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.

Advantages of Using Home or Commercial Security Gates

Whether you are looking to improve the safety of your home or business, security gates and fencing can give you a little more peace of mind. The benefits of installing commercial security gates and home security fencing can protect the safety of your family and your investments all through the installation of a few key units. Here are some of the benefits of investing in residential or commercial security gates.

Benefits of commercial security gates

For commercial lots, safety can be hard to maintain due to the large amount of traffic moving in and out of the lot on a daily and nightly basis, particularly during early morning shipments. While cameras can help track and deter some threats to your business, nothing acts as a better deterrent than commercial security

For commercial venues, a security gate can serve many purposes, from serving as a deterrent for unsolicited parking, to monitoring visitors and employees who enter and exit the building without the need for intensive security checks. Commercial security gates can be manual or electric, and provide a level of protection against the outside world. With the installation of an electric security gate you won’t have to worry about relying on a set of heavy metal gates to roll open every time someone clocks out. Commercial security gates can also give your business and the employees who work there a greater sense of safety by helping to keep any potential criminals or vandals off of your property, while still allowing welcomed visitors inside.

Home security fencing and gates

If you are looking at security for a residential lot, such as a large house or expansive property, a security gate can look stylish and be practical by keeping unwanted visitors, both animal and human, off of your property. Homeowners with large homes may find unwelcome cars parked on the driveway or see a large amount of solicitors knocking on the door. Home security fencing and gates help to prevent these unexpected guests, as you get to control who comes and goes into your house. A home security gate can also act as a guard against the outside for your children and pets, so they can wander around the property without you having to worry about them getting too close to the road or straying too far away from the home.

Your local Portland fencing company

If you are interested in learning more about how to have a security gate installed on a commercial or residential lot, contact Pacific Fence and Wire to find out how good fence installation makes good neighbors.

How to Measure Your Yard for a Fence

Check out this white picket fence. How to measure your yard for a fence.Before you can build a fence, you need to buy the materials. To get the right supplies, you need to measure your yard. If you’re building on your own, you’ll need to measure and plan carefully. If you’re hiring a fence company in Portland, they’ll do the measuring. But, you might want to make preliminary calculations before you call a fence builder. Measuring will guide you in setting a budget and help you communicate with the fencing company.

Here’s how to measure your yard for a fence:

Locate Property Lines

Do you know precisely where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins? You need to confirm the property lines. Don’t rely on a guess. If your fence goes up on the neighbor’s side of the line, it may need to come down. It’s an expensive mistake that happens more often than you’d think. Check county records or have a land surveyor take a look.

Look for Obstructions and Utility Lines

If you have trees or other permanent features, you’ll need to plan around them. Will the fence need to run near the features? In front of them? Behind them? You’ll also need to find underground utilities. These include gas, electric and cable lines. In Oregon and Washington, visit the Utility Notification Center or call 811. The center will notify someone come to your property and mark the location of utilities. It’s a free service.

How to Measure Your Yard for a Fence

Now that the prep work is complete, it’s time to start measuring.

  • Mark corners with a stake. The corners are where panels meet at a 90-degree angle.
  • Measure the perimeter of the area in feet. Use the stakes as a guide. The tape needs to be taut, so find a helper to make it easier.
  • Divide the perimeter by the size of the fence panels you plan to buy. Typical panel sizes range from six to eight feet. The resulting number will tell you how many units you’ll need to fence the area. If you’re building a custom or chain link fence, you can skip the division. The perimeter total is all you need.
Wood Fence

After taking a measurement of your yard, you’ll have a good idea of what to budget for the project. Plan on measuring again if you’re going to build the fence. Once you get into the nitty-gritty of building, you’ll want to mark the spot for each corner and line post. You’ll also run a string between the stakes. If you have slopes and curves to account for, you’ll need more detailed measurements.

Pacific Fence and Wire is a full-service fencing company in Oregon. We’d be happy to measure your yard, make an estimate and build a fence that adds beauty and value to your property. Contact us today to get started!

All About Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences on a drivewayA 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 Of?

Vinyl fence on a residential property.There are all sorts of quality fencing options out there for homeowners. Vinyl fencing has become quite popular in the last few years because of its affordability and versatility. Vinyl fences come in an array of great colors, interesting textures and appealing styles. No matter what type fence you prefer, there will likely be something that matches your home. Here are some details about what vinyl fencing is made of and some of the benefits of using it.


Plan Your Fence Demolition

Wood fence and grass in a sunny dayA wood fence can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Some structures may last longer, but eventually, you’ll need to replace your fence. Before you install a new one, the old one needs to come down.


Best fence types for a park

mini-mesh-chainlink (3)Community parks are a special place for families and individuals of all walks of life. Heading outside to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors is great for the mind and the body, so when planning a nice community park, it’s important to think of all facets of the project, including the fence. Municipalities and city builders looking to construct a community park have several different style options. Here are some basics:


Portland wind storm fence repair and replacement

Damaged fence from stormPacific Northwest weather can be unpredictable. One day it might be sunny; the next day, homeowners around Oregon and Washington will need to prepare their homes and their yards for a rain and wind storm.


How to Plan for Buying or Repairing a Fence

Wooden fence surrounding a home's backyard.The unusually cold winter in the Pacific Northwest has left many residents dreaming of longer, sunnier days where they can get outside and enjoy their beautiful yards. Winter can take a toll on the landscape of your yard, so if you’re looking to repair your fence or just completely replace it this spring, here are some tips on how to prepare for it.

Know what type of fence you need

The right fence will add to the existing beauty of your front or backyard. It will also add an extra level of protection to your property. Start researching which type of fencing materials you would like most and which types go with the overall style of your home.

If you need a fence that will be solely functional, cyclone or vinyl fences are good options. If you want something that adds privacy as well as beauty, wood fences are a great choice. A well-constructed fence will add value to your home.

Talk to your neighbors

Before you plan on replacing your fence, 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.  

While you’re talking with your neighbors, it’s a good idea to talk to your local HOA if you have one, to make sure you follow whatever guidelines are in place.

Determine your budget

A new fence is an investment, so before you make any decisions, it’s important to look at your budget and determine how much you can spend. Fence prices really depend on the type of material you get. Vinyl is a smart option because it requires little to no maintenance over the long run.

No matter what style of fence you prefer, our experienced team of fencing professionals at Pacific Fence and Wire can build a quality fence for your home quickly and efficiently, which means your yard will be ready for you to enjoy throughout the upcoming spring and summer months. If you can envision it, we can build it.

DIY ideas for chain link fence slats & decor

Updated December 2017

Chain link fences are practical, strong and, to some people’s eye, plain. Many people admire the simple, clean look of the classic silverish gray chain link fence. People often choose chain link because they want both security and an unobstructed view.

Add color to a chain link fence with red privacy slats.