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Residential Fencing Cost

Like with any home improvement project, cost is a significant factor. If you are thinking of installing a fence or hiring a professional to do it for you, it’s important first to understand the process of fence installation to ensure you make the best decision to meet your needs.

According to HomeAdvisor, most homeowners spend anywhere between $1,645 and $3,946. The national average cost for installing a fence is roughly $2,737. Some homeowners can save approximately $1,000 off the average installation cost while the upper price boundary is around $4,000. Although cost if a significant factor for fence installation, it is also important to consider what type of fence you need to achieve your goals such as security or privacy.

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Should I Repair or Replace my Fence?

Deciding whether you should repair or replace your fence can be tricky. In some cases, a coat of paint or minor repair may be cheaper, but in other cases, it may be cheaper to replace the entire fence, rather than performing extensive repairs. The decision to repair your fence or replace it relies heavily on the condition of your fence.

Fence Maintenance Service, your premier fence company in Pittsburgh, has put together a few tips to help you determine the condition of your fence, so you can decide whether repair or replacement is best to meet your fencing needs.

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Best Fences for Pools

If you own an in-ground swimming pool in Pittsburgh, chances are you have been mandated to install a pool fence around its perimeter to protect unsuspecting people from inadvertently falling into the water. While you are mandated to install a fence, you do have options regarding its aesthetics and materials. There are currently three popular types of fences used to surround a pool. Either of the three, ornamental aluminum; PVC; or wood, will get the job done and can be completed fashionably.

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Best Affordable Fencing Options

When you need to add a fence to the perimeter of your property, you may want to avoid sticker shock. The cost of a fence depends on two factors: the linear feet required and the type of fence. Often times, the size of the fence cannot be compromised. Leaving your only wiggle room in the area of the type of fence. The cost, quality, and appearance of the fence can vary greatly. Your needs are the other variables that will depend on your willingness to dig deeper into your wallet. Continue reading “Best Affordable Fencing Options”

PA Requirements For Building A Fence

Building a Fence in PA

A fence can serve as many things: privacy, protection, decoration, and safety. However, once a fence is installed, it becomes a permanent fixture on your property. In addition to choosing the type of fence and the right fencing material to suit your needs, it is equally important that you learn the code requirements for building a fence on your property.

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Wooden Fence Maintenance

Fence Maintenance

Every fence needs some sort of maintenance, even if only a minor cleaning and checkup. Wood fences, due to their organic material, require more maintenance than other materials. Issues such as warping, dry rot, insects, and general weathering can occur if a wooden fence is not properly maintained. The good news is, some simple maintenance tips can help to minimize or avoid these issues and extend the life and appearance of your wooden fence.

  1. Be sure that you add a protective coat. The ideal time to add a protective coat to your wooden fence is right after the installation. The sealer is designed to extend the life of the fence, and can consist of of a stain, paint, or protective sealing coat. Be sure that your sealing product is designed for outdoor use and is appropriate for wooden fences.
  2. Yearly checkup. Each fall and spring, walk the perimeter of your fence to check for areas of damage. Little repairs are easier to deal with when you catch them early, rather than wait for them to become major eyesores.
  3. Clean your fence. Wood fences can acquire mildew from moisture, particularly when Pittsburgh is having a lot of rain or snow. Clean any areas of mildew where they are visible to prevent mold and dry rot.
  4. Caulk between the fence and fence posts. Caulking helps to seal off the moisture, which can lead to the fence posts failing. Fixing this after the fact can prove to be a costly endeavor, and caulking regularly can help to keep your fence sturdy.
  5. Repaint or restain when necessary. If your wooden fence is painted or stained, you will need to reapply every few years to keep up the attractive appearance of your fence as well as providing a level of protection from the elements.

If you are looking for the right fence for your property, contact the experts at Fence By Maintenance Service, Inc.. Serving the Pittsburgh Metro area for over 50 years, Fence Maintenance Service has a number of fencing materials in a variety of styles to beautify your property or provide a level of privacy or protection. Contact Fence Maintenance Service to find out which fencing solution will best meet your needs!

Vinyl Fence Maintenance

Vinyl Fencing

Low maintenance, durability, attractiveness, and a number of customization options make vinyl fencing a great option for any home or business. Because most vinyl fences are white, dust, dirt, and the inclement weather that comes with Pittsburgh’s changing seasons can get even the most low-maintenance fence a little dirty!

Fortunately, with vinyl fencing, you are dealing with one of the most durable, low maintenance materials on the market. Caring for and maintaining a vinyl fence is easy and hassle-free, and regular cleaning will allow you to take advantage of its attractive appearance for many years to come.

Simply put, a vinyl fence requires nothing more than routine washing to keep it pristine and as good as new. A garden hose will usually do the trick, however, when the elements are particularly harsh and your fence looks a little dirtier than normal there are a few simple tips you can use to keep it clean, with very little effort.

  • Use an ordinary car wash brush that attaches to the end of your hose. This will allow for more than just a quick rinsing, as you can use the brush on the areas that require a little more cleaning.
  • If you are using an outdoor fence cleaner for hard-to-remove dirt or stains, be sure to read the ingredients and ensure that they are not too harsh. You will want to use a cleaner that is effective but gentle, to preserve the material and the look of your fence.
  • Mildew, which is rare, can be cleaned up using a bleach solution.
  • To prevent the fence from streaking when using cleaning agents, begin from the bottom and work your way up to the top.

When cleaning your fence, be sure to protect any surrounding grass and/or shrubs when cleaning agents are involved. While they may be ok for your fence, they may not fare so well for the surrounding landscape material.

Overall you can see that vinyl is designed to be a long-lasting, low-maintenance fencing materials. As the fencing industry continues to evolve, advances in manufacturing and materials will put forth vinyl as a strong competitor for common fencing applications.

At Fence Maintenance Service, we carry many styles of vinyl fencing, as well as other fencing materials, to suit both your needs and your budget. Contact us today to find out what kind of vinyl fencing would be right for you.

Need A Fence Around Your Pool?

Fencing Around your Pool

To keep up with various laws and ordinances regarding residential swimming pools, pool fences have evolved throughout recent years. With the emphasis on regulating and enforcing pool fence requirements throughout the various townships and counties throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, many homeowners have found themselves confused as to which fencing option to choose for their pool area. Below are a few tips to consider:

Is your pool in-ground or above ground? If your pool is in-ground, then there are laws in place not only from the state, but from your local township, that regulate the fencing surrounding it, the type and height of which would be determined by your local township.

Is your pool a “temporary” one, such as a kiddie pool or inflatable one? It is important to understand that any structure, even a temporary one, that contains water can be considered a “pool,” and the homeowner can be held liable for incidents that take place even when the owner is not at home if there is no fence surrounding the property.

Is there already a fence around your property? Some townships will consider a property fence a permissible pool enclosure, provided that it meets the right guidelines.

The most important thing regarding a fence for your pool is this: you are responsible for the safety of others on your property, as well as liable. That is the first and foremost thing to consider when looking at a fence for your pool. Know your local township ordinances, and be sure to follow them. When choosing a fence builder, they should be aware of the local building codes as well as your individual fencing needs.

Fence Maintenance Service has been proudly serving the Pittsburgh Metro area’s fencing needs for over 50 years. We have been installing quality residential and commercial fencing, and offer a number of materials, all of the highest quality. If you are looking for a fence for your pool, or for your property surrounding your pool, don’t settle for a low-quality, DIY project. Our fences are built to last, and our experienced professionals will work with you to find the right materials to suit your needs and ensure that your pool receives the right size according to regulations. Contact Fence Maintenance Services today for a quote!

Choosing The Right Height For Your Fence

What is the Right Height for Your Fence?

A fence is more than just a functional element of your outdoor space – they also serve as a decorative element, one that can complement the overall look of your property.

Just as important as choosing the right style for your fence is choosing the right height. Because your fence is a permanent fixture on your property, you will want to ensure that it is the right height to suit your needs.

The first thing to consider are your local building codes. Different townships and boroughs in Pittsburgh have different regulations, and it is important to find out the minimum and maximum height restrictions for where you reside.

The next thing to consider is your level of privacy. Are you looking to shield your yard from view or simply fence it in. A higher height provides a higher level of privacy. Be sure to keep into account the slope of your yard as well as your neighbor’s yards so that you can accurately gauge the privacy that a higher fence will give you. Fence Maintenance Service has a variety of Privacy Fencing including wood, PVC and Chain Link that is sure to meet your needs.

Another important factor is security. Do you have children or pets that you wish to keep secure in your yard? If so, you want to be sure that the fence is high enough that children or pets cannot climb or jump over.

If you are looking into fencing, then look no further than Fence Maintenance Service. We have proudly served Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for over 50 years, and our experts will be happy to assist you in the right style, design, height, and material that suits your needs. Contact Fence Maintenance Service today and see the difference in our quality service!

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