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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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.

Play Area Fencing

With the growth we are experiencing in North Texas new play areas for our children are popping up all over.  Many of these kid friendly locations need fencing to keep our children safe.  At Titan Fence we recommend a variety of fence types that prevent kids from running out in busy streets or just keep them confined in a specific area whether it is for a school or athletic venue.

A medium height chain link fence is most commonly used around school play yards.  Black ornamental-iron fencing is more appealing and is widely used for HOA’s around pools to either keep kids in or out.  This option is more expensive that chain link but increases the value of neighborhoods and community pools.  Titan has provided fencing for athletic fields, schools and home owners associations in McKinney, Frisco, Savanah and Little Elm.