All About Wood Fence Life Expectancy 

If you’re considering wood fencing, you may be wondering about wood fence life expectancy.Man lacquers a wood fence in the garden to illustrate All About Wood Fence Life Expectancy.

Truth is, wooden fences, for all their remarkable attributes, do require a bit of a tradeoff in terms of longevity and maintenance compared to other fencing materials, such as vinyl, aluminum, or chain-link.

It’s definitely worth it, though. There’s really nothing like natural wood fencing. It’s elegant, classic, stylish, and provides an almost magical element of beauty to any property.

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Portland Wood Fence Experts

Pacific Fence & Wire has been helping people for almost 100 years. If you’ve got your heart set on a wooden fence, then we can assist you in finding the right one for you, your family, and your property.

And please keep this in mind: Although there are lots of questions to be asked and answers to be sought when it comes to determining the right wooden fence for you, we promise the process will be fun!

We’re sure you’ve already imagined what your wonderful new wooden fence will look like around your property. Well, PF&W is here to help you harness that imagination and turn your wooden fence dreams into wooden fence reality!

Life Expectancy Of Wooden Fencing

Right off the bat, we should mention that here in the wet, windy, and wintery Pacific Northwest, wooden fences simply don’t last as long as they might in climates that are less damp.

When properly maintained — which includes replacing individual planks and boards as needed — a well-built wooden fence can last in good condition up to 20 years or more.

There is that tradeoff we mentioned, though: A wood fence needs regular care; otherwise, if it’s left to rot, then it’s gonna, well, rot!

Compared to other fencing options, such as vinyl fencing, wood is unlikely to last as long or be as durable. Wood fences can rot, warp, sag, and crack over time, especially during long periods of inclement weather. (In other words, during eight months out of the year in Western Oregon!) Wooden fences are also susceptible to insect infestations.

Wood Fence Maintenance

There are plenty of ways to hold off the ravages of weather and time, though.

Most wood fences are constructed with cedar or redwood, two species that are typically more resistant to decay than other types of lumber. That’s why those are two of the most commonly used wood species for fences.

In addition to the type of wood, it’s also important to make sure the fence isn’t susceptible to uprooting from nearby tree systems. There shouldn’t be any vines dangling over it, either. Although they make for a pretty fence and tremendous curb appeal, bushes and vines can also contribute to rot and degradation.

Pressure-treated wood can help extend the life and longevity of your fence. Occasional applications of wood sealants and wood preservatives are also helpful.

Annual Maintenance

Once a year, property owners should examine the fence from beginning to end. This helps identify problems before they get out of hand. Inspections should include not just the wood itself, but also the nails and screws that hold it together.

Fence posts should also be checked to make sure they’re still securely rooted in the post holes and the ground. Portions of the fence that don’t touch the ground are less likely to develop rot and decay and other moisture-related problems.

It’s also a good idea to clean the fence thoroughly every few years and to stain and paint it at the same time. This will help preserve the integrity of the fence while maintaining its striking appearance.

Long story short: Proper maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your wooden fence for 10 years, 15 years, or even 40 years!

Questions? Comments? Get in touch with Pacific Fence & Wire today! Family-owned and operated since 1921, we’re happy to help. We look forward to building a long and lasting partnership with you.

All About Vinyl Fence Life Expectancy

Vinyl, white picket fence in front of a white home to illustrate All About Vinyl Fence Life ExpectancyYou may be wondering about vinyl fence life expectancy.

You’re almost certain that a vinyl fence is right for you, your family, your budget, and your property. (You have compared and contrasted vinyl fences with wood fences, aluminum, and chain-link fences, for example.)

You know which portions of your property you want to be fenced. You’ve considered fence colors, fence maintenance, and fence repair.

You just need that one last bit of information to tie all your research together so that you know for sure that you’ve made the right choice.

So: What is the life expectancy for a vinyl fence?

Life Expectancy Of Vinyl Fencing

Good news: When properly maintained, a vinyl fence can last for decades — upwards of 30 years in many cases. That’s longer than wood. In fact, wooden fences may last half as long. And wood fences require constant vigilance and maintenance, such as the replacement of individual planks or panels.

Even better news: Vinyl doesn’t require that much maintenance! Usually, all it takes is a regular washing with a garden hose and household cleaners, such as Simple Green. Many of our customers tout the fact that their vinyl fence requires no maintenance!

When it comes to fencing options, upfront costs, aesthetics, curb appeal, fencing installation and the quality of the fencing materials themselves, vinyl is a truly wonderful choice for many property owners.

As we’ve written before on the PF&W Blog, “Vinyl fences are plastic, made specifically with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material is combined with special ingredients that make it strong, durable, and resistant to various types of weather and ultraviolet rays.”

CertainTeed

Pacific Fence & Wire is proud to partner with CertainTeed for their BuffTech vinyl fences. They’re built to last and typically come with excellent warranty protection.

In short: Vinyl fences are often maintenance-free and are excellent choices for any property. They’re strong, durable, flexible, and they look great! Plus, they can last significantly longer than their wooden or chain-link counterparts.

In fact, it’s the very durability of vinyl fencing that has made it such a popular choice for homeowners and property owners in recent years. Some of the most popular types of vinyl fencing: vinyl post and rail, and Lexington-style privacy fencing. Like other styles, these require virtually no maintenance over the long term.

Why Vinyl Fencing May Be Right For You

Compared with wood fencing, especially, vinyl fencing is a longer-lasting and more durable solution. Wood fences are beautiful and wonderful, too. If neglected, however, wood fences are prone to rotting, warping, and cracking. They can also become weatherbeaten or insect-infested over time.

Not so with vinyl. It provides the privacy and beauty of more traditional fencing along with unmatched longevity. That’s because — as we mentioned above — vinyl fencing is made with high-quality PVC. It’s designed to withstand everything that a Pacific Northwest winter can throw our way. (And for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the great and beautiful PNW, we know Ol’ Man Winter can certainly throw a lot our way!)

Plus, vinyl can be made to look just like wood or stone! Finally — and perhaps best of all — it can be customized with a wide variety of colors, styles, trims, and adornments. It’s a win-win! (Or is that a win-win-win-win-win?)

Questions? Give Pacific Fence & Wire a call! We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1921, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Split-Rail Fence in Portland, Oregon — and Abraham Lincoln in Illinois

A split-rail fence is an absolutely stunning addition to any property. If you’re seeking advice on a split-rail fence in Portland, Oregon, then contact Pacific Fence & Wire.

We’ve been in business for almost a century, and we can help you make the best fencing decision for you, your family, and your property.

Our expert and friendly staff can assist you with most types of fencing in addition to fence fittings, gates, pipes, and other resources.

What is a split-rail fence?

Split rail is a type of fence that utilizes rails constructed from timber logs that have been split lengthwise. This style of fencing is also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence, snake fence (because of the way it winds across landscapes), or a log fence or post and rails fence. Most split-rail fences are cedar fences.

Anyone who’s played with Lincoln logs can grasp the underlying concept of split rail construction. In fact, a split-rail fence demonstrates a nifty bit of pioneer engineering since it can be constructed without the use of nails or fasteners.

These items were expensive and often unavailable for many homesteaders in the early American and Canadian centuries. What these pioneers did have, however, was wood. Lots of it, and they made great use of it to build miles of split-rail fence.

In the 1860s, soldiers on both sides of the U.S. Civil War often destroyed split-rail fencing in order to make use of it as firewood.

Abraham Lincoln and Split-Rail History

Back to Lincoln for a second. When strong and studious Abraham Lincoln was considering a run for the presidency, his advisers suggested a prop that would help remind voters of his rustic background.

According to Smithsonian.com, Lincoln modeled his campaign after William Henry Harrison’s “log cabin campaign.” Harrison won the 1840 election by “emphasizing what he claimed were long-standing ties to the common man (although he came from a family of Virginia aristocrats),” the Smithsonian writes.

Unlike Harrison, however, Lincoln actually came from humble origins. To emphasize this fact, the Smithsonian writes, “Richard J. Oglesby, a canny Illinois politician and Lincoln supporter, came up with the idea of sending Lincoln’s cousin, John Hanks, back to the family farm in Decatur, Illinois, to collect a couple of the wooden fence rails that he and Abe had split years before.”

They used the pieces of that wooden fence to mount a banner that read “Abe Lincoln the Rail Splitter.” The idea worked and forms a major thread of Lincoln’s historical legacy to this day. You can see “The Genuine Rail” — split by Lincoln himself in 1829 or 1830 — at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Pacific Fence & Wire

PF&W can handle all your Portland fencing needs. Whether it’s a custom order or a prefabricated product, we have the tools, the know-how, and the solutions-oriented approach to get the job done.

As we like to say, we’re happy to take on so-called “difficult projects” — everything from custom enclosures, sloped yards, and security fences to … well, you let us know!

We work on both big and small jobs, and we bring the same expert customer service and attention to detail regardless of the size and scale of your project.

You can’t go wrong with Pacific Fence & Wire, so please do call us today!

How to Replace a Wooden Fence Panel

For those of you looking for an overview of how to replace a wooden fence panel, we’ve provided a broad outline below.

If you have any questions about specifics or if you need a fence expert to provide guidance and advice, we suggest calling the pros at Pacific Fence & Wire.

PF&W is approaching its 100th year in business. For four generations, we’ve been a family-owned and family-operated business.

We can help you tackle projects both big and small (and in between!), so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We look forward to serving you.

We’re excited to begin the next 100 years of expert Portland fence installation and service. Be sure to check the Pacific Fence & Wire blog often. We cover — or will cover soon — lots of topics, including:

  • Pressure washers

    Wooden board background to illustrate How to Replace a Wooden Fence Panel

    Wooden board background with textured planks

  • Pressure-treated lumber fences
  • Posts set in concrete at the ground level
  • Vinyl fences
  • Maintaining the level of your bottom rail
  • More!

Until then, on with the wooden fence panel replacement show!

Wooden Fence Panel Replacement

Wooden fence panels may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. They may have been damaged by neglect, insects, or by the front fender of a wayward automobile.

A particularly strong winter storm may have cracked, bent or otherwise destroyed one or more wooden fence panels. Or the passage of time and many seasons of wind and rain may have caused a panel or panels to rot.

How do you know it you need to replace a fence panel? The wood may appear discolored. It may also have more obvious damages, such as splintering or warping.

If you can poke the wood with a screwdriver and the wood pushes in, then you may have rotten wood beneath the surface. Time to replace the panel!

Maintenance, Repair, Replacement

If you have a wooden fence, no matter the type of wood, you’ll probably be faced with the task of fence repairing at some point.

The steps involved in replacing panels on wood fences are fairly straightforward. The actions required within each individual step, however, do require at least a basic familiarity with carpentry, wood and home handiwork.

If you have any questions whatsoever, including about which important tools to use in each step, please contact an expert.

  • Check your posts. It doesn’t make sense to replace a single wooden fence panel if the posts to which it is attached are compromised. A single damaged post can ruin an entire fence line. Be sure to double check that the fence’s posts are secure and level before beginning work on any individual panel. Fix or reinforce a damaged post before starting to repair or replace a panel.
  • Pry the damaged panel(s) out of the fence. Remove any nails or screws still attached to the post.
  • Measure the replacement panels for size and fit, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Drill holes. With the replacement panel held in position (you probably need an assistant for this portion), drill four holes at the spots where the panel will be fastened to the posts or beams.
  • Mount your panel!

There’s your simple overview of the process of replacing a wooden fence panel. For the details, or to learn about additional options for fencing your property, call Pacific Fence & Wire today.

Does A Fence Increase Appraisal Value?

When it comes to real estate, many people wonder whether or not a fence increases appraisal value. At Pacific Fence & Wire, we thought we’d look into this question. Does a fence increase appraisal value?

There are certainly wrinkles in the appraisal process that affect price and perceived value. And, of course, different appraisers have different methods. But we’re happy to report that yes, indeed, a fence can increase a home’s appraisal value.

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Why? There are several reasons. Fences add more than just visual appeal. They also provide things that homeowners and potential home buyers appreciate, including:

  • Curb appeal
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Serenity
  • Boundaries for front yard and backyard
  • Protection (for yourselves, your pets and children, your lawn, etc.)
  • Good fences make for good neighbors

“Fencing materials play an integral role in determining the overall home value during appraisal,” writes the staff at RealtyTimes.com.

In addition to those things listed above, there is, of course, the visual appeal, which can be striking. There are so many styles, fence materials (metal, wood fences, concrete, cast iron, chain link fencing, etc.), and designs for fences.

Heights, lengths, and colors can be mixed and matched to startling contrast. Or fences can be more subtle, matching both the materials and architecture of the home itself.

In short, a yard fence can absolutely increase the appraisal value.

What Kind Of Fence Do You Prefer?

What’s your preference? A metal fence? That ol’ standby, the wooden fence? Either one can become an integral and important part of the home itself.

Installing a fence is one of the best things you can do to increase your home’s value. Home improvement certainly includes finding a type of fence that enhances the appearance and security of your home.

We’d say it’s crucial! It’s the one thing most likely to attract a potential buyer in the first place. That’s why a house with a fence is high on the list of features that homebuyers search for.

When it’s time to partner with a fence contractor, contact Pacific Fence & Wire. We’ve been in business for almost 100 years!

Appraisal Experts

According to Homes.com, one of the things that buyers consider “must haves” is a fence. And more often than not, they want one that’s already installed.

Century 21 agrees.

“If you’re trying to sell a house,” they write, “the appearance of a fence adds value to the home overall. Buyers with children or pets will appreciate the privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.”

While there is no standard, guaranteed formula for calculating the increase in appraisal value of a home with a fence, there is strong evidence in favor of fencing.

“When it comes down to the question of, ‘Does a fence increase home value?” writes Homelight.com, “it all depends on what materials you use, your neighborhood, what local buyers are looking for, and the condition you keep it in.”

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Northwest Fencing Experts

Let Pacific Fence & Wire help you find the perfect fence for you and your home.

Give us a call today! Or request an estimate.

We look forward to speaking with you.

What Is A Chain-Link Fence Made Of?

Now here’s a question we’re surprised we don’t get more often: What is a chain-link fence made of?

Everybody is familiar with the chain-link fence. We see them all over the place. They’re in neighborhoods and business districts. They surround manufacturing plants in commercial and industrial areas on the outskirts of towns.

So what are chain-link fences made out of? Typically they’re constructed with galvanized or LLDPE-coated steel wire. (Note: LLDPE stands for “linear low-density polyethylene”; it’s a polymer, the properties and creation of which are really beyond the bounds of this short blog post.)

Chain link fence against grass. What is a chain-link fence made of?What is galvanized steel, and why is it used for chain-link fence construction?

A description of the properties of galvanized steel actually answers both those questions at once.

Galvanization is the process of adding a protective coating of zinc to steel in order to prevent rust and corrosion. In the case of chain-link fence steel, the parts of the fence are hot-dipped — i.e., submerged in a molten zinc bath.

Cool, huh? You probably never knew that your friendly neighborhood coated chain-link fence system went through such a dramatic process to bring it into existence!

A Brief History of Chain-Link Fencing

A British man named Charles Barnard is credited with building the first machine to net wire together. (He based his invention on cloth weaving machines.) This was in 1844, and it didn’t take long for the idea to catch on. Soon, property owners the world over were clamoring for some of Barnard’s “wire netting” to use as fence material.

Nowadays, we’re accustomed to seeing chain-link fences in the usual places — around homes for example, even if unconventionally installed, like in the famous Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, California. They’re also used in sport, such as for baseball backstops and wrestling cage matches!

According to the American Fence Association (AFA), “Traditional, metallic-coated chain-link fence remains one of the most effective, economical fencing barriers on the market today and is the number one selling fence system in the world.”

Chain-link fence is known for its strength and durability, says the AFA. They provide a cost-effective way “to protect children, control pets and safeguard commercial property and assets in both suburban and urban settings.”

Preserving a Chain Link Fence

It’s also old enough to be considered historic, at least in one Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood. As reported by the Washington Post, “some homeowners in Old Town Alexandria were surprised to learn recently that their chain-link fences were historic and that removing them could put them in hot water with the city’s historic preservation office.”

It should be noted here that there are also vinyl-coated chain-link fences. These are still made out of galvanized steel, but they’re coated in vinyl. Both types (galvanized and vinyl-coated) are usually set in concrete footing to secure them.

From hot zinc to hot water, chain-link fences form the backdrop to so many activities that we probably take them for granted. And now you can impress your friends with your knowledge of their construction and history.

Need work done on your fence — or a new fence altogether? Get in touch with Pacific Fence & Wire today! We look forward to speaking with you.

Dog Fencing Solutions

Is there such a thing as dog-proof landscaping? A picture-perfect lawn may not be attainable with an energetic dog on the loose. But a safe yard – one that’s comfortable for both human and canine family members – is possible. A fenced-in yard is the perfect place for your best friend to romp and relax. Check out our list of fence types for dogs. Once your pet is contained with the right fence, there are lots of ways to make your landscaping dog-friendly.

Here are some dog fencing solutions

Dog Proof Wooden Fence Pacific Fence in Portland OR

A fenced-in yard is the perfect place for your best friend to romp and relax.

Make a Fence Dog Proof

Is your dog a jumper, climber or digger? If your high-jumper clears the fence, you may need an inwardly slanting extension to keep it in. An extension also keeps climbers on the right side of the fence. Buried chicken wire or rebar prevents diggers from tunneling out.

Remove Dangerous Plants

Some common landscaping plants, such as castor bean, are poisonous for dogs, so they should be removed from your yard. Avoid sharp plants that have thorns or spikes, as these can scratch a dog’s eyes. Some weeds and mushrooms are harmful. If you keep a compost pile, make sure your pet can’t get to it. Aside from the mess a dog can create in compost, some decomposers in the pile are toxic. The ASPCA has a list of plants that are dangerous for dogs. Consult this list when you’re buying new plants for your yard. Your local nursery can also help you choose safe plants.

Carve Out a Path

Has your dog beat a path in the yard? Dogs naturally patrol the perimeter of their territory. You can make the path official – and more attractive – with landscaping. Cover the trail with material that’s easy on paws. Rounded pebbles or cedar mulch may fit the bill. Border the path with wood planks or hard pavers. Plant areas along the path with low shrubs or border plants.

Set Boundaries

Take steps to protect sensitive plants. A small fence, temporary or permanent, discourages dogs from trampling foliage. Place large landscaping rocks or decorative wood around planting beds. Raised beds can also establish a border. Once the off-limit area is clearly defined, teach your dog to stay out with boundary training.

Start Potty Training

Training your dog to eliminate in one place will keep your yard cleaner. Choose a spot that’s comfortable for your pooch and easy to clean. Leave the area natural or cover it with a material you can hose off now and then. Flagstones, bricks or cement are simple to maintain.

Dog Friendly Fence and Yard in Portland OR

If your yard doesn’t have shady areas, you’ll need to make a place where your pet can cool down.

Keep It Cool

If your yard doesn’t have shady areas, you’ll need to make a place where your pet can cool down. Garden structures, such as an arbor or trellis, provide shade while dressing up the yard. Dogs often enjoy having their own pad, so consider adding a doghouse in a shady spot.

Clean Up

When it’s time for your dog to come indoors, wipe their paws. Create a grooming station next to the entryway, keeping a washcloth and other grooming supplies handy so you can take care of muddy paws and dusty fur.

Types of fencing for dogs

Wooden Fences

A classic choice, a wooden fence is ideal for your dog run, especially if your dog tends to bark or growl at passers-by. If the wooden fence is solid (not slatted), it will block the street or neighbor’s yard from your dog’s sight and (hopefully) limit his noise-making. This is the best fence for dogs – that is, for those extra excitable pups who need a strong dog run fence that’s blocked off from people walking by. Additionally, wood fences can be quite tall, which can prevent your dog from jumping over the fence to explore the neighborhood.

Dog Friendly Park Wire Fence installed by Pacific Fence in Portland OR

The most economical of fence choices, chain link fencing (also known as cyclone fences) is low-cost and low-maintenance, ideal for building a dog run enclosure.

Chain Link Fences

The most economical of fence choices, chain link fencing (also known as cyclone fences) is low-cost and low-maintenance, ideal for building a dog run enclosure. These types of fencing for dogs are easy to see through, so if you’re worried that your dog may be too loud, you can train vines or plants to obscure his view through the fence. For a quicker solution, you can always weave plastic or fabric strips through the chain link fence gaps to block the view from both sides. Another enclosure you can build with a cyclone fence for dogs is a chain link dog kennel.

Vinyl Fences

Unlike wood, vinyl will not split, twist, warp, rust, or rot. Because vinyl fences are so durable, many fence sellers can offer impressive warranties on their fences. Vinyl fences are 5 times stronger than wood and last significantly longer. Vinyl is also more flexible than wood, meaning it can take more weight and force, which is good if you have a larger dog breed who likes to jump. Cleaning is easy too—which is handy when your dog may be nosing around the fence or putting his paws on it. If you live in a muddy region, vinyl may be the best fence for dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Just a little soap and a hard spray of water will get dirt and mud off easily.

Best fence for dogs in Portland OR

For an extensive array of fences for any home or business, call or contact Pacific Fence & Wire toll-free at (800) 547-2410. Our experienced professionals can help you choose the best fence for your dogs, property and budget. With the right elements, a yard can be a haven for both you and your dog!

Staining Fence

Treating an old wood fence with a protective stain will not only keep your fence looking great, it will protect it from the elements. There are several ways to stain a wood fence including a paint brush, roller or paint sprayer. For larger projects, it may be worth the money to invest in a quality sprayer, as it will make the job go much faster.  For smaller projects, staining a wood fence with a simple roller and paint brush for those hard to reach areas should work just fine. Reignite the glow of cedar boards by learning how to stain a fence. It requires just two basic steps: cleaning and staining.

When Is the Best Time to Stain a Fence?

Wait a few weeks before staining a new fence. Why? Wood is affected by light, temperature and humidity. It needs time to adapt to its new environment.

Staining a Wood Fence in Portland OR

Treating an old wood fence with a protective stain will not only keep your fence looking great, it will protect it from the elements.

Early or late summer are good times to stain a wood fence. You’ll need a few days of dry, warm weather, both before and after you stain. The boards need to be completely dry. A cloudy day, early in the morning or late in the afternoon are good times to work. In general, it’s better not to paint in direct sunlight. You won’t have to wait long for a cloudy day in Oregon. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for temperature range.

Why Stain a Wood Fence?

Treating your fence protects it from rain, sun and rot. Cedar naturally resists mildew, but a finish gives it more staying power. When the boards are protected against moisture, they’re less likely to warp. Staining also restores the look of cedar that has turned gray and dingy.

What Kind of Stain Is Best?

Choosing a stain is the biggest decision you will have to make when staining your wood fence. There are so many variations of stain offered and big box retailers offer generic brand stains at an affordable price.  Remember though, as is the case with so many things in life, you get what you pay for. So be sure to do PLENTY of research before staining a wood fence.

Going with a cheaper brand of stain without doing your research can mean re-staining the wood fence in just several years. Another thing to consider is the color of the stain and how it will look on your fence.  If possible, try and get a sample of the stain prior to applying it to the whole fence.

Choose a stain with UV protection to slow the destructive effects of sun. Look for a product that has fungicide. Stains come in a range of colors and pigmentations. Some provide more coverage, but all allow the wood’s grain to show. Stains are classified as semi-transparent, penetrating or solid.

Ready, Set…Hold On a Minute

Before you start staining, clean your fence. Staining won’t go well if you try to paint over mildew and dirt. After you wash the fence, allow it to dry for a few days. A light setting on a pressure washer does a great job of cleaning. The scrubbing exfoliates the wood, revealing a fresh layer primed for absorbing stain. No pressure washer? Read our post on money-saving cleaning solutions you can make yourself.

Gather Your Tools

Apply the stain using a combination of rollers and brushes. You’ll need the following tools:

  • Long-handled roller and trim roller
  • Paint pan
  • Four-inch wide brush and trim brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye protection such as goggles
  • Canvas or plastic sheets

Apply the Stain

When staining a wood fence, make sure to apply plenty of stain and paint away!  Next, lay sheet over plants, grass and ground. Move pots and furniture to a safe distance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s the general procedure for how to stain a fence:

  1. Using the roller, dip into the stain. Apply in an even coat. Work from top to bottom. Starting at the top helps prevent drips.
  2. After completing a 3-foot section with the roller, work the stain in with a brush. Work the product into corners. If you have a partner, the work will go more quickly. One person applies the stain with the roller, the second follows behind with the brush.
  3. Follow the procedure in step 2 using the trim roller and brush.
  4. Refer to your product directions to learn if you need a second coat.

Your newly stained fence should look good for several years. Inspect the boards at least once a year. Give problem areas a touch up as needed.

What should you do with an old wooden fence?

No amount of stain can save an old wooden fence if it’s destroyed, breaking or unable to withstand stormy weather. There are several things you can do to recycle your old wood fence.  Here are some creative ideas on what you can make out of your old wooden fence:

  • Vintage looking planter boxes
  • Birdhouses, bird feeders or squirrel feeders
  • Garden trellises
  • Garbage container corrals
  • Old picture Frames
  • Simple retaining walls (only very small walls – consult a professional if unsure)
  • Garden Stakes
  • Vintage looking picture frames
  • Rustic looking bench
  • Mail Box

Portland Fence Installation and Repair

At Pacific Fence & Wire, we love building beautiful fences. Get in touch if it’s time for a new fence. We’ll design the perfect perimeter for your yard. From fence installation to removal of old wooden fences, Pacific Fence and Wire has the tools and expertise you need to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today for help with your next landscaping or yard renovation project.

Employee Appreciation Day

On September 20th Pacific Fence ownership and management held an employee appreciation BBQ to express gratitude to all the employees that keep this place running.  We enjoyed a catered lunch by Slick’s BBQ and received a surprise early day off.

Thank you to All our Employees for your hard work and dedication to making us the BEST fence company on the west coast.

Vinyl Fencing vs Wood Fencing

Building a fence for your home or business not only adds an extra layer of security but it can also add to the aesthetic of the property. Finding the right type of material for your space requires a little bit of research. Here, we will share the differences of vinyl and wood fences in order to help you determine which one is right for you.

All about Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fence with trim installed at a Portland OR homeVinyl is composed of mostly recycled materials. There are several colors and textures available in vinyl to give your fence a unique, customized look.  Some of these options include stucco texture at a fraction of the cost of real stucco, or brick and stone wall options, also at a more affordable price than real stone or brick.

Vinyl requires little maintenance to keep it looking great and it has a very long product life, with most vinyl having limited lifetime warranties. Installing a vinyl fence is generally more affordable in the long run versus standard wood fences, as they will last a lifetime, and wood fences often will last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

If you plan on staying in the same home for a long time, the likelihood of multiple wood fence replacements is high, which will drive the lifetime cost of a single, lifetime rated vinyl fence down considerably.

All about Wood Fencing

Wood Fence Picture Frame Style installed in Portland ORThere’s nothing more beautiful than a classic wood fence. Wood fences are sustainable and natural, and most of the wood we use for these fences are sourced from local Northwest-area companies. There are several designs available, including the ability to combine wood with iron or welded wire products, which will give your property a modern, more customized look and feel.

Wood fences can be stained and re-stained for added protection and distinct style, and the staining can help the fence match with the surrounding building or landscape. These fences are affordable and straightforward when it comes to repairs, but they do require annual maintenance and can weather quickly, especially when moisture hit it continually year in and year out.

Ready to start your fence project? Contact our professionals at Pacific Fence and Wire today for options!