Titan Fencing in Raytheon Headquarters in Richardson

The ongoing economic development in the North Texas area is certainly keeping Titan’s commercial division busy.

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Titan is installing industrial commercial fencing from www.ameristarfence.com at Raytheon’s new Richardson location.   Once complete, the three-building, 489,000-square-foot facility in Richardson will house about 1,700 employees. The City Line development is southeast of President George Bush Turnpike and North Central Expressway.

Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka said the project helps the city strengthen its Telecom Corridor moniker with a development firm that has worked on a number of Richardson developments, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fossil, and the former Nortel Networks campus.

Raytheon plans to move into the new corporate campus by the end of 2015.

HOA entrances and community fences

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hoa2Neighborhoods all over north Texas are broken down into small communities managed by homeowner associations.  The entry points to these neighborhoods says a lot about its residents and the value of homes within.  These entrances are designed in a variety of ways that bring individual character to each neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

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Titan Fence has played a key role in the development of several neighborhood entry points, common area fencing and community fencing for neighborhoods all over the Dallas Ft. Worth area.

 

 

 

 

Rot boards for fences

wood fence rot boardThe life expectancy of a privacy wood fence can be extended a number of ways.  These include first and foremost using quality materials, staining the wood and the use of rot boards.  The base of a fence is subject to more wear and tear than any other part of a fence.  Fence pickets that come in direct contact with the soil begin to breakdown due to moisture in the soil.  Lawn mowers, weed eaters and moisture account for the majority of damage the bottom of a fence sustains.  A rot board is typically a treated piece of lumber that is a two-by-six placed horizontally along the bottom edge of the inside or outside of a fence to protect it from the elements.

 

A privacy fence with a rot board in place also helps keep smaller household pets from digging under a fence as well as keeping out such unwanted pests as wild rabbits that tend to be a nuisance in many residential communities.    Having a rot board installed during the initial construction phase allows the fence pickets to be placed above ground level to prevent normal wear and tear as well.  Rot boards may also be easily replaced after years of use to further extend the life of a wood fence.

 

Rot boards are expensive but if you consider the years of additional use it adds to your fence they are well worth the investment.

FENCE REPLACEMENT MAINTAINS PROPERTY VAUES

Wood FenceKeeping our neighborhoods attractive is a responsibility every homeowner shares. The overall outside appearance of our properties is a combination of several things in addition including the lawn, the landscape and of course our fence. As a home ages so does the fence and if not replaced they can become an eyesore that negatively affects an entire neighborhood. The life span of a standard cedar picket fence provided by most home builders is only 6 to 8 eight years. Fence replacement becomes a must at this point since homeowner associations do fine residents for fences that do not meet specific standards. Repairing a fence that has exceeded its life expectancy is not recommended since it ends up being an ongoing repair project.
At Titan our fences are built to last. We only use the  highest quality fence materials and supplies, and we adhere to the highest design standards. We delight in adding value to your property by beautifying and securing it with a fence that’s designed and installed properly.

Fence caps add more than decorative style to a fence.

Wood FenceCapA fence cap is  a protective board that extends along the entire top section of a fence. It is normally a 2″ x 6″ that lays flat along the top of the picket. It not only adds an element of style and value to the outside of a home, it also helps protect the fence. Every time it rains or snows water runs down the inside of the pickets and rails. A combination of moisture, humidity, heat and freezing temperatures is what eventually causes boards to rot even if they are stained. A fence cap protects the top of a fence which is where pickets generally begin to split and rot due to exposure. A fence with a cap will add some additional material and labor expense but is well worth the investment.
Contact us today if you are considering a new fence that will not only look great but will last.

What causes knots in wood and how to deal with them

When using wood for any construction project knots are all too common.  A knot is a defect in a piece of wood caused by the presence of a branch.  When grading lumber, boards are classified by their size, form, soundness, and the firmness. Knots are not only unattractive looking they also can weaken the board strength and often act as the starting points for cracking. Higher grades of lumber will have fewer and smaller knots.  Titan Fence offers primarily higher grades of lumber specific to each job requirement.  If any piece of wood has too many defects they are cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap.

The largest knots are found on some of the least expensive, lowest grade types of wood available. Dealing with knots can add extra work to a project.  No special equipment is required, just a keen, experienced eye that knows what to look for.  When dealing with any fence project our expert designers and installers are trained on how to deal with knots and regularly weed through boards to ensure our fences are built with high quality standards and workmanship.   A Titan Fence specialist can work with you regarding which type of wood will best suite your needs and design a fencing solution for your home or office and provide the quality you are looking for.

Fenced in backyards are safer especially for rear-entry homes

The majority of rear entry homes in North Texas have a fenced in backyard that stops at the driveway.  Having a driveway fenced in creates a larger play area for children perfect for a basketball court, skate boards or roller blades.  This also eliminates the fear of children being struck by a car while playing in a driveway. If a homeowner extends the fence across the driveway then up the property line, the size of the entire backyard could increases by as much as 40%.

There are a few ways to do this.  If you’re planning on fencing in the entire back portion of your property an automated access gate is a great option.  This comes in two forms sliding or swing.  You may be stuck on deciding which to go with. Truly, neither mode of operation is better than the other. Both sliding and swing gates can provide years of lasting use. For Automatic Swing Gates, use of hydraulic or mechanical operators will ensure trouble free installation and use. Sliding gates are used more frequently in commercial or industrial applications, but can be modified for residential use. Titan Fence offers an inventory flush with different operating and control options Titan Fence experts will work with you on deciding which mode is best suited to your new or existing fence configuration.

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The Type of Wood Matters

Homeowners as well as businesses face several decisions when considering any new fencing solution.  Our goal at Titan is to make the proper recommendations to suit the needs of each individual client. The first decision is always the type of wood.  A fence constructed from high-quality materials is your best defense against the elements. Overtime, the harsh Texas weather can exact considerable damage to a fence.   Our experts at Titan use only high-quality fence supplies and materials that resist extreme weather conditions including moisture, temperature and humidity.  Replacing your fence is an investment in your future and will add value to a home or business.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Builders, a wood fence has an approximate lifespan of about 20 years with regular maintenance. A fence’s life expectancy can be increased significantly if you pay more up front for a high-quality wood. Here are a few of the species that tend to hold up better than others:

Western Red Cedar      White Oak      Pressure Treated Pine      Plastic Lumber

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Fenced In Pet Areas

Keeping pets confined in a small fenced in area will help protect your lawn & landscape from unwanted digging and chewing plus keep your pets safer.  We have installed a variety of pet fences for both homeowners and businesses in the North Texas area.  The most common type of pet fence is usually chain-link or hurricane style fencing.  Black ornamental iron is also a popular style but is a more expensive option.  Titan Fence offers ornamental iron pet fencing in a variety of colors and heights.  It is a more appealing than chain-link and will add value to a home or business.

 

Pet lovers who own homes have found that a side yard tends to be the best location for a fenced in dog run / pet area.  This provides easier access for the homeowner to their pets and in some cases a doggie door can be installed giving our canine friends free access in and out of the home.

Slopes and retaining walls

Titan fence regularly builds retaining walls with many fence projects to achieve optimum landscaping, property usage and appearance. Texas is known for its flat terrains but many areas do have a slight slope which can have dramatic effects when designing and constructing fences and landscapes.

Retaining walls are structures specifically designed to restrain soil to unnatural slopes. They are used to bound soils between two different elevations often in areas of terrain possessing undesirable slopes or in areas where the landscape needs to be shaped severely and engineered for more specific purposes such as residential and commercial tiered developments, hillside farming or roadway overpasses. Our expert designers and engineers regularly take on the task of elevating or leveling a property for homeowners and businesses. Some of these projects include constructing retaining walls prior to installing pools, expanding as well as flattening landscapes and parking lots along with a wide range of projects where retaining walls are a benefit.

For years local homeowners and businesses have relied on Titan Fence to provide optimum fence and retaining wall solutions as the North Texas area continues to grow.