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Tips in Dog Proofing Your Fence

Although a dog is a man’s best friend, the same cannot be said for the relationship your furry friends have with fences. Here at Bullfrog Fence we have received numerous repair or even replacement jobs because of dogs ruining the wood, going beyond the fence, or digging too deep. If you are a homeowner who is also worried about your pooch taking a toll on your fence, then here are five simple tips on dog proofing.

Make sure the height and quality of the fence is too high for the dog to jump over

As the owner, you can gauge how high your dog can jump. From there you can use it as a factor in deciding the height of your fence. It is also important to see how powerful and big your dog is. Obviously, you have no problem with toy dogs, but when it comes to normal to bigger sized ones, you need to make sure that your fence is fortified.

Afterwards, check the items near the fence that could potentially give your dog a boost. These usually include planter, garbage container, bird bath, and lawn mower.

Steer clear from chain link fences

Never underestimate the intelligence of a clever dog. There have been many cases of dogs climbing their way out of a fence. Chain link fences are particularly unadvisable because of their honeycomb pattern which serves as good footholds. Also, chain link fences provide good vision and even reach for dogs’ teeth.

Opt for fences that block the dog’s view of the outside

Wooden or vinyl fences are not only aesthetically pleasing; they are also great for privacy and obstructing your dog’s view of the outside. Not letting them see distracting factors outside i.e. squirrels, other dogs, and people will prevent them from barking and getting all worked up.

Regularly check your fence’s condition

Don’t neglect the condition of your fence. Watch out for weak spots, tears or holes, and potential rot because your pets can take advantage of that. Small puppies can wiggle their way through a hole or lose wire.

If the soil is uneven, better check for holes getting dug too deep. As a preventive measure, many homeowners place wires underneath the fence to discourage dogs from digging.

Keep your dog well exercised and happy with other things

One of the best ways in preventing dogs from damaging your fence and lawn is by addressing their needs, particularly entertainment, exercise, and sustenance. Make sure that your dog is regularly walked, has toys to play with, and has a source of water nearby.

Learn more on how to take care of your fence by visiting this blog from time to time. You can also have more comprehensive and professional advice from our experts by calling us now here at Bullfrog Fence and scheduling an appointment.

Benefits of Choosing a Chain Link Fence

Here at Bullfrog Fence, our clients often ask us for recommendation on the best type of fence for their home or business. Our answer will generally depend on their needs, preference, budget, and environment. One of our highly recommended kinds is the chain link fence because of being the best of both worlds: it can match one’s budget without sacrificing quality.

Below are some of the benefits of choosing a chain link fence.

Durability

Chain link fences are great for protecting your home from strong winds, rain, and snow. Because of its galvanized steel and zinc coating, it can withstand tough conditions that other kinds of fence cannot bear. Many homeowners also boost the protection by applying another batch of coating.

Generally, we tell our customers that if their area is always vulnerable to extreme weather or sunlight, they should definitely consider this material.

Affordable and Easy to Install

Chain link fencing is a popular choice among business owners because of its incredibly low cost and minimal installation requirements. People who need to cover a huge land mass tend to use this because it can deliver on both the budget and durability aspect. You can save up to a third of the price that you have to pay for vinyl, wood, or PVC fence.

Low Maintenance

Another great thing about chain link fencing is that after installation, it is ready to protect your home or business for years to come. Unlike in wood, you don’t have to worry about regular maintenance to prevent rot, decay, or termites. The most that you need is washing with soap and water once in a while to keep it looking good.

When it comes to repair, you can do away with cutting out the damaged parts of the fence and replacing them with the same material. This can save you a lot of money considering that other kinds of fence when vandalized or broken would need a total replacement.

Learn more about the kinds of fence and how they can benefit your home or business through this blog. Thank you and have a nice day!

Tips in Choosing the Right Garden Fence

If your yard is a blank canvass, then landscaping would be painting to the homeowner just like painting to an artist. If you ask any person with a picturesque garden, the process can be quite daunting. Still, the trick is not only to be creative and practical, but also to hire the right professionals for the job.

Here at Bullfrog Fence, we have been helping homeowners with their landscaping by providing quality fencing building, fence repair, fence staining and fence restoration. Our fences can be the frame to your painting-like a garden. To help get you started, below are tips on finding the right fence for your home.

Consider your purpose, and then your preference

Are you aiming for a more aesthetically pleasing fence or more of a general protection for your home? Your location can play a huge factor in dictating its purpose. Since Texas is vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, we always advise our customers to consider durability first. The level of security and privacy you need will also determine the height, style, and material of your fence. You also need to check for potentially harmful wild animals that can damage plants, crops and flowers.

It is important that before selecting a beautiful material and design, you need to make sure that all your needs will be considered. After all, a fence is originally meant to protect an area. In this case, your beautiful fence should still be able to protect your garden.

Be prepared for the weather changes

Many homeowners who need to block strong wind resort to privacy fences, but if you want to bring more light in, then you can ask your fence builder on semi-privacy fences or wooden, wrought iron, or vinyl fences with patterns or holes.

Consider maintenance cost and requirements

Each kind of fencing material requires a different kind of maintenance. For instance, wood is known for the most maintenance because it needs regular staining or painting, while you also have to watch out for termites, decay, cracks, and rot. Metal comes in second because of the risk of getting scratches, dents, and rust. Vinyl and chain link fences are the easiest kinds to maintain.

Find out which kind of fence will fully match your garden in the Dallas Fort Worth area by calling us here at Bullfrog Fence and scheduling a free consultation.

Staining vs Painting Fence

Regardless of the kind of wood, all fences need protection from harsh weather conditions, moisture, and pests. After all, your fence serves as the front liner in defending your house against external elements. The question is, what kind of protective coating do you need to apply? Is it paint or stain? Below is a quick comparison to help you decide.

Painting

Consider paint as a more flexible option. It has a huge selection of colors, brands, and quality, while providing you an option to paint your fence in whichever way you please. However, many fence builders consider it as the less professional choice.

Pros:

  • There is a wider selection of colors, brands, hues, prices, and quality.
  • You have the liberty to choose the thickness of the coating. Paint can be thicker than stain.
  • Paint is generally easy to work with.
  • You can use a paint sprayer instead of brush or roller for a faster process.

Cons:

  • Paint is prone to chip and noticeably fade or discolor.
  • It requires higher maintenance and frequent repainting.
  • You need additional materials for painting other than paint itself. You also need to dedicate more preparation time.
  • It covers the original beauty of the wood.
  • Some kinds of paint cannot intensively protect your fence.

 

Staining

For many fence experts, nothing beats the classic beauty and protection that staining has to offer.

Pros:

  • Staining requires less maintenance.
  • It can greatly complement and enhance the color and texture of the wood.
  • Many stains provide better protection than paint, especially against inclement weather.
  • Fading and discoloring is less noticeable.
  • It will not peel, bubble up, or chip.
  • Stain offers a more classic, rustic look.
  • It is generally lower in cost because of less maintenance and fewer materials required.
  • Wood generally absorbs stain better than paint.

Cons:

  • You have less color options to choose from.
  • Stain cannot be applied over paint.
  • Stain is less versatile and modern, so it is not recommended for industrial or modern-day designs.

Learn more on how to properly protect and maintain your fence by visiting this blog from time to time. You can also have more comprehensive and professional advice from our experts by calling us now here at Bullfrog Fence and scheduling an appointment. Thank you and have a nice day!

Fence Etiquette: Tips in Installing and Maintaining Your Fence Without Offending a Neighbor

Never underestimate the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Respecting other people’s privacy and property can greatly contribute to your family’s peace of mind. Fences are meant to separate your property from others’, provide security and privacy, and add aesthetic value to your home. When you are building and maintaining one, it is important to consider that a fence can also determine the kind of relationship you will have with your neighbor.

Below are a few tips on balancing the maintenance of your fence and your relationship with the small community.

  • Make sure your fence is still within your property line. Most fence companies install the fence one foot inside the line. When marking your boundary, don’t get greedy and try to add a couple of inches beyond your property. Placing a fence on others’ land is against the law and might oblige you to tear the entire thing down.
  • Check the regulations in the community. Many homeowners’ associations have rules about the size, positioning, style, and sometimes even color of a fence. It is better to follow the set guidelines instead of facing potential complaints or disputes in the future.
  • Observe the proper height and placement. The polite way of placing your fence is having the front or more presentable side faced to your neighbor’s yard. The height should be around four to six feet. Beyond that might send a wrong message to others.
  • Be open with your neighbor. Communication is still the key to having a friendly environment. Although you are not obligated to do so, it is a nice, polite gesture to let your neighbor in on your plans. This can prevent future disputes and disagreements.
  • Document meticulously, but still ethically. Disputes don’t have to start and end with bad blood. Take photos of your fence from time to time. If there has been damage related to your neighbor, document your side and show the photos politely. Again, communicate properly and try to maintain a cordial tone.
  • Keep your side of the fence clean and well-maintained. Try not to make your yard and fence an eyesore for your neighbors. You could also consider the color and design of the houses near you to avoid veering away and standing out too much.

Learn more on fence etiquette and maintenance by visiting this blog from time to time. You can also have more comprehensive and professional advice from our experts by calling us now here at Bullfrog Fence and scheduling an appointment.

Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Fence Repair?

Here at Bullfrog Fence, we are often asked if homeowner’s insurance will cover repairs for a damaged fence. Our answer is generally a big “yes,” given the right coverage, of course.

Most homeowner’s insurances have an “other structures” coverage, which handles parts of your property which are not physically attached to your house. These include garages, sheds, patios, decks, and fences. If your contract does not mention this coverage, then we strongly recommend that you call your insurance agent as soon as possible.

Common Damages Covered by Insurance

Having a broken fence is like leaving your home vulnerable to external elements. This is why it is best that instead of trying to repair it yourself (and in doing so leaving room for errors), have professionals handle your fence and make your claim immediately. Below are the common damages that are often covered.

  • Storm – A wind-related damage, whether it is from storm, tornado, typhoon, or hail, is usually covered. It is advisable to take photos of the broken fence and the environment as soon as it is safe to go outside to help the claiming process.
  • Fallen Tree – As a general rule, a fallen tree regardless if it’s yours or your neighbor’s that has damaged your fence is covered. It is important that the tree is healthy because rotting, decaying, or deceased ones might dampen or even deny the claim. Having an unhealthy tree can mean negligence on your part. Also, your neighbor’s insurance will likely cover the damages if the tree is on their side.
  • Crime-Related Cause – If it is vandalism or other damages brought out by crime, then it is important to file a police report as soon as possible. If a car hits your fence, then we recommend having the driver’s car insurance handle the repair cost to avoid affecting the rates of yours.

Our #1 Tip When Claiming Insurance

We always tell our customers who are new to fence repair this piece of advice: Get professionals to provide consultation and estimate first. If the damage is minor and the cost and hassle of repair will be less than the deductible of your insurance, then consider not making the claim. This can possibly save time and effort while not affecting your premiums in the future.

Learn more on fence repair and maintenance by visiting this blog from time to time. You can also have more comprehensive and professional advice from our experts by calling us now here at Bullfrog Fence and scheduling an appointment.

How High Should the Fence be in DFW?

Here at Bullfrog Fence, we are asked questions all the time about fencing and fencing requirement here in Dallas Ft Worth i.e. How High Should the Fence be in DFW?

Privacy Fences: The requirement on fence heights can vary depending on your city and state rules, however to be safe particularly here in the Dallas Fort Worth market it is customary to have a 6 foot tall fence.

At this height it enables you to maintain privacy and a clear line of sight for security purposes. If you choose to go taller than 6 feet most communities as well as the cities will require that you seek for permission either in forms of permits or home owner associations approval.

Kid & Pet Fences: However if you are just planning on keeping the kids and pets in the yard, then the traditional fence height for this is between 3 to 4 feet tall. This gives parents and guardians alike a clear line of sight to the kids, pets, and overall surroundings. Which enables engagement and interaction with the kids, pets, and even neighbors.

Pool Fences: This type of fence is traditionally thought of as protection for the family especially when you have small kids. So this type fence prevents unwanted, unsupervised visits to the pool by our little ones. The requirement height on these fences is usually 4 feet, however this can vary from city to city.

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How Do You Prepare for a Fence Installation?

Here at Bullfrog Fence, we are always asked a variety of questions in the Dallas Fort Worth market about fencing, with this being said here is a common one i.e. How Do You Prepare for a Fence Installation?

Since each and every fence preparation process can vary depending on what material that may be used. Today we put together two different examples too talk about.

First example, if you are planning to use let say metal for the new fence. Then you need to make sure to apply a primer and a general rust resistant coating or topcoat to increase the metal durability and longevity.

Second example, if you are planning to use let say wood for the new fence. Then you need to make sure that it is well protected from all the outdoor elements and conditions. This protection traditionally comes in from of a stain or a coating i.e. color or no color to ensure the wood preservation.

Tip: Paint is not recommended in this case because it does not seal and protect the wood, it just cover. Thus allows weather conditions and the elements to affect the fence.

Last thing on the wood, even though it is generally more expensive then other fence types. You should always consider on having pressure treated lumber or wood for your fence.

Tip: Cedar as a whole, when it is pressure treated prevents general rotten and decay coniferous species from consuming the fence & it helps to preserve your fence and general appearance.

For more fence information then please come back and visit this blog often. Have a good day!