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Top Considerations When Installing a New Privacy Fence

Installing a privacy fence around your property has plenty of benefits. Not only do they make your backyard more secluded, but they also make it easier to keep kids and pets safe.

If you’re thinking of installing a new privacy fence on your property, there are a few key things you must consider. Here are the most important factors to consider when installing a new fence.

1. What are your zoning laws?

Zoning laws determine how property and land can be used. As a result, specific zoning laws might state whether you can build a privacy fence or not.

Then, you might have to check with your HOA about fence regulations. Some state the materials you can use, the maximum height, and many other specific rules. Dealing with an HOA can often be more difficult than dealing with zoning laws!

San Diego zoning laws are fairly standard, but going through them to find the information you need can be very time-consuming. Still, it’s better to do this before you start building.

2. Do you know where your utility lines are?

Whether this is an entirely new fence or a replacement, you’ll need to know if it crosses any utility lines. The last thing you want is to burst a water pipe when building a new fence.

Of course, you won’t want to go searching for them yourself. The easiest way to find out is to speak to local San Diego utility companies.

3. How big will the fence be?

Providing you know where the fence is going, you’ll then need to work out how long it’ll be. Building plans can help with this, as they should show measurements for property boundaries.

Doing it manually with a measuring wheel can be more accurate, though. When measuring, don’t forget to account for posts, which take up a surprising amount of room.

Then, you need to factor in any hills and dips, as this adds yet more material and work.

4. What materials will you use?

Material choices impact the overall cost of a privacy fence more than anything else. For example, wood is the least expensive to use but won’t last as long as vinyl. As it’s a privacy fence, you probably won’t want to consider chain-link or metal railings.

You also have to consider the design and any fancy elements you want to include, such as latticework, paneling, and paint. All this will impact cost and installation time.

Alternatives to DIY

Although there’s something satisfying about doing construction work yourself, this might not be true of building a privacy fence. It takes a surprising amount of work, and there are plenty of variables inexperienced DIYers can overlook.

So, if you want to build a new privacy fence in San Diego but think this sounds like too much work, contact Legend Fence Corp. We have more than 30 years experience building fences, and quality and accuracy are second nature to us.

Contact us today for a free estimate on privacy fence installation.

5 Ways to Extend The Life of A Wooden Fence

5 Ways to Extend The Life of A Wooden Fence

The most important thing in maintaining any type of fence is to be proactive and take care of problems before they turn into major long-term issues. Below are five ways to extend the life of a wooden fence.

1.Keep the wood as dry as possible

Wood fences need to be kept out of the rain, especially during winter months when snow banks can cover them up. An easy way to prevent major moisture build up is by keeping leaves from accumulating around the fence and keeping gutters clear in general – in other words, maintain your property so water flows away from not on it.

2. Repair cracks right away

Cracks will only get bigger if they’re not taken care of immediately, and there is nothing worse than a giant crack in the middle of a fence. The best and most cost effective way to repair cracks is by using wood filler. You can buy premixed fillers at most hardware stores, or if you’re more handy, you can easily mix your own with sawdust or shavings from your old lumber pile (most people will never know the difference).

3. Replace boards that rot

This in most cases is fine to do at your leisure, as long as you have a plan of attack for getting the old board out and not creating any big openings in which critters can make their homes. We would NOT suggest replacing boards if they’re still holding up ok, unless it’s just to freshen up the old fence. Most of the time, you will need a reciprocating saw or some other type of saw with a blade specifically designed for wood. You can find smaller blades at hardware stores.

4. Fill holes in the fence

This goes along with keeping the fence as dry as possible, but sometimes it’s not always feasible to keep water away from certain sections of your wooden fence. If you have holes from critters chewing on the wood or just general wear and tear, this is a situation that you’ll want to address as soon as possible. The best way for this is by purchasing some wood fence paint. These types of paints are specifically designed for fences and come in several different colors. You can also use stain but the color will be more noticeable.

5. Paint the fence

This is more of a simple cosmetic fix that makes a huge difference and will protect the wood from the elements (mostly UV). If you are not sure what type of paint to use, then we would suggest using exterior latex paint as it’s good for all types of wood and weather.

Conclusion

Wooden fences are a great way to keep your property secure and add value. If you follow the above tips you should be able to extend the life of your wooden fence by many years as it will help prevent rot from developing as well as avoid other problems that can cause damage over time. If you need help with a fence repair or installation please contact Legend Fence for a free estimate.

5 Reasons Why a Fence Adds Value To Your Home

A fence is a great way to not only increase the value of your home, but also improve the look and security. Here are 5 reasons why adding a fence will be beneficial for you and your family.

1. Privacy:

A privacy fence can help keep unwanted eyes from peering into your home.

2. Security:

Fences provide security for homes by keeping intruders out or warning them if they try to enter through an area that is open.

3. Landscaping:

With landscaping features like flowerbeds, fences create a unique backdrop that can really accentuate any landscape design elements including plants, flowers, and shrubs.

4. Cost Savings:

The cost of installing a new fence outweighs any savings gained by not having to maintain the existing fence.

5. Future Value:

Fences add value to your property as well, and when it’s time to move you can sell your home with confidence that a new family will be just as happy in this home as you were.

In conclusion there are many reasons why a fence adds value to your home. Fences not only add safety and security they can also add beauty, character, and so much more.

It’s important to take a look at what your needs are, where you live, and the type of fence that will best suit not only your property but also your lifestyle. Whether it be for privacy or protection from predators such as coyotes and mountain lions, fences can have many benefits in addition to adding value to your home. If you haven’t yet had an assessment done with our team of experts we would love to help! Call Legend Fence today and let us know how we can help make sure you get the perfect fence for all of your needs.

5 Styles for a Functional Yet Attractive Garden Fence

Garden fences clearly serve important purposes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look nice too. Whether it’s simply for privacy and protecting your kids, or as support for a plant, a fence should be functional and attractive.

Of course, here in San Diego, you also want a fence that can withstand the warm dry weather. But here are 5 styles for a functional yet attractive garden fence perfectly suited to the San Diego climate.

  1. Woven Bamboo

Woven bamboo is a great fencing material because it’s natural, flexible, and able to withstand long, dry seasons. What’s more, the woven pattern is ideal for offering privacy while still letting through light.

You can make a woven bamboo fence as tall as you need, and you can extend it underground to prevent dogs from tunneling out of your garden.

  1. Wooden Slats

While perhaps the most basic fencing material, wooden slats can be as stylish as you want. They offer plenty of privacy, are highly adaptable, and you can paint them to suit any design.

Importantly, wooden fences are durable and sturdy, so can support planters or climbing plants. What’s more, they’re relatively inexpensive, making them easy to replace as and when they do degrade.

  1. Wood-Framed Wire

Wood-framed wire fences combine the best of both worlds: wood posts for security and wire fencing for convenience. Wire is ideal for climbing plants because it offers plenty of supports for their vines.

Of course, you do sacrifice some level of privacy depending on the wire used. But you can counteract this by growing plants up the fence. Also, the wire is long lasting and secure.

  1. Vinyl

Vinyl is a versatile fencing material that’s very durable and can last for decades if well maintained. It’s relatively affordable too and easy to install, making it a good option for those on a tight budget.

You can buy vinyl fencing in a wide range of designs and colors, giving you plenty of freedom over the style.

  1. Wrought Iron or Aluminum

Wrought Iron is the sturdiest kind of fence, only improved upon by aluminum. Aluminum is lighter, more affordable, and lasts longer. However, wrought iron offers the classic aesthetic many people prefer.

Both materials are very sturdy and adaptable. You shouldn’t encounter any significant rust issues in San Diego, as the weather is dry enough. But painting the iron will make it last much longer. It also means you need to pay more attention to maintenance to get the most out of a metal fence.

Conclusion

Regardless of which style of fence you choose, there’s plenty you can do to make it more attractive. Of course, it helps to start with an attractive fence that you can improve upon.

If you’re looking for a new fence that’s functional but perfectly matches your style, contact Legend Fence Corp. We have over 3 decades of experience and can help you find the right attractive yet functional fence for your garden.

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?

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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.

COVID-19 Notice to Customers

With the current instructions, recommendations and other development with the COVID-19, we want you to know that we are actively taking a number of precautions and measures to ensure that we can continue to provide our fencing services without delays.  Here are some of steps we are taking on our part to keep you, our valued customers, our employees and our community safe.

Although we are not taking any walk-in at the moment, you may still call us to request your free quote at 619-282-6000 or email us at info@legendfencecorp.com.  You can also reach us through Yelp and all our other social media.

The following modifications have been made to our quoting process until further notice:

* We will continue to schedule visits to residential & commercial projects for the measuring process of providing a quote. However,  for direct contact prevention purposes, our estimators will be conducting the visits in the following manner:

– The corresponding estimator/project manager will set up a time and day to visit your project location

– The estimator will then need to verify, at the time of the visit, that the customer is present at home or at the commercial property through a phone call (for liability purposes)

 – Estimator/project manager will then proceed to discuss over the phone about the fence work being requested to quote as well as take pictures of the fence work for quoting purposes

We are actively trying to maintain our office and workstations sanitized to prevent any contamination.  We are using several disinfectant products through the office, have hand sanitizer readily available to everyone and we are being extra diligent about disinfecting common surfaces between our employees and throughout the day.  We are also keeping up on educating our staff on best practices recommended by the CDC.

All current appointments will proceed as discussed with our estimator/project managers until further notice.

Here is how we can encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines at work and in our daily lives:

  • If you or any of your family members feel sick or show any symptoms, please stay home
  • Constantly wash your hands with soap and water and/or hand-sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or forearm when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch 
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We hope to continue to better serve you.

Legend Fence Corp Team

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