Month: January 2022

What Not to Do When Picking a Fence Color

What Not to Do When Picking a Fence Color

Before you dive into choosing the first fence color you like, read on for a list of things not to do!

Your fence is a very important component of your curb appeal, as well as being an important part of the safety and security of your home. Fences ensure the safety of your family and pets, provide privacy, and may even increase your home’s value. This is all dependent on the fence complementing the rest of your home, however, which means the style, size, and color of the fence are all important considerations. Before you dive into choosing the first fence color you like, read on for a list of things not to do!

 

Don’t Dive In Without Research

While this may be a project that you want done yesterday (especially if it has been on your to-do list for a while), it is a bad idea to rush in without research. The first thing you’ll have to consider is if you want to stain or paint. If your vision for your fence is a bold, totally opaque color, then paint is likely your best choice. However, once you paint, you cannot easily come back to staining (it’s possible if you sand down the entire fence, but that is an extreme job). Transparent and semi-transparent stains (clear or tinted) can last 2-3 years before they fade or need to be reapplied. Solid stains last 3-5 years. Paint lasts longer, but it still needs upkeep. Most people progress through these options as the fence ages, so you may find that you want to start with little to no color at first. Take time making the decision. If you’re putting in a new vinyl fence, however, you won’t need to stain or paint it – the color you choose now is the color you will have.

 

Don’t Automatically Opt For A Trend

Just because your neighbor put up a beautiful cedar fence doesn’t mean you can stain your oak fence orange and get the same result. Likewise, choosing a neutral shade that is popular online but doesn’t coordinate with the colors of your house will look thrown-together and disorganized. Start by assessing the colors in your home, especially external trim colors, and build from there.

 

Don’t Assume You Have To Color It

Just because you can color a wood fence doesn’t mean that you have to. Letting wood age and weather naturally can achieve beautiful and striking results. It may decrease the overall lifespan of your fence, but if you know that there is no way you will be able to maintain the stain or color of your fence, this is a reasonable choice.

 

Don’t Forget Landscaping

Plan your landscaping while planning your fence. There is a possibility that a hedge could be a better solution than a fence for you. If not, think about the flowers that you hope to have and the colors that you want to see in your yard. If you’re picturing a riot of poppies, don’t opt for that orange fence – they’ll get lost.

 

Let Hercules Fence Help Set Up The Perfect Fence For You

Hercules Fence takes pride in being experts in residential, commercial, and high-security fencing. We have been serving our clients since 1955, with only the most knowledgeable of staff. Our staff is ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland.

Visit our website to see how we can be of service to you. Also, follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Linkedin to stay up to date with our latest news.

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Can an Ice Storm Harm my Fence?

Winter weather can vary from above and below normal temperatures to ice, rain or snow. An ice storm is typically a weather event where freezing rain is falling as temperatures are on the precipice of freezing to above freezing. Ice will often form on trees, cars, streets and your roof. While ice storms can be hazardous to drivers and walkers, what can they do to your fence? How can you help your fence stay at its best?

Wood Fencing

  1. Moisture can be enemy No. 1 for your wood fencing. Maintaining your paint and stain seal will help create a tough barrier against the water that comes from ice, rain and snow. Take a close look at your fence at various intervals throughout the season to ensure that there are not any areas for concern.
  2. After a particularly strong storm, make sure to remove any branches or limbs that have fallen on your fence to prevent any damage. Also, gently brush off build-ups of snow or ice with a broom when weather permits.
  3. If you are noticing that water is not beading on your wood panels during the winter, then add a spring project to your to-do list: repaint or restain your fence to keep it at its best for years.

Vinyl Fencing

  1. The concern with this type of fencing material is potential damage from ice or snow. As with any maintenance strategy, taking the time to look at your fence carefully is the first line of defense. Stroll along your fence line in the snow and utilize a broom gently as necessary, being careful not to scratch it up.
  2. While you may be tempted to hang seasonal decorations on your fencing, remember that these add weight and crevices for weather elements to build up. If you do decorate your fence, take even more time to keep an eye on it.

Aluminum Fencing

  1. Aluminum is similar to vinyl as there are really no concerns about rot or insect damage. But you should watch out for how ice or snow can weigh down your panels. Also, shifting soil at your fence’s base may cause instability. 
  2. If you have a large pile of snow or buildup of ice near or on your fence, take care to clear it as soon as you can to prevent damage.

Repairs May Be Needed After Winter

No matter how much maintenance or preventive steps you take, there may be a need for repairs as the weather clears. At Fence Masters, we work on fences that we have installed. We can also provide emergency repair services as we understand that things happen unexpectedly. 

Our team is proud to have served our communities since 1983. We work in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region. Contact us through our online contact form.

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Garden Fence Advice You Should Follow

Garden Fence Advice You Should Follow

Follow these tips to avoid the mistakes and get the most out of your beautiful, new garden fence.

Good fences make good neighbors, according to some, but good fences also make safe kids, controlled pets, and secure property. If you’re pondering getting a fence for your property, rest assured that it is likely a wise investment since adding a fence can improve curb appeal and increase property value. If, however, you make any of these mistakes when adding new garden fencing, you may not realize the full value of your fence that you could. Follow these tips to avoid the mistakes and get the most out of your beautiful, new garden fence.

Check The Rules

You need to check all of the potential rules that govern your property. For instance, there may be city, county, or even state laws about the fencing height, material, or proximity to streets and sidewalks. Even if you’re clear on all that, there may be HOA rules about the fencing that is allowed – or even if putting up a fence is permitted at all. Finally, do your research about the type of permitting required for the fence you want.

 

Know Your Property

Fences more often than not sit on the property line unless there is a law restricting that. If you’re replacing an old fence, that fence is likely on your property line. If you’re not, you may need to have someone come out to mark the property line for you. It would be really bad to erect a new fence only to have to take it down because it was actually on your neighbor’s property. Save the time, money, and hassle of this by learning exactly where your property line is first.

 

Measure Twice, Buy Once

Measure your fence line meticulously and plan exactly what you will need for the fence. While you don’t want to excessively overbuy in materials, you also don’t want to be caught short and then have to spend extra time and money waiting on additional materials.

 

Use The Right Tools And Materials

Finally, use the right tools and materials for your needs. Galvanized nails resist rusting. Vinyl fencing panels are user-friendly to install yourself. Iron fencing can last you for quite a while, but should be installed by a professional. Don’t settle for less than what actually meets your needs just to save a little bit of money up front because it will eventually cost you more.

 

Let Hercules Fence Help Set Up The Perfect Fence For You

Hercules Fence takes pride in being experts in residential, commercial, and high-security fencing. We have been serving our clients since 1955, with only the most knowledgeable of staff. Our staff is ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland.

Visit our website to see how we can be of service to you. Also, follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Linkedin to stay up to date with our latest news.

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Creating More Attractive Fencing

Creating More Attractive Fencing

Here are ways to make your fencing more attractive.

People set up fences for different reasons. For many people, the purpose of a fence is to provide protection to different aspects of their home and yard. In other situations, however, the primary function of the fence is meant to be its aesthetic appeal. Creating a fence that is pleasing to the eye takes some thought, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are ways to make your fencing more attractive.

Choose the Right Paint

Paint not only makes your fence look better but it also adds a layer of protection against sun damage. Many people will elect to use white paint on their fences. It’s a timeless classic that has been a go-to option for decades. For some homes, though, white might not be the ideal color. Keep your home’s color in mind as well, and go with a color that is complementary to your house. For example, black can offer a beautiful color contrast to a house that is white in color.

Consider Adding Flowers and Planters Around Your Fencing

Perhaps you already enjoy the color of your fence, but you aren’t quite satisfied yet. If this is the case, you can further enhance your fencing with a little bit of greenery. By adding the right planters and flowers around your fence, you can give it the extra boost in appearance that you want.

Plants can add more life to your fence, and you can switch which plants you use so that you can try out many different fencing looks. For those using over-the-top planters, let your neighbors know first, and be sure they’re okay with you using them. Also, be sure that the flowers you use are suitable for your climate.

Climbing Vines

Vines can be used to add a layer of elegance to your fencing.  They can be the perfect feature, especially for those who enjoy giving their properties a more rustic look. Vines are also able to make your property seem more mysterious, wondering what secrets could be resting on the other side of the fence. On top of that, vines don’t take long to grow, so you can get the appearance you want in no time at all.

Let Hercules Fence Help Set Up The Perfect Fence For You

Hercules Fence takes pride in being experts in residential, commercial, and high-security fencing. We have been serving our clients since 1955, with only the most knowledgeable of staff. Our staff is ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland.

Visit our website to see how we can be of service to you. Also, follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Linkedin to stay up to date with our latest news.

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Making Sure Your Fencing Can Endure the Snow

Making Sure Your Fencing Can Endure the Snow

Today, we’re going to explain what can be done to help your fencing endure whatever snow may fall.

During the winter, it’s to be expected that snow is going to come up in your forecast at some point. This can impact many aspects of your outdoor landscape, including any fence you have. You want your fence to be as prepared as it can be before snow starts to fall. Today, we’re going to explain what can be done to help your fencing endure whatever snow may fall.

Repair Any Damage Your Fencing Currently Has

A damaged fence is going to have a worse chance of enduring the snow than a fence that is sturdy and strong. That’s why you should fix all damage your fencing has before the snow starts falling. See if there are any parts of your fence that are broken or if you see rust, rot, or other signs of damage. These problems should be fixed in order to give your fence the best chance of survival.

For Wooden Fencing, Make Sure the Wood is Protected

The temperatures are much colder in the winter. This means that there aren’t as many warm days to keep your wood dry, which would otherwise prevent rotting and mold from occurring. To give your fencing extra protection against the cold temperatures of winter, you should give it a fresh coat of paint. This not only makes your fence safer during winter, but it also makes your fencing look nicer.

Watch Over Your Fence Posts

Snow adds moisture to the ground, and this causes soil to loosen up near the bottoms of your fence posts. For this reason, monitoring your fence posts is important to ensure they are secure at all times.

If you suspect they need to be given more stability, you could add post caps, which protect the tops of your posts and minimize the damage that your fence would suffer from the top. You could also add post spikes to give your fence more overall stability.

Let Hercules Fence Help Set Up The Perfect Fence For You

Hercules Fence takes pride in being experts in residential, commercial, and high-security fencing. We have been serving our clients since 1955, with only the most knowledgeable of staff. Our staff is ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland.

Visit our website to see how we can be of service to you. Also, follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Linkedin to stay up to date with our latest news.

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