Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fence Building: Leave it to the Professionals

When you are considering putting up a fence, it is important to know exactly why you want it. That's because fence building should reflect that individual purpose for its existence. Are you building a fence for privacy, to protect your children or pets, or simply to provide a separation from your neighbors? Each of these will require a different process.

Knowing the style of fence you want 

Once you know the fence's purpose, you can determine exactly what type and style of fence you are looking for. A high wooden fence, for example, offers the most amount of privacy into your yard. Or perhaps you are looking for something that is not only functional to separate your space, but still allows the light and air to pass through, in which case you may consider an aluminum fence. Once you've decided on the style and type of fence you want built, now it's time to call in the professionals.

Why use professionals? 

 You want to use professionals for a multitude of reasons. First, they can help you get exactly what you want. Additionally, when installing a fence, you are making an investment in your home and so you want to be sure that the work is done properly. Especially if your fence is working to keep pets and children in the yard, you want to be sure that the fence is built securely with no risk of falling down.

When you want to undertake the task of fence building, you should always use professionals. Not only will they be able to help build you the fence of your dreams, but you will have the knowledge knowing that the work has been done correctly.

If you’re ready to start your new fence building project in the Murfreesboro area, use the tool on our website for a quick, free quote! Or you can call us directly at (615) 635-8040.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why It's Important to Leave Fence Building to the Pros

There's an old saying: "Good fences make good neighbors." While that's very true, the key words here are "good fences," because badly built fences will not only cause problems for you, they'll also cause problems for your neighbors... which in turn can cause even more problems for you.

Fence building is a skill with many facets. Skipping any steps, underestimating complexities or missing even the smallest consideration can cost you in time, materials, and relationships with your neighbors. Here are some of the biggest headache-generating mistakes DIYers can make when attempting to build and install their own fences:

Know Your Boundaries. Don't assume you know where your property lines are; their exact location may surprise you. Encroaching on city-owned property or that of your neighbors could cost you in legal fees and fines. Also, some areas don't allow fences to be erected for various reasons. Zoning laws for your specific property must be checked, or you could be in violation of height or placement requirements.

Grading Issues. Unless you live on perfectly flat land (which is highly unlikely), your property will have some variations in grading, whether it slopes or has dips and rises. To allow for these fluctuations, special carpentry skills and tools are needed so you don't end up with large gaps under the fence that could get even larger over time.

Proper Post Placement. If fence posts aren't deep enough, anchored with the proper materials, or allowed to set long enough, your fence could collapse at any time, especially in strong winds.

Gate Errors. Where you want to put a gate and where gates should actually go may be two different things; also, the width and design of your gate depends upon its intended use. Is it just for foot traffic or will you be driving larger equipment like a riding lawn mower through it? Also, if the gates aren't set correctly or the proper hardware isn't used and accounted for, problems will arise.

These are just some of the things that can go wrong with improper fence installations. Besides these construction mistakes, you can choose the wrong type of fence or the wrong materials if you don't consult with trained professionals who can foresee issues you may not be able to. While DIY projects can be a satisfying way to add value to your property, there are some jobs better left to the pros, like those at Allstar Fence and Deck. Visit our website today for a free estimate on your next fencing project.