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.