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By 7016426470 16 May, 2017

Home improvement projects provide several benefits for property owners, from improving livability and current comfort levels to increasing a house’s enduring appeal and resell value. One home project that has potential to address all these objectives is installing an ornamental fence.

Choosing the right ornamental fence, however, comes with its own set of considerations. Here are a few initial items to contemplate when making your selection, but for more suggestions or specific cost estimates, don't hesitate to consult a professional  fence contractor .

The purpose behind your fence

First, you have to consider the intended function of your  residential fence . Since you are leaning toward an ornamental variety, aesthetic appeal likely tops your priorities. As the American Fence Association  puts it , “ornamental offers a prestige look.” 

“The attractiveness of ornamental fencing is one of its biggest draws, and property owners have a range of style options from which to choose,” the association states. However, even when selecting an ornamental fence, homeowners are usually unwilling to entirely forego the other traditional purposes of fencing, such as security, privacy and/or establishing an external or internal boundary for a yard.

With your fence’s intended function in mind, it’s time to think about specific materials and styles. Keep in mind that various fencing will have different costs per linear foot in regards to material and labor for the installation.

Simple metal or chain-link fences tend to be the most economical, costing less per linear foot than other varieties, but they also are the least attractive option. On the other hand, aluminum or vinyl fencing tends to be more expensive, both for the material as well as labor, but it requires little maintenance and resists corrosion. Also, the aluminum alloys available these days “add extra strength without sacrificing aluminum’s ability to be intricately fabricated,” and they can be “custom designed with any shape, color or ornamental feature,” according to a  blog post  on HomeAdvisor.com.

Wood is another popular material for ornamental fences. In general, wood will blend into your yard's natural environment and feel less intrusive than metal or other materials. Regarding style, picket fences present a classic look while still offering some sense of seclusion and security, and the wood can be painted to work within any landscaping theme. Wooden post and rail fences, which feature a considerable amount of open space, won’t do much in the way of protecting property; as a decorative element, though, they nicely enhance and frame landscaped areas or gardens. One concern with wood is durability. As HomeAdvisor points out, wood fences are highly susceptible to pests, decay and warping. However, it may be worth the routine maintenance or occasional replacement if the decorative aspect of your fence is particularly important.

If security is a top priority along with visual appeal, steel or wrought iron fencing may be the best option. This variety sits at the intersection of strength, durability and ornamentation. Additionally, while wrought iron fences are expensive, they have the benefit of potentially increasing your property value more than other varieties and lasting for several decades.

When looking to improve the appeal of your landscape, increase your property value, or establish a border around your yard or a designated area, installing an ornamental fence should do the trick. If you feel overwhelmed by the several considerations you must make in regards to design and material, contact a fence contractor to help guide you through the decision-making process.
By 7016426470 12 May, 2017

Many people ask: does fencing add value to your home? The answer is yes! Adding a fence around your property has proven to add value and help homes sell faster. Fencing is an important part of any property that is intended to be child and pet friendly.  When you first think about buying a home, a fence is not high on the list of things you consider.  However, when you begin narrowing down your choices, a secure and safe perimeter is something that begins to gain more consideration.  

             Families with children or grandchildren greatly benefit from the investment in a fence. The common worries of children running into the street or strangers coming up to them are more possible without a fence providing a buffer. Having a fence gives you peace of mind when the children are playing outside because you know they are safe.

             Having a pet is like having another child to some families. Installing a fence in your yard will give your pet the freedom to be outside for as long as they want, without you having to be with them. Animals go a little crazy when they are stuck inside a house all day.  A fence allows you to let them out of the house while you continue with your daily routine.

             Backyards are often ornamented with flowers and trees or patio furniture, but something people don’t always think of when decorating is the type of fence they might have installed. Fences are undeniably part of your landscape, which is something people look at when considering a new home. Having a fence helps to have a clearly defined yard, which gives people creativity and ideas on how they would like to shape that space.  Landscaping with flowers and outdoor furniture is something people look forward to doing when buying a new home.  

Other than convenience, safety and design, privacy is something many people look for when buying a home. Whether you are providing yourself with separation from neighbors or busy traffic, a fence will give you the solitude of having your own private space. Imagine relaxing in your backyard with your family or friends and constantly having people walking by looking or listening to your conversation.  Many people find that to be bothersome and irritating. Privacy is something that many people put a premium on when they are considering a new home.

             There are many types of fences to choose from. Action Fences offers a wide variety of styles, colors, heights and materials. Our team is happy to assist you in picking out the right combination of materials and aesthetics to increase both your home value and curb appeal.


By 7016426470 06 Apr, 2017

In most big cities and suburban neighborhoods, houses are built one after the other with very little room in between to separate them. That’s where a beautiful and functional fence can make all the difference. There are many reasons to consider putting up a new fence in your yard, and, depending on the type you pick, there are lots of different benefits that come along with it.

The first, and perhaps most common reason homeowners choose to build a fence, is for additional backyard privacy. For houses with a large or open backyard, it can be especially difficult to enjoy your outdoor space when all of your neighbors or passing cars have a clear view into it. A six-foot-tall wooden fence is perfect in these situations to give your yard a more secure, private feel. But you may want to talk with your neighbors first, because sometimes they are willing to split a portion of the cost with you.

Safety is another big reason you may decide to put up a fence, which can be a huge asset in protecting both your children and pets. A fenced in yard will allow your children to play without you having to worry about them running into the street. It also keeps your pets from wandering off, and deters other unwanted pests from finding their way into your yard. Depending on where you live, a fence can keep wild deer or raccoons from causing damage to your gardens, trashcans or pools. A well-built fence can also protect your home from criminal activity, serving as an additional layer of security against burglars and intruders.

The one thing that all homeowners can agree to love about a fence is the value it adds to your property. When you choose to install a new fence made of high quality materials, such as western red cedar or ornamental iron, it can net a profit of over 50% of its total cost should you ever decide to put your home on the market. In addition, a fence can help reduce your homeowners’ insurance premiums, as many insurance companies consider it an extra safety feature.  Our team at Action Fence is happy to assist you in picking out the right combination of materials and aesthetics to increase both your home value and curb appeal.

We are fully licensed in nearly 100 cities and villages in the Chicagoland area and are familiar with their building codes. All of our gates are custom built—chain links are welded for a perfect fit, and wood gates are built on site to guarantee they match any size opening.  We offer a lifetime installation guarantee, plus a one-year material guarantee. If you would like to know more about any of our fencing options and customizations, or would like to schedule a free estimate, please feel free to contact the experts at Action Fence. When you call, you will quickly discover why we are the most trusted name in Chicagoland fencing.

Action Fence Blog

By 7016426470 16 May, 2017

Home improvement projects provide several benefits for property owners, from improving livability and current comfort levels to increasing a house’s enduring appeal and resell value. One home project that has potential to address all these objectives is installing an ornamental fence.

Choosing the right ornamental fence, however, comes with its own set of considerations. Here are a few initial items to contemplate when making your selection, but for more suggestions or specific cost estimates, don't hesitate to consult a professional  fence contractor .

The purpose behind your fence

First, you have to consider the intended function of your  residential fence . Since you are leaning toward an ornamental variety, aesthetic appeal likely tops your priorities. As the American Fence Association  puts it , “ornamental offers a prestige look.” 

“The attractiveness of ornamental fencing is one of its biggest draws, and property owners have a range of style options from which to choose,” the association states. However, even when selecting an ornamental fence, homeowners are usually unwilling to entirely forego the other traditional purposes of fencing, such as security, privacy and/or establishing an external or internal boundary for a yard.

With your fence’s intended function in mind, it’s time to think about specific materials and styles. Keep in mind that various fencing will have different costs per linear foot in regards to material and labor for the installation.

Simple metal or chain-link fences tend to be the most economical, costing less per linear foot than other varieties, but they also are the least attractive option. On the other hand, aluminum or vinyl fencing tends to be more expensive, both for the material as well as labor, but it requires little maintenance and resists corrosion. Also, the aluminum alloys available these days “add extra strength without sacrificing aluminum’s ability to be intricately fabricated,” and they can be “custom designed with any shape, color or ornamental feature,” according to a  blog post  on HomeAdvisor.com.

Wood is another popular material for ornamental fences. In general, wood will blend into your yard's natural environment and feel less intrusive than metal or other materials. Regarding style, picket fences present a classic look while still offering some sense of seclusion and security, and the wood can be painted to work within any landscaping theme. Wooden post and rail fences, which feature a considerable amount of open space, won’t do much in the way of protecting property; as a decorative element, though, they nicely enhance and frame landscaped areas or gardens. One concern with wood is durability. As HomeAdvisor points out, wood fences are highly susceptible to pests, decay and warping. However, it may be worth the routine maintenance or occasional replacement if the decorative aspect of your fence is particularly important.

If security is a top priority along with visual appeal, steel or wrought iron fencing may be the best option. This variety sits at the intersection of strength, durability and ornamentation. Additionally, while wrought iron fences are expensive, they have the benefit of potentially increasing your property value more than other varieties and lasting for several decades.

When looking to improve the appeal of your landscape, increase your property value, or establish a border around your yard or a designated area, installing an ornamental fence should do the trick. If you feel overwhelmed by the several considerations you must make in regards to design and material, contact a fence contractor to help guide you through the decision-making process.
By 7016426470 12 May, 2017

Many people ask: does fencing add value to your home? The answer is yes! Adding a fence around your property has proven to add value and help homes sell faster. Fencing is an important part of any property that is intended to be child and pet friendly.  When you first think about buying a home, a fence is not high on the list of things you consider.  However, when you begin narrowing down your choices, a secure and safe perimeter is something that begins to gain more consideration.  

             Families with children or grandchildren greatly benefit from the investment in a fence. The common worries of children running into the street or strangers coming up to them are more possible without a fence providing a buffer. Having a fence gives you peace of mind when the children are playing outside because you know they are safe.

             Having a pet is like having another child to some families. Installing a fence in your yard will give your pet the freedom to be outside for as long as they want, without you having to be with them. Animals go a little crazy when they are stuck inside a house all day.  A fence allows you to let them out of the house while you continue with your daily routine.

             Backyards are often ornamented with flowers and trees or patio furniture, but something people don’t always think of when decorating is the type of fence they might have installed. Fences are undeniably part of your landscape, which is something people look at when considering a new home. Having a fence helps to have a clearly defined yard, which gives people creativity and ideas on how they would like to shape that space.  Landscaping with flowers and outdoor furniture is something people look forward to doing when buying a new home.  

Other than convenience, safety and design, privacy is something many people look for when buying a home. Whether you are providing yourself with separation from neighbors or busy traffic, a fence will give you the solitude of having your own private space. Imagine relaxing in your backyard with your family or friends and constantly having people walking by looking or listening to your conversation.  Many people find that to be bothersome and irritating. Privacy is something that many people put a premium on when they are considering a new home.

             There are many types of fences to choose from. Action Fences offers a wide variety of styles, colors, heights and materials. Our team is happy to assist you in picking out the right combination of materials and aesthetics to increase both your home value and curb appeal.


By 7016426470 06 Apr, 2017

In most big cities and suburban neighborhoods, houses are built one after the other with very little room in between to separate them. That’s where a beautiful and functional fence can make all the difference. There are many reasons to consider putting up a new fence in your yard, and, depending on the type you pick, there are lots of different benefits that come along with it.

The first, and perhaps most common reason homeowners choose to build a fence, is for additional backyard privacy. For houses with a large or open backyard, it can be especially difficult to enjoy your outdoor space when all of your neighbors or passing cars have a clear view into it. A six-foot-tall wooden fence is perfect in these situations to give your yard a more secure, private feel. But you may want to talk with your neighbors first, because sometimes they are willing to split a portion of the cost with you.

Safety is another big reason you may decide to put up a fence, which can be a huge asset in protecting both your children and pets. A fenced in yard will allow your children to play without you having to worry about them running into the street. It also keeps your pets from wandering off, and deters other unwanted pests from finding their way into your yard. Depending on where you live, a fence can keep wild deer or raccoons from causing damage to your gardens, trashcans or pools. A well-built fence can also protect your home from criminal activity, serving as an additional layer of security against burglars and intruders.

The one thing that all homeowners can agree to love about a fence is the value it adds to your property. When you choose to install a new fence made of high quality materials, such as western red cedar or ornamental iron, it can net a profit of over 50% of its total cost should you ever decide to put your home on the market. In addition, a fence can help reduce your homeowners’ insurance premiums, as many insurance companies consider it an extra safety feature.  Our team at Action Fence is happy to assist you in picking out the right combination of materials and aesthetics to increase both your home value and curb appeal.

We are fully licensed in nearly 100 cities and villages in the Chicagoland area and are familiar with their building codes. All of our gates are custom built—chain links are welded for a perfect fit, and wood gates are built on site to guarantee they match any size opening.  We offer a lifetime installation guarantee, plus a one-year material guarantee. If you would like to know more about any of our fencing options and customizations, or would like to schedule a free estimate, please feel free to contact the experts at Action Fence. When you call, you will quickly discover why we are the most trusted name in Chicagoland fencing.

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