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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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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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Halloween Traditions

decorations-scary-fake-spider-web-area-with-white-wood-stain-exterior-also-black-iron-fence-in-scary-outdoor-halloween-decorating-ideas-sinister-ouEver notice how a scary fence is in most Halloween pictures?  Where did this all start?

The general practice of going door-to-door for treats is clearly similar to a much older practice, “souling,” in which the poor would go from house to house begging for alms or food. However, the specific practice of “trick-or-treating” dates to around the 1930s. It is possible—though by no means certain—that it evolved as an antidote for the increasingly rowdy and costly Halloween pranks. It provided a healthier activity for the young and gave them an incentive not to play tricks.

We could easily make something up about the origins of Halloween costumes. We could say that people originally dressed as ghosts and witches to scare people, and that the practice eventually spread to include costumes of all sorts. But the fact is that we don’t actually know where Halloween costumes came from, only that the practice, like trick-or-treating, appears to have begun in early 20th century America.

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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.