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Why Spring Is a Great Time for Fence Installation

Why Spring is a Great Time for Fence Installation

While we can’t rule out another snowfall for the Denver area in April, the calendar says winter is over and spring is here. For most of us, that means getting outside more without the need to bundle up or put on snow boots. For those of us in the fence installation business, April means the ground is no longer frozen. That’s the #1 reason we think spring is a great time to put up a new fence. It takes less effort to dig the post holes!

But let’s take a look at why it’s a great time for you as a homeowner or business owner.

Reason #1: The Weather

By this, we don’t just mean the ground isn’t frozen anymore. When the weather warms up, you’re ready to get outside, clean up the property, and spruce things up a bit. Adding a new fence or replacing a dilapidated fence can be part of your spring landscaping projects or outdoor dining expansion. Whatever the reason you install it, a new fence will enhance curb appeal for your home or business.

Reason #2: You Beat the Crowd

Summer is the busiest time for fencing contractors because everyone has the same idea – “Let’s build a privacy fence!” Get ahead of the rush by scheduling your fence installation now. Not only will fence contractors have more room in their schedule than they would in the summer, but the permitting offices won’t be as busy yet either.

Reason #3: You’ll Enjoy the Benefits Sooner

Remember when we talked about getting outside more as the weather warms up? With your new fence, you’ll know your pets and children are safe and secure and can’t wander off the moment your back is turned. You’ll also have privacy for your backyard cookouts – no need to worry about nosy neighbors.

And, your beautiful new fence will be the envy of your neighbors. They’ll ask you who installed it and may even ask you what it cost. It’s up to you if you tell them that second part.

Reason #4: Your Landscaping Will Recover Faster

By scheduling your fence installation for springtime, you give your lawn, flowers, and shrubs a chance to recover or get off to a good start before the hotter temperatures of summer. It’s hard to get newly seeded grass to do as well in the summer as it can do in the spring months.

So there you have it. The reasons that spring is such a good time for fence installation. We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the various types of fencing materials and determine which one is right for your home or business.

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Schedule a Fence Installation Quote

Fence installation season is picking up again, so to reach us the quickest, call (720) 418-8194 to schedule an appointment for us to visit your home or business to give you a detailed quote. An on-site visit is necessary so that we can take measurements, make note 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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What Type of Fencing Is Best? – Denver Fence Company

What Type of Fencing Is Best for My Home or Business?

This is a question with no simple answer. No two customers will think exactly alike. It all depends on what you want and need a fence for, what you want it to look like, and what your budget is.

There are two main things to consider: types of fencing materials, and types of fences. Keep in mind your budget and aesthetics as you read through your options.

Types of Fencing Materials

We’ll discuss the types of fencing materials we use in fence installation. These include:

Cedar Fence

Cedar fence gives a classic look to your home or upscale business. It can also give a rustic look, depending on the style of fence panels and whether you choose to let it age to its natural silvery grey color. Unlike other, cheaper wood fences, a cedar fence resists rotting and can stand up to harsh sunlight.

Trex® Fencing

Trex® fencing gives you the look of wood without the potential for rotting, splintering, or maintenance such as painting or staining. It is an excellent solution for those seeking a privacy fence that looks great and meets HOA standards.

Steel Ornamental Fence

Steel ornamental fence lives up to its name – ornamental. It is designed to look good, and make your residential or commercial property look good to someone passing by. If you want privacy, this is not the fence for you. But if you need a fence to keep the kids and pets in or to showcase your property, it can be a good, no-maintenance option.

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fence can be a good solution for both shorter garden fences and privacy fence. Some homeowners use it as pool fence, as well. It can give an upscale look to a commercial property where privacy is important, such as around a hotel pool or patio area. Vinyl is also low maintenance, and just may need hosing down once in a while,

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fence is a very cost-effective solution if you have to fence in a large area. We see it most commonly in commercial and industrial applications, such as around warehouse properties, industrial complexes, etc. Homeowners might use it for a dog run or for another smaller area where what the fence looks like is not as important as how it functions.

Types of Fences

By types of fences, we mean taller fences such as privacy fences, or shorter picket fences. These are sometimes referred to as fence styles. Then within each of those categories, you can choose among:

  • Picket, plank, or panel styles
    • Dog ear, scallop, flat top, Gothic, lattice top, shadow box, rail, and more
  • Color (in some cases)

You may be limited in the fence material, style, and color you can install at your home or business, based on your HOA or commercial district regulations. But if you want a privacy fence, you will want to go with a cedar, Trex®, or vinyl fence. If you want to showcase your property and just have a physical barrier, a steel ornamental fence might be a good option. And if you just need a shorter fence to frame your front yard, you can use any kind of material or style.

Fence Gates

Your fence gate will be the same material and style of your fence. But you still have many options regarding whether you want a double gate, an automatic gate, or other feature. How far you venture from the basic gate will increase the cost of the gate itself.

Get a Fence Installation Quote

If you’re looking for an honest fence company with quality fence installation and competitive pricing, you’re in the right place. Set up a consultation using the contact form or call (720) 418-8194. If you’re “on the fence” as to which type of fencing and style of fence to install at your home or business, we can give you multiple quotes using multiple fence materials and styles.

Whatever you choose, we guarantee a quality fence installation. We proudly serve homeowners and commercial interests 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.

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Get a FREE Fence Installation Quote

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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Denver Fence Repair: Ask the Experts

Denver Fence Repair Q and A: Ask the Experts

When it comes to Denver fence repair, we have the experience you need. We have more than 45 years of combined experience in fence installation and repair. Chances are good we’ve repaired a fence that has the same problems yours does.

Keep reading to learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions we get.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Fence?

Repairing your fence is definitely the cheapest option, and offers at least a short-term solution. But sometimes, replacing your fence is the better choice. It all depends on the overall condition of your fence, how old it is, and your budget.

While you can do some minor fence repairs yourself, by checking out YouTube videos, we recommend hiring a professional to do a full assessment of your fence, and give you an honest opinion. You may want to get more than one evaluation.

A good rule of thumb is that if more than 20% of your fence is damaged by rot, or you have to replace more than 20% of it to repair all the issues, it’s time to replace the fence. You may also want to replace the fence because you don’t like how it looks, or want more privacy.

How Do You Fix a Leaning Fence?

If you have a leaning fence, it’s a sign of poor fence installation, unsecured fence posts, rotting fence posts, warped pickets or panels, or a combination of one or more of those. In most situations, we can fix a leaning fence be replacing one or more fence posts, or resetting them, and then reattaching the pickets or panels if they are in good condition.

If you have a leaning fence because a tree fell or a car ran into it, that is a more extensive repair.

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How Do You Fix a Sagging Gate?

It’s pretty common for fence gates to sag at some point.  It can happen with age, just like it can happen to us! The good news is you may be able to fix this issue yourself if you’re handy. Otherwise, give us a call, and we can take care of it for you.

Fixing a sagging gate can involve replacing the hinges, installing a new gate post, installing an anti-sag gate kit, or a combination of the three.

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Can You Just Replace Missing Boards or Pickets?

The short answer is, yes, we can. In most situations, we can find a nearly identical board or picket to replace a missing one. Or we can cut one, if it’s a wood fence. The issue is that a new picket or board will stick out like a sore thumb, especially if your fence is older. You can solve this problem by staining it to look like weathered wood, or painting the whole fence.

If you have a damaged fence panel that we can’t repair to look decent, we may recommend putting in a new fence panel. We may also recommend replacing warped boards, or anything that shows sign of rot.

How Do You Fix a Chain Link Fence?

A hole, tear, or cut in a chain link fence is relatively easy to repair, by creating a patch of chain link that we then connect to the existing chain link. We do our best to match the material to make the patch blend in with the rest of the fence – for example, we wouldn’t use the standard grey chain link to patch a vinyl coated black chain link fence.

For more extensive damage, we might recommend replacing a larger portion of the chain link.

Will You Repair My Fence If You Didn’t Install It?

Yes, we will. We offer fence repair for all types of fences to any homeowner or business owner in the Denver area who requests our services.

Call to Schedule Denver Area Fence Repair

If your fence is in need of repair, the fastest way to get it fixed is to call us at (720) 418-8194. If the fence issue is a matter of security for your business or safety of your livestock, let us know when you call and we will see if we can work you in the same day.

For non-emergency fence repair, you can also fill out the contact form and let us know what the problem is, and we’ll be in touch by the next business day. When we come out, we’ll make the needed repairs so you can keep your property safe, and we’ll give you an honest opinion on if it’s time to replace your fence.

We work with homeowners and businesses throughout the Denver area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, and Wheat Ridge and surrounding areas.