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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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Chain-link fencing / hurricane fencing stands the test of time

10644867_767785709925837_2667898989744246249_nThe workhorse of fences, chain link fence or hurricane style is utilitarian in design and economical in cost. It’s mostly praised for its high durability. The uses of chain-link fencing throughout America have grown dramatically since it was established here in the late 1800’s. Chain link fencing was invented by Charles Barnard in the United Kingdom in 1844 based on cloth weaving machines. Anchor Fence (established in 1898) bought the rights to the machine, and was the first US Company to manufacture chain-link fencing in the United States.

Titan Fence has installed a variety of chain link fences in and around North Texas. We also off it coated in a weather resistant vinyl (black, green or dark brown) if you prefer a different color. In addition, we also carry hurricane fence fabric, posts and rails, gates (swing and slide), and gate hardware for all chain link fence applications including residential fence, light commercial and industrial. Homeowners considering a chain link fence may need to consider HOA guidelines since some neighborhoods only allow certain fence types.

Contact one of our experts today if you need advice or have questions about installing a chain-link fence. We are here to help!

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.