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Things to Consider Before Fencing in the Yard

A fenced-in yard has aesthetic appeal and can provide an important safety enhancement. However, there are any number of reasons that you may want to install a fence or you may have multiple reasons. It’s essential that you know what purpose the fence will serve before contacting a professional. That knowledge will help you choose the type of fencing, the optimal materials for your specific needs, and get an idea of the cost.

Reason for the Fence

It doesn’t matter whether you’re living on a farm or in suburbia, before you can choose fencing that accommodates your requirements, you’ll need to know why you need or want the fence. Common reasons include establishing safe boundaries for children and pets or to deny access to stray animals and wildlife.

You may want a fence to create a more secure environment, for purely decorative purposes to enhance visual appeal, or establish boundaries with neighbors. Once you determine why you want or need a fence, you can move on to other considerations.

Cost

The cost of fencing varies widely depending on the area to be fenced and the materials chosen. You have multiple options encompassing chain link, wood, aluminum, PVC and SimTek®.

Maintenance Requirements

If you’re not fond of the thought of making regular fence inspections, arduous cleaning tasks, painting or other maintenance chores, there’s a fencing material for you. Conversely, if you have plenty of time and don’t mind spraying for insects, staining or waterproofing your fence, there are also options.

Climate Considerations

The climate in South Florida can be unkind to certain types of fencing materials due to varying weather and climate conditions. Fencing is available that won’t burn should a fire occur and is especially beneficial if you live in an area at risk for forest fires. You can choose eco-friendly fencing materials, those that won’t warp or deteriorate under the sun’s UV rays, and even materials that can withstand hurricane-force winds.

Be Neighborly

You’ll definitely want to talk with neighbors before erecting a fence. Depending on the prevailing rules and regulations, they may be responsible for a portion of the upkeep. You also don’t want to install a fence that intrudes on their pristine view.

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Don’t Mess with the HOA

For individuals that want a more regimented approach to their community, a house covered by a home owner’s association (HOA) offers a number of benefits. They can provide amenities, a means of controlling property values, and they may take care of chores such as mowing. An HOA also comes with a variety of rules and regulations.

HOAs are very meticulous about their guidelines and have no problem enforcing them which can result in a hefty fine. It’s critical that individuals know the rules in their community before erecting a fence or making any major changes that have the potential of running afoul of the HOA. Always obtain written HOA approval before initiating any changes.

Fencing

There will be rules governing the height of a fence, the type of materials that are acceptable for use, and even regulations as to if you can install a fence at all. You could face fines for every day that the fence violates HOA rules or you could be forced to move it, alter it, or completely take it down.

Paint

If you’re looking to add a little distinction with a colorful new door or other outwardly visible change – think again. HOAs view violations of conformity, appearance, overall style and aesthetics very seriously.

Holiday Decorations

Another common area in which HOAs regulate the environment is through holiday decorations. An HOA will have guidelines for when holiday decorations can go up, when they must be taken down, and the type of decorations that are allowable. The HOA will determine the hours during which the lights can be operated and sound levels for animated or inflatable decorations.

Pets and People

The breed, size and number of pets allowed will be strictly enforced, while some HOAs ban pets of any kind. There will also be restrictions in place as to the number of people that can occupy a home and the length of time that someone can stay for an extended visit.

Other Guidelines

HOAs typically have rules about where trash receptacles can be stored, their placement when it’s time for trash pick-up, how long they can be left in sight, and recycling. If you live in an HOA, there will be regulations about where you can park vehicles and a pass may need to be requested for visitors. Don’t forget to keep up the HOAs maintenance standards on your home and fence.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Fence and Gate Safety

A fence is an excellent way to ensure the safety of children and pets, keep stray animals and wildlife out, and discourage would-be intruders. One of the keys to safety and security is the proper gate, but the installation of a gate also comes with the need for gate safety. Gates can be installed that use a traditional key, swipe card, remote control or touchpad.

A gate needs to be locked if it’s to perform its function of keeping people and wildlife out while maintaining safe boundaries for children and pets. However, care must be taken to ensure young children can’t reach the locking mechanism or have access to the key. That consideration is even more important if the fence surrounds a swimming pool.

It’s essential that individuals always make sure the gate is securely closed, locked, and that older children understand the importance of maintaining gate safety. Even the most high-tech fence and gate won’t keep people or pets in and intruders out if it’s not closed and locked. One solution is automatically locking gates.

Gates should be installed at the same height as the fencing to ensure they perform the function for which they were designed. A gate that’s too short or tall will also mar the aesthetics of the fence and home.

Always install a lock on the inside of the gate that can’t be accessed from outside. It will need to be high enough that children can’t reach it or climb up for access. Another consideration are pets. Depending upon the type of lock involved, large dogs can accidentally open some types of gates if they jump up – and don’t ever assume that the family pet can’t learn how to open a gate.

A gate and lock are essential elements for any fence to ensure safety. Self-closing and latching gates are great for fencing around the entire yard. They’re critical if the fence surrounds a swimming pool. Gate safety should never be taken for granted.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Why an Aluminum Fence Might be Best for your Yard

Individuals have multiple fencing materials from which to choose and it will be difficult to make a decision. While most people opt for newer materials, there are times when tried and tested aluminum fencing may be the best option for your yard. Aluminum has a variety of benefits that tend to get overlooked.

Affordable

The cost of aluminum fencing makes it a very affordable option and provides an excellent return on investment since it has a significant lifespan. A properly installed aluminum fence can last for up to 50 years.

Appearance

Aluminum is available in multiple colors, styles and can be customized in a variety of ways. It can even be painted, but the most popular color choice is black due to its clean lines and elegant look. The material can be fashioned to look like high-end wrought iron.

Durability

Aluminum fencing is highly durable since it doesn’t oxidize and rust like iron. Aluminum doesn’t warp, crack, chip, flake or rot. The material is extremely unappealing to insects.

Maintenance

Minimal maintenance is a feature of aluminum fencing. A scrub down with soapy water and a brush, combined with a rinse with the garden hose, is all that’s needed to keep aluminum fencing looking like new.

Security and Safety

If you have children or pets, aluminum fencing is an excellent solution for keeping them safe and within the boundary of the yard. Panels can be added for an extra layer of protection for very small children and diminutive pets. The fencing keeps stray animals and wildlife from entering and is a strong deterrent to would-be human intruders. It’s easy to install multiple types of security gates to aluminum fencing.

Value and Insurance

Aluminum fencing adds value to properties and it can help you save in other ways. Many insurance companies offer discounts or better rates on policies for properties protected by fencing.

Versatility

The fencing can be utilized in a variety of ways and enables you to see beyond the yard’s confines if you desire. Bushes and shrubbery can be planted to block the view if you prefer. The fencing also has benefits if you like to garden. You can plant flowers against the fence and let them drape artfully against the barrier or let vines twine among the rails.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

Call Today at 954-410-9570

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