Choose the Right Type of Fence

Looking for a quick and easy way to improve your property’s value? Look no further than a professional fence installation.

When a fence is properly installed it can make a world of difference on a property and give a home an entirely new feel. Not just any type of fence can do this, however. A professional at Pacific Fence can help you choose a fence type that will match your home and increase the overall curb appeal.

A chain link fence is a popular type of fence because of its simple functionality and relatively affordable cost. However, if you are looking to increase the overall value of your home and give it an aesthetic appeal chain link fence may not be the best solution.  Depending on the home and it’s surroundings other options may make more sense. For example, a ranch style home might look better with a white vinyl fence vs a basic wooden fence.  Additionally, a primarily brick home might look best with a decorative metal type of fencing.

Pacific Fence can help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing a fence type for your property. Don’t make a costly mistake by choosing a fence type that does not match the rest of your property.  We are here to help so feel free to  Contact us today for more information.

Natural Noise Barriers

Trees next to a fence and along a road

One of the more popular reasons for adding a fence to a property is to increase privacy in a yard or to block street/road noise.  Depending on the property this can work out great or it will cut down on only half of the noise.  If you are trying to block out road noise but your home sits on a hill above the road chances are good that you are not going to be able to block it all out with the traditional fence.  Fence height regulations make this difficult by limiting how high you can build.  If you find yourself in this situation a great work around is to use trees and shrubs acting as a fence with no height regulations.  A fence will help out with the majority of noise but in some situations you must go beyond the fence.  It is good to ask yourself a few questions before going out and spending money.

First, how quickly do you need to block out the noise?  Is it immediate or can you live with it while you wait for the plants to grow? This will make a difference on how much you spend and what kind of plants you purchase.  Some plants grow faster than others so it is good to do your research and find out what will be best for your situation.

How much noise is there?  Do you need really thick trees or just something to block visibility?  This will also have an impact on what kind of plants you purchase and how much you spend.  If you are trying to block out really loud road noise you will want a thicker tree/shrub that will absorb much of the sound.  If sound is not an issue but you are trying to block a view you may not need such a thick shrub.

What kind of budget are you on?  Plants range is cost and can be a make it or break it for your project.  If you are looking for plants that are already grown to a certain height then you will be

Trees in the Fall

spending more vs. plants that are very small.

Like most projects it is important to do some research before you go out and buy.  The last thing you want to do is spend money on a plant/tree that loses its leaves in the fall.  What good is that going to do?  So be sure to take the time and learn about what will fit your needs best. 

Vinyl Fence: A Closer Look at the Advantages and Disadvantages

Vinyl Fence Railing Along a DrivewayVinyl fencing has become a reliable substitute for wood and chain link fence over the recent years and is continuing to grow in popularity.  Vinyl is very different than traditional fencing solutions and it is good to examine how before deciding whether or not vinyl fencing is the right product for you. Should you find yourself considering Vinyl fence be sure to do some research and ask the tough questions before making a final decision.  A fencing expert like Pacific Fence can help you understand whether or not Vinyl is right for you.

Here are some of the reasons to choose vinyl fence over traditional fences:

  1. Vinyl typically lasts much longer than wooden fence and is nearly 5 times stronger than wood.  This means you will be getting more for your money and are investing in something that should last a lifetime.
  2. Vinyl maintains it’s look and does not require painting.  Most vinyl is the same color through the entire depth of the material and therefore does not need to be refinished ever.
  3. Vinyl is easy to clean with basic household cleaning materials.  For more vinyl fence care see our post on how to clean a vinyl fence.
  4. Vinyl does not decompose like wood and is rust free.  Vinyl material is built to last and maintains is original condition for years.
  5. Vinyl is flexible and will not snap or break off as easily as wood.
  6. Vinyl is very low maintenance.

Overall you can see that Vinyl Fence is meant to be a long lasting, low maintenance fencing solution.  As the industry evolves the advances in manufacturing have made vinyl a strong competitor for common fencing applications.

Some disadvantages of Vinyl that should be considered are:

  1. Vinyl is one of the more expensive fencing solutions available. If you are on a budget it may not be right for you.
  2. Should your vinyl fence be damaged it can be more difficult to replace and could require the work of a professional for repairing even a small section of fence.
  3. Some vinyl fencing can fade in extreme weather.  Be sure to research the type of vinyl and find out if the color will change when exposed to the elements.  Recent advances in technology have addressed these concerns but it is still good to understand what you are purchasing.

In general Vinyl is an excellent fencing solution and in most instances the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages.  The most important thing is to do your research and make sure you are purchasing the right type of fence for your needs.  Be sure to inquire if the manufacturer offers warranties as many do offer some limited lifetime warranties on their products.

At Pacific Fence we carry many different styles of Vinyl Fence and work with one of the best manufacturers in the industry, Bufftech by CertainTeed. For more information on the type of Vinyl Fence we provide take a look at our online Vinyl Fence Gallery.  If you have questions be sure to contact a professional at  Pacific Fence today to find out what kind of Vinyl Fence is right for you.

Pacific Fence has Deep Roots in Oregon

We are proud to say that we are a family run business that has been serving Portland since 1921.  We just dug up this great black and white photo of our company back in the early days and thought it would be great to share.

Pacific Fence Since 1921 - This photo is black and white and from the early days of the company

Buy Wholesale and Build it Yourself!

DiLarge Piles of Chain Link Fenced you know that at Pacific Fence not only do we build fences but we can help you build a fence on your own?  That’s right.  We sell our fencing materials at wholesale prices so if you are looking to save money you have come to the right place.

We have been a family run business since 1921 and with deep roots in Portland we don’t plan on going anywhere, anytime soon.  We understand that tough times are here and many people are looking to save money however they can.  The “do-it-yourselfer” economy is here and we are happy to provide affordable quality materials to help you with your projects.Chain Link Fence Weave Machine

Buy Wholesale and Save!

Not only do we provide quality materials, we also weave our own chain link fence saving money on shipping costs and giving us the ability to pass it on to you, the consumer!  Stop by or give us a call at (503)683-3623 to find out more about the products we carry and how we can assist on your next project.

Tips on Building a Dog Run

It is no secret that we treasure our relationships with our fuzzy canine friends and in northwest it can be a love and hate relationship.  Dogs are great, but with them come a long trail of dirt and mud, especially during the wet winter months.  So how can you have the best of both worlds? Build a dog run, of course.

The problem with dogs in a backyard is that during the winter they can track up your lawn and bring dirt and mud into your home.  Not to mention that fact that if you have a large yard you have to go hunt down their business and we all know that in itself can be a challenging task.  By building a dog run you not only give your friend a place to run, but you confine their bathroom space to a manageable area.

So how do you build a dog run?  It’s a lot simpler than you would think.

First, you need to pick out a decent sized space in your yard that you don’t mind giving up to Fido.  A lot of times a good spot for this could be in a side-yard along the side of your house.  You want to make sure the run is at least 10 feet wide and as long as your yard will permit.  If you want to save on materials it could help to build the run along the edge of an already built fence or as mentioned before, alongside your home.

happy golden retrieverNext you need to choose your ground material- a feature that is particularly important here in the damp northwest.  If your dog run is going to be on grass, now is the time to come to terms with the fact that it may not last very long in that area.  Dogs tend to tear up grass and in the winter can destroy it simply by playing on it.  A good solution is to lay down wood chips to cover the mud and keep your pooch’s paws clean in the winter.  This will also help out when cleaning up after your dog.  If wood chips aren’t your thing you could lay down some gravel, sand or concrete.  (Tip: if you are using gravel make sure it is not the sharp kind or you could end up with a dog that has cut up paws).

There are several options when it comes to enclosing a dog run and they run the gambit from cheap to semi expensive.   If you really want to save money you can run a cable with a leash attached to it but that does not allow your dog much freedom to run.  Ideally you would want to build a small fence that is just high enough to keep them in the run.  For a quote on a dog run fence contact us today as we would be glad to help.

For those of you who really like to spoil your dogs you can get creative and fun with the dog run. Try adding a covered space for when it’s raining or integrating a nice dog house in to the space.  Overall your dog run is going to help keep your pet happy, you happy and your house and yard much nicer.  Trust us, your dog will thank you.

Tips for Painting and Staining A Fence

Updated: August 2019

How To Stain A Fence Yourself

Let’s face it: Staining a fence can definitely seem like a daunting, tedious, and unappealing task. But it doesn’t have to be! Although it can be time-consuming depending on the size, shape, age, and condition of your wooden fence, it’s also one of the most rewarding chores that we undertake as homeowners and property owners.

Why? A newly stained and treated fence is beautiful to look at. And if it’s done right the first time, the work can last for a good long while. Not only will it look great, properly staining your fence can seal off the wood from the dangerous elements surrounding it. Staining a fence in Portland or Vancouver — or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades, really — comes with its own peculiar challenges.

The wooden wall to illustrate staining a fence

Old wooden wall, brown painted, outdoor weathered

Staining A Fence In The Pacific Northwest

The number one enemy to a wooden fence is moisture, which leads inevitably to rot and decay if a wood fence is not properly treated. And as we all know, if there’s one thing we have plenty of in the great and beautiful Pacific Northwest, it’s moisture. For seven, eight, and sometimes nine months of the year, residents of western Oregon and Washington state have to pay close attention to their wooden fences. That’s because from (sometimes early) fall to (sometimes late) spring, the daily weather forecasts in these parts detail likely rain showers.

If we as homeowners can treat and stain our fences ourselves, we can help keep all that moisture out of the wood. If you have any questions about the process we’ve outlined below on how to stain a fence or questions about any of these staining tips, please don’t hesitate to contact Pacific Fence & Wire.

Staining A Fence In Portland And Vancouver

Here are some tips to make staining your fence in Portland, Vancouver, and elsewhere in the wet and wild PNW a breeze. Follow these guidelines to help stain a wood fence and to keep your fence protected in the elements so that you will be able to enjoy your fence for years to come.

Materials for staining a fence

Please note: This is not a comprehensive list; your needs may vary. But the website of the legendary Bob Vila says you’ll definitely need at least the following:

  • Stiff bristle brushes (invest in a high-quality, 3-inch to 4-inch brush and a smaller 1-inch brush for tight spaces
  • Garden hose with high-pressure spray nozzle (or a power washer)
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wood stain stripper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Natural bristle paintbrush
  • Oil-based wood stain
  • Clear outdoor wood sealant

Vila’s site also recommends waiting for the right weather before beginning work, which in Portland and Vancouver usually means waiting until after July 4: “Select a day with temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees, low to moderate humidity, and no precipitation expected for the next 24 hours.” This is because wet and/or cold weather means a longer drying time. (Conversely, if it’s too hot, this can also cause problems.)

10 Steps For Staining A Fence

1. First and foremost, research the stain you’re planning to use to ensure it can withstand the elements in your area.

2. Clean the fence thoroughly with a high-pressure hose before applying any stain. Allow sufficient time for it to dry after cleaning. The idea is to keep moisture out, not lock it in!

3. Bleach away mold or mildew, if any.

4. Strip or sand the fence surface, if necessary.

5. Use a tarp or painter’s tape to cover any areas that you don’t want to be stained.

6. Place a drop cloth beneath the fence to protect grass and plants.

7. Work left to right and top to bottom while maintaining a wet brush throughout.

8. Work on one section at a time and make sure you get the bottom and top of the fence since those are the places where moisture is most likely to seep in.

9. Apply sealant. Although not absolutely necessary, a good sealant atop the stain will prolong the finish and the life of the fence.

10. Take your time. Depending on the length of your fence, the process might take more than one day. Listen to your body and rest as appropriate! Remember to drink lots of water, especially if it’s hot outside.

Pacific Fence & Wire Co.

At Pacific Fence & Wire Co., we’ve been at it for a very long time now — almost 100 years! We started way back in 1921 — when Warren G. Harding was president and the population of Portland, Oregon, was just 258,000! We’re now a fourth-generation business, and we remain family-owned and operated.

We work on projects big and small, and it’s our goal on every job to provide quality work at affordable prices while consistently delivering the personalized touch that our longtime customers have learned to expect.

We’re the best, we plan to keep it that way. Call Pacific Fence & Wire today and see what we can do for you. There’s a lot to choose from — everything from custom orders and prefabricated products to custom enclosures and security fences. We’ll get the job done and get it done right — and make sure you’re 100% satisfied.

Portland (and Vancouver for that matter) has a lot more people now than it did in 1921. That means a lot more fences! So we expect to continue to grow and serve the people of this region with the best in fence installation and fence products.

Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Spring Cleaning your Vinyl Fence

Vinyl Fence has become increasingly popular as a low maintenance, decorative enclosure

How to Clean a Vinyl Fence

solution. It tends to last longer than wood and is relatively low in maintenance. The actual vinyl material lacks a porous makeup which keeps it cleaner longer makes maintenance easier.

After awhile, though, your vinyl fence may begin to build up dirt, algae and grime on it taking away from that nice and clean look you like. Lucky for you, it is very easy to clean and if you maintain your vinyl fence it will last for decades.

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.

Making the Best of the Spring Rain

Rain Falling off GutterIn the Northwest it is no secret that it rains a lot but these past few weeks have been very trying even on the best of us.  Spring is here we have been teased by a few glimpses of sun and then tortured by weeks on end of heavy rain.  The do it yourselfer in all of us wants to get out and clean up that backyard in preparation for summer BBQ’s and parties.  But we can’t.  We are trapped in doors with nothing to do.

Well here is something you can do and probably should do during the rainy months heading into spring.  After a heavy rain has drenched your property go outside and inspect the area surrounding your home.  Look for areas where water is pooling and possibly draining under your home that could create problems down the road.  The spring is the perfect time to take note of these things and fix them before it turns into costly structural issues.

Another thing you can do is locate your gutters and look directly below them.  Is there standing water?  Is there a line running parallel to your gutter in the dirt that looks unnatural?  If so, your gutters are most likely clogged and not draining properly and are overflowing.  Again, take note and wait for a nice and sunny day to get up there and clean those gutters out.

Things to Know Before Building a Fence in Oregon

Are you aware of the fence height regulations in your area?  Depending on where you live and where you are putting your fence there are certain regulations you need to know before you begin.  Here are some resources that can help save you time, headaches and money.  Of course, if you call Pacific Fence we can take care of all of this for you.

Portland Fence Resource Page:  http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=38153

Digging Safety: http://www.callbeforeyoudig.org/

Building Permit Application: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?a=71706