3 Signs That A Lattice Fence Is A Great Option For Your Yard

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog, Construction & Contractors |

When you talk with fencing companies about options for your yard, you might think about chain link fencing or traditional wooden pickets. However, if those options don’t suit your fancy, one option you may have forgotten to consider is a lattice fence. Although a lattice fence isn’t always the best option, there are many situations in which it can be a great choice. These are a few signs that this is a fencing option that you should consider for your own property.

1. You Like Gardening

If you are someone who likes flowers and plants, then you might love the joys of a lattice fence. The style of a lattice fence is perfect for gardening fans because climbing plants love lattice. You can plant your tomatoes alongside the fence to allow them to easily climb, or you can allow your rose bushes to climb upward. Vines and other climbing plants also do well on lattice fences with a little bit of encouragement, such as tying them to the fence to get them started. This is a great way to grow plants that you might not have been able to grow otherwise if you have a small yard.

2. You Want Privacy

You have probably already noticed that chain link fences and many wooden fences that are made of pickets make it easy for others to see into your yard. You might have thought about investing in a privacy fence, but privacy fences are taller, more expensive, and make it impossible for you to see what is outside of your yard. While chain-link fences can be installed with plastic privacy slats, they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing.

A lattice fence is a great in-between; its design will provide you with a little more privacy, but it will be easier for you to be able to see the rest of your neighborhood.

3. You Want a Decorative Fence

Lattice fences often come in cedar, birch, and redwood. These woods are perfect for painting and staining. While not as eco-friendly, you can even get lattice fences in vinyl. If you are looking for something attractive that will decorate your yard, a lattice fence could be the perfect option, especially once you look at all of your choices and choose one that matches the decor that you want.

As you can see, a lattice fence can be the perfect option for many yards. If one of these three things applies to you, now is the time to talk to someone from a local fencing company about this choice.

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Four Tips To Give Your New Windows A Custom Look With Siding Trim

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog |

If you are having new windows installed in your home, some designs have few custom features. This is often the case with vinyl and metal replacement windows that have nail flanges to install the windows. This does not mean that your windows cannot have the custom look you want. By adding trim to the siding, you can give your windows a unique appearance. Here are some things that can be done to give windows and doors a custom look with siding trim:

1. Leaving Room For Additional Trim When Windows Are Installed

If you have siding on your home, it is likely installed right up against the window openings. It needs to have enough space to allow for new trim. To allow space for trim, the siding can be cut back a few inches. When installing new siding, the pieces can be cut for trim or the window trim can be installed before the siding.

2. Adding Simple Wood Window Casing Around Vinyl Windows

Simple wood casing can be a good addition to the windows. This trim is just attached to your home to provide a more detailed look for windows. The case moldings can be fastened over the nail flanges on the windows. When this is done, you may also want to add a bead of caulking in between the trim and the edges of the window.

3. Building Window Seals With Ledges For Additional Details

Building window seals with ledges may be another detail that you want to add to windows. For a small window seal, the trim can just be fastened with nails. If you are going to have a larger window seal to put things like plants on, have it fastened with carriage bolts to add strength to support any weight.

4. Giving Windows More Detail With Wider Decorative Trim

Windows can also have more detail with wide and decorative trim. This can be done by adding a plain wide frieze and then installing decorative details over the frieze. Adding trim details like this can be great if you also have features like wide window seals. It will give your windows more of an authentic, custom look.

These are some of the ways you can add a custom look to new windows. If you need help with the installation of windows and adding custom features, contact a siding contractor to get the help you need giving your home a custom look. Simpson Windows and Doors installs siding and more.

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Remodel Your Deck To Be The Perfect Place For Entertaining Guests

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Blog, Construction & Contractors |

Your backyard can be the ideal place to spend time with friends and family, especially if you have a deck already built outside. If your deck hasn’t been cared for in recent years or you’re not happy with the way it looks, it’s possible to give your deck an entirely new look through a remodeling project. In order for the deck to look great and be a welcoming space for guests,

Divide Your Deck for Different Activities

An easy way to ensure that your deck has all the features you want is by dividing it up into several spaces. This means making one space for gathering on outdoor sofas and another for grilling food. With clear divisions on your deck, you can give off the illusion of more space.

Make Sure the Deck is Sturdy and Can Support the Weight

If you intend on hosting parties with lots of friends and family, it’s a good idea to have a deck contractor (like Distinctive Deck & Rail Ltd) visit your home and check the stability of the deck. You may find that the support beams need to be replaced in order for weight to be properly supported.

Landscape Your Yard for a Cohesive Style

If you’ve just started landscaping your entire yard, it’s important that you focus on making the deck feel like a natural extension. This means including similar materials and making sure that any trees or shrubs won’t end up damaging the deck by accident.

Provide Plenty of Seating and Dining Space

For homeowners that plan on hosting plenty of meals outside, you’ll want to choose furniture specifically for dining. Providing plenty of seating for guests will help ensure that your deck is the perfect space to gather outside when the weather is nice.

Follow Any Safety Guidelines and Necessary Permits

Like any major remodeling project, you’ll need to make sure that you follow all safety guidelines and that you receive any permits needed by the city. With these two things in mind, you can be confident that your deck is sturdy and a safe space for entertaining.

Taking your time planning out the remodeling of your deck can help make a big difference in the final results. Not only will this help ensure that your deck looks great and adds value to your home, but it will also ensure that the deck is as safe as possible and won’t cause any potential issues while entertaining guests. 

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