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5 Common Fence Problems

Fences are wonderful constructions that provide privacy, security, buffer outside noises, and beautify properties. They can look great for many years, but they’re also prone to some common problems of which people may not be aware until they occur. The following are the top 5 most common fence problems individuals may experience.

Sagging and Leaning

Many fencing materials are susceptible to sagging and leaning, particularly if it was a DIY installation. Fences that are erected in locations subject to high winds are at an increased risk of problems. Poor drainage and other soil conditions can rot and weaken fence posts, making them unable to support the weight of the fence.

Mold and Mildew

Both situations result in unsightly stains that ruin the appearance. Depending upon the material used, it can eventually lead to the degradation of the posts and fence.

Insects

There are multiple types of insect pests that will attack wood fencing. Their boring and breeding habits leave the wood vulnerable to the elements and rot. When they tire of the fence, they may move on to houses and outbuildings.

Boards, Pickets and Panels

Wind, insects, falling limbs, and failing hardware are all problems that can result in the loss of fence boards, pickets and panels.

Property Lines, Laws and Neighbors

Those three ingredients can cause more problems with fencing than all the others combined. It’s essential that individuals know exactly where their property lines are before any fence installation can commence. There are numerous rules, regulations and laws that will apply to fences ranging from heights, materials and styles depending where an individual is located. Permits will need to be obtained prior to installation.

It’s always a good idea to let neighbors know a fence will be going up. They may have a laundry list of concerns, complaints and objections since they may be responsible for a portion of its upkeep.

Hire a Professional

The top 5 problems with fencing are all reason to hire a professional fence installer. They can’t prevent disputes with neighbors, but they can help with selecting the best fencing for the client’s needs, will be cognizant of local fence regulations, and can obtain needed permits. A fencing expert can even assist individuals in determining where their property line lies and is experienced in installations in all types of soils.

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Are Fences Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

Homeowners insurance will typically cover the cost of a damaged fence, but it will depend largely on how the damage was caused. Fence damage may fall under the “other structures” coverage of the policy and may be limited to damage that occurs as a result of vandalism or storms. It’s essential that individuals understand their policies and what it covers.

There may also be monetary limits attached to the amount of coverage provided in the form of percentages. Flood damage is typically excluded from standard coverage policies. Damage resulting from earthquakes is also excluded, even though Florida is tied with North Dakota for the fewest number of earthquakes. An earthquake is Florida is rare, but they have occurred.

Sinkholes are a very real concern for Florida residents and companies are required to offer catastrophic ground cover collapse. However, the coverage is only available as an add-on to an existing policy and individuals will incur additional costs for the coverage.

Fences can be exposed to a variety of damaging conditions and situations. While many of those may inflict damage that mars the cosmetic appearance of the fence, they won’t be covered by homeowners insurance. Fences can be struck by debris from lawn mowers, children driving “ride-on” vehicles, and landscaping mishaps – those aren’t covered. Fences afflicted with mold, fungi, insects, and normal wear and tear aren’t covered, either.

While a car crashing into a fence doesn’t happen very often, if one does damage a fence the homeowner’s policy should cover it. Individuals will also have the option of filing a claim against the driver’s auto insurance, assuming that the driver has an auto owner’s policy.

Trees and limbs falling on a fence from the policy holder’s yard are covered expenses. The insurance company can choose not to cover the damage if it decides the tree or limb fell due to negligence or lack of appropriate maintenance on the part of the homeowner.

If the damage occurs due to a neighbor’s tree, the insurance company may hold the neighbor responsible for the entire cost. The company may also choose to split the cost 50-50 between the homeowner and the neighbor, with homeowners paying the deductible.

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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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Creative Ways to Decorate your Fence

Fences can beautify properties from the outside, but you may also want something to dress up and decorate your fence from the inside. There are dozens of creative ways to spruce up a fence that are equally applicable for solid or chain link fences. They can be utilized on the interior to brighten your view or used on the exterior to bring joy to those passing by.

Unique Planters

Planters are one of the most obvious. Additional interest comes from the creativeness of the planters themselves. Consider sections of old rain gutters, “pocket planters” for herbs made of burlap, or old tires. Canning jars and fancy bottles, old boots, wooden pallets, and even PVC pipe can be recycled and fashioned into cost-effective fence planters.

Add Lights

Battery and solar powered lights are an elegant and economical solution that doesn’t require any wiring. Individual lights are an excellent way to create ambiance or a fairy-like appearance while adding an extra level of safety within the environment. If light strings are used, they can be arranged in patterns, to spell out words, or artfully draped to beautify the fence landscape.

Artistic Design

If you have artistic skills – or know someone who does – you can paint or stencil a larger than life flower garden on your fence, a full-fledged mural to please the kids, or anything else you want. One of the most appealing aspects is that a desired design can be created in full color, a single hue, or with glow-in-the-dark paint for a one-of-a-kind look.

Colorful Cups

Specifically designed for chain link fences, the colorful plastic pieces are called “put-in-cups” and insert easily into the fence spaces. They can be utilized to create designs, spell out messages for schools, churches, birthdays, or anything else the imagination can devise.

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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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Is Barbed Wire Legal for my Business Fence?

Barbed wire is a powerful deterrent to would be intruders in any environment. The drawback is that while it may be legal, police warn against barbed wire and similar methods in certain circumstances as the owner could be held legally responsible for any injuries that an intruder sustains. Even posting appropriate warning signage may not be enough to absolve businesses from responsibility and the potential for litigation.

Barbed wire, like razor wire, is prohibited when adjacent to public right-of-ways in a wide variety of commercially zoned districts. Florida has very stringent laws governing the use of barbed wire in any capacity since it can be so dangerous. In non-residential areas, barbed wired can be used for security purposes on top of walls, fences and gates, but must be installed a minimum of six feet off the ground.

Due to its dangerous nature, barbed wire fencing is typically prohibited for use in a number of business environments. It’s usually found atop chain link fencing in industrial and construction settings to aid in the protection of equipment, tools, materials, and to protect against injuries by the general public that may intrude into areas that could prove dangerous. It may also be found to protect utility installations.

No business owner should attempt to hang barbed wire unless they’re fully cognizant of the rules for their specific industry and within their location. Barbed wire is typically the least preferable solution in a variety of situations due to the business owner’s potential liability for injuries should someone attempt to intrude on the property.

There’s a wealth of other options available and the ultimate choice will depend upon the business, usage, and location. The best solution is to consult with a fencing professional who will be knowledgeable of the regulations governing the use of barbed wire in multiple settings.

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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Yard Enhancements that add to Your Home’s Value

People are always looking for ways to increase the value of their home and one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is by creating a unique environment in your own back yard. There are a number of ways that you can increase your home’s value in the event you decide to sell. Even if you don’t plan to sell, you can enjoy the features yourself.

Decks and Patios

Decks and patios provide you with an outdoor space for entertainment and give you approximately 9 percent ROI on your investment. Patios typically offer the same ROI and provide the same benefits.

Fencing

One of the most jealously guarded assets of any home is privacy and fencing can provide that while improving home values. Fencing also provides efficient camouflage for undesirable elements such as trash bins, utility meters, and AC units. ROI will depend on the scope of the fencing and materials.

Fire Pit

A fire pit can provide an average of 67 percent return on investment, depending on the type of fire pit that’s selected. It’s a good idea to check with the local fire department, county commission or homeowner’s association as there may be restrictions on the type that’s allowed.

Irrigation System

An irrigation system takes the work out of watering and ensures a lush and attractive lawn for curb appeal. It’s an easy solution that will give you about 86 percent ROI, while also saving water and money on your water costs.

Landscaping

Privacy is in high demand and homes that have been landscaped for privacy have the potential to recoup 100 percent of the costs during a sale. You don’t have to spend a lot to create an oasis of calm and privacy. Even a small amount of landscaping can add curb appeal and seal the deal for buyers.

Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can provide approximately 71 percent ROI. Meals can be cooked outside without messing up the indoor kitchen. Your outdoor kitchen can encompass everything from a wet bar and pizza oven to refrigerator and elaborate grill/burner combos.

Pool and Outdoor Shower

A pool is one of the most often added features to a home’s landscaping. An added bonus is an outdoor shower alongside the pool area. The shower can increase home values by up to 7 percent.

Sound System

A sound system is always a bonus and can provide the soundtrack for a patio or pool party to the feel of a tropical island. With modern technology, there’s no need to install an expensive wired system.

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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Gate Size Matters

Size really does matter – especially when it comes to the gate on a fence. Most people assume that a gate should simply be as large as the driveway, but there are a myriad of other factors to consider. It may seem like a simple decision, but it’s not. A professional fencing company can help with determining the appropriate size.

The primary problem with gates is that many individuals think a smaller gate provides better privacy or security, only to discover that they can barely get their car through the entryway. That doesn’t even count large mowers, boats, campers, and other types of recreational vehicles.

Common gate sizes range from 10 to 16 feet and custom sizes are available. Ordinarily, a gate should be a few inches wider than the driveway. However, that will need to be altered if a homeowner has a very small driveway or owns a large pickup truck, one with dual wheels, or a wide variety of large equipment, trailers, or RVs.

Smaller gates will cost less and be less expensive to maintain. Single and double gates are available, but a double gate will require additional room to swing open to its widest point.  Gates should always swing inward toward the property rather than outward toward traffic and sidewalks. Sliding gates are also an option and are particularly effective for those with commercial properties or large vehicles.

Even if homeowners don’t currently own an RV, boat or other vehicle, it’s a future consideration for which they should plan. As families change over the years, so do the vehicles they purchase and the recreational options they may choose.

Something else for homeowners to consider is any restrictions on height, width or style. Homeowners associations often enact restrictions. Communities may have their own guidelines. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire a professional fencing company rather than attempting a DIY project. The company will be cognizant of local regulations, be able to obtain all the required permits, and help clients select the right size gate for their fencing needs.

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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.

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Choosing the Best Fence to Protect Your Business

There really isn’t a one size fits all solution for fencing based solely on the type of business that’s being operated. The type of fence that’s chosen will also depend on its intended purpose. It may be erected for privacy, security, or safety. You may need a fence to prevent unauthorized people from entering or prevent access to potentially dangerous areas.

Aluminum

Those that choose aluminum fencing have a variety of colors, styles, and designs from which to select. The fencing resists weathering and features low maintenance requirements. It’s often used for housing developments, gated communities, and areas where lightweight yet durable protection is needed. It’s also effective at fending off incursions by wildlife.

Chain Link

A chain-link fence is an economical option that can be installed fairly quickly and is good for large scale projects such as construction sites and warehouse facilities. It’s available in multiple heights, can be equipped with barbed wire or razor wire on top, and it’s see-through so individuals can be seen if they gain access. The downside is that would-be intruders can also see what’s inside. Another area where chain-link fences shine is at animal shelters and for wild animal enclosures.

SimTek®

SimTek® is an undisputed leader for fencing that’s durable and almost completely maintenance-free. It’s offered in multiple styles, colors, and textures. It’s high-impact resistant and very effective at absorbing sound. SimTek® is often used in and near restaurants and bars for privacy, along with housing complexes.

Metal

The choice of metal fencing is typically more expensive than other types but can be customized in multiple ways, whether it’s iron or steel. It’s advantageous around pools, any type of business, and is equally appropriate for parks and schools.

Vinyl

If you’re seeking privacy, a vinyl fence may be the best option. Vinyl fencing can be especially beneficial for blocking off outdoor areas for dining and drinking. It’s equally advantageous for hiding items from view such as AC units and trash bins. The fencing is available in multiple heights, colors, designs, and it’s very low maintenance.

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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Yard Wars

Yard wars can occur over a great variety of things, from the installation of a fence, pool or irrigation system to renovating a room. However, what a homeowner may see as an exciting addition that will provide fun, privacy, security, safety, and value to their home may be viewed negatively by neighbors. It can result in expensive and tedious legal action, bad feelings that last for years, or even a desire to move.

Fences cause more disputes between neighbors than any other issue. The saying “Good fences make good neighbors” from the Robert Frost poem “Mending Fences” doesn’t have the same meaning today as it did when the nation was a predominantly agrarian culture. Fencing disputes are legendary and are even the subject of the play “The Great Divide.”

Communication is a key component. It’s always a good idea to talk with your neighbors before beginning any construction project. It will give them a chance to voice any objections. What may seem like a groundless complaint to the homeowner may present a valid consideration for the neighbors. The following are just some of the common issues that can initiate a yard war when erecting a fence.

  • Maintenance and upkeep
  • Property lines
  • Fence height
  • Type of fence – chain link, stockade, etc.
  • It interferes with visibility
  • It’s ugly or ruins the aesthetics of the neighborhood
  • An existing fence doesn’t need to be replaced, just repaired
  • Disagreement over cost if sharing the expense

The list of potential problems that individuals may encounter from neighbors can seem endless. It’s important that homeowners understand their rights under the law before they hire a fencing company. Almost any locale has specific rules governing fences in relation to their height and materials used, and there may also be what’s known as a set-back – the distance from the property line where the fence can be erected.

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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Yard Privacy Fencing Options

One of the most common reasons for erecting a fence is to provide a greater sense of privacy and individuals have a wealth of options from which to choose. Fencing provides an immediate barrier to prying eyes.

Fences for privacy are available in multiple materials that include wood, aluminum, PVC, and SimTek®. There’s a fencing solution to accommodate multiple requirements. The fencing options available today provide exceptional durability and require little maintenance. Some fencing materials can even withstand hurricane-force winds, an important consideration in Florida.

Aluminum

The metal is strong, durable, and can be fashioned into any shape or style desired. It’s available in multiple colors and finishes to complement any landscape or environment.

PVC

The fencing is offered in a myriad of styles and colors. Built with a concern for the environment, it’s unaffected by weather or UV rays, and available in multiple heights. It can be erected in solid panels and can withstand most severe winds without damage.

SimTek®

Durability and style are the benchmarks of SimTek® fencing. It successfully emulates the appearance of wood and stone, while providing a low maintenance privacy barrier. It’s impact-resistant and offered in a wide variety of colors, styles and textures.

Wood

Individuals have dozens of choices for their wood fencing ranging from pine to cedar. The most common type of wood fencing for privacy is the stockade fence. Each panel fits tightly against the next for a solid barrier. Offset fencing is another style, also known as shadow box fencing, created by alternating boards. It can only be seen through if someone is looking at a certain angle.

Ask the Professionals

It’s best to consult with a fencing professional first. He/she will be knowledgeable about any rules or regulations governing fencing and will be able to obtain the needed permits. A professional will be able to assist with choosing the type of fencing that best fits the needs and budget of the individual.

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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Pros and Cons of Fence Vines

Vines are used in multiple ways, one of the most popular of which is to climb fences to hide unsightly features in the yard. They provide abundant foliage and most species produce blooms in a rainbow of colors that provide food for pollinators that include honeybees and butterflies.

Individuals can choose from clinging, tendril or twining vines. Clinging vines use tiny suction cups on their rootlets to connect with surfaces. Tendril vines use thin tendrils that spiral around objects to hold themselves in place. Twining vines are the heavy hitters of the vine world, twisting their entire stems around supports as they grow.

Pros

Vines can provide shade and an additional level of privacy. They’re especially beneficial for fences with see-through attributes such as chain link to create a privacy screen.

Avast majority of vines produce an abundance of blossoms that add beauty to the entire yard and increase curb appeal.

The blooms produced by many vines are sweetly scented. Examples are honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, and some types of clematis.

Vines provide vertical interest and interesting textures within the landscape.

Most are fairly fast growing, allowing them to fulfill their desired function quickly.

Cons

The vine may be too heavy for the type of fence it’s planted against. A heavy twining vine can damage or even bring down an entire section of fencing if it’s not kept in check.

Clinging vines are moisture-laden and can accelerate rot when allowed to ramble over a wooden fence. Non-woody, annual vines are the best fit for wooden fences.

Staining can occur when vines are planted along wooden fences. Green stains can appear from the foliage, along with staining from the color of the blossoms.

Additional Considerations

Some vines require very little care or maintenance from year to year other than a little trimming. Others will need extra effort to keep them growing in a specific direction and to prevent them from overgrowing their allotted space. It’s a good idea to consult with a landscaping professional for assistance in what vine will best fit the intended purpose and the specific type of 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.

Call Today at 954-410-9570

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