During the Spring and Summer, I try to focus on outdoor projects (fences, gates, some landscaping projects).
Gates, Fences, and Post Replacements
Long Lasting Cedar Gates
Cedar Fences (I am a believer in cedar fences and am leaving vinyl fencing to the true vinyl fence professionals who don't use big box store products).
Broken Fence Posts-I repair these with a minimum cost of materials (a new post, bonding agent and concrete) using the same panels, unless the panels are broken.
A normal looking fence, except that the post is broken at the base.
Water had nowhere else to go but into the post.
When the low spot of the concrete is at the post, they will fail.
A concrete crater around the fence post caused water to rot the base of the post.
Here is another one that didn't have a chance. Concrete did not even make it around and under the post.
After removing all the old post debris, a new post was inserted and concrete with a bonding agent was used to divert water away from the post and prevent this from happening again.
Incorrect Property Line Fence Re-alignments This situation was because of two homeowners not communicating, a rock retaining wall, and a contractor who looked for the easy way to get in and out. No one was happy, They are now!
I recommend that all wood fences receive a nice coating of wood preservative every 12-24 months to maintain the new look and increase their life by many years (that is unless you prefer the aged grey appearance).
Vinyl Fences Whether you like them or not, vinyl fences have become very popular over the years. Because I like to know about the latest construction methods and materials, I have been researching vinyl fences.
There are at least two grades of vinyl fencing-the type that true vinyl fence pros use, and the products you can purchase at the big box stores. Within those types are a multitude of products. It can be confusing, and you usually get what you pay for. Drive around the neighborhood and you can see vinyl fences that look great after several years, and others that are showing signs of failure (bending posts, sagging sections, discoloration, crooked gates). Proper installation is just as important as the product. Also, in our area, I recommend a reinforced vinyl fence because of our occasional high winds.
The bottom line is that a homeowner wants a product that stays attractive, strong, and long lasting. It is also the homeowners decision as to what and who they will select. There is no doubt that the right vinyl fence installed correctly can provide that.
From my perspective, I want a happy customer, not just on the day the fence is complete, but 15 years down the road. I also want to minimize callbacks. At this time, I recommend to homeowners who are sold on a vinyl fence to do some homework and select a professional vinyl fence builder with a long history, I am not that person. I am a cedar fence builder.