Thursday, July 21, 2016

Choosing A Material For Fence Building: Six Common Types

Trying to decide on a material for fence building can get confusing. Here's some basic information on six types to get you started.

Aluminum Fencing 

Aluminum works well for an attractive, basic-style fence that doesn't require much maintenance. It's durable and strong, although not as strong as iron. Unlike iron, however, aluminum won't rust and doesn't need sanding. Property owners can paint aluminum any color to match exterior decor.

Wood Fencing 

Attractive and homey, wood is an extremely popular material for fencing. It's also a cheaper option for fence building than other materials. Unfortunately, wood is vulnerable to pests and rotting, but higher-quality wood will be more durable.

PVC Fencing 

PVC can mimic wood's appearance, and it's a cost-effective option for fencing. The material comes in a variety of heights and colors to suit different preferences. It resists the elements fairly well.

Wrought Iron Fencing 

If you're looking for strength and beauty, wrought iron is a good fencing option for you. The downsides are that wrought iron is expensive and requires significant upkeep. Every two to three years, it requires sanding or repainting to maintain its aesthetics.

Chain Link Fencing 

Chain link fences are durable, cheap, and low-maintenance. They provide little privacy, but some property owners add vines or shrubbery to decrease visibility through them.

Vinyl Fencing 

If you're concerned about graffiti, vinyl is a great choice. The material resists paint, which makes cleaning it simple. It's also fairly strong and cost-effective.

The professionals at Allstar Fence & Deck can give you more assistance in choosing the right type of fence for you. Please contact our company to find out more.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Signs Your Chain Link Fence is Structurally Unsound

Unlike other fencing materials, chain link fences are less likely to be damaged by weather or insects, making them an extremely popular and resilient fencing option. However, while these fences tend to last longer than others do, your chain link fence will still need to be replaced eventually should its structure become damaged. Here are the two primary indicators that your chain link fence is in need of replacement.

Bent Frame 

While chain link fences are extremely sturdy, that doesn’t mean they are indestructible! Storms, animals, or people can cause the frame to become bent. The problem with this is that the frame supports your entire fence. Warping of the frame can cause the other components of the fence to become bent, warped, and twisted as well. In this way, the structural integrity of your entire fence will become compromised - maybe beyond repair. In this case, rather than relying on a deformed fence, it will be best to simply have it replaced.

Sagging Fence 

An additional sign you can look out for that the structural integrity of your fence has become compromised is if your fence appears to be sagging. This can be a common problem as the fence gets older. A sagging fence is likely no longer sturdy, and is not protecting your property as well as it once did; for safety and security’s sake, it is best to have a sagging fence replaced.

Chain link fences are a great fencing option, as they can stand strong for many years. However, nothing lasts forever, and your fence will eventually need to be replaced. The important thing is to know the signs to look out for that can indicate that your fence may be in need of replacement. This will allow you to have your fence inspected, and if necessary, replaced, before it becomes a problem by compromising the security of your property.

Contact us today to find out more about how you will know if your chain link fence needs replacing, and what your options are for a new fence!