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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.

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!

Your Authority (and partner) in Top Quality Fencing

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.

Here is a quick tour of our facility.

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Where Did the Term Picket Fence Originate?

DSC_7464-300x199Origin of the Picket Fence
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.

City Public Parks and Recreation Areas

As our cities grow our parks and community pools have become a staple in neighborhoods throughout North Texas.  Titan Fence has enjoyed providing quality and aesthetically pleasing fences and arbors to several local neighborhoods and city parks.  One beautiful community in far North Texas is Savannah located between Denton and McKinney. To browse their web site go to www.savannahdfw.com.

Titan played a key role in developing this community for many new residents.

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How often should I stain my fence?

imagesAs a rule of thumb you should stain a fence every 5 to 7 years depending on the type of wood.  We always  recommend a Cedar fence.  Cedar has natural oils and acids in the wood that make it undesirable to most insects. This allows the wood to be installed in its unfinished form and last for many years. Cedar also warps less than Whitewood or Pine fences.

 It’s impossible to completely prevent the natural weathering that occurs to a wood fence over the years, but you can slow the process by protecting the wood regularly from the elements. The stain you use to cover the wood must cover every part of the wood exposed to moisture. It’s also important to use galvanized or stainless steel hardware in the wood because these metals won’t rust and they resist warping.

 

 

Sliding Vs. Swing

electric gateThe majority of rear entry homes in North Texas have a fenced in backyard that stops at the driveway.  If a homeowner extends the fence across the driveway then up the property line, the size of the entire backyard increases as much as 40%.

Having a driveway fenced in creates a larger play area for children perfect for a basketball court, skate boards or roller blades.  The driveway being fenced off from the alley also eliminates the fear of children being struck by a car while playing in the driveway.

Sliding vs Swing

If you’re planning your automated access gate, you may be stuck on deciding which to go with: sliding or swing. 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 occur 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 expert will work with you on deciding which mode is best suited to your new or existing fence configuration.

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High Quality Wood Fencing

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A fence constructed from high-quality materials is your best defense against the elements. Overtime, the harsh Texas weather can exact considerable damage to your property. Our experts use high-quality fence supplies and materials that work to resist extreme temperature and humidity. Updating your fence is an investment in your future and increases your home’s value.
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

Read more: http://web.archive.org/web/20150421212116/http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/what-are-best-types-wood-fences/