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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.

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

Why it Pays to Have a High Quality Fence

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Building a fence on your property can sometimes seem like an afterthought, although it shouldn’t be. You might be tempted to go for cheaper options just to get the job done, but invested in your fencing pays in the future.

Here at Legend Fence Corp, we think good quality fencing is the only way you should go. However, some people feel they can’t justify the money, but here’s why it’s important to have a good quality fence.

1. High quality fences are more durable

It might seem obvious, but higher quality fences will be made from better materials. Whether it’s simply better wood or a treated chain-link fence, you get what you pay for. Higher quality materials will be much more durable, meaning they’ll last much longer.

Similarly, higher quality fences require much better craftsmanship. This makes them more effective at withstanding the effects of weather and providing security. A tall, strong fence is much more of a deterrent than a small, cheap one.

2. A good quality fence is more secure

On that note, a high quality fence will provide much better security. Whether this is for keeping things in or out, a quality fence will be able to protect your property much more effectively. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a fence at your home or business, you want your property to be protected. This is why it’s worth investing in a durable fence.

3. They require less maintenance

Another benefit is that high quality fences require less annual maintenance. Weather and plant growth take their toll on any fence, but the better materials and superior craftsmanship mean you won’t have to perform repairs as often. A better quality fence will end up costing less in the long run, simply through less maintenance.

4. Repairs are cheaper than replacement

All fence receive damage through wear and tear, and it can seem sensible to replace the whole thing and start again. This is usually the best thing to do with low quality materials, as they’re not worth keeping once damaged. However, this can end up being quite expensive when you factor in the labor involved.

Having a higher quality fence usually means that it’s more cost effective to replace damaged parts. Providing the structure is sound you could repair it as much as necessary and it would probably still be cheaper. Also, the better quality materials mean it’s much more likely you’ll spot problems earlier and so can repair them sooner.

Conclusion

As you can see, investing more money in a high quality fence now is going to save you money in the future. Repairs will always be more cost effective than complete replacement, so it makes perfect sense to put your money into better quality materials.

If you’re thinking of replacing your fence, then contact Legend Fence Corp. We have over 15 years of high quality fence installation in San Diego, and we know exactly what it takes to build a fence that’ll last for years and be worth every penny.

Getting Your Fence Ready For Fall and Winter

With the right care, a wooden fence can go for years and years. Obviously, that means putting a bit of work in, particularly this time of year. Prepping your fence for fall and winter is a must if you want to keep it looking fresh all year round. While we never really expect any snow here in San Diego, we do get rain, which is just as bad for your fence!

Here at Legend Fence Corp, we’re big believers in looking after your fence. That bit of extra work around the change in seasons is definitely more cost effective than having to replace a rotten fence. So to get you started, here is a guide for the top tips for prepping your fence for fall and winter.

Step 1: Inspect your fence

Before you start prepping your fence for the coming fall and winter, it’s necessary to inspect it for any signs of rot, weathering, or damage from the spring and summer. Even if it’s been dry all year there’s a chance your fence has taken a beating!

This is also a good time to check that everything is still sturdy, including both boards and posts. Make sure nothing is wobbling or loose, and that your gates still close properly. Any of these mean you might have to do a bit of repair work before you start prepping the fence.

The most important things to look out for are:

• Signs of rot (boards falling down, flaking, missing sections)
• Loose or wobbly posts (a strong gust of winter wind could bring these down easier than you might think)
• Gate closing and latching properly (a rusty latch is definitely worth replacing, particularly if you have kids or pets)

While minor signs of rot can be repaired, or single boards replaced, if the signs of damage are too heavy, it’s probably worth just tearing the whole fence down and starting again. Sometimes it’s easier to just build from scratch.

Step 2: Cleaning your fence

Once you’re happy that your fence is still in a good condition, you’ll need to clean it before applying any stains or preservatives. Obviously you don’t want to get dirt trapped under the paint, as this will result in an uneven finish.

Start by brushing the fence down with a stiff-bristled broom. This is the easiest way to remove loose dirt and debris, but won’t necessarily work for moss and lichen. You might need some kind of killing spray for these, but be careful when you apply it because it’s strong stuff.

At this stage it’s also worth raking up any dead leaves that might be around the fence, and clearing any plants growing up or near it. These will just get in the way while you’re trying to paint, and also make damage and rot more likely. Similarly, dead leaves will collect moisture, which is your fence’s main enemy.

It can be worth washing your fence, but this isn’t always the best idea when it comes to wooden fences. Most of the dirt and grime should come off with a brush, but you might need to add a bit of water to get the more stubborn bits off.

If you decide to do this to your wooden fence, make sure it’s completely dry before you move on to the next stage. A wooden fence needs to be dry before you apply paint, as moisture can become trapped in the wood, which causes it to rot.

However, if you’ve got a vinyl or metal fence, then you shouldn’t have any problem washing it. In fact, these are much easier to prep for fall and winter because you only need to check for signs of damage and repair when necessary. They don’t need any kind of preservative, meaning you can skip the next step.

Step 3: Preserving your wooden fence

Finally, providing your fence is now clean and in good shape, you can move onto treating it. What product you choose is really down to you, as each has their merits and uses.

For example, many fence paints will already include weatherproofing materials. However, if you don’t want to go for paint, then get a good quality stain or preservative. You need something with high water resistance, as fall and winter are typically very wet.

Give the fence a single coat all over, wait for it to dry, and splash a bit of water on it. If it beads up and runs off, then you’re waterproof. If not, then you need to use some more wood stain. You might find that you want more than one coat anyway, as this will only improve the fence’s water resistance. This is particularly helpful if you live in a very wet area.

Some final tips

Prepping your fence for fall and winter isn’t too hard a job, providing you’ve taken care of it all year. Aside from the guide above, here are some final tips for getting the most out of your fence, and keeping it nice and protected over winter.

• Use a good quality preservative for your wooden fence. It might be a bit more expensive, but you end up saving money through not having to reapply it as often.
• Make sure your wooden fence is completely dry before painting. Ideally, leave it at least a week after the last rain before starting.
• Vinyl fences sometimes benefit from an algae treatment before winter. While algae won’t damage the fence, it can look ugly and might stain a light-colored fence.

Conclusion

Getting your fence ready for fall and winter doesn’t have to be a big job. However, if you’ve let your fence care slip through the net, it can be worth just ripping it down and starting again. If this is the case, give Legend Fence Corp a call, as we can help you design and build a fence perfectly suited to your space and needs. Plus we can then give you all the information you need to care for your new fence for years to come!

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