Preserving the Life of a Wooden Fence

Wood fences provide a natural and definitive look to any home. They look great but over time you can see those looks begin to diminish. It is very important to take good care of your wood fence in order to guarantee that it lives its longest life possible. If a wood fence goes without upkeep, it could be ready for replacement in as early as 5 years. However, if a wood fence is properly maintained, it can keep its strength and beauty for 25-30 years. Once a new fence is installed, it is best to leave it untouched and let it naturally settle for about 2 weeks. After the fence has been installed it is now time to “treat” the fence. If you don’t paint your wooden fence panels, they must be sealed from the elements. Staining gives panels a hint of color while maintaining a natural wood look. Because the climate varies from region to region, exactly how often you must reseal and stain will depend upon the weather. In rainy areas you will probably need to do it more often than in if you live in an arid region. Rather than rely on a particular time frame, base your decision on the wood itself. As a rule, when water no longer beads up on the wooden fence but soaks in, it is time to reseal. Again, how long sealant will last will depend upon the weather, In a moist climate, resealing should be done about every 2 years. Staining will have some of the properties of a sealant, but you should always seal before staining.

Removing an Old Fence

 

If you have fence that has been sitting on your property for years or if you just bought a new home and have one you would like to remove, then you will want to do a demolition project on the existing fence. Before you get your hardhat and hammer, there are a few things you should do to make sure the project goes off safely and properly. There are several steps a good homeowner takes before making any changes to his property. Some are legal steps and others are just common sense. When you get started with your demolition project, you want to be certain you and no one else will get hurt.

 

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The first thing you need to do is make sure the fence is yours to remove. If you are unfamiliar with the history of your property and you moved in after your neighbors were already there, then that fence you are thinking about removing may not be yours. The other problem you face is that some installation projects are done without city approval and could be on your neighbor’s property line. If you do not own the fence, then you should probably give some thought to installing a fence that is on your property. Your other option is to discuss the situation with your neighbor and see if he would be willing to tear down the fence so that you can install yours.

Regardless of where you live, you should always contact the local utility companies before you start digging. Your fence posts are installed several feet into the ground and may have been there for a very long time. If the utility companies have done any installation of lines near your fence, then you will need to know that before you start digging up fence posts. The last thing you want to do is get fined because you knocked out phone service to half the neighborhood when you took up one of your old fence posts.

It is important to have a plan when removing fence posts. If you are unfamiliar with how to do it, then it may be best to hire a professional contractor. Properly installed fences use concrete and gravel to anchor the fence posts. If you are unsure as to how to remove them, then you could get hurt and cause significant property damage. If you are confident in your ability to remove the fence yourself, then make sure that you have all of the right equipment to get the job done.

 

The Difference Between Our Two Most Popular Cedar Fence Styles

Cedar fence options

Estates: gothic top, 2×4 trim rails

Canyon Winds: option for 2×6 or top or not

Canyon winds is more popular. Estates is the style required in The Ranches. In a Canyon winds 6 ft by 8ft section there is 1) 6x6x8 3) 2x6x08 2) 1x6x08 21) 1x6x6 FT pickets  The Canyon Winds Fence comes with the choice  of a 2×6 top cap or not.

 

Estates 6 ft by 8ft section

  • (1)6x6x10 with routed and bevel tops
  • (2) 2x4x08
  • (2) 2x6x08
  • (2)1x4x08
  • (1)1x6x08
  • (21) 1x6x6 Ft pickets
  • Option for a 2x6x08 mid rail or a 2x8x8 mid rail

 

Canyon winds 6 ft by 8ft section

  • (1)6x6x8 beveled
  • (3)2x6x08
  • (2)1x6x08
  • (21) 1x6x6 FT pickets
  • Choice of a 2×6 top cap or not

 

Both of these fences cost approximately $19-21 per linear foot.  Call CFC Fences & Decks (801) 374-6428 for current pricing.

Local Fence Deliveries

Not only do we find ways to ship Trex Fencing all over the United States and Canada, but we also have options for our neighbors, here in Utah.  Whether you choose to utilize our skilled installation teams, hire a contractor, or even do it yourself, we’ll be glad to deliver your materials to the jobsite.

Think your local delivery is too big?  Think again.  We have access to our own fleet of trucks with flat beds and if the need arises, we can call in the big guns with 24-48ft trailers, complete with a forklift to assist in the careful offloading of your valuable materials.  Our rates for local deliveries are fair, based on mileage.  We will always look for the most economical way to accommodate local deliveries.  Keeping costs low means everyone wins.

So if you’d like to have a fine Trex Fence standing guard at your property, don’t let the logistics of getting it there kill your dream.  Local deliveries are only a phone call away.

 

Millcreek Cedar Install

This cedar fence project done on 3300 S 3300 E was done has much for looks as it was for a sound barrier. This fence was built in the front yard along 3300 S in SLC to give the home owners some privacy and reduce the sound from the busy road. When doing a 6’ tall fence in the front yard there are certain procedures that need to take place because of city ordinances. You will need a permit from the city (some cities will not approve it) and to make sure there are line of sights for intersections.

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Anticipate Your Fence Installation

When planning your outdoor living space it is easy to be caught up in all of the amenities that you have planned for your landscape design.  Where is the playhouse going to be located?  What about the trampoline, jungle gym on the bark bed, or the sports court? Where is your fire pit and entertainment space going to be located?  Trees, shrubs and flower beds are carefully planned for their location and the shade or color they will provide.   Often times, however, the consideration for the fence is either assumed or simply forgotten until as a last resort it must be installed with urgency and not coordinated properly with other landscaping features.

 

It is important to consider where all buried utility lines are located to service your home and personal utility lines that will service outdoor living spaces, as well.   Make sure that those lines do not conflict with the location of your fence, pergola or deck structures.  It is a simple matter of physics that two entities of mass cannot occupy the same space.  When the fence is installed, it is not uncommon for sprinkler lines that are too close to the property line, or gas lines from the house to service outdoor fire pits to both be struck and broken by digging to set fence posts.  This can be avoided by simply planning out buried lines of any kind to not conflict with structures, like fences or pergolas that will be installed at a later time.   Avoiding these conflicts will save you time and money by simply planning appropriately.

Call CFC Fences and Decks in Provo or Fence and Deck Supply in Salt Lake City.

Both locations offer contractor and public material sales.

Estimates are always free and without obligation.

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Choosing a Fence

President Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush all agree that a great fence is a necessity for your home and for your protection. The trick is deciding what type of fence to install. There are several factors to consider when deciding a fence. Do you have loud neighbors? Do you have a scenic view? Do you prefer a more modern or rustic look to your fence? Now let’s tackle these questions and give you some options based on your answers.
⦁ Do you have loud neighbors?
If you do have loud neighbors you may want to consider a type of fence that is sound resistant such as SimTek Fence. SimTek Fence is a faux-rock wall or stone-looking fence. Not only is it a beautiful fence but it also blocks out 98% of direct sounds.

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If your neighbors are quiet as mice then you may not need to go with a sound resistant fence like SimTek. You could see if a Trex fence or Cedar fence would be aesthetically pleasing to your home.trex-fencing-gallery-003-300x225
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⦁ Do you have a scenic view? If you do have a scenic view you may want to consider keeping the view while adding security to your property by installing an Iron or Metal Fence. These fences are very strong, durable, and they provide security without compromising the beauty of your yard.

Trex Seclusions Fencing with Powder Coated Iron Fence Panels

⦁ Do you prefer a more modern or rustic look? There are several privacy fences that have a similar design but all differ slightly in look. For instance Trex, SimTek, and Cedar all provide privacy, but the question you have to ask yourself is, “What look do I want in my privacy fence?” Let’s look at Trex, SimTek, and Cedar, and you be the judge of what fits you best.

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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

Valley Mental Health Fence Installation

Valley Mental Health

CFC Fences & Decks has teamed up with Valley Mental Health to build a wood fence at the Tooele, Utah facility. A fence was needed to partition the property lines between the Valley Mental Health facility and a vacant lot next door. The property line stretches 440’ in length and the wood fence style chosen for the project was Canyon Winds. This type of fence consists of 6×6 posts, 2×6 rails, 1×6 trim, and 1×6 slats that provides a privacy fence that will be durable for years to come.

Valley Mental Health provides services for all ages of individuals who are experiencing serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders and behavior problems. Valley Mental Health mission is to be a leading community partner promoting and providing accessible, quality behavioral and physical healthcare and this is the reason why the Tooele County Commissioners have contracted with Valley Mental Health to provide such a great cause for the community members. CFC Fences & Decks is proud to be a part of the fence building for a company doing a great cause for individuals to receive help to recover from uneasy health problems.

IFA Fence Installation

RH Johnson – IFA 2100 S SLC

The IFA (Intermountain Farmers Association) on 2100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah needed a solution to keep their fertilizer products safe from larceny. IFA’s general contractor RH Johnson Construction choose CFC Fences & Decks to help with this situation by confining IFA’s fertilizing products with a strong and durable commercial iron fence. Fence chosen for installation to set up a perimeter around the fertilizer was the Fortress Iron Classic Pressed Spear.

Total footage on this project was 224’ that included 27 sections with 2 walk gates and 1 12’ double gate. The Fortress Iron fence installed is a three rail 8’ tall fence with pressed pickets for a spear top look. Post Ball Caps a product upgrade were installed on the posts tops that provided a more luxurious design. The interesting thing on this project was that our dandy digger tractor had to drill for post holes through 4” of asphalt for our installers to set posts.

IFA has been providing services for their customers since 1923 by selling reasonably priced agricultural products, farming supplies, and bulk feed. IFA stores are located throughout Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. CFC Fences & Decks is glad to help IFA to secure their fertilizing products by building a commercial iron fence that will stand for protection for years to come.