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Jul 02 2015

3 Recommendations for Selecting the Best Fence for Your Yard

Homeowners have an assortment of fencing options available to them and several things to consider prior to the construction of a fence. It is essential to make sure that the fence meets your family’s needs. For example, is your goal to contain your kids or pets, increase privacy or purely add value to your property? Besides the items mentioned above, maintenance and cost must be taken into consideration along with neighborhood restrictions. A new fence costs between $800 to $8,000 on average, depending on the size and type of materials you select, so you want to be confident in your final decision. Other factors, such as your yard’s slope, also impact the cost of fence installation.

Tips to Pick the Best Fence for Your Home

1. Choose the fence best suited for your yard

We suggest that all homeowners identify the main reason they need to install a fence. Fences may provide the following: privacy, security, visual appeal and containment of our precious children and pets. We advise that you let your needs guide your decision making and aim to prioritize accordingly.

If privacy is what you desire, wooden fences are predisposed to work best.

If privacy is not a primary concern, another option is aluminum or wrought iron. These options give your yard a sophisticated, open look. In some neighborhoods, homeowners require aluminum or wrought iron, in lieu of wood.

If your goal is containment, understand what your animal(s) may be capable of in terms of digging, climbing and jumping.

2. Consider Fence Maintenance

Determine how much time you want to set aside in regards to maintaining your fence.

Wooden fencing, if maintained, has the potential to last for decades. We suggest that you apply water sealant twice a year in the Spring and Fall. It is also imperative that yard clippings are kept away from the bottom of the fence to prevent premature rotting. There are two types of fencing options, cypress and pine. Our company’s preference is cypress because it has a natural resistance to rotting. On a side note, cypress is slightly more expensive than pine; however it will have a longer existence. If your budget does not allow for the purchase of cypress, treated pine would be the next best option.

Aluminum does not require maintenance; however, it lacks the strength properties characteristic of wrought iron. We recommend that you avoid wrought iron around a salt water pool because it will quickly deteriorate. Ornamental aluminum will withstand the long-term exposure to a salt water system.

3. Check HOA Requirements

A homeowner’s association governs the type of fence you are allowed to install. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make certain the fence meets the predetermined standards before moving forward with the project. Guidelines and procedures need to be followed to avoid legally enforceable fines.

RL Fencing is here to guide you through this process. Our company has experience with the requirements of the local Homeowner’s Associations. Our staff is knowledgeable craftsmen who will bring your vision to reality. Please call us to schedule a free estimate. Date Published: 7/2/2015 By: Mandi Shillingburg

May 19 2013

Which type of storage shed fits your needs?

Storage space is a “must have” in any home, and that usually applies to outdoors as well as in. If you’re searching for space to store anything from gardening tools to a lawn tractor or those overflowing boxes of Christmas decorations, an outdoor storage shed may be just what you need.

You can find a storage shed in a box that you put together yourself, purchase one that is made in a factory and delivered to your home or you can use your imagination while you figure out exactly what size space you need and design it yourself to meet your specific needs and wants. As in your home your storage shed can be whatever you want or need it to be.

Here are a few examples of the type of sheds that you can find:

Metal Shed

One of the most common solutions for backyard storage is the metal shed, available in kit form. There are a wide variety of sizes and styles to choose from, as well as many different colors, roof designs, door configurations, and price ranges. You’ll find metal shed kits in sizes ranging from 5 feet by 4 feet to 14 feet by 31 feet or even larger. While a metal shed is relatively easy to assemble, it does require a few basic hand tools and patience as the typical kit has a plastic bag full of screws and nuts.

Wooden Shed

For a step up in both quality and durability, you may want to consider a wooden shed. Wooden sheds usually come complete with a raised wooden floor, several feet of interior headroom, sturdier doors and roofs covered with residential-type composition shingles.

You can find wood sheds available in barn, ranch, lean to and loft styles. You can choose from everything from inexpensive wafer board panels for siding up to clear cedar lap siding. They are also available pre-painted, or you can get one that’s either unpainted or pre-primed so that you can paint it to match your home. Due to their weight, heavy duty wood sheds are usually built and sold locally. They also are usually delivered to your site at no charge. You have many options to choose from including windows, double doors, skylights, metal roofing, roll-up doors and special siding.

Depending on the size and installation method of the shed, a building permit may be required. Be sure to check with your local building department before purchasing a shed. Also, check with your homeowner’s association to make sure there are no restrictions on installing a shed in your neighborhood.

Vinyl Storage Shed

 If you are looking for a long-lasting, low-maintenance storage solution that’s easy to assemble you can buy a vinyl storage shed that is high quality and in a variety of sizes. With optional flooring you can get everything you need in one place to get your shed up and ready to go in the easiest way possible. Window, light and interior organization kits let you customize your shed to make it fit your needs as well as your outdoor decor.

Custom Built Shed

When you choose to have your shed custom built you are choosing a quality product that will last for years. You can figure out the size and space that you need and design it yourself or hire a professional, like RL Fencing & Decks, who will listen to what you need, suggest options and take the guess work out of your project. Having a professional like RL Fencing & Decks build your shed for you assures you that the job will be done correctly in the most cost efficient way possible, with your needs and wants a priority. With a custom build you get to choose every detail of how your shed will look, from the size, roofing, exterior look and interior space, and how it will best meet your needs.



Apr 03 2013

Types of decks

After you’ve decided to build a deck, there are still lots of choices to be made. What purpose will the deck serve? Which building materials will best serve your needs? What style and layout do you prefer? This quick list of deck styles will help you decide.

Hardwood Deck

Hardwood decks are beautiful and long-lasting. They are also expensive, and weather-proofing them can prove to be a challenge. They must also be sanded and resurfaced every year or so.

If a hardwood deck is within your budget and you don’t mind the prep work and maintenance, then you could have a gorgeous deck that serves you well for years.

Vinyl Deck

Vinyl is much more weather-resistant than wood, but the price is comparable or even slightly higher. Cleaning is a snap, and the vinyl doesn’t require extra preparation to waterproof it. If you can afford the up-front cost, a vinyl deck will prove to be resilient, long-lasting, and easy to maintain.

Composite Deck

Composite decks have the look of wood, with the easy upkeep of vinyl. While you will definitely pay for this convenience, these decks outlast wood and stay attractive for many years without the need for sanding and resurfacing.

Hot Tub Deck

If your deck is going to house a hot tub, it will need to be built much sturdier than a normal deck. Look for deck plans specifically geared toward hot tubs. Choose strong building materials and hardware that can support a lot of weight; hot tubs can weigh over 3,500 pounds when filled with water and people.

Scenic Rooftop Deck

Rooftop decks are popular with folks who live in scenic areas. They afford you a view that most people would envy, but precautions must be taken when building a rooftop deck. Have an inspector examine your roof to make sure it can bear the weight of a deck. Also, there might be privacy concerns if your new deck overlooks neighboring yards.

Multi-Level Deck

Multi-level decks allow you to make the most of your deck space. You could have a sun deck on one level, a hot tub on another, and an eating space on a third. Each level is firmly supported and attached. Some multi-level decks feature multiple staircases, while others simply have an easy step-up between levels.

Outdoor Living Room

The ultimate in outdoor comfort, an outdoor living room deck is like an extension of your home. Pillars give it structure, while screens, curtains, or shutters give it shelter. Add a fire pit for warmth and ceiling fans for a cooling breeze. Comfortable furniture completes the welcoming effect.

As you can see, there are decks for every purpose. Choose the one that most appeals to you, and you’ll soon have a great space for outdoor living.

Mar 07 2013

What Is Better: Galvanized or Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence?

Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence used in today’s market. This popularity stems in part from chainlink’s relatively inexpensive price.  This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite chainlink strong point in a variety of applications. A project where the proposed fenced terrain is not flat is an instance where chainlink is the perfect solution.  Chainlink is also ideal for projects that will cross long stretches of terrain that do not require any beautification, like the rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installation.

Chain link fence comes in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications.  The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions. Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer.

Chain link fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. Gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common.  The higher the gauge number the less thick the metal is, therefore the smaller 11½ gauge is used for residential fences where the family children or pets are the concern. A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The only difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chain link is that a vinyl coating is sealed around the metal. So, the metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it. This is important in our question of which is better, because it makes it pretty easy to determine which one is better equipped to handle weathering over time. That would, of course, be the coated material. Standard galvanized chain link will begin to rust over time.

Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 year warranty against rust and corrosion. The fence is maintenance free, does not require painting, and meets SATM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191. Black vinyl chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 year manufacturer warranty against chipping pealing and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.

The main difference between coated or uncoated galvanized chain link is the final appearance of the fence. One of the major advantages of any chain link fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look. Galvanized fence tends to leave a more rough or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This may be the main reason why many higher end project leaders lean toward the coated material. This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the cost about $1.50 per foot on a 6-foot high fence.  The final decision can really boil down to whether the purchaser wants a nicer look or a less expensive fence.

Feb 19 2013

What is Composite Decking?

In general, composite decking is manufactured from wood fiber and plastic to form a plank that requires less maintenance and typically has a longer lifespan than natural wood decking.

Composite decking is made from one of several polymers—polyethylene (low-density or high-density), polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene—plus wood flour and additives that stabilize the plastic and protect it from damaging UV rays. Most wood fiber is ground to a fine consistency—like flour—allowing for a more uniform look throughout the board.

One major reason composite decking is low maintenance; It does not take in or give off moisture, so it does not shrink or swell like wood. As a result, composite decking does not crack, warp or separate due to varying weather cycles. Composite decking resists insects, does not need water repellant or stain and can hold up to extreme weather conditions for decades. In addition, builders like to use composite decking because it cuts and installs like real wood.


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