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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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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.

Is it safe to install a new fence during winter?

The answer is YES, it is safe to install during the cold winter months.  One of the many advantages of living in Texas is our cold stretches never last.  Even when our temperatures are hovering around freezing, new fences can still be installed.  The primary concern for not installing a new fence during the winter is setting fence posts in concrete while temperatures are below freezing.  This can still be done with the only side effect being the posts may take a little longer to set than in warmer weather.

One nice advantage of installing a fence in the winter is getting done fast!  Spring is typically the time of year new fence projects are being considered by homeowners as well as businesses.  That is also when fence installation schedules begin to back up due to higher demands as well as spring rains.  New fence installation schedules in the spring and early summer may range from a few weeks to as long as a month for many fence companies.

Winter may actually be the best time to have a new fence installed since demands are not as high.  There are never shortages of inventories of wood, iron and chain link as well of all types building materials.  Start to finish time may be significantly less as well.  If you are considering a new fence this year, why wait?  Contact us today to arrange a meeting with one of our expert designers.

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.

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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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!