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How to Choose the Best Fence to Keep Your Children Safe

With many families being home now a day because of the covid-19 pandemic, more children are spending time in their front or backyard. There are few things better than letting your kids spent some quality time in the yard. However, many of us are aware of the constant feeling of anxiety when we leave our kids to play in an unsecured yard.

We at Legend Fence Corp. understand this concern shared by many parents. So we’re here to inform you how to choose the best fence to keep your kids safe so they can continue to enjoy your yard for years to come.

What counts as a child friendly fence?

There are several important factors to consider when choosing the right fence to protect your kids. We’ve broken them down here so you know exactly what to look for when making your choice.

Material

Choosing the right material for your fence is an important first step. For example, a wooden fence is prone to give splinters if not maintained properly, which should automatically discount it from most households.

We also want to inform you that many residents with chain link fences, see that they might be easy to climb.  We all know that children love to climb, and will most likely give it a go whether they’re actively looking to climb over the fence or not.

Similarly, durability should be at the forefront of your decisions too. Your best choice is a sturdy and durable material that requires little maintenance. For this we’d recommend something like iron fencing, vinyl, or metal.

Size and Structure

It goes without saying that your fence needs to be designed so that it’s impossible (or at least challenging) to climb over, from either side. It should be tall enough so as to present a challenge for anyone looking to break into your yard. We’d recommend installing a fence at least 5 feet high.

While picketed fences are still an option for a protective fence, consider how large the gaps are between pickets. A small child can easily fit through a tight gap, both between pickets and under the fence. It might sound blunt, but consider how you’d install a fence to keep a pet from escaping.

You should also consider visibility when choosing the right fence to protect your kids, as this is something many people overlook. For example, you want good visibility so you’ll be able to see what your kids are doing if you’re ever separated by the fence.

Visibility goes hand in hand with privacy and security.  After all, you might consider a boundary fence that offers full privacy to be preferable over one you can see through. This factor might be different if you’re deciding on a pool or garden border fence, for example.

Conclusion

Choosing the best fence to protect your kids does require more consideration than you might think. If you’re looking to install a new fence to keep your kids safe, contact Legend Fence Corp located in Lemon Grove San Diego California. As family people, we know exactly what concerns parents might have over their kids’ security, and we take these into consideration when offering our best choices.

Why is Having the Right Gate Important?

Installing a gate in your fence has the obvious benefit of keeping your property accessible, but there’s much more to choosing the right gate for your needs. Here at Legend Fence Corp., we understand the benefits of having the right gate on your property, and so we decided to share this information with you.

How do you choose the right gate?

Picking the best gate goes beyond choosing one that matches your fence. First you need to consider where on the property it’s located; is it a garden gate you need, or a driveway gate? What’s your main priority, function, style, or security?

A gate to your backyard, for example, will often go beyond function. If it’s a gate located on your property, then you should also consider style, and the fact that a well-designed gate can be a feature in itself in the right garden.

However, if it’s a gate on a property boundary, then security should probably be your main concern. There are plenty of garden gates available with a range of security features that are perfect for protecting your children while they’re playing in the yard.

The same is true for driveway gates, as these are almost always located on the property boundary. A good driveway gate should be easy to access and convenient, but still secure enough to protect your family. For example, a remote-controlled gate might be the best choice, as it can only be opened by someone with the remote. Electronic gates are almost always more secure than manual gates.

What is the best material?

After thinking about the purpose and function of your gate, it’s worth turning your attention to its appearance. Security plays an important role here too, as some materials are far more secure than others.

For example, if you’re looking for top security from a driveway gate, then something like metal or vinyl will be your best choice. It’s also worth avoiding something like chain link fencing, as this is very easy to climb.

However, if you’re looking at gates within your property that are more for decoration, then you could consider a wooden gate. There’s not much wrong with installing a wooden gate on your property boundary, but it obviously needs to be high enough to remain secure.

Bear in mind that most gates large enough to be secure will be fairly heavy, so it might be best to install electric motors on them for convenience. Wooden gates and fences also require regular maintenance to stay secure, so either be prepared for this or opt for a low maintenance material such as metal.

Conclusion

Fitting a gate on your property is an ideal way to increase security, particularly if your children and/or pets regularly play in the yard. Bear in mind too that a gate goes well beyond function, and can be a stylish feature in itself. If you think your property could benefit from having a new gate installed, contact Legend Fence Corp. in San Diego CA now to see how we can help protect your family. 

All You Need to Know About Horse Fence Installation

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Horses are amazing animals, but they definitely have a tendency to wander off if not fenced in properly. We at Legend Fence Corp. in San Diego CA have put together this article to explain all the options available to horse owners, and don’t forget to give us a call for all of your San Diego horse fence installation needs!

What types of horse fences are available?

There are several different options available when it comes to horse fences. While they all do the basic job of fencing in a field, some are more appropriate than others depending on your needs. The benefit of hiring Legend Fence Corp is that we have all this information to hand to help you make the best decision.

Wooden Board Fences

Possibly the least expensive option for San Diego horse fence installation are wooden board fences. Board fences are sustainable, easy to fit, and are a good option for covering large areas. Most importantly, wooden board fences are resilient and can withstand the kind of treatment a horse is likely to give them.

However, the major drawback of wooden fences is that they need maintenance. They must be inspected and treated at least once a year to keep them in good condition. Without maintenance you can expect a wooden fence to last 10 years or so, but if you care for it properly then it can last 3 or 4 times as long!

Rail Fencing

Another good option for San Diego horse fence installation is rail fencing. It looks very similar to a wooden fence, except the horizontal boards are replaced with 5-inch wide strips of vinyl. The obvious benefit here is that they’re much lower maintenance and require next to no annual treatment.

The vinyl strips are kept under tension, meaning they still provide an excellent barrier, even against the liveliest horse. The initial cost is significantly higher than a wooden fence, but this is offset against its low maintenance.

Woven Wire Fencing

Woven wire fences are fairly self-explanatory: they consist of rolls of resilient woven wire held up by wooden posts. The grid size makes it impossible for all but the smallest animals to pass through, making it a much more efficient barrier than the above options.

Poly Coat Fencing

Poly coat fencing is basically a combination between a rail fence and a wire fence. Strips of poly coated high-tensile wire are attached to wooden posts and run along the perimeter of the field. The main benefits of this option are high visibility and the resilience of the wire used, which can withstand constant attention from any horse.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for San Diego horse fence installation, look no further than Legend Fence Corp. We have over 20 years in the fence installation business, and have the expertise needed for you to get the most out of your next fencing project. If you have any questions about the best type of horse fence for your situation, or would like to discuss installation, contact us today.

How To Clean And Maintain Aluminum Fences

Aluminum is a great material for household fencing because it’s fairly inexpensive, it’s rust resistant and it will last as long as you need it to. However, that doesn’t mean you can ignore it completely after installation. Some basic cleaning is required.

We at Legend Fence Corp are great believers in proper maintenance of quality fencing materials. To help you out, we’ve put together a guide on how to clean an aluminum fence to keep it looking its best.

Before Cleaning

As with almost any other cleaning project, there are a few things to do before you break out the sponge and soapy water. First, cut back any vegetation that might be in your way. Unlike wooden fencing, aluminum fences won’t really be damaged by plants, but they make the act of cleaning much harder. If there are any plants you’re keen to keep, just try tying them out of the way for now.

Next, use this opportunity to give your fence a close inspection. Look out for any signs of damage, corrosion (particularly around screws or bolts), chipped paintwork, or loose railings. Replace any damaged screws before cleaning, and make note of any paint damage to be touched up later.

Quick Fence Cleaning

For a quick clean to just remove dust and splash marks, go over the fence with a hose. This should be enough to remove just superficial dirt and grime, but consider using a damp cloth to get rid of any tree sap or pollen.

Deep Cleaning Aluminum Fencing

At least once a year it’s worth giving your aluminum fence a more thorough cleaning. However, this really isn’t much more effort. Spray the fence with a hose to wet it, and then go along with a sponge and soapy water, starting at the top and working down. Be sure to use a soft sponge and just mild dish soap.

If you notice a build-up of a white, powdery substance, this is completely normal. It’s simply what happens to the fence’s coating over time. This will come off as you clean and can be polished up to a nice shine again.

After washing the fence, hose it down again. Finally, it’s worth paying attention to gate hinges and fence fasteners. Now is a good time to oil the hinges, which can be done either with a standard lubricant or some car or floor wax. Simply rub this into the hinges with a cloth once the fence is dry.

Conclusion

Cleaning an aluminum fence really is that easy! As mentioned, we’d recommend cleaning it once a year, ideally in the spring so it can look nice for the coming season.

If during your initial inspection you notice that your fence is looking a bit worse for wear, it might be time to fit a new one. Don’ worry, Legend Fence Corp has you covered for all your aluminum fence installation needs. So if you think it might be time to install a new fence on your property, then don’t hesitate to contact us today! Call us today for a free estimate at (619) 282-6000. We’re here to help.

Tips for Pool Fence Installation

With the summer season fast approaching, it’s nearly time to get outside and start enjoying your pool. However, having the pool is only the first step. Before letting your family into the backyard, it’s important to make sure your pool is properly secured with a fence.

We at Legend Fence Corp are experts in all things fence related, so we’ve put together a handy guide for making your pool fence installation a breeze. However, if you’d rather get someone in to do it, then consider calling us for your pool fence installation in San Diego.

What to do before installing your pool fence

Pool fence installation in San Diego isn’t as simple as buying a fence and putting it up. Before you even select which materials will be best, you need to spend some time preparing the ground area around your pool. Begin by clearing away any pool furniture and decorations, as the last thing you want is a congested workspace.

Once that’s been done, make sure the ground is clear of any vegetation, which might require relocation of some of your favorite plants. Ideally the area should have a wide enough space around it that the fence can easily be installed, although you can always add some plants back in at a later date.

Next, decide on the layout of your pool fence. Along with size and shape, you should also consider where the gates will be, and the fence’s height. For a pool fence, waist height should be appropriate in most situations, although if you have energetic pets or adventurous children you might want to go a bit higher.

When it comes to materials, you have plenty of options. While wood is the least expensive, it also requires regular maintenance. At the other end of the scale you have vinyl fencing which is low maintenance. Chain-link or iron fencing is somewhere in the middle, and is both resilient and pleasing to look at.

DIY fence installation or hiring a contractor?

When it comes to pool fence installation in San Diego, it can be tempting to just do the job yourself. While doing it yourself has the potential to save you money, this can often be offset against you needing to buy tools and equipment for the job. Similarly, it can take a lot of time to do it yourself.

Hiring a contractor for your pool fence installation, however, comes with a number of benefits. Even though it might be a higher initial cost, the benefit is that you get the experience of a professional fence installation company, which often means the job gets done more quickly.

If you’re looking for professional pool fence installation in San Diego, look no further than Legend Fence Corp. We have the expertise to offer the correct fence type and materials to suit your needs, and can get the job done quickly and efficiently. On top of this, we can provide all the necessary information to keep your fence going for years after installation.

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