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!

Using Lattice Around Your House

Use lattice for privacy or  around the bottom of your deckIf you are like most people, the exterior of your home isn’t aesthetically friendly all the way around.  Maybe you have a deck that you use the underside for storage or have a firewood pile that is an eye soar.  There are a couple of options to take care of these areas, one of them being to build a fence around them and block the view.  However building a fence may not always be the best solution.

Consider using lattice around your home as an alterative to fencing in certain areas.  For example, if you have  deck that you tend to store items underneath but it is an eyesoar, trying putting up some lattice.  You will find that not only does it cover up the mess under the deck, but it can add to the appeal of the home.

Lattice can also be used as a shade option for a gazebo or on a deck.  Simply build a frame and install the lattice on the top side of the frame.  The nice thing about using lattice for shade is that it is cheaper than building a roof and allows some sunlight through so the area is not completely shaded.  Lattice is also nice because it is slotted so wind can easily pass through it during storms decreasing the chances of a blow-over.

Lattice Wood Gazebo RoofLattice should not be used as a full alternative to a fence.  Lattice is not very durable and will do a poor job of keep out unwanted visitors.  It is also see through, so if privacy is an issue you may want to see if you can find an alternative such as a cedar fence, vinyl fence or slatted chain link fence.

Overall lattice is a great choice when you need to cover exposed areas around your home but don’t want to spend a fortune.  It is both functional and visually appealing.

How to Set Fence Posts (Video)

This is a short and sweet video on how to properly set a fence post.  Enjoy.

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Time for a New Fence?

Well it looks like it is time for a new fence.  We do not recommend this as a safe way to tear down your old fence but for entertainment purposes, it works.

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Tips for Installing a Gate on a Slope

sloped gate installationFirst off, if you can avoid installing a gate on a slope, do it. Installing a gate on a hillside presents quite a few challenges and if it can be avoided try to install the gate in a flat area with as little slope as possible.  In fact, installing a gate in a flat area can be challenging enough for the inexperienced.  If you think about it, installing a gate on a hillside will present opening and closing problems.  Depending on how you install the gate, it will most likely be interfered with by the hillside.

If you absolutely must install a gate on a hillside consider the following.  Try and keep the gate as narrow as possible.  The wider the gate, the more likely you are to run into operational problems.  When installing the gate, think long and hard about how it will be swinging open and closing.  Is it opening in a fashion that it will run into some sort of interference?  If so you may have to make some modifications ranging from digging out the slope or creating a gap under the gate where it is interfered with. Also consider have the gate open on the downward side of the hill.  In some cases this may not work but it is another option.

In conclusion, it is best to try and avoid installing a gate on a hillside but if unavoidable, test every option and consider interferences before finalizing the installation.

How to Stain a Wood Fence

Updated November 2017Staining a Wood fence on a sunny day

Treating an old wood fence with a protective stain as it will not only keep your fence looking good, it will protect it from the elements. There are plenty of 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.

Choosing the right stain for wood fence

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. staining a wood fence is fairly straightforward process

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.

Staining a Wood Fence

Finally, it is time to stain the fence.  It is often a good idea to wait several weeks if the wood is new for the treatments to settle in and if you live in a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest, allow time for the wood to dry in warmer weather.  When staining a wood fence, make sure to apply plenty of stain and paint away!

When Is the Best Time to Stain a Wooden Fence?

Wait a few weeks before staining a new wooden fence. Why? Wood is affected by light, temperature and humidity. It needs time to adapt to its new environment. Early or late summer are good times for staining a wooden 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.

Gather Your ToolsCustom Concealed Fence with fresh stain

Staining a wood fence requires 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 Wood Stain

#1 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 staining a wood fence:

#2 Using the roller, dip into the stain. Apply in an even coat. Work from top to bottom. Starting at the top helps prevent drips.

#3 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.

#4 Follow the same procedure in step 2 using the trim roller and brush.

#5 Refer to your product directions to learn if you need a second coat.

Damaged old wooden fence from storm

What to do with an old wooden fence

That being said, no amount of stain can save an old wooden fence if it’s destroyed, breaking or unable to withstand stormy weather. There are a number of things you can do to recycle your old wood fence.  Here is a short list of 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

As you can see there are plenty of simple uses for an old wooden fence, including many options that aren’t listed above. Be creative and see what you can build!

Wood fence installation in Portland OR

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.

Things to Remember When Purchasing Fence Materials

When tackling a wooden fence project there are several things that need to be considered prior to purchasing the building materials and starting on your project.

Start by measuring how long your fence will be. Take these measurements and on a piece of scratch paper put together a rough layout of your fence area. Next, decide how far you will distance your fence posts. Normal distance is 8 to 10 feet but may vary from fence to fence. On your scratch paper, indicate where you will be placing each post, properly spaced based on your distance. If you are going to install a gate, remember the each side of the gate will require posts as well. You should now have an accurate count of how many posts you will need to purchase.

Next, you will need to decide whether your fence will have a two rail structure or 3 rail structure. on your scratch paper, mark out how many rails each section of fence will require. You should now have an accurate count on how many 2×4’s will need to be purchased for the rail portion of your fence. Take the number of rails you purchase and multiply them by 2. This will give you number of fasteners you will need to attach the rails to the fence posts.

You will need to choose a way to set your fence posts. Will you use concrete or a mixture of gravel and sand? Or will you be setting them directly into the ground? The best bet is to ask a professional on the amount of gravel or concrete you will need to purchase. They should also be able to help you determine a proper depth to dig your post holes based on the fences environment.

Calculating the number of fence boards required varies on the width of the board and the amount of spacing you will allow between each board.

Hopefully this list is a good start to help you on your way with your fence project. Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Pacific Fence and Wire!