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!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Aluminum Fencing: The Cleaner, Greener Option for your Fencing Needs

A lot of people are trying to live a greener lifestyle these days, and to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. For example, people recycle newspapers and bottles, drive electric cars, and use LED light bulbs; but when it comes to home repairs and additions, people sometimes overlook obvious ways to go green.

If you're thinking about installing a fence, and looking to go green, you should choose aluminum fencing instead of wood, vinyl, or other fencing options.

What Makes Aluminum Fencing Green?

Aluminum, as you know, is not a reactive metal. It doesn't oxidize, it's long-lasting, and it can stand up to a lot of different weather. Compare that with chemically-treated wood, which can attract pests, or end up leaching its preservatives into the soil. Even other metals and plastic options lack the durability of aluminum when it comes to fences.

What makes aluminum one of the most attractive options for those concerned with being green, though, is that it is completely recyclable. So even if your fence is damaged, or just wears out, that doesn't mean it goes onto a scrap pile somewhere. Instead, it gets melted down, and recycled into something new. It could be more fencing, it might be soda cans, or it might even be airplane components! Whatever it becomes, that aluminum stays in circulation.

This decreases the amount of overall waste being generated, but it also means there's less need to mine new aluminum for fresh materials. That is not a statement you can make about a lot of other materials people use to build fences with, and its one reason aluminum has remained so popular.

We encourage you to contact us!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

6 Questions to Ask a Fence Contractor

Sometimes, a good fence contractor can be hard to find. If you’re in the process of looking, ask these six important questions before you commit to hiring.

1. How long have you been in business?


Businesses with a bad reputation do not stay in business for long. The length of time a contractor has been working is an indicator of both their reputation and their ability to complete the projects they work on.


2. Are you licensed, certified, and insured?


Most states require contractors to obtain a contractor's license. This means that they understand the requirements for operating as a contractor in your area. Depending on the trade, knowledge exams may be necessary for licensing in some states, but certifications can also prove a contractor knows their trade. Insurance (or a bond) is protection in case the contractor you hire does not complete the work. In other words, your project will get finished; even if the initial contractor bails.


3. Do you have any references?


Have each contractor you talk to give you contact information for two or three satisfied customers. Talk to these customers about their experience, including how well they thought the contractor communicated with them and how well the contractor handled problems as they came up.


4. What is the timeline for completing my project?


Getting a timeline for your project will let you know when a potential contractor is available to start the work, how long it will take, and how busy they are with other projects now. Be sure to ask them how they plan to communicate any changes to the proposed timeline.


5. What should I expect while your crew is on my property?


Answers to this question should include expected noise levels and other disruptions for you and your neighbors, as well as when you might need to be on the property to consult or off the property so a specific type of work can be completed. If you have extra curious or potentially interfering neighbors, you can also ask how they would handle that situation.


6. What steps will you take to protect my property?


Elaborate with questions about how they will prep the site, and their procedures for cleanup. Their answers will tell you if they are on the same page with you as far as how to care for and protect your property while doing the work.


Evaluating their answers…


Some of the information you receive from potential contractors for your fence project is easy to verify. For most states, business and contractor licensing information is available online. Review sites are a good way to get an overall picture of their reputation and work.

Do not stop there, though. Pay attention to how your questions are answered. If a contractor tries to duck a question, or they come across as someone you may have trouble working with, it is okay to pass. Your goal should be to hire a good contractor from a fence company that will work well with you.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Part 2: Five Situations where you'll be Glad You Have a Privacy Fence

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed three of the five scenarios where you may want your privacy. Here are the remaining two situations that you'll want to consider.

4.) Tending to your garden

When it comes to tending to a garden or caring for your property, a considerable amount of your time may be involved. Gardening is a common hobby that many people find to be a calming and reflective time. You likely do not want an audience and a privacyfence can help with that.

Additionally, having a fence can also keep out curious children (and on occasion adults) that may want to pick your flowers or produce. It can also keep out animals that would love to eat your plants.

5.) Your home will be less visible

Depending on the height of your fence and windows, it can make it difficult or even impossible for people to look inside of your home. Your privacy while in the safety of your home is important and should be protected, especially if your home is within close proximity to the street or to neighboring homes.

Additionally, the privacy gained by a fence will make it more difficult for any potential burglars or trespassers to try to figure out how they would find their way into your home. If someone has a limited view of a home's security system, how the house is laid out, or even what's inside, this makes it a lot less likely they'll try to target your house for a break-in.

As you can see, there are many situations where a privacy fence benefits you. Please contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck so we can help you find the right fence for your home.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Part 1: Five Situations where you'll be Glad You Have a Privacy Fence

People choose to get a fence put in around their residence for a variety of reasons. They may want to improve the overall appearance of their property, or perhaps use a fence for additional safety. These are great reasons to have a fence installed, but a fence can also help in maintaining your family's privacy. When it comes to the benefits of having a privacy fence, there are many to be listed. Here are five situations that you'll be glad you have a privacy fence for.

1.) Children playing in your yard

Whether it's your own kids, grandchildren, or the children of your friends or family, it's a good idea to have a privacy fence around your property. A fenced in yard can keep them safer, so they are unable to wander outside of it, but it can also keep them out of the view of potential predators, which could help to prevent them from ever becoming a target.

2.) Soaking up the sun


If you want to lie out on your lawn and relax while soaking in the sun, you will appreciate having the privacy of a fence as it will keep you from becoming a public spectacle. On the other hand, if you have a pool, having a fence around it will provide a much safer environment.

3.) When you invite company over


If you invite family or friends over to your home for a cook-out, you won't need to worry about being watched closely by neighbors or those passing by. You’ll want your guests to feel comfortable, and not be in the direct view of others.

You may have noticed that we only listed three of the five reasons we promised… Check out part 2 of this post (coming soon!) for the two remaining situations in which you'll enjoy a privacy fence.

If you have questions, or are in need of a fencing company, please feel free to contact us.