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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.

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Home Security Solutions

From scam artists and porch pirates to intruders, people are giving more thought to installing security measures for their homes. Some individuals choose to install selected methods, while others opt to have a full security system installed with all the bells and whistles. Individuals can also choose to transform their abode into a smart home that can be programmed, controlled from smartphones, and include a video feed.

Alarms

An alarm can and should be installed on all doors and windows. Homeowners can choose from wired systems that are integrated into a home’s electrical system, wireless systems that utilize radio frequencies, and unmonitored types that will emit audible/visual signals and are dependent upon reliable cellular reception.

Cameras

Many individuals choose to install cameras and that includes doorbell cameras. They’re an excellent deterrent and can even provide a means to prosecuting offenders. Cameras can be installed as part of an overall security system or independent models can be selected that constantly records.

Fencing

Attractive and effective fencing is available that will make intruders think twice before trying to enter a property. Fencing can encompass a wide variety of options, materials, and heights that combine beauty with functionality, though the most widely utilized is chain link.

Lights

Illuminating a property is a definite deterrent to would-be burglars that like to work in the dark. Homeowners can choose to light specific areas of their property with illumination that automatically turns on when a specific level of darkness is achieved. Motion sensor lighting is also effective and turn on anytime movement is detected.

Locks

There are a great many types of locks that can be installed on homes for elevated security. Deadbolts are effective, but individuals need to ensure that their door frames and hinges are strong. The most popular locks are electronic that requires a code to activate.

Safe Room

A safe room provides people with a secure place to shelter should an intruder enter the home. Depending upon the circumstances, it can also provide a safe place to ride out a tornado or avoid the air-borne debris of a hurricane if people aren’t able to evacuate.

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Concealing Eyesores and Toys

A homeowner’s association (HOA) can be a blessing or a distinct disadvantage, depending upon what it is that an individual wants to do with their property. For those that desire uniformity, an HOA provides very specific rules about every aspect of the home and surrounding environment. For individuals that want a little more leeway in what’s in their yard, fencing panels are the ideal solution for concealing things of which an HOA may not approve.

There are many things that an HOA can’t tell residents they can’t have, but depending upon the HOA agreement, individuals may be required to have them out of sight. Features considered an eyesore by an HOA can be camouflaged with fencing panels – just make sure they meet the rules set forth by the HOA in terms of height, material, and color. Don’t erect fence panels without the pre-approval of the HOA. Panels are effective for concealing:

  • Air Conditioning Units
  • Certain Plants
  • Clothesline
  • Electrical Boxes
  • Electric Car Charging Stations
  • Generators
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Outbuildings
  • Satellite Dishes
  • Solar Panels
  • Toys
  • Trash Bins

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

There are many things that an HOA doesn’t want to see and may view as a detraction to the overall plan of the community, even if those items are allowed or essential to the operation of homes – such as electrical boxes. There are dozens of fencing options that can assist individuals to camouflage things that an HOA wants to keep out of sight.

Fencing doesn’t need to encompass an entire property to be effective. Individual panels can be strategically placed to conceal virtually any type of undesirable feature. Modern fencing materials can emulate the look of high-end stone, granite, and wood to provide an elegant appearance that blends tastefully with local surroundings.

Individuals can select from aluminum, PVC, wood, chain link, and SimTek® fencing materials. There are dozens of options for screens to hide unsightly items within a yard. They can also offer a handy foundation for trailing or climbing plants for those that enjoy gardening.

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Pros and Cons of PVC Fencing

PVC fencing has become a popular option for residential environments where sturdiness and beauty are equally important. An increasing number of businesses are using PVC fencing due to its carefree nature and durability. In many areas, home and business owners are choosing it over chain link or wood to accommodate a variety of needs ranging from privacy to security.

Pros

  • PVC fencing is very low maintenance. It doesn’t have to be stained or painted and can be kept looking new with a simple rinse with a garden hose.
  • The fencing remains unaffected by weather and won’t fade from UV rays.
  • It won’t peel, chip, rot or splinter.
  • The fencing won’t stain or become discolored even when it’s exposed to salt water.
  • PVC fencing is unattractive to insects and is resistant to unsightly fungus.
  • There are over 30 different unique and decorative styles from which to choose, it’s available in a myriad of colors, and there are numerous options for customization.
  • PVC fencing is nearly five times stronger than the average wood fence.
  • The material is recyclable and environmentally friendly.
  • It won’t burn in the event of a fire.
  • PVC fencing is non-toxic.
  • Best of all, PVC fencing is a more cost effective alternative than concrete, brick or stone.

Despite all of its advantages, no fencing material is perfect. PVC fencing does have some disadvantages.

Cons

PVC is more expensive than wood.

Despite the many textures and styles available that give the appearance of stone or brick, when viewed up close, people can still determine that it’s a synthetic material.

PVC does expand and contract with fluctuations in temperatures, which means it can begin to become brittle toward the end of its 20-30 year lifespan.

Multiple Options

Individuals considering a fence should speak with a fencing professional. The options available will surprise most people. The experts can provide individuals with information on all the different materials, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and help clients choose the right fencing for their needs and budget.

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6 Things to Know Before Hiring a Fence Company

A fence can function in a variety of capacities, from minimizing street noise to containing children and pets. It’s important to ensure the chosen fencing contractor is qualified, cognizant of local fence rules and ordinances, and that individuals have some idea of what type of fence they want.

It’s never a good idea for a fence to become a DIY project. It can conceivably require the better part of the summer to complete, while a qualified fencing company can perform the required work in a day or so, depending upon the area to be fenced. There are a myriad of steps individuals can take to facilitate the process.

  1. Reason for Fencing

Clients should know why they want a fence. It could be for privacy, security, beautification, to minimize road noise, establish boundaries, or safety. Those factors will impact the type of fencing and materials selected.

  1. Type of Fencing

Individuals have a wide range of fencing options and innovative materials from which to choose. Some are better for specific uses, while others are multi-functional. The fencing should blend with existing architecture, features, and aesthetic concerns.

  1. Multiple Estimates

Don’t agree to the first estimate received. Optimally, individuals should obtain three estimates. It will allow clients to select the combination of pricing, quality, materials, and installation that best fits their individual needs.

  1. Estimators

Even with an online estimate, at some point an estimator will make an on-site visit to view the area to be fenced. Make the estimator aware of any slopes, obstructions, adjoining fences, and access to the work site that could affect cost and installation time.

  1. Pertinent Questions

It’s essential that clients ask if the company will obtain needed permits, knows local zoning regulations, and any setback requirements. The company should also be responsible for contacting utility companies to identify underground lines.

If the area has a slope, clients need to know if the fencing will be uniformly the same height or if it will vary according to the slope. Make sure any hardware is included in the price, the installation timeline, and the fine details of warranties and guarantees.

  1. Red Flags

Once individuals have performed their research and narrowed their contractor choices to three, there are some red flags of which individuals should be aware. Pass on a contractor that:

  • Refuses to provide a written estimate
  • Utilizes pressure tactics for clients to make an immediate decision
  • Requires cash payments only

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What you Need to Know Before Choosing and Installing a Fence

Fencing is a safety precaution and it will also be a beautification project for your home that increases its value. There’s a myriad of factors to consider when installing a fence that will make the difference between being a happy homeowner or one experiencing buyer’s remorse.

Why Do You Want One?

The reason you want a fence can impact the type of fencing you choose. People typically install a fence for safety, security, privacy, to minimize road noise, conceal unattractive features, or establish boundaries.

Cost

Some barriers are more expensive than others. Others are relatively inexpensive and can be installed quickly. Certain types can be more expensive, but are far more durable, available in multiple colors, and can even withstand hurricane force winds.

Maintenance

Depending on the type of fencing, it may require regular inspections, painting or staining. Others only need to be rinsed off with a hose. You need to know how much time you realistically have to spend on maintenance duties, or if you want a minimal maintenance set-it-and-forget-it solution.

Climate Concerns

There’s a wealth of options available for fencing and some react differently to ordinary and extremes in climate conditions. Homeowners can choose wood and metal or revolutionary new materials that can be recycled at the end of their considerable lifespan.

Contractors

Choose your contractor carefully and don’t be afraid to ask for references from former clients. They should be cognizant of local rules and regulations governing fencing in the community and be able to obtain any required permits. Homeowners should expect a professional to answer the phone, not a recording.

Always obtain a written estimate, ensure the materials and work are under warranty, and don’t hire a contractor that pressures you to make immediate decisions or pay in cash. The contractor should be willing to provide information and make recommendations, but the ultimate decision is yours.

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Property Lines: Knowing Your Boundaries

Fencing is beneficial for a multitude of uses. It provides privacy, safety, and aids in reducing noise. There’s more to erecting a fence than simply getting it upright. There are laws and ordinances governing the installation of fencing, along with permits that may need to be obtained. Failure to comply with any existing codes or regulations could result in an order to tear down or move your newly installed fence.

Fences are great for marking boundaries, but it’s absolutely essential that you know exactly where your property line actually is. You’ll need to have the property surveyed if it hasn’t been recently. It’s just one of the reasons that the services of a professional fence installer are so beneficial. They know the laws and are able to obtain any needed permits.

A fencing professional will also know if there are any setbacks. In some locations, fences are required to be set back off the property line. That can range from 2 inches in some places to several feet in others to allow for maintenance. Fences can’t be built on an easement under any circumstances and a neighbor can’t paint or make other changes to a fence that you’ve had erected.

In other locations, you can erect a fence and half of the upkeep and cost will be attributed to your neighbor when they have what’s deemed a substantial building on their property. It also means that your neighbor can cut any tree limbs or bushes that infringe on the fence. In other areas, you may or may not need your neighbor’s permission to install the fence in the first place.

Fences serve a variety of purposes, but laws can vary widely in regard to their installation. It’s always best to have a professional perform the installation since they’re familiar with local ordinances. Before beginning any fencing project, ensure you have a recent survey to establish property boundaries. Property lines aren’t always straight and physical features can create installation difficulties that only professionals are able to accommodate properly.

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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.

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