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Don’t Forget the Pool Fence

Getting a New Pool? Don’t Forget the Pool Fence

Late spring and early summer is prime time for new inground pool installation in the Denver area. But before you take that first swim, make sure you’ve arranged to have a pool fence installed. For safety and liability reasons, you don’t want it to be an afterthought.

Many pool contractors install the pool and don’t do anything else. In this situation, you’ll need to hire a reputable and experienced Denver fence company to design and install your new pool fence. You’ll need to be sure to follow the Colorado code as it applies to swimming pools and fences.

Pool Fence Regulations

Did you know that you must have a pool fence installed before the pool contractor can legally fill your inground pool with water? And the fence must meet or exceed certain specifications, including:

  • Fencing must completely encircle the pool, and if the house is part of the barrier to entry, it must have pool entry warning alarms.
  • The pool fence must be at least 4’ tall.
  • The gate must open out (away from the pool) and have a self-closing mechanism.
  • Pickets should not be spaced more than 4” apart.

This is all for the safety of your children and neighborhood children and pets. By having a pool fence installed, you can also help keep wildlife out of your pool area. Your homeowner’s insurance may also require that if you have a pool, you have it properly fenced in.

Pool Fence Ideas

So now you know how high the fence should be and what kind of gate you need. Now it’s time to look at some attractive pool fence ideas. The big thing to decide is if you want your pool area to be visible to your neighbors.

Privacy Pool Fence

Many people decide they would like to keep their pool area shielded from prying eyes. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider building a fence that’s taller than the required 4’. By installing a privacy fence around your backyard (cedar, vinyl, Trex®) you provide privacy and enhance the look of your home.

Which material you choose will depend on your tastes, budget, and how close to the pool the fence will be. For instance, you would not want a cedar fence if it would continually get water splashed on it.

Pool Fence with Pickets

You can also opt for a vinyl picket fence, which is lower than a privacy fence and lets you see into the pool area. This can be a good option if you have a larger property and you just want to fence in the pool area.

Steel Ornamental Pool Fence

If you have a larger property and you’d like to be able to see what people in the pool area are doing, or you don’t care about the neighbors, steel ornamental fencing is another good option. It gives the elegant look of wrought iron but doesn’t require all that maintenance.

Deciding which type and style of pool fence you want can be a bit overwhelming. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss some of your options with you to help you make an informed choice.

Related Reading: Fence Installation FAQs

Get a Pool Fence Installation Quote

Do you want a beautiful pool fence to complement your new pool? We can help. To get a fence installation quote, set up an on-site consultation using the contact form or call (720) 418-8194. We offer some of the best Denver pool fence installation prices you’ll find.

We guarantee a quality fencing installation that will enhance your home and pool. We proudly serve clients in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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How to Safely Clean Your Fence

How to Safely Clean Your Fence

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of your home. When you’re doing your spring yard cleanup such as picking up sticks, raking leaves out of garden beds, and power washing the sidewalks, take a good look at your fence.

Chances are good it accumulated some dirt, mildew, or green gunk over the winter. While you might be tempted to use a pressure washer on your fence after you’ve cleaned your sidewalks and patio, resist the urge. That may be too harsh of a cleaning method for your fence.

We’ve pulled together some tips to help you clean your fence safely.

Cleaning Trex® Fence

For guidance on how to safely clean your Trex® fence, we turn to the company’s Care and Cleaning Guide. They recommend:

  • For simple dirt and debris, use a soft brush to remove loose debris. Then use soap and water to scrub away any other dirt. Rinse with a hose set on a gentle setting.
  • For mold and mildew, use a fence cleaner that contains bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to clean the fence and prevent further mold and mildew.
  • Trex® specifically says NOT to use a pressure washer on your fence. It could damage the fence and void the warranty.

Cleaning Vinyl Fence

For tips on how to clean your vinyl fence, we turn to CertainTeed, one of the major manufacturers of vinyl fencing products. In their vinyl fence warranties, they give recommendations for cleaning, including:

  • Remove soil, grime, and chalk with a sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Rinse with your garden hose.
  • Remove stubborn stains with a fence cleaner recommended by your fence contractor. Test it out on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t cause discoloration.
  • For mildew spots, prepare a solution as follows, and apply it with a non-abrasive sponge. It’s a good idea to wear gloves and eye protection. Rinse with a garden hose.
    • Mix together: 1/3 cup detergent (Tide®, for example), 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP), 1 quart 5% sodium hypochlorite (bleach), and 3 quarts of water.

If you choose to use a pressure washer, use the lowest possible setting, and keep the nozzle at least 3 feet away from the fence to avoid damaging the finish.

Cleaning Cedar Fence

For a cedar fence, spray the fence with a hose-end attachment filled with a gentle cleaning mixture of 3 qts. water, 1 qt. oxygen bleach (OxiClean), and ¼ cup dish detergent. Saturate the fence and let the cleaning solution sit for about 10 minutes. Use a scrub brush to scrub any tough stains, and then rinse the fence clean with plain water from your hose.

To remove mold and mildew, mix 4 oz. OxyClean and 1-gallon hot water in a bucket. Use a stiff brush to apply the solution to the stain and scrub. Rinse with plain water.

If you choose to use a pressure washer, use the lowest setting to avoid damaging the fence.

Related Reading: The Benefits of Installing Steel Ornamental Fencing

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If your fence is in good shape, proper cleaning can brighten its appearance. However, if you notice missing pickets, warping, or wood rot, it’s time to take action. We may be able to solve the problem with simple fence repairs, but depending on the age and overall condition of your fence, you may want to consider getting a new one.

The fastest way to reach us to schedule a fence installation quote is to call us at (720) 418-8194. You can also fill out the form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day. Building a fence that will last takes time and expertise. We have an abundance of both.

We serve both residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, Littleton, Golden, and surrounding areas.

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Professional Fence Installation Increases Home Value

Are you thinking about professional fence installation? Wondering what type of fence to put in? Wondering if you need professional installation or if you can do it yourself? Like most home improvements, putting in a fence will increase your home’s value, if you do it right. Let’s take a look at the 3 main ways a fence can increase your property value.

1. Enhances Your Enjoyment of Your Home

The first way putting in a fence increases your home’s value is that it increases your enjoyment of your home. A privacy fence allows you to enjoy your backyard without worrying about the neighbors watching. A fence also helps you stop worrying that your pets or young children might wander off the moment you take your eyes off of them.

Privacy and stress relief? Priceless.

2. Enhances Curb Appeal

Professional fence installation will enhance your home’s curb appeal. This is true whether it’s a low front yard fence or a backyard fence. A fence frames your home and can highlight architectural qualities or landscaping.

This increases your pride in ownership. And who doesn’t love it when someone tells you what a beautiful home you have?

3. Enhances Resale Value

For most home buyers, a home with a fence is more valuable and preferable to a similar home without a fenced yard. This is especially true for families with young children or pets, as well as home buyers who like the idea of built-in privacy and security.

Realtors make a point of mentioning a fenced yard in MLS listings, because they know that’s a major selling point for a lot of people. It may give you an edge over similar homes if you do decide to sell your home.

There are a few caveats to a fence increasing the resale value of your home.

  • Materials matter. A rusty old chain link fence may be a turnoff for a would-be buyer. Steel ornamental, cedar, and vinyl fences will all enhance the resale value.
  • The fence needs to be professionally installed. A shoddy fence installation will not increase the value as much, if at all.
  • It must be in good repair. If a fence is leaning or missing planks or pickets, it will be a sign that you don’t take good care of your home. Arrange for fence repair before you list your home.

With all of this being said, don’t install a fence just because you think it will increase resale value. Install it because you want the benefits it will provide you, your family, and your pets.

RELATED READING:  Fence Installation FAQs

Fence installation season is in full swing. To reach us quickly, call (720) 418-8194 to schedule an appointment for us to visit your property to give you a detailed quote. An on-site visit is necessary so that we can take measurements, make notes of any slope or uneven ground, and introduce ourselves.

We install fences of all types, and if you haven’t decided on the fence material you want yet, we can give you multiple quotes to help you choose. We serve clients in the greater Denver area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge.

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Commercial Gate Installation You Can Count On

As a Denver metro area property manager, facilities manager, or farmer, you know the value of a good fence with an easy-to-operate gate or gates. If you have an old gate that you’re looking to upgrade for aesthetics or security purposes, you’re in the right place. We provide commercial gate installation for our commercial clients and offer repair services as well.

You may want to replace your existing gate with the same kind. Or you may be interested in learning what your options are. So today, we will go over some of the types of commercial gates to help you decide what’s best for your business, facility, or property.

Keep in mind that the larger the gate, the more likely it is that you will want to have an automatic gate system, where a motorized gate operator takes care of opening and closing the gate. When we come for a site visit, we can go over all of these options and make recommendations.

You can get most of these types of gates in just about any material to match your existing fence. Depending on your budget, some manufacturers can also build custom gates with your logo and custom decorative features. We provide expert commercial gate installation using gates from leading manufacturers.

Swing Gates

A swing gate is the type of gate most of us are familiar with from residential applications. In a commercial setting, you may have one swing gate or a pair of swing gates that open on the left and right. Swing gates are common gates for driveway gates at gated communities, assisted living facilities, farms, wineries, and other businesses accessed by a driveway or vehicle path.

Cantilever / Sliding Gates

Sliding gates slide open using wheels and a track in the pavement, or in the cantilever configuration, the gate moves on rollers that run along the top side of the gate. Cantilever gates can be used in uneven terrain as well as gravel.

Vertical Lift Gates

Vertical lift gates don’t require any space to the sides beyond the size of the gate, so are a good solution where space is at a premium. The gate lifts vertically to allow entry and then closes in a downward fashion via a hydraulics system.  Vertical lift gates are highly secure and might be the commercial gate of choice for industrial facilities, correctional facilities, and military bases.

Pedestrian Swing Gates

Pedestrian swing gates for commercial facilities are essentially the same gates used in residential applications. Locking mechanism options include:

  • Electro-mechanical lock
  • Panic bar
  • Mag-lock
  • Mortise lock
  • Keypad lock
  • Padlock

Pedestrian Turnstiles

While traditional commercial gates limit vehicular traffic, pedestrian turnstiles control people traffic. They can help limit access when you have long lines of people, such as you might have at theme parks, water parks, and mass transit stations. They can be waist high or full height.

Commercial Automatic Gate Openers

Depending on your business and the size and type of your gate(s), you may need an automatic gate opener or gate operator. We can help you determine what automatic gate system will work best for your needs and budget.

Some options include:

  • A manned gate with personnel who buzz the gate open
  • Gate operators with card readers
  • Gate operators with numeric keypads
  • Motion-activated gate openers

We install automatic gate openers compatible with your gate and offer service and repair as needed.

Get a Quote for Commercial Gate Installation

Whether you need a new gate for your ranch or agricultural operation, or you need electric gate installation at your industrial facility, we can help. Simply contact us and let us know what you need, and we’ll schedule an onsite visit to give you a detailed quote. We offer gate repair, gate replacement, and gate installation along with a new fence installation.

We proudly serve commercial clients in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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Is Horizontal Fence Right for You?

Is a Horizontal Fence for You?

We’re all familiar with the traditional fence – vertical pickets or planks attached to horizontal supports. But horizontal fence, sometimes referred to as lateral fence, is a show-stopper design that’s gaining traction across the country. Google “horizontal fence” or “lateral fence” and check out the images. You’ll see why horizontal fence design is so popular.

You’ve heard the phrase all things old become new again? It’s kind of that way with horizontal fence. Using a horizontal orientation in a fence dates back to prairie days and split rail fences, or the classic horse farm fence.

But today’s horizontal fence is most often a privacy fence, with the tiniest of gaps between planks. It can also be a board-on-board style, where there are no gaps at all. Both sides of the fence are visually appealing

Is Horizontal Fencing More Expensive?

Bottom line: it can be. A horizontal fence has fence posts that must be placed closer together than a vertical fence, in order to prevent sagging of the fence boards. On the other hand, where a vertical fence requires horizontal stringers, a horizontal fence does not.

Horizontal fencing can also be more expensive than a vertical counterpart, especially if it is a wood fence. That’s because it requires a higher grade of lumber to prevent sagging and warping.  The horizontal orientation really isn’t a factor when it comes to vinyl or Trex® horizontal fence panels.

But a professionally installed horizontal fence will last for many years to come, with proper care and maintenance.  It will add to the curb appeal of your home, and can increase the resale value should you decide to move in the future.

How Do You Build a Horizontal Fence?

Of course, the first step in any fence installation is the fence design and purchase of materials (after extensive measuring and calculations!) Once we have all of the materials, the actual installation begins.

We mentioned this briefly above. As with all fence installation, we start with digging post holes and the placement of the fence posts. For a horizontal wood fence, the posts are spaced more closely – usually about every 6 feet. We will need to wait a certain period of time (usually 48 hours) after setting the fence posts before moving on to the next step. It’s important that the posts set firmly in the concrete.

If we are using individual planks, we will saw them to the appropriate length. If we are using fence panels, installation will go more quickly. In both cases, we attach the horizontal boards or panels to the fence posts. Then we repeat the process for each section of fence. If it is part of your design, we will also add post caps to help protect the top of the post. This is especially important for wood fence posts.

Lastly, we will hang the gate (or gates).

What Materials Do You Use?

A horizontal fence like we’re talking about is a privacy fence. That means no steel ornamental fence materials, or chain link. We can use cedar, vinyl, or Trex® fencing, specifically, Trex® Horizons. In many cases, we use pre-assembled horizontal fence panels, but we can also create a custom design by attaching pickets/plans to the fence posts individually.

We can align planks for a sleek and modern look, as well as stagger them or use different plank lengths to create a contemporary look. Another way to customize your horizontal fence installation is by using fence posts of a different color than the fence panels. Nothing too crazy, but a darker brown for the fence posts next to a lighter-colored fence panel offers an interesting visual contrast.


Fence Installation FAQs

Trex® Fencing vs Wood

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If you’re thinking about getting a fence installed, whether traditional vertical planks/pickets, or horizontal fencing, we can help. With more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of fence installation, we can tackle any job, no matter how big or small.

Just fill out the contact form or call (720) 418-8194 to get started. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge.

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Why Is My Fence Leaning

Why Is My Fence Leaning? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

A leaning fence is not only an eyesore, but it can cause safety issues. If you use your fence to keep people out of your yard or off your property, or to keep pets and children on your property, you need to get that fence standing upright again.

But before you can fix the problem, you have to know why it happened in the first place. While it’s most common for wood fences to lean, it can happen with vinyl fence, chain link, and even steel ornamental fence. Let’s take a look at the main causes:

  • Shoddy or lazy fence installation
  • Postholes not deep enough
  • Fence posts not secured properly
  • Fence posts rotting
  • Warped wood pickets or panels
  • Weather conditions

Improper Fence Installation Is the Biggest Cause of a Leaning Fence

Shoddy or lazy fence installation can result in a leaning fence within a year of installation. In most cases, this is because the installer (many times a DIY situation) didn’t dig the post holes deep enough. The taller the fence, the deeper the post holes need to be. For example, a 3’ fence needs holes about 18” deep, while a 6’ fence needs holes about 30” deep.

Most do-it-yourselfers don’t have the strength or proper equipment to dig holes that deep, and so they skimp. Big mistake. In addition, not securing fence posts with concrete and allowing it to cure properly can allow fence posts to move, allowing the fence to lean.

Rotting Fence Posts

Another common cause for a leaning wood fence is wood rot in the fence posts. This can happen over time due to rain and snow, or even a sprinkler that showers water on your fence. Wet weather conditions can also cause wood panels and pickets to warp over time.

How to Fix a Leaning Fence

Most homeowners and commercial businesses leave this kind of thing to a fence repair company like us. But if you’re feeling especially handy, and have the tools and the time to try and fix a leaning fence yourself, here’s how.

First, take a look at the fence posts themselves, paying special attention to the base. If the post is entirely rotted or cracking, you will need to replace it.

  1. Detach and brace the railings and wood panels attached to the post you need to replace.
  2. Dig up all the soil around the fence post base.
  3. Remove the post and concrete.
  4. Dig down to the appropriate post hole depth.
  5. Place the new post upright in the hole and use a level to ensure it is straight.
  6. Line up the new post with the other fence posts using a level and tie a string to each post.
  7. Pour a new concrete footing, making sure to slope the concrete away from the post to promote drainage.
  8. Reattach the wood panels and railings.

Fence Posts Not Deep Enough

If your fence is leaning because a fence post is not deep enough, chances are none of the posts are anchored deep enough. In this situation, there may be a temporary fix for one section of the fence, but you may want to look into replacing the fence. That’s easier than taking apart the fence, digging all new holes, and putting everything back together again.

For the best solution, you’ll want to consult with a fence repair/fence installation company. Most companies will offer a free assessment and give their recommendations. Then you can decide whether repair or replacement is the best way to go.

Schedule Professional Fence Repair in the Denver Area

If your fence is leaning and looks like it might collapse any day now, we can help. In addition to fence installation, we provide fence repair services to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area. It doesn’t matter if we installed your fence or not. We can help you with:

  • Chain link fence repair
  • Fence post repair
  • Wood fence repair
  • Vinyl fence repair
  • Fence panel replacement
  • Gate repair
  • And more

For the fastest service, call us at (720) 418-8194. If it’s after hours, you can also use our contact form and we’ll get in touch the next business day.

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Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

The regular opening and closing (slamming?) of a fence gate over the years can cause problems. The most common issue with fence gates is that they start to sag, and drag on the ground when you open or close them. Sure, you can lift the gate to clear the ground each time you open and close it, but that’s annoying, and not a permanent fix.

If you want to fix a sagging gate and you’re relatively handy, you can do it yourself. See the directions below. If you don’t have the tools, the energy, or the desire, call in the fence repair pros.

How to Fix a Sagging Fence Gate

Before you can fix a sagging gate, you have to know exactly what’s causing the sag. It may be something as simple as loose or missing screws at the hinges, in which case you just need to tighten or replace the screws.Other reasons for a sagging fence gate include:

  • Problems with the hinges
  • A lose or rotting gate post
  • Gravity

Here are the solutions for each of those problems. Two solutions are relatively simple, while the other will require some digging as well as mixing and pouring of cement.

1.      Replace Hinges

The hinges may have also rusted out if it’s an old gate, in which case you simply need to replace the hinges. It’s also possible the original hinges were too small for the weight of the gate.

In this situation, unscrew the old hinges from the post and the gate. Before doing this, you’ll want to have your replacement hinges on hand, or plan a trip to the hardware store, taking the old hinges with you for reference. Once you have the new hinges, measure and drill new screw holes and attach the new hinges.

2.      Replace Gate Post

If the hinges are fine, take a look at the gate post. If it is loose, leans, or is showing signs of rot or deterioration, you will need to replace it. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the old gate post. You may need to partially dig it out before rocking it back and forth to loosen it enough that you can pull it out.
  2. Dig a new hole (or deepen the existing hole) for the new post. The new hole should be at least 3’ feet deep so the new post stays solidly upright in the ground. You can rent or buy a post hole digger to make the job less difficult.
  3. Next,pour a small amount of concrete in the hole, set the new post in the hole, and pour the rest of the concrete up to ground level, smoothing it away from the post to promote drainage. Use a level to make sure it’s straight and adjust as necessary. You have about 20 minutes to make adjustments before the concrete sets.
  4. Let the gate post settle and the concrete cure for a couple of days before you re-hang the gate.

3.      Install an Anti-Sag Gate Kit

If the hinges look good and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the gate post, it may just be that gravity is to blame for a sagging gate. If this is the case, an anti-sag gate kit may be your answer. They’re available at big box stores and hardware stores, as well as online.

These kits include a cable, fittings, a turnbuckle, and all of the mounting hardware you will need. Just be sure you get a kit that fits your gate. When you have your kit, follow the directions carefully, attaching the brackets, turnbuckle, and cable, and tightening everything as directed. This tightening of the cable will eventually lift the bottom corner of the gate that is dragging off of the ground.

Schedule Fence Repair in the Denver Area

Depending on exactly what the problem is with your gate or fence, you might be able to fix it yourself. But if you want to ensure things are done right, schedule fence repair services with Denver Fence Company. We repair all types of fences and gates, including automatic gates, farm gates, yard gates, and more. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area.

If your gate is damaged beyond repair (for example, if a vehicle hit it or a tree fell on it), we can replace it with an identical or similar gate, depending on the original. To get the fastest response, call (720) 418-8194. You can also use our contact form to let us know what you need, and we’ll be in touch by the next business day.

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Fence Etiquette 101 – Denver Fence Company

Fence Etiquette: What to Know Before Fence Installation

Installing a fence on your property can give you privacy, security, keep a pet contained, or give children a safe place to play. But it can also cause problems with your neighbors if you don’t know about fence installation etiquette.

Over the years, the team here at Denver Fence Company has installed thousands of fences for homeowners and commercial businesses alike. Some projects go more smoothly than others as far as the neighbors are concerned. Today, we want to share with you some fence etiquette tips that can help you have a successful fence installation process while keeping your neighbors happy.
Let’s get started.

Fence Etiquette Tip #1: Double-check Property Lines

You’d be surprised how many people don’t check the property lines before putting up a fence. This is usually a problem with DIY jobs, as any reputable fence contractor will have you get a survey before installing a fence close to the property lines.

Don’t go based on your memory of where the property line is. The last thing you want to do is build a fence that encroaches on your neighbor’s property, because they are well within their rights to have you then tear it down.

Follow Local Regulations

In addition, Denver fence regulations do not permit you to build a fence in the public right of way. For a front yard fence, the fence must be set back at least 6” from the sidewalk, regardless of where the property line is. There are requirements regarding setbacks from designated parkways as well.

Professional fence contractors will know all of the regulations regarding fence height, permits, setbacks, etc.

Fence Etiquette Tip #2: Communicate with Your Neighbors (and Your HOA)

Before you hire a company for fence installation, check with your Homeowner’s Association (HOA) if you belong to one, to make sure you follow all of the rules and regulations. This will save you headaches down the line. HOAs can force you to tear down a fence that doesn’t meet association requirements.

If the fence will be near the property line, it’s also just a polite thing to do to alert your immediate neighbors to the fact you are getting a fence installed, and to let them know when the fence contractor will be on site. A lot of heavy equipment may be moving within their earshot, so it’s good to let them be prepared.

Fence Etiquette Tip #3: Have the “Good Side” of the Fence Face the Neighbors

If you’re installing a wood fence or vinyl fence that has pickets on one side and backer rails/fence stringers on the other side, have the picket side face your neighbors. That’s actually the traditional way to do it. Or you can choose a fence style that looks good on both sides, and everyone has something nice to look at. This is called a “good neighbor fence.”
Examples of “good neighbor fence” styles include:
• Shadowbox
• Basket Weave
• Board on Board

Fence Etiquette Tip #4: Maintain Your Fence

This is just a smart thing to do, in order to protect your investment. Get fence repairs done as needed, to keep small animals or children from getting into or getting out of your yard. If you stain or paint your fence, keep up with that as well. For a vinyl fence or Trex fencing, a simple wash down with mild soap and a hose can clean up both sides of the fence.
By following these tips, you can maintain, and even enhance your relationship with your neighbors. As Robert Frost said in his poem Mending Wall, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

Fence Installation FAQs
Schedule a Fence Installation EstimateIf you’re looking for a reputable fence contractor in the Denver metro area, you’re in the right place. The team here at Denver Fence Company has decades of experience designing and installing all types of fences for homeowners and commercial clients.
Fence installation is a home improvement project best left to the professionals who have the knowledge, expertise, and the tools to do the job right. Your fence will last much longer with professional installation.
To schedule a free estimate, call (720) 418-8194. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll be in touch by the next business day. Our service area covers the Denver area, including Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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Fence Installation FAQs

Fence Installation FAQs: You Ask, We Answer

Q: Which type of fence is best?

A: This is a subjective question that only you can answer. What fence material is best for you will depend on why you want/need a fence, your tastes, and your budget. For example, if you want a privacy fence, a steel ornamental fence would not be a good choice.
We can give you an estimate for different types of fencing if you would like. We install several types, including:
• Cedar Fence
• Trex Fencing
• Vinyl Fence
• Steel Ornamental Fencing
• Chain Link Fence

Is a Wood Fence Right for You?Trex Fencing vs Wood
Vinyl Fence 101
The Benefits of Steel Ornamental Fencing

Q: Do I need a permit for Denver fence installation?

A: In many cases, yes. It depends on how high the fence is. For a fence 4’ or shorter, you don’t need a permit. For a fence taller than that, you do, whether it’s in the front yard or the back yard. For a replacement fence, permit may not be required. Check out additional fence permit requirements.

Q: What are the Denver regulations regarding fence installation?

A: Visit the link above for full regulations regarding setback, permits, and fees. We are well-versed in the various rules and regulations, and can help you navigate the system. In addition, if you are part of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) you will want to check out those requirements as well before spending any money on a fence.

Q: Do I need a survey?

A: If your fence is going anywhere near your property lines, yes, you need a survey. We can help arrange this, but you will be responsible for the fee. It is better to put the fence in the right place than have to tear it down because you built it on your neighbor’s property!

Q: How do you know where the utility lines are located?

A: We cannot build over existing utilities, so it’s best for you to call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 1-800-922-1987 or 811 to mark underground utilities for your project. It helps to have utility lines already marked before we come out for an estimate.

Q: Should I stain a wood fence?

A: This is up to you. Staining a pressure-treated wood fence can help prolong the life of the fence and improve the appearance. For a cedar fence, it will last just as long if you let it weather to a natural grey.

Q: Do you put the fence posts in concrete?

A: Yes. This is the best way to ensure stability and prevent rot when using wood fence posts.

Q: How long does fence installation take?

A: Depending on how large your project is and how busy we are, it may take 2-5 weeks before we can begin your project. We also have to allow time to order supplies. Once fence installation begins, we first set the posts in concrete.
Then we need to allow time for the concrete to cure before we come back and install the rest of your fence and the gate(s). We will include a time frame specific to your project when we give you your estimate.

Q: Do I need to be present when you’re installing my fence?

A: In most cases, you do not need to be home when we are installing your fence. However, if you would like to be, or have special concerns, please feel free to stay. We do ask that you keep pets and small children out of the area while we are working.

Q: Do you price match with other fence companies?

A. No, we do not. At Denver Fence Company, we pride ourselves on offering quality fence installation at competitive prices. We carefully craft each estimate to provide you with an up-front summary of costs, including materials and labor. We also include expected fees associated with permits as a line item in our estimates.

How to Get the Fence Installation You Deserve
Schedule a Fence Installation Estimate

For the most accurate estimate, we require a site visit. Call (720) 418-8194 to schedule a free estimate. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get in touch by the next business day.
We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver, CO area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, and surrounding areas.

General Fencing

Vertical or Horizontal Cedar Fence?

Vertical or Horizontal Cedar Fence: How to Decide

So, you’ve decided to get a cedar fence. Congratulations! A cedar wood fence is a desirable addition to any home or business, and can increase curb appeal and eventual resale value. In fact, it’s one of the more popular fence types in the Denver area.

But what style are you going to get? Will yours be a vertical or horizontal cedar fence? Which one is right for your home or business can depend on a number of factors, including your aesthetic and your budget.

Let’s take a look at each type of fence design.

Vertical Cedar Fence Is Traditional

A vertical cedar fence design is the traditional style. Cedar fence pickets or boards come in a variety of styles, including:
• Flat top
• Notched top (Dog ear)
• Scalloped
• Negative scallop
• Pointed top pickets
• Virginia top pickets
• French Gothic

With a vertical style, you can choose between boards or pickets closely spaced for privacy fencing, or pickets spaced further apart for an open look. Fence panels are generally constructed as privacy fencing.

Horizontal Cedar Fence Is More Modern

When it comes to style, a horizontal cedar fence is becoming more and more popular. We can place horizontal cedar planks close together, with an eighth-inch gap between them for privacy, or with a 1/4th – 1” opening between them for a lighter, open feel. And then a lot of clients like an additional lattice fence panel or other fence top panel to let in more light.

Cedar fence panels typically come in a vertical configuration, but there are a few horizontal options available. If you want more of a custom horizontal fence, that can add to the installation cost. You should also keep in mind that a horizontal fence uses more fence posts, but no stringers.

To Age or Not to Age?

Whichever fence configuration you decide to go with, there is one more thing to consider. To age or not to age? That is the question. With apologies to Hamlet, you need to decide what you want your cedar fence to look like in the coming years.

If you want it to retain the reddish hue, you will need to stain it with a clear stain. But you can also let your cedar age naturally. Cedar ages to a beautiful silvery-gray that can be highly desirable. Whether you choose to stain or not to stain depends on your personal aesthetic.

Get a Quote on Cedar Fence Installation

If you want a fence installed before the Colorado weather changes, schedule a fence installation quote now. We can give you two quotes- one for a vertical fence, and one for a horizontal fence. Just call us at (720) 418-8194. You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day.

We serve residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, and surrounding areas.