6 Decisions to Make Before Building a Fence

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When starting on a fencing project for your Portland home, a bit of forethought can go a long way.

Taking these simple steps before embarking on your project can help prevent any surprises down the road.

Answering these questions can also help your fencing services company in Oregon provide you with the perfect framework to complement your house.

 

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.

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Never Worry About Whitewashing Your Picket Fence Again When You Choose Vinyl Fencing

White Fence During AutumnTom Sawyer may have made whitewashing a picket fence sound fun, but many homeowners know better—the tedious work is nothing to look forward to. If you’re tired of spending hours in the sun whitewashing your home’s picket fence, then there is good news! If you choose vinyl fencing, you’ll never have to worry about whitewashing your fence again. Vinyl fencing has many advantages for homeowners, including: (more…)

What’s the Best Fence for Dogs?

The best Fence for Dogs depends on breed and personalityUpdated November 2017

If you’re like many dog owners, you’re concerned with both ensuring your pup gets all the exercise he needs as well as keeping him safe when he’s outside. Luckily you can do both if you’ve got a yard where you can build a dog run fence—but you should give careful thought as to what kind of fence for dogs you should use. So what’s the best fence for dogs? Take a look below for popular types of fencing for dogs so that your furry friend stays where he should and doesn’t go wandering off. (more…)

Best Types of Fencing for Horses

horseOwning or boarding horses requires planning, space, and a firm commitment. When it comes to fencing, there are several factors to be considered, including terrain, budget, maintenance, and appeal. At Pacific Fence & Wire Co., we encourage horse owners to do their research to ensure that their equestrian fencing is built with the right materials and to the proper height. Here are our suggestions for the best fencing options for horses.

Wood

Wood is a durable, classic, and long-lasting option for agricultural properties. Posts and rails made from this material can be stained, painted, and customized to your preferences. Keep in mind, however, that wood deteriorates over time and under constant exposure to the elements. To extend the life of a wood fence, use a quality paint or stain. Furthermore, expect some regular maintenance. (more…)

20 Ways to Repurpose Bicycles into Fences

In Portland there are two things people love dearly: Bicycles and Recycling. So what happens when these two worlds collide? Check out the 20 photos below of bicycles magically repurposed into fences and gates. These bike fences are both creative and ingenious ways to put an old bicycle back to good use.

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Do you have a bike fence of your own? Send us your picture and we will include it in our list.

Selling your Home? Consider Rebuilding your Fence

The housing market is finally on the mend, and it’s evident in Portland Oregon as well as elsewhere around the nation.  Almost six hundred thousand people live in the Portland area, and it’s known as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the nation.  If you’re in the area and are thinking of selling a home, you’ll want to do everything that you can to ensure you find a buyer and that you get the best possible price for your property.  Rebuilding a fence is one thing that you shouldn’t overlook when you’re getting ready to list your home on the market.

There are a couple of reasons that rebuilding a fence before you even start the process of selling a home is important.  The first is simply attractiveness.  People move to Portland Oregon for many reasons, but the natural beauty is one of them.  If your property has an old fence that isn’t quite what it used to be, it will detract from the attractiveness of your entire property.  Think about it – would you rather buy a home with a nice, stylish fence that complemented it well or a rotting, falling down fence that needs serious work?

Home for SaleRebuilding a fence will also help you get a better price when you’re selling a home.  There are plenty of great properties in Portland Oregon, and there are many things that impact the property value of each tract.  A quality fence will help improve the property value of your home, while one in disrepair will greatly diminish its worth.  In other words, getting the most for your home means making sure that it looks its best.  And fixing up that fence is one often overlooked way that you can get your home looking better than it has in years.

When you’re selling a home in or around Portland Oregon, you need to do everything that you can to ensure you get a buyer who will pay good money for your property.  You don’t need to completely tear down your fencing, and rebuilding a fence is a much better option.  It can be completed quickly and will leave your property looking great.  For style, privacy, and functionality like blocking those northwestern winds, homes with fences just make more sense for those in the market for a new home.  Be sure you give yourself all the advantages you can when selling your home, and get that fence looking great.

Give Pacific Fence a call today for a free estimate on your new fence: (503)233-6248

Tips for Building a Small Garden Fence

What is a picture without a frame? In the same way a garden is incomplete without a fence. The fence not only adds to the beauty of the garden but also gives the entire landscape a more sculpted look. A fence can be erected around the front yard, backyard or around the entire property. Proper fencing adds to the security of your house and property.

The different types of fence styles that you can choose from include picket fences, post-and-rail fences and shadow box fencing. You will also need to take into consideration the average cost of popular fence types which include wood, vinyl, wrought iron and chain link. A drive through Portland, Oregon makes it clear that the cedar wood fence is the fence of choice for most of the residents.Small Garden Fence

The western red cedar is the most popular type of material used for fencing in the Portland, Oregon area. This type of fencing offers natural insulation for the property by blocking the cold winds. A cedar fence also holds in the yard temperature, keeping the temperature just right during the winter months. It also acts as a sound blocker and is great for throwing parties as it wont disturb the neighbors.

Cedar is also a natural insect repellent. The cedar oil acts as a deterrent to mosquitoes, termites and other bugs. Thus it protects itself as well as the property. As the wood contains natural thujaplicin, it makes it one of the most durable woods. This prevents the wood from rotting away due to decay causing fungi and the like. Hence this type of fence will have a long lifespan if it is properly cared for. It is also ideal for sawing and nailing, thus making it the perfect choice for fencing material. However, if you want to give your property an elegant look, wrought iron or aluminum fencing is your best bet.

After you have made up your mind of the style and type of fence you want to build around your garden you can go about designing it. Depending on your needs choose a proper height for the fence. However make sure that it adheres to the local regulations for residential fence heights. The state of Oregon requires you to acquire a building permit if you decide to build a fence taller than six feet.

Begin your assignment by determining the location of the posts. Make markings for each location with spray paint. Depending on the fence the depth of the holes will vary. To build a strong and stable fence do not keep the spaces between the holes more than six feet apart. Before you start digging the holes make sure that the depth is within the regulations and check with authorities so as to not damage underground pipes or wiring.

After the digging is done place the posts in the hole and pour the concrete. Use a shovel to mix it. You can use some soil at the top to hide the concrete giving it a neater look. Use a spirit level to level the post and once the post has been leveled leave it overnight.

On the next day choose a desired height for your posts and saw it to that height using a circular saw. The next step is to draw a line with chalk from two outside posts so as to keep the fence at the right level. Next make cuts on the post with a circular saw. The cuts should be made such that they resemble shutters. Use a chisel and a hammer to chip away the scored wooden pieces.

The next step is to attach the rails. Make sure that the rails are leveled to render them straight. For a double sided fence, attach the rails to both the front and the back. Once the rails have been attached add the fence boards. Make sure that the bottom board is at least two or three inches off the ground to avoid rotting through contact with the soil and moisture from it. Once the rail and boards have been placed and attached, add the cap. The cap needs to be nailed down to both the posts and the top rail.

It would be an advantage if you have some experience with carpentry or if you have a neighbor to help you out. However you also have the choice of calling your local landscape professional to help you do it.

Series of Storm Damaged Fences

In the wake of the recent series we have had here in the Portland area we thought it would be fun to scour the web and put together some photos of the damaged fences we found.  Enjoy!

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How to Clean a Fence with your own Cleaner Solution

Clean vs. Not Clean FenceIf you are going to re-stain your fence or deck you need to make sure you properly clean the surface area prior to applying the new stain.  Properly cleaning the material ensures that the stain you apply will adhere properly and last longer.  Proper cleaning of the wood will also bring the fence back to life and make it look newer.  Over time, dirt, mold, moss, grease and other materials can adhere to the fence and it is never good to apply a new stain without removing these debris first.

If you have a pressure washer you can easily clean your fence or deck by putting it on a lighter setting so as not to damage the wood.  However, there are other options besides using a pressure washer to clean your fence or deck.

If you frequent stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s you may be familiar with a product called 30 second cleaner. It is a concentrate 30 second cleanerformula that is designed to remove mildew, moss, mold and dirt from wood prior to painting.  Many professional painters will use a similar formula to prep their paint areas.  30 Second Cleaner is a great product but it can come with a somewhat high price.  If you have a huge fence you may not want to pay for that much pre-mixed product.  Alternatively, if you need a quick and easy cleanup, 30 second cleaner may be just perfect for you.

For those of you with larger projects, there is a cost effective way to reap the benefits of 30 second cleaner without having to pay the high price for the premixed concentrate.  30 second cleaner is a simple formula of household bleach and trisodium phosphate phosphate which you can mix together yourself.  Don’t believe it?  Just look at the ingredients next time you are in the store. Trisodium phosphate Phosphate, or Bleach Application Sprayer TSP, is a chemical many painters use to prep their work areas and can usually be found in the painting area of a hardware store.  Household bleach, well you probably know where to find that.

REMEMBER, MIXING CHEMICALS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.  PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK AND ALWAYS WEAR PROPER SAFETY GEAR LIKE GLOVES AND SAFETY GOGGLES.

When it comes to combining TSP and bleach there are many different approaches in terms of measurements but for a great outline on how to do this visit this nice write-up on how to make your own outdoor cleaner.  The best way to apply the cleaning solution is using a pressure operated sprayer.  These can usually be picked up at a hardware store for under $15 and are well worth the investment.  The TSP and Bleach combination shouldn’t run you more than about $20 and ought to last you much longer than the large $30 bottle of 30 Second Cleaner concentrate.   The cleaner application should be done when the fence or deck is dry. For best results let the cleaner work for about a minute and then run a brush over the area and then rinse it clean with a garden hose.  You are now ready to re-stain your deck or fence!