Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Your Fence: Repair or Replace?

Many factors can lead to damage to your fence including insect and termite infestation, severe weather, freezing and thawing, and ground shifts.

It's a good idea to inspect your fence often for anywhere that may need repair, and, a lot of the time, you can take care of basic fence repair on the spot with a personal toolkit. Larger problems will likely need the help of professionals though, so taking note of the places that need help is a good idea.

Simple fence cleaning that can be done includes hosing down the fence surface. You can rent or buy a pressure washer for more unsightly items that need cleaning, like mold, moss, and the discoloration that comes with aging wood.

Rotting wood requires immediate attention, as this can lead to serious damage to your fence. If you notice any fence posts that are broken or rotting, promptly get those fixed, as they are the support structure for the entire fence.

When it comes to repairing your fence, you must make sure that the structural integrity of the fence isn't compromised. If more than 20% of the fence components are damaged, it may be time to consider replacing your fence instead. Many homeowners have their fence covered under their insurance, and can receive help from that for the costs of repairing or replacing their fence due to damage. Check with your insurer for details.

For more complex tasks, it's always best to consult with a professional on the best course of action to take. Someone that has experience with fences will be able to guide you to the best and most cost-effective solution to your fence damage. Contact us today to discuss the state of your fence.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

How to Transform Your Deck with Paint

Looking for a fun and easy way to make over your deck? All you need is a can of paint! Adding some paint to your deck is a great way to bring new life to it without completely overhauling it. Here are some unique ways to transform your deck with paint:

Add some to the floor: use different colored stains or floor paint to give the base of your deck a fun new look! You can create a tile effect, a colorful pattern, or even add a painted "rug".

Paint the railings: Create a fun color block effect by painting the railings of your deck a different color than the floor. Just make sure that the colors complement each other, as well as the paint color of your home!

Update your furniture: If you're looking to change the look of your deck without painting directly on it, consider painting your outdoor furniture! Give chairs, benches, and tables a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure to work with paints that can withstand outdoor conditions!

Add pops of color with accessories: If you're looking for a less drastic change, adding some fun colored decor to your deck might be the way to go! Have fun painting flowerpots or planters, bird feeders, or watering cans. Add your initials or a welcoming message to a doormat for some custom style.

We'd love to see how you transform your deck! If you've done some painting lately, send us a photo!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Why Choose Chain Link Fencing

Fences are an important part of providing our homes with security, privacy, and peace of mind. With so many different types of fences to choose from, finding the type that is right for you can be a challenge. One of the most common types of fences that has remained popular is chain link fencing. Chain link fences have many benefits and make a great addition to the area around any home. Here are a few reasons to consider chain link for your next fencing project:

Adaptable: Is the ground around your home hilly? Chain link fences are a great option when the terrain is uneven, as they can easily be configured and customized, unlike wood, brick or stone stones. They are also easy to install and move around, as they are not too heavy.

Cost Effective: Chain link fences are inexpensive to purchase and to install, making them a great option for the budget conscious. Additionally, chain link fences are long lasting, which means that they will not need to be replaced nearly as quickly as some other varieties of fences.

Security: Chain link fences are strong, which makes them ideal for those with pets or children. Since they are see-through, they are perfect for securing the area around a yard or pool so that you can always keep an eye on things no matter where you are. If you'd prefer a little more privacy, you have the option of weaving plastic through the link openings.

Low Maintenance: The great think about chain link fences is that they can be coated in vinyl. In doing so, you get one of the greatest benefits of vinyl fences, which is that they are very low maintenance. Adding a vinyl coating will also allow you to change the color of the fence. Many people opt for brown or green, to help your fence blend into its surroundings.

To learn more about the benefits of chain link fencing, contact us today!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pros & Cons of Screening in Your Deck or Porch

If you have a deck or porch that you enjoy using, you've probably considered the option of screening it in. There are several benefits to screening in your deck or porch, but there are also a few problems that may arise when doing so that you should also consider. Here are a few things to think about before deciding to screen in your deck or porch:

Pros: 


Enjoy the outdoors... indoors: Screening in your deck or porch allows you to enjoy the outdoors without having to technically be outside. That way, you can enjoy the sunshine and breeze without being exposed to the dirt, leaves, and bugs that come along with it!

More space: A screened in deck or porch can serve as an additional living room, where your family and pets can spend time in a safe environment in your home, while still enjoying the benefits of being outside. This area can also be used for storage during colder months.

Privacy: If you enjoy spending time on your deck or porch, but prefer a bit more privacy, screening in this area is a great option. It allows you to be outside of your home without feeling like you're on display.

Cons: 


Screen cleaning: A screen will prevent debris from entering your deck or porch, but this also means that it will need to be cleaned frequently to keep it looking nice. Pollen and dust, especially, can quickly begin to build up on your screen without regular wipe downs.

Waterproofing: Though a screen will help to prevent against water damage, during heavy rainfall it is likely that your porch or deck will still get wet. This means that all of the furniture and decor in that area needs to be waterproof. Otherwise, you risk damage to your property and potential mold problems down the line.

Maintenance: Adding a screen to your deck or porch may increase the amount of time and money you spend caring for the area of your home. In addition to keeping your screen clean and furnishings in good shape, you may also find that you'll need to replace or repair your screen every so often.

If you have any questions about screening in your deck or porch, give us a call! We're happy to answer any of your questions about the benefits and drawbacks of screening in the outdoor areas of your home!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Why Choose Aluminum Fencing?

As a homeowner, there are many fence options available to you to choose from and so many choices can make deciding difficult. Different types of fences serve different needs, but one that has stood the test of time is aluminum fencing. Here are a few reasons why many people are choosing aluminum fencing in the Franklin TN area:

Strength: If you’re looking for a fence that will last you for years, aluminum fencing a great option. It doesn’t warp or fall apart like some other types of fencing and can withstand severe temperatures. No matter where you live, you won’t have to worry about damage with an aluminum fence.

Low Maintenance: Aluminum fences do not need to be painted or stained and will not rust or rot over time. For this reason, they require very little upkeep to remain looking nice and new. Not having to worry about looking after your fence will save you both time and money.

Easy to Install: Aluminum is a strong metal, but it’s also lightweight and easy to cut through with the proper tools. This makes it easy and inexpensive to transport, install, and adjust in size if need be.

Great for Pets: If you are a cat or dog owner, keeping your pet safe is most likely a top priority for you. An aluminum fence can prevent them injuring themselves or others and is a great way to keep them enclosed in your yard without worry.

Affordability: Though more expensive than traditional wood fences, aluminum fences last longer and require less repair and upkeep. Because of this, choosing an aluminum fence is actually one of the more cost effective options available to you.

If you’d like to talk through your fencing options, or if you’ve decided that aluminum is the way you want to go, we can help! Visit our website for a free estimate or give us a call at (615) 635-8040 to get started.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tips for Power Washing Your Fence or Deck

Power washing on a regular basis is an affordable way to increase your home’s curb appeal and keep your fence and deck looking brand new. With power washers available on the market for rent or purchase, it’s easy than ever to keep the exterior areas of your home clean on your own. Here are few things to keep in mind when using a power washer on your fence and deck:

Keep Your Distance: A power washer is a powerful piece of equipment so it’s important to keep a safe distance from the surface you’re cleaning. When using a power washer, be sure to keep it 3 to 4 feet away from your fence or deck. Getting too close can cause damage to your property and injury to yourself or others around you.

Rinse Surfaces Off: After power washing your fence or deck with a cleaning detergent, you’ll want to rinse it off thoroughly with water to prevent leaving behind any residue. You may also want to rinse off other nearby surfaces with a hose, such as your car or outdoor furniture.

Increase Pressure Gradually: Always begin with the lowest pressure setting on your power washer. If your fence or deck is extremely dirty, you may need to increase the pressure. Make sure that you do so gradually to avoid damaging your fence or deck or losing control of the machine.

Plan Before You Start: Create a plan before you even pick up your power washer. If you’re cleaning your deck, make sure that you start closest to the house and work your way out. Move any furniture, plants, etc. out of the way before you begin.

Safety First: The most important thing to keep in mind when starting any home project is to be safe! You’ll want to wear safety goggles, gloves, and boots when power washing your fence or deck. Make sure you know what direction the nozzle is pointed towards before you turn the washer on and be mindful that even a light wind can shift the direction of water flow.

If you have questions about how often your fence or deck needs to be cleaned, give us a call - we can answer all of your questions about fence and deck maintenance!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Deck & Patio

The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp, and school is back in session. It’s officially fall and we are once again reminded of what a beautiful season it is. The summer heat may be fading, but it’s still a great time of year to spend time outside on your deck or patio. Here are some fun fall decorating ideas for the outdoor spaces around your home:

Pumpkins - Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins. There are so many fun ways to use them to decorate your deck and patio. A few pumpkins on the steps leading up to your deck or patio will give a great fall feel or you can carve them as Halloween approaches to delight trick-or-treaters! You can even hollow out pumpkins and use them as planters.

Flowers - Flowers aren’t just for the spring and summertime. Bold colored chrysanthemums, goldenrod, and sunflowers will complement the color of fall leaves as they change from green to yellow to red. Place some potted flowers on and around your deck to bring new life to the season.

Leaf Garland - It may not be quite time for string lights or garland wreaths just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate the railing or fence around your deck. Use silk leaves, pinecones, ribbons, and anything else you can think of to create a fall themed garland to hang around your deck or patio.

Furniture - Give your outdoor furniture fall flair! Paint your table and chairs a deep red or rust orange, place a wool blanket over an old rocker, or invest in a warm-toned table umbrella. Not only will this give your deck a warm fall feel, it will also make the furniture in the space feel new again.

If you decorate your deck for fall, send us a photo! We’d love to see how you celebrate autumn in your outdoor space!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Deck Maintenance Tips

Decks are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, and with the proper care they can be kept looking great all year long. Here are a few tips to help you maintain the quality of your deck and help protect it from the elements.

First of all, regular maintenance is crucial. We recommend sweeping the main surface of your deck on a weekly basis to remove any fallen leaves or debris from nearby trees and bushes.

It is also important to do at least one more thorough cleaning per year. Be sure to check the weather forecast before beginning this process, and try to avoid doing it on days with strong sun exposure or rain.

Before any serious cleaning is done, you must remove any dust, dirt, or debris from the deck. Using a household broom (or a leaf blower if you have one), quickly clear off the main surface of your deck. Although frequently overlooked, the cracks and crevices of your deck can attract a lot of the same types of unwanted debris. Take a look at the spaces between the wooden boards and remove any significant buildup in those spaces. This can be done using a putty knife or any similar crevice cleaning tool.

After your deck is cleared, you can begin washing. If you are not quite ready to invest in the purchase of a power washer, you can opt to rent one from your local hardware or home improvement store. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the different settings of the pressure cleaner before washing your deck. To prevent against water damage, make sure that you are using a gentle pressure setting and avoid holding the nozzle too close to the wood surface.

The next step in your process will be to apply deck cleaner. When choosing a cleaner, pay close attention to labels. There are a variety of different cleaners out there and it is very important that you select the proper one for your specific deck material (wood, composite, vinyl, etc.). These labels will also provide detailed instructions for applying the cleaner. Follow these instructions, as they tend to vary from product to product.

In order to protect your deck for the upcoming year, we recommend using a protective finish. Applying a sealant to your deck will help to preserve the quality of the wood by limiting the harmful effects of weather related damages.

All of these tips will help keep your deck in tip-top shape. If you have any other questions about how to maintain your deck, feel free to get in touch with us – we’re happy to help!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why Choose Vinyl Fencing?

With so many options out there, choosing the perfect fence for your home can be a challenge. It is important to consider your needs and the purpose of your fence when deciding what style is right for you. In recent years, more and more people are opting for vinyl fencing over traditional wood fencing. Vinyl fencing is a convenient and reliable option choice for the following reasons:

Low Maintenance – Vinyl fencing does not require any painting or staining. Scratches and dents cannot be seen and the only cleaning your fence will require is a quick rinse off every once in a while - Mother Nature may even take care of this for you!

UV Protected – Since vinyl fencing is UV protected, you’ll never have to worry about damage from the sun. The color and brightness of your fence will always remain intact, keeping your fence looking brand new!

Cost Effective – Here at Allstar Fence and Deck, we guarantee that your fence will last a lifetime. With virtually no maintenance, the initial cost of the fence and installation is the only expense you’ll need to worry about, making vinyl fencing the most cost effective option over time.

Durability – Vinyl fencing is five times stronger than wood fencing and has the ability to bend, ensuring that your vinyl fence will stand strong through harsh weather and changing seasons.

Style Choices – Choosing vinyl fencing allows you to pick from a wide array of color and style options. With endless possibilities, you can design a fence that is both functional and fits your unique personality!

We hope that you will consider our vinyl fencing for your next project. Contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck for more information about vinyl fencing and to receive a free quote!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

What You Should Know Before Adding a Fence to Your Property

When you're deciding on some home improvement projects, it's not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes, different projects need certain approvals, and adding a fence is one of them. With our 20 years of experience here at Allstar Fence and Deck, we wanted to give some insight on what you should know before you start the process of installing a new fence on your property.

Before you start preparing your home for a new fence, make sure you speak with the city or county you live in and submit a permit if necessary. They'll ask for the design, size and material to make sure that everything is approved throughout the city. If you're not sure which type of fence you want just yet, ask for a list of approved fences that you can choose from so that you are aware of the rules and restrictions for fences and decks.

The next step to take before installing a fence is to know your property lines! Your backyard may seem big, but you'll need to figure out the exact outline of your yard so you don't have to re-do everything if you've gone onto your neighbor's part of land by accident.

It's also always a good idea to discuss your fence options with your neighbors. Even though the fence will be on your property, it's a nice gesture to give them a heads up. You never know, they might be deciding on installing a fence and you can work something out!

So, after you understand the rules and restrictions that come along with installing a fence, now it's time to decide on the material, height, and design. If you're getting a fence because you have a dog that you want to run around, then height may be your main decision so that he or she can't jump over it. This is a huge decision because you could end up wasting money if you build a fence that is too high, or too low. This can also be a big factor if the main reason you're getting a fence is to have more privacy.

When you're picking out your design and material, keep in mind how much work and maintenance you're willing to put in after the fence is completed. Certain materials, like wooden fences for example, require a lot of work to make sure that the fence stays in the best shape possible, while others, like aluminum fences, require very little upkeep to remain looking nice and new. We can give you recommendations and can help choose which the best fit for your home is.

If you're unsure of the type of fence you'd like, check out our fence styles on our website. We offer many different styles, materials, and designs. Here at AllStar Fence and Deck, we're here to answer all of your questions and are willing to work with you to figure out the best type of fence for your home.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fence Etiquette for You & Your Neighbors

When you get a fence, your yard is not the only thing that will be affected. Even though you have every right to make an improvement on your property, it's always good to think about your neighbors who will have to look at the fence and have it be a part of their yard too, even if it’s "technically" not.

Here are a few tips to consider when you're getting ready to add a fence to your yard. Following these tips could prevent any disputes between you and your neighbor!

Know Your Property: It's hard to know the exact boundaries of your yard if you don't have a fence. Before starting your fence project, know exactly what your property line is. It may be different than what you might assume. To be safe, most fence installation companies will install the fence at least a foot in from your boundary line.

Collaborate: Depending on your reason for a fence, you and your neighbor might be able to work together during this process. This could save you both money if they decide they'd like a fence as well. Even if they aren't planning on getting a fence, feel free to show them the design, so they can know what they'll be looking on their side of the fence. It's not necessary, but they'll appreciate the thought! It's also good to give them a heads up way ahead of time, just in case they are planning to have a party or do something different to their yard.

Maintenance: This is the most important tip if you have close neighbors. No one wants to look at a dirty fence, so keeping up with regular maintenance is highly recommended! A light cleaning of your fence once every few months can go a really long way. It'll also make the life span of your fence longer. Check in on the fence every month to make sure there's no damage to it.

If you have any questions about these tips during the installation process, just ask – we're here to help. And visit our website to receive a free quote today!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pool Deck Safety Tips

As the warmer weather continues in Tennessee, we here at Allstar Fence and Deck wanted to point out some important pool deck safety tips to keep in mind. While it may seem like second nature to practice safety precautions around the pool, it’s easy to forget some of the basics.

Make Sure Your Deck is Structurally Intact

At the start of each season, don’t forget to check the nails and fasteners supporting your deck to be sure there is no rust, corrosion, or rotting. Double check that each part of the deck, including railings and banisters, are connected where they should be and are sturdy.

Power Wash Your Deck

Power washing will remove any mildew that may have built up since last pool season and will help to prevent slipping.

Use a Waterproof Sealer

Sealing your deck will not only help protect the deck from damage, but it may allow for better traction and less chance of slipping.

No Running Around the Pool

Even though a good power wash or sealer will decrease your chances of slipping around the pool, a wet deck can still be dangerous and you should be cautious when moving around.

Install a Fence

Installing a fence on your pool deck will not only prevent unwanted guests from getting in, but it will also create a barrier keeping unsupervised children from getting too close to the pool.

Keep a First Aid Kit Nearby

Unfortunately accidents can happen, even if you follow all of the necessary safety precautions. Keeping a first aid kit handy will allow you to be better prepared for any slips, falls, or injuries that may occur.

While you are enjoying the summer months, remember, a safe deck is a fun deck and we’re here to make sure you have the best deck around. We know designing the perfect deck or picking the right fence can be quite a challenge, so whether you’re just looking to get a free quote or ready to book your next service, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Get a Free Quote on Your Fence – Instantly!

Here at Allstar Fence and Deck, we know that you've got a lot going on in your life, and fitting in time to figure out how much fencing in your backyard is going to cost may not make it to the top of your priority list for a while. But, it's an important project for many reasons. You could be looking for privacy from neighbors, a safe place for your dog to play off his leash, or to simply demarcate your property lines.

That's why we've got a tool on our website where you can enter some information and get a free quote - instantly! The entire process only takes about 5-10 minutes, and is a great way to get a ballpark estimate for how much your fencing project will cost.

Get started with your quote by heading over to our website and clicking the "Get a Free Quote" button on the homepage. The quote tool will open and you're ready to get started!

First, enter your contact information, and then on the next screen enter your address. The map on the right will readjust to your general location, and you can use the zooming tools to adjust the map until you can see the entire area that you want fenced. Once you can see the full area, the fun part begins!

Use the tools on the next two screens to draw out your fence, add your gates and select the type of fence you want. Choose between aluminum, vinyl, chain link and wood as your fence type, and then further specify what you're looking for with styles, colors and heights.

Styles Options:
  • Post & Cap
  • Dog Ear Exposed
  • Arched
  • Scalloped
  • Chain Link
  • Privacy Vinyl
  • Puppy Picket
  • Dog Ear Privacy
  • Shadow Box
  • 3 Rail Aluminum
  • 3 Rail Farm Fence
  • 4 Rail Farm Fence
  • Dog Ear Picket
Color Options:
  • Cedar
  • Galvanized
  • White
  • Black
  • Mocha
  • Beige
  • Treated Pine
Height Options:
  • 4 Feet
  • 5 Feet
  • 6 Feet

Once you've specified the type of fence that you want built for your home, you'll get an instant estimate for the cost of your fence, based on the total linear feet of the fence, plus the specific selections you've made.

On the final screen you can finalize your contact information, and note the best time for our team to reach you to review your estimate, answer any questions, and help provide a final estimate.

If you have any questions about your next fence or deck project, or are having trouble making your selections in the quote tool, give us a call! We'd be happy to talk through all of your options to help you make the right choice for your home!