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

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, 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, “it all depends on what materials you use, your neighborhood, what local buyers are looking for, and the condition you keep it in.”

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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

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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.

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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!

Difference Between a Cantilever Gate and a Sliding Gate

Just as a square is a special kind of rectangle, a cantilever gate is a unique type of sliding gate, but with distinctive, interesting differences from your typical gate with wheels.

Role of Wheels

One of the primary differences between a cantilever gate and a sliding gate is the gated-drivewaylocation of the wheels that helps the gate move. A cantilever sliding gate rests and rolls on a wheel on the front bottom edge of the gate with a track supporting wheels on the back edge. In contrast, a cantilever gate is held above the ground, moving along rollers running along the top and inside of the fence, with wheels attached to a vertical concrete foundation.

Space Requirements

Generally, the space required to accommodate a sliding gate is the same as the width it covers, with a few extra feet for access. A 30-foot wide driveway would need to have 30 feet on one side for gate storage and about three feet to allow maneuverability around the gate frame. A cantilever gate needs to be about 50 percent wider than its span to counterbalance the weight of the suspension posts.


Because sliding gate frames aren’t supporting mounting posts, they don’t require the material strength and rigidity needed for cantilever gates. The frames for sliding gates are smaller overall, making them less expensive than cantilever gates.


Sliding gates have simpler and smaller operating mechanisms than cantilever gates, and as a result, roll more easily. But wheel contact with the ground can make operation noisier than cantilever gates.

Since cantilever gate wheels are off the ground, this style can span a wider range of terrain including gravel, grass, blocks and uneven, angled or steeply inclined surfaces. The absence of contact with the ground also allows cantilever gates to function easily in snowy or icy conditions.


The smaller frames of sliding gates make materials easier to lift, while the weight of cantilever gates requires a crane. Sliding gates, however, may require concrete footings or ground track installation in the existing driveway. Cantilever side posts are installed with no disruption to the drive, making this part of installation easier and faster.


Sliding gates can be shifted from the track, making them more susceptible to breaches. Cantilever gates can’t be lifted and as a result, may be more useful when security is a concern.

Sliding Gate or Cantilever Gate: Finding the Right Option

If you’re looking at a gate for residential, small commercial or industrial interiors and face some space limitations, then a sliding gate may be the right choice for you. For high traffic areas, with rougher, outdoor terrain where installing a ground track isn’t possible, or if you’re facing security considerations, a cantilever gate is the better alternative.

Cantilever Gate Installation in Southwest Washington

Talk with our team at Pacific Fence & Wire about our high-quality sliding and cantilever gates. We’ll find the solution to fit your needs, with expert installation to ensure reliable performance.

How to Plan for a New Fence

A repaired or new fence can add value to your property, add privacy, or add a decorative aspect to your yard, but there’s a few things to know before you jump feet first into a new fence. Here’s your guide to planning for a new fence.

Should I Repair or Replace my Fence?

Rotten fence replacement Portland OR Before determining if you need a new fence, it’s best to see if your current fence, if you have one, can be repaired.

The first thing to consider is what kind of fence you have.  If your fence is vinyl, chain link or decorative metal (wrought iron), you may want to consult with a fence professional so you can get the most accurate information possible.  Often times with these types of fences only sections of the actual fence need to be fixed.  Chain link fences, which are fairly durable, can be susceptible to rust though if caught early enough can be treated to prevent further damage.  Vinyl fence is also very durable but due to its plastic properties it can fall victim to a different array of damage including warping and cracking.

If your fence is built from wood you can usually tell yourself if it needs to be completely replaced or repaired.  Start by inspecting the fence boards from the bottom up.  In most instances, the boards will begin to rot from the bottom where they usually have contact with the ground.  This is especially true here in the Pacific Northwest where we tend to see more rain than the rest of the country.  If you cannot visually see if the boards are rotted you can try scraping indiscreet area of the board with a nail or other hard object.  If the wood easily disintegrates, it is most likely rotted.  If only a few boards are rotting you may simply be able to replace just those boards.  If more than a quarter of the boards on your fence are rotted, it is time for a new fence.

Checking the integrity of your wooden fence goes beyond just check the face boards, however.  You also need to check if the fence posts are still in tact.  This is usually a pretty simple task.  First, try and find an angle where you can look down the length of your entire fence line.  Are the posts in a straight line or are some of the tilting in different directions?  If they are not in a straight line the posts may be rotting.  To check if your posts are rotting you can use the same test we used above with a nail or you can simply try and shake the post.  If it is pliable it is most likely rotted and it is time for a new fence.

Next Steps in Planning for a New Fence

After you’ve determined whether or not your fence will need to be completely replaced or just repaired in places, there are more decisions that will need to be made.

Decide on the Primary Function for Your Fence

While most fences will ultimately serve more than one purpose, pinpointing your primary purpose will help you make important decisions regarding materials and layout.

For example, maybe the main purpose for the fence is to keep your dog in the yard, and the second purpose is to frame your garden. Recognizing the primary need for containing your dog helps you figure out the necessary height and strength of the fence. After you’ve decided on those essential elements, then you can start thinking about ways the fence can aesthetically complement your garden.

Decide on Desired Access Points

Vinyl Fence Door in Portland ORYour fence should serve you, not the other way around. You will want to decide on a few key areas where you and your family will be passing through the fence.

You also need to consider what you will be using the access points for. Will they be just for people passing through? Would you eventually like to fit wider equipment, or even drive a lawnmower or vehicle through? Discovering your answers to these questions will help you decide on the type and necessary width of gates you can install.

You should also decide on the number of access points you want. Our team at Pacific Fence & Wire recommends having at least two. Not only is this practical, but having multiple exit points can also help during emergencies.

Look into the Details of Your Property

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Your residence will have buried electrical lines and water connections. Since these are not visible from the surface, you may need to review your blueprints to find them.

Thoroughly reviewing your blueprints is an absolutely essential step, and should be done in the very first stage of planning, so you don’t accidentally design (or build!) a fence on top of an underground feature such as a water or power line.

It is similarly crucial to figure out exactly where your property line falls, particularly if you want your fence to hug the perimeter. (If the blueprints don’t specify where your property line is, here are a few ways you can find out.)

Find Out If There Are Any HOA or Neighborhood Regulations and Talk to Your Neighbors

White Vinyl Picket Fence in Portland ORMany homeowners associations will have policies regarding the appearance of your home’s exterior. For example, there may be a specification about how far a fence has to be set back from sidewalks and property lines.

Certain municipalities will also have regulations regarding home appearance, such as height restrictions for fences. Find these out ahead of time, so you can incorporate them into your design.

Additionally, make sure you talk to the neighbors that your fence may impact. If the fence is on your property, you are within your rights to build the fence but communicating to them about the upcoming change is a nice thing to do. If the fence is on the border or your property and theirs, you may be able to come up with a compromise and maybe even split the cost on the project.  Make sure to get any kind of agreement with them in writing. In these cases, it is particularly helpful to be respectful of the neighbor’s own preferences in terms of fence type. You might consider sharing your design ideas with them so they are happy with the final product as well.

Determine Your Budget and Materials

New Fence Estimate Pacific Fence and Wire CoGetting a rough idea of your budget ahead of time can help guide your selection of materials and the degree of customization you would like. In general, chain link fences and vinyl fences are among the most economical, while wood and steel cost more per square foot.

The most economical fences will have standard 90° intersections and be on flat ground. Special angles or accommodating slopes are customizations that will increase the price.


Quality Fencing Services in Portland, OR

If you would like any assistance with planning for, designing, and/or constructing a new fence for your home, Pacific Fence & Wire would be happy to provide a free consultation. From discussing fence materials to the design itself, we are here to lend a hand. Just give us a call and we can help you get off to the right start on your project.


All About Vinyl Fences

Vinyl picket fence along a driveway in Portland ORA popular alternative to wood, vinyl fences are low-maintenance and durable alternatives to wooden fences. Easy to clean, long lasting, and attractive, vinyl fencing is a great option for almost everybody. Here’s everything you need to know about vinyl fences.

What is Vinyl Fencing Made out of?

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. Vinyl fencing is usually made in two different ways: mono-extrusion and co-extrusion. The first process uses PVC that is injected with UV inhibitors. The second process includes two layers of PVC, the first one being the UV coverage layer and the inner layer serving as impact resistance.

We partner with CertainTeed for their BuffTech vinyl fences because they’re built with high-quality materials and offer incredible warranties for customers.

Vinyl Fences vs Wooden fences

  • Maintenance: CertainTeed’s vinyl fences may need to be hosed off to rinse off chalk build-up which happens naturally to pigmented surfaces that are exposed to the elements. A simple garden hose does the trick. On the other hand, maintenance duties for anything wooden in the outdoors is a huge responsibility, especially in Portland’s wet climate. Consistent moisture can destroy wood by allowing it to decay over time and warp or split.
  • Durability: Our vinyl fences are fitted with a reinforced steel rail that runs along the bottom rail. This means that they are far stronger than traditional wood fencing. In addition, our vinyl fences are about 4 times more flexible than wood, which is crucial for high wind conditions.
  • Hazards: Wooden fences, especially ones that are not properly maintained, are a hotbed of potential hazards. From toxic weathering chemicals to splintering and exposed nails, wooden fences can pose a serious threat to small children and pets. On the other hand, vinyl fences have no dangerous chemicals or exposed sharp points.

Vinyl picket fence surrounding a home in Portland ORMore Advantages to Vinyl Fencing

There’s a host of customization options at your fingertips with vinyl fences. With more than 15 colors and textures to choose from, you can rest easy that your vinyl fence will match seamlessly with the rest of your yard and home. Here’s a quick rundown of some of CertainTeed’s customization options:

Vinyl fence styles

  • Privacy: Want passersby to have zero visibility of your yard? Privacy fences offer peace of mind with enclosed styles that can be as tall as 8 feet high (local fence height regulations may vary).
  • Semi-Private: These styles come with a thru-picket “good neighbor” design.
  • Contemporary: Modern design with top rail reinforcement
  • Classic: Sophisticated look with nod to the past
  • Traditional: Timeless picket designs that instantly say “American Dream”
  • Post & Rail: Built for containing livestock safely

In addition, there’s an even larger selection of vinyl fence trims to further separate your fence from the rest.

Fence trims for vinyl Vinyl fence with trim in Portland OR

  • Victorian accent
  • Lattice accent
  • Huntington accent
  • Concave/convex
  • Imperial
  • Columbia
  • Canterbury
  • Manchester
  • Yorkshire
  • And much more

How to Clean Your Vinyl Fence

Cleaning a Vinyl Fence is pretty straight forward. You should start by washing off loose debris with a garden hose and a soft brush. This will reveal your problem areas that you may need to give more attention to. A household cleaner like Simple Green will work fine with a brush. Apply the cleaning solution and let it sit in for a couple of minutes. Scrub with a soft brush as needed and wipe clean with a cloth.

For more stubborn stains you can use a small amount of bleach water and a brush. When using bleach keep in mind that it is a good idea to test it on a portion of your fence that is not visible to make sure it will not remove the natural fence color. It is also a good idea to make sure you are not harming any vegetation beneath the fence.

Finally, for those really tough spots like tar or paint you can remove them by chipping at it with a plastic tool. With vinyl it is a good idea to keep hard metal away from the fence as it can cause damage and instead use soft scraper that will not mar the material or leave marks.

To keep your fence in top notch condition try to clean it at least once a year, preferably in the spring. This will help extend the life of it as well as help keep that nice and clean look you want. Always test your cleaning solution on a part of the fence that is not clearly visible to make sure it will not damage the material and if you are unsure about something be sure to consult a professional.

Vinyl Fence Installation in Portland, Oregon

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Installing Outdoor Safety Railings

Ramp Safety RailingsWhen it comes to installing outdoor safety railings, there are a fair amount of questions to consider. First, who will be using this railing? Is the railing around the edge of a small pond, or accompanying a winding set of stairs? Another factor to consider before installing safety railings is the local codes and ordinances in effect for the area. While many railing code laws are fairly logical, it can be hard to sort through the many pages of structural codes and ordinances to find out if a railing should be 34” or 38” high. The answer is either height, of course, depending on the slope of the staircase, but these technical questions are critical to getting right so that installation can be done right the first time.

Installation process for safety railings

When it comes time to install outdoor safety railings, proper safety measures are key to make sure that nothing goes wrong. In the case of an elevated installation, the safety of the fencing contractors is the number one priority when installing the railing itself. In some cases, fall precautions can be placed around the building so that if an accident does happen, the fall is not too severe or is prevented altogether, such as installing temporary scaffolding so that the edge of the roof is extended to prevent slips near the edge of the roof.

Another way to prevent slippage is to install a temporary anchor point. This point acts as a tether for the workers so they do not fall off the edge of the building while working on installing safety railings. After all, while the safety railing will prevent falls in the future, having a worker fall during the installation defeats the purpose of the rail itself.

Installing safety railings and handrails Portland, Oregon

When it comes to installing outdoor safety rails, safety and caution are key. While the actual installation process varies from rail type to rail type, making sure to follow code and safety laws is key to making sure your installation goes smoothly. Hiring a fencing contractor to is key to the success of your project. If you are looking to have handrails installed in Portland, Oregon, contact Pacific Fence and Wire. We’d be happy to help you get started on your project, and make sure your handrail installation goes as smoothly as possible.