fence rolls to bamboo wine to bamboo furniture, this versatile plant serves useful in a number of ways. Whether you are fencing in your property or are trying an exotic wine, bamboo is becoming more mainstream everyday!