Thursday, November 15, 2018

Is It Better to Paint or Stain a Wood Fence?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a wood fence for your yard, but primary among those reasons is that it looks great! You simply can't beat the aesthetic of wood. However, if you spend the money to install a wood fence, you’ll want to keep it looking nice for as long as possible. In this regard, it is best to cover a wooden fence with a protective coating… but is it better to choose paint or wood stain? That is the common question.

While both options are good for preserving the wood, choosing which is best for you is more about how you want the fence to look and how much time you want to put into it. Paint has become fairly popular because you can have a wide variety of design options available. However, the downside of paint is that you will need to repaint the fence every three years for optimum protection. Furthermore, before repainting, there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done. The cracking and peeling paint needs to be scraped off, and that is a time-consuming affair! So repainting a fence is often a multi-day job.

Staining is usually the preferred option by wooden fence owners. The stain protects longer and requires much less work when it comes time to re-stain it since the stain doesn't need to be scraped away. However, stains are best at highlighting the wood features. This means you have less color options available, but the results are still beautiful. If you enjoy a natural wood look as opposed to colors made available from painting, then stain is to be preferred. Furthermore, stain tends to fade much more gracefully than paint, without any flaking or peeling; so even if you are taking your time getting around to staining it again, it will still look acceptable.

Do you have questions on the information above? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we would love to help you come to a decision!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Secure your Front Yard with the Right Fencing

Installing a fence in your front yard can be a great way to add more privacy to your home. If you're curious about fencing installation, but have some reservations about getting the right fencing installed, you'll need to consider what you can do to ensure that you make the right investment. The team here at Allstar Fence and Deck can help you with that!


Consider the Fence Height

As you begin to look into fencing options for your front yard, you've likely spent a lot of time considering exactly how tall the fencing should be. Without proper planning, you could end up with fencing that's either too short or too tall for your preferences.

Since you likely don't want the front of your home to be completely blocked, it's a good idea to pick fencing that is short enough to still provide a view of your home.


Choose the Right Material

With so many different types of fencing that you can choose from, it makes sense to look for fencing that has the material you gravitate most towards. With durable options such as solid wood, vinyl, or even chain-link, you can pick the fencing that suits your budget and adds the look that best fits your home.


Keep the Cost Reasonable

Taking your time to look for good prices on fencing can make all the difference in ensuring that you get a good rate, and that the fence won't be too expensive for your budget. Knowing exactly how many feet of fencing you'll need, as you begin checking out your options, can help you to get fencing that is priced fairly.

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with any fence questions and/or service needs. It’s our pleasure to make sure you’re happy with your choice of fencing once the job is done.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Insurance Companies like Fences

From an insurance perspective, homeowners and property owners will greatly benefit from installing a fence around the perimeter of their lot or yard. Underwriters and insurance carriers like fences because they provide security and are also helpful from a liability standpoint. The professionals at Allstar Fence & Deck can install fencing that fits the specific needs of any and all customers, especially when it comes to offering a protective barrier and boundary line.

Security

A fence is a great asset to any property because it provides a barrier that can discourage trespassers and unwanted critters from entering a person's yard or land lot. Fences can come in a variety of heights and locking mechanisms, which will go a long way in showing insurance carriers that a policyholder is proactive in keeping their property protected.

Many insurance claims are filed as a result of vandalism or theft to a property. The existence of a fence will lower the chances of a structure being burglarized or destroyed during a criminal act. Repair and replacement costs can lead to a costly insurance claim on top of unsafe feelings from being a victim of theft. A fence can provide security and a sense of relief!

Liability


Many insurance claims that are filed have to do with the issue of liability. Homeowners and landowners can be at fault if a person is on their property (even without permission) and gets harmed. Many liability cases end up in the courtroom in order to decide fault. Having that said, the installation of a fence on a property will go a long way in proving to judges and juries that the property owner was taking every precaution to keep unwanted visitors off of his or her land.

Fences also help to define property lines which can be good when neighbors try to install pools, tree houses, or additional structures. A fence that adequately follows the boundaries of one's property will be a beneficial outline to the owners and others living nearby.

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at Allstar Fence & Deck today to learn more about the benefits of fence installation.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fencing Replacement to Improve your Property

If your current fence is in poor shape and you've made plans to have it torn down and replaced, it's important that you start focusing your efforts on picking out a new fence that will continue to look fantastic in your yard as time goes on. If you're worried about durability with the new fencing, there are several things that you can look for to make sure that the fencing remains in the best condition possible in the years to come after the installation.

Keep the Climate in Mind


While choosing a new fence for your yard, it's important that you keep an eye out for fencing that fits the climate you live in. If you get a lot of rain or snow in your town, it may be best to avoid wood fencing unless it has been treated to be water-resistant.

Since different fencing materials can vary in how they react to the climate, it's vital that you look for fencing that will remain in the best condition even with the climate you live in.

Stick with a Neutral Style


When you want the new fencing to continue standing in your yard for a long time, it's important that you lean towards more neutral designs that won't go out of style. Vinyl fencing, as well as iron fencing, that is neutral in color and without any flashy designs can fit a variety of landscaping styles so that it won't need to be replaced any time soon.

Get Familiar with Upkeep


Understanding just how much effort is needed for maintaining the fence you choose can help you feel much better about the costs involved, as you'll be able to take the necessary precautions to extend the lifespan of your new fence.

With the above tips in mind, you should feel more at ease when it comes to starting the process of installing your new fence and keeping up the needed maintenance to ensure your money’s worth. If you have any questions at all, we encourage you to contact us here at Allstar Fence and Deck.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tips for Creating a Beautiful Fence

Putting some effort into the surroundings of your house can help improve its appearance quite a bit. You can give your house a fresh coat of paint, cultivate your front yard or back yard garden, and surround it all with a fence of your choosing. Not only is a fence a practical option to keep animals and people off your property, but it also makes an aesthetic addition to your home.

Using Multiple Colors vs. Using One Color


You can make your home seem more colorful by using multiple bright colors on your fence. Or you can keep things simple with a fence in just one color which matches with or simply compliments the color of your home.

The Red & White Spanish Look


The Spanish look is particularly attractive. In many sea-facing resorts in Spain, the houses and buildings are painted white with beautiful red poppies growing in niches along the walls. You can do the same with your fence. Paint it white and add a few pot holders with red flowers (or just colorful flowers, if that's what you prefer!) on the outside.

Decorating with Flowers: Simple but Stunning


Pots of flowers always make a home look very welcoming. They're a simple, inexpensive option for decorating your home but the effect can be quite stunning. Your fence will no longer look like it's only meant to keep intruders out, but will give off a welcoming effect for friends and family members.

Practical & Aesthetically Appealing Fences


So why not put a little effort into getting the right fence for your property? Go for something practical as well as aesthetically appealing. You have a number of different fence types to choose from, in terms of the material from which they're made. Some will last longer than others so it is important to do your homework and ask questions before committing to a material.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or service needs that you may have. The team here at Allstar Fence and Deck would love to help you out!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

3 Questions to ask yourself when finding a Good Fence Contractor

A fence is an important part of your home because it keeps intruders out and clearly marks the space which belongs to you and your family. Additionally, it's important for aesthetic reasons—it lends a finishing touch to your home. So it's important to find a good, reliable fence contractor who will be able to build the kind of fence that you want for your home. Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before hiring:

How long have they Been Around?

It's a good idea to look into how long a particular fence contractor has been around. The longer they've been in business, the more experience they have. And this means that they're going to be familiar with the kinds of problems people run into when it comes to fences. They'll be able to take a look at your property and understand your needs in order to come up with the right fence for you.

What are their Reviews like?

In the past, you could only get recommendations from people whom you knew. So maybe you'd see a friend's fence and ask them who their fence contractor was. This is a solid way of finding a good fence contractor.

But what if you don't know anyone with a fence that you like? What if you're looking for a fence contractor who will build you a different type of fence? Well, why not look online?

There are often websites which lists reviews of the businesses in a certain area. You should be able to find out if the fence contractor you're considering has a good reputation by checking these out.

Are They Professional and Punctual?

When you first go to meet the fence contractor (or ask them to come to your house), do they show up on time? Do they thoroughly check out your property, take measurements and give you their recommendations? Do they give you a few different options for different types of fences and quote a reasonable price? These are the signs that you're dealing with a professional who's interested in doing a good job.

Do you have questions? We encourage you to contact us.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Replacing your Fence? 3 Tips for a Timeless Addition

When the fencing around your property is in poor condition, you may be interested in what you can do to replace the fence. Doing so will help it to stay in the best shape for a long time and you can avoid replacement anytime soon.

Since you want the new fence to look fantastic with your home and stay in good shape, you should look into the following tips to make sure that you have a new fence that's installed properly and is a great addition to your home.

Choose Durability Above All Else

After replacing the fencing, due to it being in poor shape, it's so important that you make durability your top priority when picking out new fencing. Many people make the mistake of picking fencing based only on the price or appearance, resulting in the fence being in poor shape just a few years later.

Looking for durable materials and spending just a bit extra can make a big difference in getting the fence that you want for your yard.

Keep the Exterior of Your Home in Mind

Along with simply choosing a fence that looks great for your needs, it's a good idea to pick out fencing that fits in with the exterior of your home. Many people make the mistake of picking out fencing that looks great in a showroom, without considering the color or design of the home itself.

Don't Neglect the Need for Landscaping

The kind of landscaping that you want for your yard can also play a big part in picking out the right fencing. For example, some fencing is better suited for climbing vines, while other fencing may look best with shrubs planted right alongside it.

Picking out new fencing can make a big difference in the final look of your home and how much you enjoy the new fence. Having that said, we encourage you to contact us so that we can help you to make the right choice!