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.

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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How deep should a fence post be set to secure a fence?

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Whether you’re building a fence, setting a mailbox or even a basketball goal, the best way to ensure your posts will stay sturdy and true for years is to set them in concrete and make sure the depth is sufficient enough to withstand the elements.

The depth that a post should be buried has been debated for years. Our recommendation is that the post depth should be approximately 1/3 of the fence height.  In most cases this means a depth of at least 2 to 3 feet. There are multiple factors that should be considered when making this decision. The height of a fence and the weight of a fence are the key components when deciding how deep a fence post should be buried. Also, the soil the post are set in is a major factor to consider. A fence that tends to lean shortly after being installed is normally a result of not being deep enough in the ground, or a large enough footing,  or unforeseen  and uncontrollable soil issues. This is a must to withstand high winds we experience regularly in North Texas.

Contact the experts at Titan if you are considering a new fence and rely on our expertise to provide you with a quality fence that will last for years.

HOA Fence Guidelines

titan-fence-feature-vinyl_f_improf_300x212Home Owner Associations are here to stay and do serve a purpose in keeping our neighborhoods attractive and property values high. However, they all have guidelines that must be followed before you make any major changes to your residence.  Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, make sure you check with your Homeowners Association.

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to get the HOA’s approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines.

How to Decorate a Fence for Christmas


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Our attitude at Titan is that a quality wood fence should add beauty to a home. Why not include your fence when decorating for Christmas?

Artificial garland works well on fence lines, gates and entrances. The rich green coloring tends to match the ornamental plants around a home and works to bring color back to a landscape during winter months. These garlands can be prelit or wrapped with mini lights to continue the warm, welcoming theme to the fence. This kind of Christmas greenery is best when used in long lengths, allowing the garland to drape slightly in between fence posts. Add red Christmas bows and mount matching prelit wreaths on fence posts to complement house decorations.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image1712800

Another option is to string decorative lights or icicle lights along fence lines to convey a sense of gently falling snow. Create an attractive border to the property, or use garland lights draped in swag display.

Horizontal Fences

horizontal-fence-panelThe nontraditional horizontal fence offers a look far from that of a side by side fence.  This style fence is perfect for more modern and contemporary looking homes.  The modern look it has seems to provide an atmosphere of being indoors while enjoying an outdoor environment.

 

horizontal-fence-dallasThe restaurant industry uses horizontal fences often since it tends to provide more privacy than a traditional side by side or board on board fence as well as an elegant atmosphere.  When deciding on a fence design that will best fit your needs our sales professionals are here for you and eager to answer all of your questions.

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Benefits of Vinyl Fencing

titan-fence-feature-vinyl_f_improf_300x212Vinyl fencing has become more popular in recent years primarily for its durability and appearance. Now there is nothing like a traditional wooden fence but we like to make our clients aware of all available fence options.

A vinyl fence typically lasts longer than a wood fence and is nearly 5 times stronger. This means you will be getting more for your money and are investing in something that should last a lifetime. Vinyl maintains its look and does not require painting. Most vinyl is the same color through the entire depth of the material and therefore does not need to be refinished or stained.
A vinyl fence is also easy to clean with most basic household cleaning products.

When making a decision on the right fence for you cost is normally always a consideration. A vinyl is one of the more expensive fencing solutions. If you are on a tight budget it may not be the best choice. It also requires a professional if any part of the fence is damaged and needs to be replaced.
When considering a new fence we suggest you contact one of our professional sales people who will assist you when making a decision to best meets your fencing needs.

Board on Board vs Side by Side Wood Fence

unnamedA board on board fence is simply built by layering vertical boards on top of each other.  With a Board on Board fence pickets overlap approximately 1″ on each side.  When built correctly, a fence like this should not allow sunlight to penetrate through the slats.  Advantages of this type of fence, other than privacy, are both sides of the fence can be equally attractive and it is true barrier for high winds.  It does require the posts to be buried ,deeper than other fence types due to its weight and wind resistance.

A board on board fence is commonly used by homeowners who have swimming pools or hot tubs and need more privacy than a side by side fence offers.

We suggest this style of fence for homeowners who want not only a quality privacy fence but something that will accent the beauty of their home and landscape. It is not the least expensive type fence to build, but it remains visually impenetrable for its lifetime, even if the boards shrink in dry weather conditions.

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Titan fence is strategically located off of Hwy. 380 between McKinney and Denton. Our facility allows us to meet the fencing needs of Dallas and Ft. Worth along with almost all of the surrounding cities.

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Where Did the Term Picket Fence Originate?

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According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the term “picket” originates (in 1690) from the French “piquet,” from the verb “piquer,” meaning “to pierce,” hence the pointed shape of the picket. Once used as a weapon, the picket also helped form a barrier. As Random House indicates, its verb form means “to enclose within a picket fence or stockade, as for protection or imprisonment: to picket a lawn; to picket captives.”

History of the White Picket Fence
White picket fencing installations have existed since the early colonial days in American history, as the harsh conditions after the Revolutionary War called for sturdy, utilitarian and simple fence designs. This classic wood fence installation originated from medieval palings that were made of round stakes or flat strips of locally found wood. A white picket cedar fence may have easily been more expensive during the colonial days, particularly if the wood was imported from a location several miles away.