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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Why You Should Have Your Fence Installed by a Fence Contractor

When you are looking to make an improvement to your home, one of the best additions you can make is the installation of a fence.  Not only can a fence improve the curb appeal of your property, but it can provide you with additional security as well. When you are looking to have a fence installed, hiring a professional fence contractor could be a great option as they will be able to provide you with a variety of valuable services.

Fence Option Selection

When working with a fence contractor, the first service that the contractor will be able to provide is the selection of the right fencing option.  When looking for a fence for your home, you will have many options to choose from including wood, picket, iron, or chain link.  Each of these options has different advantages that need to be taken into consideration and the contractor will be able to help you make the right choice based on your situation and budget.

Expert Installation


Another advantage of having your fence installed by a professional is that you will receive expert installation services.  Installing a fence is not an easy task and requires a lot of time, labor, materials, and equipment to do it right.  A fence contractor will be able to install your fence in a quality manner that ensures it is sturdy and looks great.  Furthermore, the contractor will be able to receive any necessary approvals you need from your local community.

Repairs


While a new fence can last for a long period of time, there are situations in which repairs will be needed.  A fence contractor will be able to come to your home to properly assess the situation and determine whether the fence needs to be replaced or if a simple repair is sufficient.  They will then be able to make any necessary repairs in an efficient manner while limiting your costs.

For hiring a reliable and experienced fence company, be sure to give Allstar Fence and Deck a call!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Is Aluminum Fencing Right for You?

Just about everyone knows that old story about how Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into whitewashing his Aunt Polly's fence, and how they were happy to do it, thinking it was some kind of contest. The truth of the matter was that fence painting is awful and Tom knew it! If only he never had to paint that fence. Well, back in those days, protecting and maintaining your fence was not only inevitable, but extremely necessary if you wanted to keep something around for longer than a few seasons. Today we have the benefit of modern building materials, including aluminum fencing, which never needs to be painted.

There are so many advantages to aluminum fencing over the traditional wood alternative. So let's begin with some pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you.

  • Strong materials resistant to weather of all kinds
  • Uniform building components without variance of structural integrity
  • Aesthetic uniformity, which means all pieces of your fence will look alike; no oddball pickets!
  • Strength and flexibility that wooden fences cannot match. 
  • Reduction in forest depletion.
  • Resistance to insects and animal destruction
  • Not having to keep replacing fence year after year will save you money!
  • Quick and easy set up!
  • The same versatility of construction that can be expected from wood
  • Years and years of maintenance-free enjoyment!
  • They can be set up anywhere a wood fence will go.

Wherever you decide the build the fence, it is going to stand the test of time. Many designs are nearly indistinguishable from wooden fences, and the installation time is comparable! The best part is that over time, your rails and pickets won't be gnawed to pieces by animals or bugs.

Take advantage of the benefits aluminum fencing will provide you and call Allstar Fence and Deck today to talk with one of our experts!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Is It Time to Install a Privacy Fence?

This is a question most homeowners are likely to ask themselves at one point or another; unless, of course, they live far enough away from a busy road, pesky neighbors or a commercial property—each of which we consider to be reasons why you should install a privacy fence. Join us below as we take a closer look at each of these factors:

Busy Road
Perhaps you deal with bright headlights shining through your windows at night when you try to sleep. Or maybe you notice people looking through your windows as they walk by. Either way, no matter what the case may be, living on a busy road can be a struggle.

However, installing a privacy fence on your property can help you better cope with some of the things affecting the comfort of your home. By contacting a fence contractor like Allstar Fence & Deck, a professional will help you determine the perfect height and style based on your concerns.

Pesky Neighbors
You don't necessarily have to like your neighbors, however, it's always best to build and keep respect for one another. But if you feel like one of your neighbors doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, it may be time to handle things on your own by installing a privacy fence.

Whether they host crowded parties, carelessly trespass, or let their dogs run free onto your property, an annoying neighbor can create a world of problems. Still, this is nothing a professional fence contractor can't help you resolve. After listening to your concerns and taking measurements, they'll begin the process of helping you enjoy a much more comfortable home life.  

Commercial Property
Living close to a commercial property presents its fair share of challenges as well. From office buildings, warehouses and hospitals to retail stores, hotels and even apartment complexes, these kinds of locations can put a serious damper on your privacy.

Not only are there a lot of vehicles, foot traffic and loud noises coming from places like this, but they also tend to be brightly lit. To reduce the impact of light pollution as well as the possibility of noise pollution, a fence contractor will consider all buildings within proximity to your home in order to provide the best solution possible.

Are you ready to move forward with a privacy fence installation? Contact us today for a free quote.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Expressing your Creativity through your Fence


A fence around your home serves as a boundary. Not only does it keep people from trespassing and ruining your garden, it also serves to extend your home to the area surrounding it. It marks your front yard and back yard as a part of your home, thus extending that feeling of comfort and happiness that you get in a house that belongs to you and your family.

Expressing your Creativity

Since the front and back yards are extensions of the home, people like to put some effort into enclosing and beautifying them. By putting your own personal stamp into the land that belongs to you, as well as the fence surrounding it, you're expressing your creativity for everyone to see and enjoy. You can either go with a classic white picket fence or fences in a multitude of colors, depending on what appeals to you.

The Classic White Picket Fence


There's a reason why the white picket fence is always included in images of the perfect home. There's something fresh and clean about a white fence. It might be set up to keep intruders out but it never looks forbidding. Plus, a white fence pretty much goes with any color scheme you might have set up for your home.

Fences in Complementary Colors


It's not necessary to paint your entire fence one color. You can also play around with using two or more colors.
  • You could paint a fence blue and yellow. This gives a playful look to the yard, especially if you have a children's area in it.
  • A blue and white fence can give your yard a sophisticated look. It's a good choice if you have a neat yard with well-trimmed plants and boxes of flowers.
  • You can also paint your fence in the same colors as your house. For example, if your house is white with a brown roof, you can use the same colors in your fence.
Go for a Balanced Look

The above suggestions can get you started when it comes to painting your fence and enclosing your front and back yard. But there are literally hundreds of different combinations you could use. Just make sure that your yard doesn't end up looking too "busy" with too many colors or too dull because you haven't used enough colors. Try to go for a balanced look.

If you have questions or are in need of service, please feel free to contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Improve Your Home before Selling with Fence Installation


If your home currently doesn't have fencing surrounding it, you may be concerned about a lack of privacy or the space not looking as contained. When you're planning on moving and are listing your home for sale, you may be looking for ways to increase the selling value of your home. With this in mind, you should look into how a fence installation can be a great move.

Add Security Homebuyers Will Love

One of the things many potential homeowners are looking for when buying a house is security. When they have children or plan to, it's so important that the yard is secured with fencing. Keeping this in mind can help motivate you to get a fence installed to improve the security of the yard.

Great Opportunity to Add Landscaping

Having a new fence installed can be a great time for you to add landscaping to the property. By digging into the yard and having fencing installed, you can clear the space to add shrubs and other plants that can enhance the yard. You could even choose climbing vines to help enhance the way that your yard looks with new fencing.

Increase the Value of Your Home

Adding value to your home may be one of the things you're most interested in, making a new fence a great way to boost the value of your home. Listing your home with a fence already installed can attract more potential buyers and increase the amount of money you can sell your home for.
Getting familiar with the benefits of a new fence can ensure that you understand what to expect and how new fencing can get the house ready for sale.

We encourage you to contact us here at Allstar Fence and Deck with any questions or service needs that you may have.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Uses for Chain-link Fences


Finding the right fence to suit your needs can be difficult due to the countless fencing options available. From aluminum to vinyl, the possibilities are endless. One option available to the consumer is that of a chain link fence. Chain link fences are great for situations where added security and safety are needed; not to mention, they have the added benefit of being easy to maintain. If you are looking for a fencing option that will provide you with these benefits and more than a chain link fence should be a suitable option for you. If you have not yet considered the uses of a chain link fence, here are a few items for your consideration.
Uses for Chain Link Fences
  • Security: If you live in an area where an added level of security is necessary for your safety and peace of mind, then a chain link fence would be a wise option for you. A chain link fence will keep you safe from burglars and is incredibly resistant against attempts of vandalism. They are also great for businesses where increased security is necessary. The great benefit of chain link fences is that they are incredibly effective in keeping the wrong people out and at keeping the right people safe.
  • Safety: When it comes to fencing in an area where children will be spending a lot of time playing and running around, such as a playground or ball field, chain link fences are a great solution for keeping them safe and sound inside. Chain link fences are effective in keeping children from running out into oncoming traffic or endangering themselves in other similar ways. We know you want your kids to be safe at home or on the playground and chain link fencing is a suitable answer to the well-being of your children. 
  • Pets: If you want to build a small structure to contain your pets, chain link fences are an appropriate solution for accomplishing this. The strength of the fencing is effective in keeping large dogs from escaping and it is a great way to keep kids and neighbors safe from more aggressive animals.  
If you have any questions about chain link fences or if you would like to know about any of the other fence styles we provide, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Use the Right Fence to Create a Winter Wonderland or a Rustic Garden

Different people want to create different looks for the outsides of their homes. In fact, there's something to be said for exterior decoration as well as interior decoration! The color in which you paint your home, the way you keep your yard, the plants you grow in it and the type of fence you use to surround it can all help to create different looks. So be sure to coordinate these when you're setting up a home.

Here are some fence color tips that will help you to create different looks for the exterior of your home:

Slate Grey to Create a Winter Wonderland


If it is winter and not much is growing in your yard, you can paint your fence blue-grey or slate grey to create a wintry look which is sophisticated and calming at the same time. This technique works well if your home is also painted in the same cool colors.

Even if you live in a place where it doesn't snow, you can still create a wintry look in your yard. Try creating a rock garden and using dried branches for decoration. Stone accessories scattered around the yard also work well with the winter theme.

Use a Stain to Create a Rustic Look


If you're going for a rustic, well-worn look in your yard, you can use a stain on your fence to match. A rustic yard is one that looks like it has just been thrown together but it has really been carefully crafted to create little nooks and crannies that fit in with the natural environment.

A rustic garden might contain asymmetrically planted flower beds or plants that grow a little wild. Small gravel paths, naturally growing trees, natural-looking rock gardens and tables, and chairs placed in strategic corners can all make a lovely, rustic-looking yard.

Plus, a fence that has been painted with a stain will fit right in. The advantage of a stain is that it adds a touch of color but also lets the grain of the wood show from underneath. You can go with a green or blue stain to match the greenery of your yard.

Questions? We encourage you to give us a call.

Monday, February 19, 2018

3 Advantages of Installing a Picket Fence on Your Property

If you're looking to add some character to your home and improve its curb appeal, a picket fence will do just that! While other styles may offer more privacy, the beauty and charm of a picket fence is unrivaled. Below are five advantages of this style of fencing:

Elegant Design

Of course, the natural wood used to build most picket fences offers a timeless look and color. However, those built with materials such as aluminum or vinyl provide an appearance just as elegant as wood. Because no matter what materials are used, the unique spacing of the pickets separates this style from all the rest.

Limited Obstruction


Perhaps you've been hesitant about installing a fence because you don't want to appear as if you're trying to block out the rest of the world, especially your neighbors. The good news is picket fences offer a perfect balance for people who want to avoid building a "blockade," but are still interested in maximizing the aesthetics of their home.

Since picket fences tend to be relatively low in height and offer an ideal level of transparency, you can enjoy a classic look without disrupting the line of sight from either the inside or outside of your property. The only reason why your neighbors could ever feel indifferent about it would be due to their envy for its lovely design.

Complements Your Landscaping


Anybody that takes pride in their landscaping would find that a picket fence serves as an ideal supplementary feature to their home. Whether it lines up alongside green grass, a flower bed or bushes, for example, this style of fencing would provide a signature element to your landscape design. And if you were to use wood materials, you can customize it to your liking with a new coat of paint year after year.

Are you ready to get started with your picket fence installation?
Contact us today for a free quote!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hire a Fence Contractor to Add a Picket Fence Before Yard Renovations

Working on your backyard is a great way to make it a better place for spending time, but the improvements will not have a noticeable impact on the curb appeal. You may want to work on the front yard landscape to make your home more attractive from a frontal view. Beforehand, you should hire a fence contractor to install a picket fence to get ready for landscaping upgrades.

Gain a Better Perspective

Before installing a fence, you can only imagine what the yard will look like with this addition. This can make it difficult to figure out what kind of changes you should make to the landscape.
For instance, you may think that your front lawn makes the entire space look plain; however, a picket fence will hide a large portion of the grass when you are standing outside the property. This may encourage you to grow trees, bushes, and flowers that will grow taller than the fence.

Protect the Front Yard


When you make landscape improvements, you do not want new growth to be damaged. Installing a fence before doing front yard renovations can protect your landscape from animals as the gaps may be small enough to prevent rabbits from getting through and it can keep the neighbor’s dog from urinating in your yard.

Avoid Fence Issues


After installing the fence, you should make it a priority to protect it from damage. So, you want to avoid growing any trees with invasive roots that could damage the pickets or posts over time. If you decide to hire landscapers, they will see the fence and know what plants to avoid.

Contact us at Allstar Fence and Deck, or visit our website! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about adding a picket fence to your front yard.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

3 Reasons to Get Aluminum Fencing When Adopting a Dog

Having new fencing installed around your yard can make a world of difference as it will provide you with privacy and security. If you are eager to get new fencing installed while in the process of adopting a dog, you will need to be careful to choose the ideal fencing option. Exploring the many benefits of aluminum fencing can help you feel good about your selection.

Improve Safety for Your Dog
If you're concerned that your yard may not be safe enough for your dog, it's best to get fencing installed. While you can always keep a leash on your dog when taking them outside or getting a dog run put in, a fence can be a much more flexible option. With secure fencing around the perimeter of your yard, your dog won't be able to get out as easily.

Can Be Dug Deep to Avoid Escapes
When getting a new fence installed, you can have the fence dug deeper than normal. The reason for this is that you won't need to worry as much about your dog digging and climbing out from underneath the fence. Discussing your need for a deeper dug fence can allow you to get the kind of peace of mind you are looking for.

Durability Against Staining
If your dog urinates or kicks up dirt onto the fence, the wood can often become damaged. However, an aluminum fence will not stain as easily which makes it the superior choice.

If you're eager to get new fencing installed around your yard, it's best to consider how aluminum can be an ideal choice for you as a dog owner. We encourage you to give us a call at Allstar Fence and Deck, or visit our website! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Why You Should Consider a Privacy Fence for Your Yard

If you struggle with getting the privacy and security you want for your home, it might be in your best interest to look into privacy fencing in Murfreesboro TN. Neighbors in close proximity of your home shouldn’t keep you from enjoying peace and quiet. Here are some reasons why you should consider installing a privacy fence for your yard this year:
Security
One of the best benefits you will find in a privacy fence is increased security for your yard and your home. There is no guarantee that a privacy fence will keep all intruders out, but you are drastically lowering your risk with this type of fence. Limiting the view and accessibility of your yard will likely deter any trespasser from wanting to enter.

Solitude

Given the layout of your neighborhood and property lines, it is not rare to have neighbors in close proximity to your yard. Having a friendly relationship with any neighbor is welcomed, but sometimes you want some time to yourself! Installing a privacy fence gives you the seclusion to enjoy your time with family or friends without feeling the surroundings of other homes.

Style

Privacy fences have a wide variety of styles and materials when picking and choosing your fence. The design process will be simple given the abundance of colors and types of fences available on the market. That being said, you shouldn’t expect to break the bank picking out your privacy fence. The range of selection will help you find the right fence within your budget.

Exploring the benefits of privacy fencing and the value it will bring to your yard can help make your fence shopping simple. We encourage you to call Allstar Fence and Deck LLC today!