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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.

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.

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.

HOA Fence Guidelines

titan-fence-feature-vinyl_f_improf_300x212Home Owner Associations are here to stay and do serve a purpose in keeping our neighborhoods attractive and property values high. However, they all have guidelines that must be followed before you make any major changes to your residence.  Before you rush out to install the fence of your dreams, make sure you check with your Homeowners Association.

Typically, a HOA can take anywhere from one week to six weeks to approve your fence project. Generally speaking, you have to get the HOA’s approval whenever you do anything to the exterior of your residence. This can even include painting and landscaping.

Many HOA ordinances and rules prevent you from constructing chain link, split rail, or wire containment fences because they are not aesthetically appealing. If you install a fence without HOA approval, you can almost be sure you will have to tear it down or face serious fines.

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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Benefits of Vinyl Fencing

titan-fence-feature-vinyl_f_improf_300x212Vinyl fencing has become more popular in recent years primarily for its durability and appearance. Now there is nothing like a traditional wooden fence but we like to make our clients aware of all available fence options.

A vinyl fence typically lasts longer than a wood fence and is nearly 5 times stronger. This means you will be getting more for your money and are investing in something that should last a lifetime. Vinyl maintains its look and does not require painting. Most vinyl is the same color through the entire depth of the material and therefore does not need to be refinished or stained.
A vinyl fence is also easy to clean with most basic household cleaning products.

When making a decision on the right fence for you cost is normally always a consideration. A vinyl is one of the more expensive fencing solutions. If you are on a tight budget it may not be the best choice. It also requires a professional if any part of the fence is damaged and needs to be replaced.
When considering a new fence we suggest you contact one of our professional sales people who will assist you when making a decision to best meets your fencing needs.

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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