Does a Fence Add to the Value of Your Home?

Making a few home improvements will go a long way in increasing your chances of selling the house. There are hundreds of homes available on the market and so for your house to be picked out, you need to sweeten the deal. Fencing is one way to improve the value of a home. But how will fencing enhance your chances of selling your home with an added value?
Installing a fence in your backyard for privacy purposes will increase marketability for your home with prospective buyers when selling. Homeowners with pets, such as dogs, may require a fence and could be reluctant to purchase a home without one due to the high cost of fencing materials and installation. For some the monetary value of a fence may not be the attraction, but rather the privacy and decorative benefits that a fence adds to the appearance of the yard.
A cheap or quickly thrown together fence may not bring the expected added value to a home. For this reason it is important to research the different styles of fencing along with their material costs.
When it comes to increasing home value, adding a fence that does not match the style and design of your home could be worse than having no fence at all. For example, a sleek, modern home will look weird if you use an ornate wooden fence while a quaint Victorian home will look out of place if you add a high stockade fence. So make sure you match the fence with look of your home in order to increase its value.Lattice Cedar Fence

TREX® Seclusions Composite Fencing—Sections, Slope, Stepping

A standard TREX® post is 5” in width.  A standard TREX® Seclusions fencing section is 8’ measuring from the center of the post when on level grade. One of those 8’ panels is one section counted between the posts.

When stringing the line for your new TREX® fence line, be sure that the posts on level ground are set at 8’ on center, or 91” between posts. This distance is for a standard section width on level grade ground.

When building a TREX® composite fencing system realize that TREX® comes pre-manufactured to be built in 8’ sections.  When considering sloping and stepping the TREX® composite fencing, those sections are often a bit shorter than a section located on level grade.  When cutting the top and bottom rails and the aluminum rail for the TREX® fencing to make the  grade and keep the gapping under the fence as consistent and as close as possible, it becomes necessary to cut the rails at the correct angle necessary so that the rails meet squarely against the TREX® post. This causes those rails to lose an inch or two, or whatever is necessary to make the grade and stepping of your composite fencing to transition smoothly.  Be sure to measure the slope and angles accurately before cutting the rails.   You can find some further explanation of sloping and stepping, and a photo gallery, of TREX® and other fencing products, like SIMTEK® and Cedar fencing styles at our website at www.fenceutah.com/sloping-and-stepping.

For a FREE estimate of your own fencing project or professional installation of your  TREX®Seclusions Composite fencing or to purchase materials, please call CFC Fences and Decks at 1-801-374-6428.

Trex and Iron Project, Draper Utah

Here at CFC we specialize in unique projects. We recently completed a project in Draper with the combination of Woodland Brown Trex (a composite fencing) and Fortress Iron fencing. To make the combination flow smoothly, the customer decided to do Trex composite posts through the entire project. This helps to give the Fortress iron panels of fence a little more visual weight to match the Trex fencing.

There are three basic types of Fortress Iron fencing including the extended picket, the pressed spear top, and the flat top. This project used the flat top to match the look of the Trex fence. By using the Fortress Iron fencing for the front portions of the fence project, the yard feels more open and inviting, while still giving the safety and security a tall fence should give.

The walk gates this project had were both Fortress Iron gates. They are very inconspicuous gates, and blend nicely with the rest of the fence. Combining Trex and Iron is a great way to add a unique look to your property and enhance the look of what could have been an ordinary fence.

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Clearing Fence Lines

Clearing the fence lines—

Before our crews can come out to begin stringing the string lines as to where the fence will be built, those lines need to be cleared of all encumbrances to provide access for the crews to begin their work.

Such things begin with removal and disposal of an existing fence and concrete footers, if there is one.

Unless other arrangements are made and contracted, it is the responsibility of the owner/customer to ensure the fence lines are cleared at least 18”-24” on both sides of the area where the fence is going to be built.

Many times there are wood piles or storage sheds, trees or old tree stumps, tree branches and shrubs, rocks or other decorative landscaping features that may be in the way of where the fence line has been determined.

This can often be determined simply by walking the line and “eye-balling” the areas to see what if anything noticeable can be moved or taken out of the way so the fence crews can do their work. Just look for anything that will obstruct the bottom rails of the fence from running straight along grade and realize that a crew man will need to actually place himself on both sides of any kind of fence to properly build and secure it its panels and upper rails and top caps.  He will need enough room for himself, tool belt and tools, his nail guns, saws, air hoses, compressor, extension chords etc.  While our crew men are all experienced, English speaking professionals who have extensive experience with all of our Iron, Cedar, TREX® composite fencing, they are not necessarily ballerinas nor contortionists.

It is always a better policy to discuss and work with adjacent neighbors. Some discussion points to be had with neighbors includes discussing our crews having access to the proposed fence line from their side of the property-especially if there is a tool shed or some other immoveable object that won’t allow working from one side or the other to build the fence.  Work out arrangements for pets and kids to be secured during the time that any existing fence will be down before the new fence is completely installed.

At CFC Fences and Decks we are always very careful with permanently installed landscaping features including special ornamental flora and fauna. We always take great care with all of your landscaping and property as possible, but in moving fencing materials in and out of a property will create some slightly worn areas in a lawn or flower bed. It is simply part of the construction process of any outdoor project, be it fencing or decks.

Hopefully this is helpful in making your fencing project go much more smoothly for you and all of your neighbors.

Please call CFC Fences and Decks for a FREE ESTIMATE or materials for your DIY project.

Fence Considerations: Dog Owners

Dog Fencing and Escape Artists

There are many extremely agile and athletic and dog breeds that one might attempt to contain like the American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer, Britney Spaniels, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Jack Russell Terrier, Siberian Husky, and Vizsla. While some dogs are more prone to bolt others are more capable jumpers and climbers. Then you have dogs that love to dig like Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Fox Terriers, Siberian Huskies, and Dachshunds. Followed by certain hounds, that when on a sent will stop at nothing to get to the end of the trail.

Fence climbing Dogs

If you have a climber chain link fencing is an exciting yet dangerous challenge for your super dog. The open diamonds serve as toe holds and the top rail a ladder rung. Unfortunately the protruding wires above are what cause the most injury.

Another consideration with climbing dogs is the rail placement. With 2x wood rails placed on the dog side the result is a nice climbing ladder for the dog, this is especially true with a 3 rail fence. The simple solution is obvious to place the smooth side of the fence toward the yard with dogs, simple as long as the neighbors don’t own a climbing dog breed. We also suggest you consider a Canyon Winds Cedar fence or Trex Seclusions ® composite fence both do not have a mid-rail and they use an overlapping board design for strength.

Under the Fence Dogs:

With chain link fencing your dog may find a spot to push under, yet this can be a problem with any fence depending on the placement of the fence in relation to the existing grade and landscape. While fencing can be reinforced, and or boards placed to fill in gaps, we suggest bringing the grade to the bottom of the fence. With dogs that like to dig consider buried chicken wire, rocks, or concrete edging.

Fences and Dog Training

While it is important to address the security and safety of your dog and neighborhood in your fencing choice don’t discount the importance of proper obedience training which should reduce the likelihood of an AWOL pet. However, a dog left in a yard all day with nothing to do is the most likely escape artist regardless of the breed.

Ultimately, when you consider the propensities of your dog by breed and personality, you can make a better choice in fencing material, style, and construction.

Mow Strip Tip

When having a Trex Seclusions fence installed, many customers are also requesting a mow strip under their new Trex fence be included at an added cost. Typically this mow strip is approximately 5” wide and 4” deep. This mow strip is not only functional in keeping grass and weeds from growing directly under the fence making weed eating more cumbersome, it is also decorative and makes a cleaner look to the Trex fence.

After the Trex posts are set allow the concrete footers on each post to cure for at least 48 hours before framing up and pouring the mow strip. Once the footers are cured, frame for the mow strip to be poured. It is important to note that the mow strip should only go between the Trex post and not surround the post. Because Trex is a composite material it will still have expansion and contraction with heat/cold and other weather changes which is why the Trex post shouldn’t be completely surrounded by the mow strip. This will help prevent expansion from cracking the mow strip.

Communication is Key

When deciding to build a new fence, you must always keep in communication with all parties involved, whether it is neighbors, spouses, etc.

Sometimes, one spouse is involved with the initial estimate, but another may be the person walking through the project with the crew when the project is started. These people must communicate with each other the ideas they have about the project. Occasionally, the expectation one spouse has is not the same as the others’ ideas. This creates confusion for the installers, and can cause frustration if a part of the fence was installed differently than the other spouse wanted.

Usually, a property shares property lines with the adjacent neighbors. Because of this, any neighbors should be informed if a fence is being built, or if a fence is being taken out for a new one to be installed. Animals should be contained so they do not get involved with the fence installation. And neighbors may need to help clear any fence lines to allow for an easy installation.

In short, communication is always extremely important between all involved parties so the expectations of the fence can be properly set, and frustrations will be lessened.

Anatomy of a Cedar Fence

After 25+ years of specialized fence building experience CFC Fences and Decks realizes that we have a tendency to speak almost a foreign language to customer exploring various fence styles and products. So in an effort to improve communication with our customers please allow us to clarify each individual piece and part of a typical fence as we reference them.

Post: This is the vertical piece of lumber that is cemented in the ground

Box Post: a hollow wood post constructed out of 2x material typically used to sleeve over chain link posts. (These posts have seams running the length of the posts )

Post Top: the upper end of a post often cut for decorative purposes (depending on the style)

Post Cap: a separate decorative piece that slips over the upper end of the post

Rail: a horizontal structural member typically a 2x material (1.5” thick). Rails are connected to the posts and slats are nailed to the rails.

Mid-Rail: also called center rail is placed as suggested by the name horizontally in the center, middle or any location between the top and bottom rail. These horizontal rails are typically the same thickness and use the same connection method as other rails.

Fascia: a piece of 1x material typically applied to match the aesthetics of the opposite side of the fence for certain neighbor friendly styles. While Fascia pieces are not as thick as rails, they are typically the same width as a 2x rail on the opposite side of the fence. Use of Fascia pieces allows for fencing that looks the same on both sides but is more cost effective.

Top Cap: This is a piece of lumber that sits flat on top of the fence, typically a piece of 2x material.

Slats/Pickets: this is a piece of lumber attached to the rails typically running vertical. While ¾” and 7/8” thick material is available, most slats are 5/8” thick, are 6’ long, and 3 ½” wide or 5 ½” wide

Butted Slats: a method of installing slats edge to edge (as the lumber dries space between slats naturally appears)

Overlapped Slats: a method of installing slats in a double layer where the edge of one slat overlaps the edge of another slat, some refer to this as a board on board style.

Section: this is the portion of fence between posts, also called a Fence Panel

Fence Line: this is a run of fence between two points

Lattice Top: a fence style with a window at the top portion of the fence section that contains thinner material that over laps in a square or diamond pattern

Spindle Top: a fence style with a window at the top portion of the fence section that contains only vertical pieces.

Footing: concrete encapsulating a post extending into the ground (below grade)

Fence Bracket: (Not typically used by CFC, unless requested prior to installation) usually a Simpson brand FB24. This is a bracket made of sheet metal bent to receive 2x rails and attach to a post.

Trex Gate Adjustment

Trex composite fence is made out of a mixture of recycled plastics and wood, a Trex composite fence gate weighs about 100 lbs.  Over time your new Trex composite fence gate may come out of alignment and start to sag due to expansion and contraction in the wood particles and the weight of the gate on the hinges.  This happens even when your Trex composite fence gate is properly installed and there is a simple fix to get your gate working properly again.  One way to tell if your gate needs some minor adjustments is to try opening and closing it.  Does the latch fit together properly? And is the action smooth?  If not then your gate may be sagging.  Most commonly, a Trex composite fence gate will sag in an outward direction away from the attached post and you will need to raise the latch side of the gate.  When using CFC Fences and Decks custom Trex composite fence gate hinges, on the top hinge loosen the post side nut and tighten the gate side nut.  Or, on the bottom hinge, loosen the gate side nut and tighten the post side nut.  Keep in mind that the latter option will push out the bottom of your gate creating a larger gab between the post and gate.

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In extreme cases of sag especially prevalent with oversized gates, an anti-sag kit may be beneficial.  Anti-sag kits contain a cable that is attached to your gate on the bottom of the latch side and on the top of the post side.  This cable is adjustable and adds some extra support to the internal metal frame of the gate.  Here at CFC Fences and Decks we are gate experts.  We specialize in wood, composite, iron, and faux rock wall fencing and we can assist you in adjusting any kind of gate.  Please contact our knowledgeable staff for help.  Here is a video showing a simple Trex composite fence gate adjustment.

Building Large Gates: Trex

Here at CFC Fences and Decks I am in charge of materials sales and I sell materials to Contractors and homeowners. Customers often come to our showroom asking advice on gates bigger than normal walk gates. Something to keep in mind is with a wider gate the heavier the panel is going to be which will cause more stress on the post that is supporting it. If the post is not sturdy enough to support the gate panel; over time it will pull the post out of plumb (not vertical), causing the gate to not work properly.

Trex material is a very dense material which makes it very heavy a lot heavier than wood gates.  Our Trex Gates that we build in our shop are built with 16 gauge steel welded interior frame, which helps prevent sagging.  To help make the trex post sturdy enough we use a 12 gauge steel post insert that is 3 sided. You will want to make sure you pour the posts at least 30” under ground to make sure it is sturdy enough and use at least 2 bags of concrete to ensure it has a big enough base.  The Hinges are attached to both the steel in the gate panel and the steel in the post with self tapping screws to give it a firm attachment.  On gate panels 6’ or wider I suggest using our thicker steel post insert. This thing is one heavy beast; it is 7 gauge steel on all 4 sides (as the gauge # goes down the thicker the steel).  With larger gates this size you might also want to put two posts for the hinges to attach to and put more hinges on the gate.  You might also consider putting anti-sag cable on it, or depending on the circumstances a gate wheel might also work.  There are limitations on how wide we can build trex gate panels. The widest we can build them is just under 8’ because the longest the material comes is 8’, However; even then we don’t suggest it because of how heavy they are. Keep in mind that custom sized gates are more expensive. We suggest sticking with our standard size gate panels which are for 46-1/4” and 65-3/4” openings.  These can also be combined to make double gates.