Metal or PVC Fencing?

I decided that I wanted to put up a fence around my backyard. I knew that I didn’t want a wooden fence, because I wasn’t interested in all of the upkeep that goes along with wood. That left two obvious choices: metal or PVC. Which to choose?

I liked the idea of PVC. A PVC fence would be simple to install and maintain. I thought that metal would be more difficult to install, but that it could be more attractive. Plus, metal is very durable. I did a lot of research into the pros and cons of both before making a choice. I decided to use the information that I got from researching metal and PVC fences to create this blog for others who are similarly interested and need more information to make a choice.

Tips for Fixing Vinyl Fence Holes from the Winter

The cold weather of winter can be the cause of cosmetic damage to your vinyl fence. Limbs can fall off nearby trees; ice can fall from up above, and even a city snowplow can shoot snow and ice into the fence at high speeds. If you discover a hole in your vinyl fencing, there is no reason to worry. It can be fixed, and the fence can look like there was never damage to begin with. Tools and Materials Before you can begin, you’ll need the following items: Foam insulation (spray can) Paint and primer (spray can) Putty knife Plastic filler Sandpaper (medium and fine grit) Handsaw Clean towels Water Planning You need a few days of warm weather to do this repair job. Plan for two consecutive days where there is not any rain or snow predicted in your local weather forecast. Prepping Start by cleaning the part of your fence that needs to be repaired. All you need to do is wipe it down with a clean towel and some warm water. For a fence that is very dirty, you can use mild cleaning detergent when scrubbing the vinyl fencing. Allow the fence to dry completely before you continue. Filling Filling the vinyl fence hole is very easy to do. Begin by using some spray-foam insulation that comes in a can. Place the nozzle into the fence’s hole, and then spray the insulation until it starts coming out from the hole. Wait for the foam to harden before you continue. Smoothing Once the foam insulation has completely hardened, your handsaw can be used to cut away the excess...

Benefits Of A Retractable Pool Fence

Retractable pool fences are an alternative type of pool fencing that are designed, like their name would suggest, to be opened and closed as needed. Because of this unique method of operation, retractable pool fences have a number of benefits when compared to more traditional forms of fencing. Understanding what a retractable pool fence has to offer can help you decide if a retractable pool fence is the right fit for your pool’s needs. Increased Safety A retractable pool fence will provide a greater degree of safety and security to your pool. While you are using the pool, the fence can be taken away to allow easy access, but while you aren’t, the fence can keep small children and pets from falling into the water. Additionally, it can prevent people from breaking into and using your pool while you’re away or asleep, adding a greater degree of security to your yard. Maintain the Aesthetic Because it can be removed from the area around your pool, a retractable pool fence will not ruin the aesthetic around your pool as a traditional fence would. The only constantly visible part of the fence is the track that it runs along, which is built into the floor around your pool and is barely noticeable once the fence has been retracted. This means that you can maintain the appearance of your yard while entertaining guests or using the pool, while still enjoying the safety and security benefits the fence provides when you close the pool. Inclement Weather Swimming  Some models of retractable pool fences come with ceilings, creating an enclosure that will keep out...

How To Grow Hops Along A Fence

Whether you use hops to brew your own beer or just enjoy the look and smell of these unique plants, growing hops along a fence line is a great way to add unique interest to your property. Hops grow in any moderate climate, and they’re pretty low-maintenance once they’re established. Here’s how to grow them along a fence on your property. Make sure you have the right fence. A low picket fence or old, broken-down chain link fence is not going to cut it for growing hops. These plants like to grow tall, so you’ll want a fence that is 6 feet tall – or even taller if you can bear it. Your fence also needs to be in good shape, since the hops will add weight and put strain on it. An old fence that’s beginning to succumb to rust and corrosion may collapse under the weight of the hops. If you have a wood fence that’s in decent shape and tall enough, you can make do with this. But if you’re getting a new fence for the purpose of growing hops, consider going with galvanized or vinyl-coated steel rather than wood. The hops will trap some moisture against the fence, and these materials are less susceptible to moisture damage than wood. Talk to a company like Hinesville Fence for more advice on which fence to choose. Plant the hops. It’s easier to plant already-started hops from a nursery than to try to start from scratch. The best time to plant hops is in spring, right after the last frost. Place one hop plant every  2 – 3 feet along...

Learn What Type Of Fence Is Going To Be Best For Your Property

If you have purchased a new home and it doesn’t have a fence, or you feel the time has come to fence in your current home, you want to make sure you choose the best one for the needs of your family. Each type of fencing is good for specific things and by matching yourself up with the best one, you will get exactly what you need out of it. This article will help you to pick a fence that gives you what you, your family and your property need in a fence. For security If your main objective is to better-secure your home, you want to go with a sturdy fence that’s tall and that doesn’t have wide spaces that can be squeezed through. In this case, a solid wood fence will work, as long as you don’t mind your view of the neighborhood being blocked. A chain link fence will also work and it won’t obstruct your view. For added landscaping If you want to add to the look of your landscaping, then you can go with a nice, picket fence. This type of fence won’t offer you security, but it will give your yard a nice decorative border. You can paint the fence any color you want, but white is generally the color of choice. A wrought iron fence can also be a good choice. They can have decorative tips and added decoration welded on the posts if you choose. Even chain link fencing can be decorative if you add wood rolls to the outside of it. For dog confinement If you want to keep your...

Five Ways To Protect Your Home From It Being Broken Into

If you are concerned that your home may become a target of a burglar looking for their next house to victimize, then you want to do everything you possibly can to ensure that you are securing your home to the best of your ability. There are five changes you can make around the yard and your house that will help secure the property and this article will introduce them to you. Make a deal with your neighbors. Introduce yourself to your nearest neighbors and make a deal with them to watch out for each other’s property. Let them know that you will inform them if you are going to be out of town so they can keep an eye on your house for you, and you will be available to do the same thing for them. Secure your garage. Garages are big targets many burglars like to set their sights on. Garages tend to be on the side of the house, away from the common living space. This means a burglar can move around freely without worrying about being seen or heard. You want to make sure you have good locks on all the windows and that you keep the blinds closed. Also, put a zip tie through the emergency lever of the garage door and secure it around the track. This will prevent a criminal from getting in by using a wire to unlock the garage door from the outside. Have a locksmith come out. It’s a good idea to have a professional lock smith come out to inspect the locks on your doors and windows. They can...

Keeping Your Apartment Complex Secure With A Gated Entrance

Whether your apartment complex is an exclusive luxury space you want to restrict access to or you simply want to ensure the safety and security of your tenants, there are several ways you can keep the area secure and give your residents added peace of mind. Here are just a few options for creating a secure community using a gated entrance. Key Card Entry Gates Key card entry gates allow your residents to use a secure parking card to open the gate to your community. A wrought iron gate that swings open electronically is a great option for a luxury gated community. Your fence contractor can help you to choose a gate that coordinates with the fencing around your complex. If you prefer not to hand out key cards, you can opt for a keypad entry system that allows your residents to enter in a personal pin to gain entrance to the complex. Security Checkpoints While luxury high rise apartments might have a doorman who can verify the people coming and going into the building, a gated community can get the same results with a security checkpoint. This will require your contractor to build a small structure for your security personnel that includes a mechanism to open the gate electronically for your residents and guests. This person can monitor both the people coming and going through the gated entrance. He or she can also authorize guests, contractors and other approved visitors to enter the complex. Pedestrian Gates It’s important to remember that not all of the people who live in your apartment complex will be driving in and out...

Learn Why A Bendable Vinyl Fence May Be The Best Option For Fencing In Your Horses

Creating a border around the edge of your property is important if you have horses. The horses need to know where the perimeter of the land is so that they do not get lost or go onto someone else’s property. There are many options available when it comes to the materials that can be used to create the fence, but since you will need so much fencing to fence in a few acres of your property, you want to be sure that you choose a long-lasting, durable option. The following guide walks you through a few reasons why bendable vinyl fencing may be the best option for fencing in your horses. Vinyl Fencing Is Durable Vinyl fencing is designed to be durable and long-lasting. It is made to stand the wear and tear of Mother Nature, resist cracking or warping, and never fade from the harmful rays of the sun. Vinyl Fencing Is Customizable Vinyl fencing is available in many colors and is bendable when you use the flexible option. This allows you to create a fenced-in area in any shape you choose. This is great for creating practice areas for show horses who need to get used to showing in different shaped arenas. Vinyl Fencing Is Worth the Investment The initial cost of a vinyl fence is more than you would pay for a wooden fence, but when you consider that vinyl fence last much longer than wooden fences and do not require much maintenance at all, the cost is well worth paying. Wooden fences will warp, fade, and crack over time and need to be replaced, but...

What You Should Know About Wood Picket Fences

A traditional wood picket fence provides your home with a charming feel, but the appearance isn’t the only benefit. Here are some other things to know about these types of fences to help you decide if this is the right option for you. They Are Eco-Friendly One of the first things you should know about wood picket fences is that they can be an eco-friendly option. With some of the other fencing materials, they might not be easy to reuse or recycle if there is damage to the fence and it needs to be re-done. However, wood fencing is biodegradable and easy to use for other projects around the house. Instead of throwing the wood away, it can be used to build a flower bed, hold compost, or used as firewood. This ensures you are not wasting any materials. Wood is a Budget-Friendly Option You can also save money by choosing a wood fence as opposed to other materials. Wood picket fences use less materials than full wood fences, and they cost considerably less than materials like stone or metal. Not only are the materials less, but the installation and labor costs are low since they are easy to install. You can save even more money by putting it up yourself, which is possible since this is a simple type of fence. You Can Paint or Customize Them Wood fencing materials are also great because they can be painted and customized if you ever change your mind about the look. You can repaint them at any time to improve their appearance or change the color. This is not something...

Care Of Your Ornamental Iron Fence

Iron is known for being exceptionally sturdy and solid. Still, despite being so strong, iron does need regular maintenance and protection from water in order to look its best. These tips will help you take care of your ornamental iron fence to ensure its long life.  Maintain the Paint The paint on your ornamental iron fence is more than just decorative–it’s also protective. When exposed to the elements, iron rusts quickly. The only way to protect the iron is to cover it with a sealed, waterproof coating. To do this, many people choose to cover their iron fence with paint. Check the paint on the fence on a quarterly basis–especially after the fence is a few years old. Look for signs of cracking, bubbling or chipping. Often when the paint begins to deteriorate, the first sign of a problem will be a trail of rust running down the gate and to the ground.  To fix this issue, use a wire brush to sand down the paint and the rust until bare metal is exposed. Next, fill in any cracks and pits with metal filler and give it time to dry. Paint over the iron with rust-inhibiting primer and spray paint. Do this all in one day if possible to ensure that the fence isn’t needlessly exposed to moisture in the interval.  Keep Moisture At Bay Moisture can attack your fence in a variety of unexpected ways. Keep plants away from the iron. Not only will plants grow or wrap themselves around your fence, but large shrubs will also trap humidity within their branches and leaves. If shrubs trap humidity...

Remove Bird Droppings And Spider Webs From Your Vinyl Fence

If birds and spiders have been taking up residence on your vinyl fence, unsightly droppings and webs way be on its surface. Learn how to clean your fence with the following steps and restore it back to its original condition.  Use The Following Materials mild detergent handheld scrub brush (soft bristles) water bleach bucket water hose rubber gloves long-handled scrub brush nylon stocking scissors paper towels shiny wind chimes  bird spikes pesticide Clean The Bird Droppings Mix equal parts of mild detergent and water in a bucket. Use the cleaning solution and a scrub brush to remove the droppings. If the staining is severe, add a cup of bleach to the cleaning solution to make it stronger. Move the brush back and forth over the vinyl surface, but do not press down too hard because the brush can leave marks in the vinyl. After the stains have been eliminated. rinse the fence off well with a water hose. To prevent birds from going on your fence in the future, hang up a set of shiny wind chimes near the fence and install bird spikes where the birds normally frequent. Bird spikes will make it difficult for the birds to land on the fence. The bird spikes can be added by peeling off the backing and pressing each one down on the top of the fence.  Remove The Webs Put on a pair of rubber gloves so that your hands do not come in contact with any spiders or webs. Cover the end of a long-handled scrub brush with a nylon stocking. Move the covered end of the scrub brush...