Posted: Mon, Dec 17, 2012
With temperatures dipping into the forties and precipitation being more prevalent, this is not the best time of year to seal your pavers because they never fully dry out. You can extend the life and beauty of your pavers with a good cleaning. Brick cleaning is usually done to remove tree sap, mold, mildew, other stains and fallen leaves. Once you have cleaned your pavers, remove any additional fallen leaves so they do not stain the bricks. Brick cleaning is much more effective to paver areas that were previously sealed so be sure to seal your pavers next spring, when the weather warms up.
If at all possible, do not apply ice melters to paver areas. Ice melters can cause splintering and chipping and can stain the pavers. If you do need to use them, ice...
Posted: Wed, Dec 12, 2012
Once again, Long® Fence is honored to support our troops as a sponsor of the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. The 2012 Military Bowl will be held in Washington DC's historic RFK Stadium on December 27, 2012 with kickoff scheduled for 3:00 pm. The Bowling Green Falcons (8-4) will take on the San Jose State Spartans (10-2). The game will be televised on ESPN.
Long® Fence will provide the temporary fencing to enclose the Military Village, located between the DC Armory and RFK Stadium. This event showcases military assets that are used worldwide to secure our safety. Scheduled to appear included DRASH tents with a Navy Centenial Museum, Northrop Grumman Night Hawk helicopter, Navy Huey helicopter, Coast Guard helicopter, military tank, humvees, drones, predators...
Posted: Fri, Dec 7, 2012
Winter has not fully set in so if you have not had your in-ground sprinkler system winterized, now is the time to do it. The approaching holidays keep everyone busy, but if you wait much longer, it may be too late!
Your sprinkler system saves you time, money, and keeps your landscape looking its best during the spring and summer months. However, it is best to think about the winterization process once cold weather arrives and the grass goes dormant. Winterizing your sprinkler system means you take the steps necessary to ensure that your system's pipes will not freeze and break during the cold winter months.
There are two types of pipes typically used in sprinkler systems. These are Polyurethane and PVC. Though Polyurethane pipes are known for...
Posted: Fri, Nov 9, 2012
A solitary Canada goose lingers in a pond at the Midshore Solid Waste Facility in Ridgely on Maryland's Eastern Shore. An installation of Long® Fence silt fence surrounds this stormwater management pond on the grounds of the landfill that serves Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne and Talbot counties.
Posted: Wed, Oct 10, 2012
If the summer has taken a toll on your wood deck – or if you’ve just invested in a new one – now is the time to clean, restore and protect the wood from possible moisture damage during the winter months ahead. Here are some tips for "winterizing" your deck:
• Clean the deck thoroughly to remove dirt, fungus and gray surface wood with a formulated deck cleaner. Weathered gray wood, rust spots and stains from mildew, moss, algae and tannin bleed can ruin the look of your deck. Even newly built decks can require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers that prevent the adhesion of stains and sealers.
• Strip any deteriorating or unwanted stain or finish.
• Seal your deck with a water repellent finish before the beginning of winter....
Posted: Mon, Oct 8, 2012
Summer has faded into autumn, but don’t let these cooler temperatures keep you indoors. Pleasant fall weather, with moderate temperatures and low humidity, should last another month or so. Autumn is a great time of year to enjoy your patio, deck or porch. Why not give your outdoor space a look that captures the spirit of the season in a simple, natural way?
You can warm up your porch by bringing out a few throw blankets. Bundle up as you sit outside and have a cup of hot apple cider or cocoa. Place fall-themed tablecloths on tables and add pumpkins and gourds. Bring out some candles and enjoy dinner...
Posted: Wed, Aug 29, 2012
Race fans are gearing up for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, but the work behind the event is already in progress and will continue right up to Labor Day weekend. Long® Fence is providing 36,000 linear feet of temporary fencing to establish the spectator area for ticketed race fans. Pedestrian barricades will also be implemented for crowd control and safety. White PVC fence will be used in unrestricted areas that focus more on aesthetic appeal. For additional reasons of safety and security, Long® Fence will also enclose the pedestrian bridge over Light Street with temporary fence and screening.
Twenty-five percent of the track is constructed in the last six days, so most work on the...
Posted: Fri, Jul 13, 2012
This is a Long® Fence construction site, but you might be wondering, "Where's the fence?"
Of course, our primary business is fence construction, but it's not all we do. Highway safety is a very viable part of our business, namely guardrail construction, installation and maintenance. We also install sound attenuators.
The photo on the left is the Pennsylvania Turnpike where we have a guardrail maintenance contract with Penn DOT. As part of that contract we also install highway signs, as seen in the photo on the right. So it's not always...
Posted: Tue, Jul 3, 2012
We know that many of you in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia are not feeling celebratory and festive, but we would like to wish our friends, neighbors and associates a very Happy Fourth of July! As we work through the aftermath of last Friday's storm, we know many of you are still without power, with damaged homes and property. Several of our offices and many of our employees have been affected as well.
Since Friday night, we have been working with federal and local governments, Homeland Security, the National Park Service and the Disaster Relief Agency to address the areas of most critical need. We have been steadily responding to business and homeowner requests since Saturday, with some communication limitations imposed by storm power outages. Thank you for your patience, and as always, we appreciate your business.
Posted: Wed, Jun 13, 2012
Long® Fence has recently completed an installation at the FedEx facility in Cumberland, Maryland. The job consisted of an overhead track slide gate, a turnstile and keypad pedestal. Overhead slide gates are most often used in situations where there is not enough room for full movement of a cantilever gate.
The new turnstile is a full-height turnstile, similar in operation to a revolving door. This type of turnstile is often used in mass transit situations because it eliminates the possibility of anyone jumping over the turnstile. In the United States it is sometimes called a "Rotogate". It is also known as an "iron maiden" after the torture device of the same name. It's easy to see why.
Long® Fence partnered with Tymetal and Mid-...
Posted: Mon, Jun 4, 2012
Long® Fence recently completed installation of a wood soundwall fence for Handwerk Construction at the Norfolk Southern railway intermodal facility in Greencastle, PA, about 20 miles north of Hagerstown, MD. A soundwall, also called a noise barrier, sound berm or acoustical barrier is an exterior structure designed to protect sensitive land uses from noise pollution. Noise barriers are the most effective method of mitigating roadway, railway, and industrial noise sources.
Long® Fence is continuing with installation of a 9-ft. chain link perimeter fence and gates at the facility. The Greencastle facility will be part of a high-capacity, 2,500-mile intermodal route...
Posted: Fri, May 18, 2012
Long® Fence is providing all security fence and crowd control barricades at the Joint Military Open House and Air Show this weekend, May 19 and 20, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base. This event is free and open to the public. It's a great time for the whole family! Exciting aerial shows and ground attractions will feature the Blue Angels and Golden Knights. You don't have to be a military buff to enjoy awesome jets with daredevil pilots who go super fast and do crazy stunts! Everything you need to know about this event can be found here.
Posted: Thu, May 10, 2012
Nothing says, “I love you Mom!” like a comfy chair where Mom can relax while you fix dinner. Why not go one step farther and put that chair on a new, low-maintenance deck? Spring is a popular time to begin home improvement projects, especially if it's an upgrade to outdoor living spaces. With the economy keeping more homeowners in place, improving your home can elevate both your enjoyment and its eventual resale value.
Even if you choose just the right improvement -- one that makes you love your home even more and one that will appeal to potential buyers come selling time -- you may still be wondering how much you'll recoup on your investment.
Some home improvement projects pay off more than others in terms of enhancing your...
Posted: Tue, May 8, 2012
Long® Fence is honored to be a sponsor of the Memorial Day Tribute to Wounded Warriors presented by Beethoven Found. Long® Fence will provide over 350 linear feet of chain link fence for the event. The donated chain link fencing will help create a temporary outfield for the Wounded Warrior softball tournament.
The Memorial Day tribute will be held Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Great Meadow Event Center, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, Virginia.
The presenting organization, Beethoven Found, is a 501(c)3 corporation created to utilize major symphony orchestras to support people in need by organizing concerts to raise funds, provide entertainment, culture and classical music education in a fun environment.
The Memorial Day Tribute will...
Posted: Thu, May 3, 2012
Each year the Maryland State Highway Administration evaluates all contractors and subcontractors working on SHA projects. The primary benefits of the evaluation process are to:
• document historical performance in detail
• encourage continuous improvement
• provide industry comparison
• provide incentive for positive public relations
• flag marginal or unacceptable bidders
• encourage partnering
• provide feedback
• reduce inspection staffing levels
Long® Fence is proud to announce reception of an overall grade of “A” from the Maryland SHA for the calendar year 2011. Long® Fence was graded based on the following criteria: administration, personnel, equipment,...
Posted: Wed, Mar 21, 2012
Welcome to our blog where you'll find lots of information about Long® Fence products, services and related information. Long® Fence is an industry leader in residential and commercial fencing and related products and has been serving clients since 1945. Long® Fence provides commercial clients with perimeter security fencing, controlled access solutions, gates, bollards and accessories. For the residential homeowner, Long® Fence furnishes and installs fencing, driveway gates, decks and screened porches, paver patios and walkways, railings and ironworks, sunrooms and accessories.
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Long® Fence offers a variety of products, professional installation and repair services:
Posted: Wed, Feb 8, 2012
Long Fence was recognized by their contracting peers as a leader in damage prevention at the 2011 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference held November 2-4, 2011 in Ocean City, MD.
The Miss Utility Damage Prevention Committee holds the annual Dig Smart Awards to promote underground utility safety and recognize those who work toward damage prevention.
Long Fence was chosen as the 2010 Dig Smart Award Winner for two regions, Maryland and Washington DC, due to exemplary performance against the entry form criteria. Long Fence reinforced the importance of calling Miss Utility prior to the start of a job, actively participated in public forums that focus on damage prevention and provided an established set of damage prevention procedures.
This was the first time a company has won for both Maryland and DC in the same year. For more information on the Dig Smart and Locator Achievement Awards,...
Posted: Wed, Feb 8, 2012
For the sixth year in a row, Long® Fence has donated fencing to the United States Marine Corps for the District of Columbia Toys for Tots drive. Portable security fence panels were provided for use inside the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center at the Anacostia Annex in Washington DC.
The panels are used to create a secure storage facility for the donated toys. Because of the large volume of toys received during the drive, the fencing is utilized for a period of about three months to restrict access to the toy storage area. Long® Fence is proud to be able to provide support to this time-honored cause on the part of our United States Marine Corps.
Posted: Wed, Feb 8, 2012
During the dog days of summer, be sure to keep an extra eye on your four-legged friend. Dogs can suffer from heat stroke, often faster than a human. Your dog is at a greater risk of heat stroke if he is a working dog that exercises outdoors daily, or is confined to a crate, kennel, outdoor doghouse or vehicle. Although your dog needs shelter from the sun, if a kennel is your only option, be sure the area is well ventilated, shaded and a supply of fresh water is always available.
If your dog is confined to the yard, be sure the yard is safely fenced and offers shade. If your yard is not well-shaded naturally, consider a retractable awning. Dogs dehydrate very quickly in the summer sun, so be sure to refill a large water dish often throughout the day. There are self-watering products on the market that attach to your hose or outdoor faucet. Unlike a water bowl, they will never tip over and spill, leaving your dog thirsty.
If you have the room, invest in a small plastic...
Posted: Tue, Feb 7, 2012
Your front porch is like a handshake, welcoming visitors, serving as a connection point with the neighborhood, and role-playing as the first (and sometimes only) impression for passers-by and neighbors.
Whether your front porch is large or small, or even if it’s more of an entrance way than a porch, there are simple things you can do to make it more inviting without breaking the budget.
For instance, one of the easiest things you can do that will have a big impact is to paint the front door. A high gloss coat of paint in a color that pops will instantly give your home a new look.
Other ideas to help you say "Welcome" include:
• Change your hardware. Sleek, bold house numbers really change the look of the house. Add a beautiful, sculptural doorknocker to your newly painted door for even more elegance.
• Hang a canvas or print specifically formulated for the outdoors to one or both walls. Outdoor art looks like stretched canvas, but it's printed on...
Posted: Fri, Dec 16, 2011
Long® Fence is proud to be a contributing sponsor to the Military Bowl matchup between the Air Force Falcons and University of Toledo Rockets held at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on December 28, 2011. The event will air live on ESPN at 4:30 pm EST.
Long® Fence has donated the fencing that will surround Military Village on the Armory Mall. Military Village is an event unlike any other showcasing our military’s assets that are used world-wide to secure our safety. The village will be nestled between the DC Armory and RFK Stadium so that the vast majority of game day attendees can visit and walk through the Village to get a first hand look at our military strength. Many government contractor participants will be in attendance with special give-a-ways to the public throughout the day.
DRASH shelters are scheduled to have a Navy Centennial Museum, Northrop Grumman Night Hawk Helicopter, Navy Huey helicopter, a Coast Guard Rescue helicopter, a military tank, Humvees, drones...
Posted: Wed, Dec 7, 2011
With a little creativity, tin cans can become surprisingly elegant luminaries instead of trash. Save money on expensive candle decor with this fun project.
Empty Tin Cans
Paper (or Tracing paper)
1.) Remove any labels or stickers from the can and clean inside and out. If your can has a jagged edge at top, use a metal file to file it down. Most safety can openers give you a clean edge.
2.) Measure the height and circumference of the can with the tape measure. Cut a piece of regular paper or tracing paper to these measurements.
3.) Fill the clean cans with water and place in the freezer.
4.) While the water is freezing in the cans, create a design on the paper. You can use the tracing paper to trace a design from craft books or clipart, or you can print a design directly from...
Posted: Wed, Nov 23, 2011
It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the difficulties our country has faced during these past few years, so we’d like to take a moment to thank our customers, business partners and employees, knowing that each and every one of you has a story to tell. We are also grateful to our veterans, who protect our rights and freedoms. We hope Thanksgiving will find all of you blessed with a place to call home, plentiful food and the comfort and warmth of family and friends.
Posted: Wed, Oct 26, 2011
Long® Fence is proud to have been a Gold sponsor in the 2011 Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. The 19th annual Race for the Cure took place Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
A record breaking 32,000 runners and walkers participated and over $2.4 million was raised for the fight against breast cancer.
Long® Fence barricades were used throughout the venue to direct racers to registration stations, close off streets, control crowds and define special areas such as sponsor tents and activities.
Posted: Fri, Sep 2, 2011
First an earthquake, then a hurricane! From the sound of our phones this week, we know that many of our friends out there suffered some type of property damage during Hurricane Irene. No matter how well you prepare for a storm of this type, the force of the wind on your trees and other structures can have devastating results.
In the same way you prepare to keep your house and family safe during a major storm, you can prepare your yard to minimize damage. Here are some measures you can take:
1. Check the trees. Tall and lush trees could protect your home from high winds, but their dry and scraggly branches could break off and cause damage to your house, fence and yard. Prune any overreaching, unhealthy or dead branches that threaten to become harmful projectiles during a strong storm or hurricane. Weak or rotting trees are prone to cracking, breaking and falling in the high winds that accompany these serious storms. Not only can trees be destructive, they can be deadly...
Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2011
The Long® Fence office in Capitol Heights, Maryland recently participated in Capitol Heights’ Neighborhood Enhancement Program by donating entrance fence and gates to Capitol Heights Elementary School.
General contractor Turner Construction arranged partnerships with local area businesses to provide help and service to the targeted recipient, Capitol Heights Elementary School. Saturday, June 25 was designated Volunteer Community Day by Turner Construction, with local merchants providing landscaping, fencing, painting, flooring, and general maintenance to the school.
For more information on the Capitol Heights Improvement Program please see this article in the Gazette newspaper.
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2011
Nothing says summer more than Fourth of July fireworks, hot dogs and watermelon. Living in the Washington DC area, we are fortunate to have any number of major fireworks displays practically in our backyards, including the National Mall.
Our beautiful beaches on the Eastern Shore will also be a popular destination this weekend. If you aren’t brave enough to fight the crowds at either of these locations, the we suggest an alternative: Stay home and relax in your own backyard!
An investment in a deck or patio for your home will yield far greater returns than a fleeting vacation at the beach. Spend your Fourth of July enticing your neighbors with the delicious aroma of barbecue. Maybe even invite them over now that you have plenty room to entertain!
Try this recipe for homemade barbecue sauce courtesy of the National BBQ Association:
Easy Three-Cup Barbecue Sauce
Combine the following liquids:
1 cup water
Posted: Thu, Jun 16, 2011
Forget about the tie or wallet, new golf clubs or latest cell phone.
What Dad wants is a new deck or patio. Specifically, a new deck or patio for his new hammock. You’ll be remembered for giving the best Father’s Day gift ever–a place to take a nap.
Long® Fence has low-maintenance decks in vinyl and composite so Dad can spend more time on the important stuff like resting his eyes. Most of our deck designers are dads, so they know a thing or two about all the best Dad options.
Our paver patios have been Dad-tested and we can vouch they are also perfect for hammocks, lounge chairs and reclining chaises. As an added benefit, pavers are so versatile, we can add built-in barbecues, fire pits and bars. A paver patio is the new man-cave.
We’ll make choosing a new deck or patio so easy that your hardest decision will be what type of hammock to get.
Posted: Wed, Jun 1, 2011
Many of our area high schools are having their graduation ceremonies in the next couple weeks. This exciting time of year is often overshadowed by tragedy as celebrating students engage in behaviors that put them and others at risk. Fortunately, most schools provide alternative activities for graduating students that help keep them safe and sane. Long® Fence is proud to have been a long-time supporter of two of our area high schools’ Grad Night celebrations by providing temporary fence to secure the venues of the Grad Night festivities.
Long® Fence is known for providing safe environments in our community, but we also strive to provide safe work and jobsite environments for our employees. Fewer claims due to accidents and injuries reduce costs and time lost, allowing us to pass the savings along to our customers.
Long® Fence is the proud recipient of multiple 2011 safety awards:
Two local chapters of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. awarded...
Posted: Tue, May 24, 2011
The forecast for the Washington Metro area this Memorial Day weekend is near perfect. After being inundated with rain for most of the spring, sunny, dry weather is predicted for our three day weekend. What a great time to get outside and get moving!
And what better place to move than right in your own backyard. You know it well–just one step outside your back door. Leave the car keys on the table, forget about $4.00 a gallon gas, and go play a game.
One of the hottest outdoor games around today is Cornhole. Everyone can play and it doesn’t take expensive or fancy equipment. You can even make your own Cornhole game. Easy instructions are here.
For other great yard game ideas, click here. And if you want to make your backyard game space really special, think Long® Fence. We’ve been...
Posted: Mon, May 9, 2011
Long® Fence is pleased to provide fencing to support two upcoming regional events that highlight our Armed Services.
The USO Military Expo Village will be held at the Dover International Speedway NASCAR Race May 13-15, 2011 in Dover, Delaware. The largest military show ever featured at a NASCAR track will have visual and interactive displays including a replica foxhole that fully shows the living conditions for a soldier currently deployed overseas. The foxhole setup is designed with all the items a soldier would have to create their living quarters. For additional information go to USO Military Expo. Or check out Dover International Speedway.
The Joint Service Open House and Air Show will be held May 20-22, 2011 at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The show will include the Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground...
Posted: Mon, May 2, 2011
May means it’s time to plant annuals, clean the porch, and dust off the charcoal grill. Yes, I said charcoal. Gas grills are great, but I still love the flavor of a burger cooked on my kettle grill. What I don’t like is using chemical lighter fluid to start the fire. For years, I used electric starters which work well until you leave them out in the rain or they simply disintegrate after years of use. About two years ago, I discovered the chimney starter.
If you are still among the ranks of those who use a charcoal grill, this nifty item may be perfect for you, especially if you don’t like using chemical starters and want to speed up the process of starting a fire. A chimney starter is simple to use, requiring just newspaper, briquettes and a match. Prices can vary, but you can get a good one for about $15.00.
And don’t forget that a deck or patio is the perfect backyard...
Posted: Wed, Apr 20, 2011
If you’re going to fence in your yard, you will inevitably choose to install a gate. After all, a gate provides access and you will want to be able to move conveniently from one part of your yard to another. But you don’t always want access granted to just anyone. A good fence with secure gates and latches will give your home and property added security and protection.
You have choices when it comes to gate hardware, and some of the newer options help prevent a gate from being left open by landscape companies or meter readers. Have you ever come home from work, let the dog out, and then two minutes later you see your dog running loose across the street? All because the lawn care people serviced your yard that day and left the gate open! Self-closing, self-latching gate hardware may be the answer for you.
Self-closing hardware works like the pneumatic device on a storm door. These gates close automatically, preventing people from leaving the gate open accidentally....
Posted: Mon, Apr 11, 2011
We’re in the privacy business. You need it. We provide it. As more homeowners choose to install privacy fences to help secure their property and lower insurance premiums, having clear definitions about the purpose of the fence helps to determine the material and style of the fence. The nine most popular reasons why homeowners choose privacy fencing are:
Security - A privacy fence makes it more difficult to discern if there are valuable items on the premises, plus it is harder to climb.
Define boundaries - Property definition leaves no question as to what features belong to which property owner.
Safeguard pools and ponds - If your yard contains a water feature, a privacy fence is a must for safety reasons and often required by code.
Animal control - Keeping pets in and other animals out is a top reason to install a fence.
Privacy - A privacy fence can protect you from inquisitive bystanders and keep your business your...
Posted: Wed, Mar 30, 2011
Do you ever wonder what the difference is between ornamental steel and ornamental aluminum fencing? After all, they look the same, don’t they? Discovering the differences between these two materials can help you make the best choice for your needs when you are going for a low-maintenance fence with the look of wrought iron.
Steel and aluminum fencing look similar but have different benefits depending on your needs. Steel provides strength and security and enhances your property, offering value that can’t be surpassed. Aluminum has an economical appeal and never rusts making it the perfect choice for swimming pools.
LONG® FENCE Ambassador Series™ ornamental steel fencing offers zinc-galvanized corrosion protection with a powder-coat finish for beauty that lasts year after year. Industrial drive rivets secure the fence components and all brackets have permanent covers for additional security and aesthetic appeal.
LONG® FENCE Heritage™ Series ornamental aluminum...
Posted: Fri, Jan 7, 2011
Regardless of the purpose of your fence or the type of material you select, it is important to choose the best products in order to ensure a stable, long-lasting fence. Four of the most important fencing components to help achieve longevity are the posts, gates, tension bands and ties and paint or stain, should your fence require staining.
Posts/Stakes – The posts or stakes are one of the most important components of any type of fence. The posts are what hold the fence together and give it overall strength. For a wood fence, pressure treated posts will extend the life of a fence considerably. For metal fences, heavy-duty galvanized steel posts are the best.
Gates – Your fence will require an appropriate gate. The gate is one of the key fencing products that ensures your fenced in area remains secure. When selecting a gate, look for a gate that is well constructed and offers at least two support bars running across the gate horizontally. No matter if the gate is made...
Posted: Tue, Dec 21, 2010
For the fifth year in a row, Long® Fence has donated fencing to the United States Marine Corps for the District of Columbia Toys for Tots drive. Portable security fence panels were provided for use inside the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center at the Anacostia Annex in Washington DC. The panels are used to create a secure storage facility for the donated toys. Because of the large volume of toys received during the drive, the fencing is utilized for a period of about three months to restrict access to the toy storage area.
Long® Fence is proud to be able to provide support to this time-honored cause on the part of our United States Marine Corps. We wish them much success with their 2010 Toys for Tots campaign.
Anyone wishing more information, please visit the Washington DC Toys for Tots program website.
Posted: Fri, Dec 17, 2010
The fence. It offers privacy, security, and safety. It can be decorative, stylish or strictly utilitarian. It is generally easy to install, whether you hire a contractor or do-it-yourself. And it needs a building permit. It surprises many homeowners that building permits are not confined solely to buildings. Even a fence must, in most cases, be permitted. Fence Permits Depend on the Locality
Fence permitting is not universal. Some localities require it, while others don’t. Also, fence permits may be issued on the city or county level depending on whether you live in an unincorporated county or an incorporated city.
Fence Permits Are Limited to the Type of Fence
Often, fence permitting depends on the type of fence. In unincorporated areas, you often find that fences less than six feet tall do not require permits. In cities, though, almost any type of fence will need a permit. The rural, unincorporated areas also give more leeway as to the type of fence,...
Posted: Fri, Dec 17, 2010
Your home is often center stage when it comes to outdoor holiday decorating, but all elements of your landscape including your fence, deck and patio can become props. Here are some ways to add holiday magic to the outdoors this year:
Decorate Trees and Shrubs
Many of us decorate trees and put them in our homes at Christmas, but what about the trees that stay outside? Whether you have trees growing in the yard or potted versions on the patio, spruce them up with holiday decorations. Try highlighting trees and shrubs instead of just stringing them with lights. Tuck white, green, red, amber, or other colored spotlights under bushes and trees to provide a warm glow.
Hang lights from tree branches. Faux candles (such as battery operated flameless candles) don’t require extension cords and can look lovely when hung from trees. Try placing them in lanterns. They’ll look great during the daytime as well as the night.
Hang ornaments specifically made for the...
Posted: Mon, Dec 13, 2010
If your fence is broken or has seen better days, you should consider your options to repair it before you make a decision to replace it.
Wooden fences: If part of your wooden fence has started to rot, you can replace bad slats, pickets or posts with the same type of wood, but the color may not match if the original fence has weathered. This is a job you can do by yourself or you can have a contractor do it. However, if 20% or more of your fence boards are rotted or in a state of disrepair, it is probably time to replace your fence. It is a good idea to weigh the costs and benefits of a large-scale repair against total replacement with a professional fence contractor.
Chain link fences: Chain link fences are very durable, but eventually they may start to rust. If the rust is limited to 10-15% of the fence, it is probably worth removing and replacing the rusted sections. If you plan to work with a contractor, get their opinion on the...
Posted: Thu, Dec 9, 2010
The time has come to leave outdoor living spaces and ride out winter’s cold indoors. But before you batten down the barbecue and stow the patio cushions, don’t forget to take care of wooden structures – like decks, and pergolas that must bear the elements.
Routine maintenance of these structures can ensure they weather the winter well and are ready for you to enjoy come spring. Plus, beautiful, well-kept outdoor structures enhance curb appeal and your home’s resale value.
Here are some ideas for winterizing your wooden outdoor structures:
* Clean leaves, dirt and pine needles from between the boards of your deck. This will increase airflow around the boards and reduce the opportunity for mold and mildew to grow. Even if your deck contains manufactured or natural chemicals that resist insects and decay, excessive dirt, debris and moisture can still harm the wood.
* Remove planters and flower pots – even those that are just ornamental – from the deck....