Tips for Tearing Down an Old Fence

Your current fence has had a long life and unfortunately a new coat of paint just isn’t going to cut it. Your yard needs a facelift, and you’ve decided there’s no better way to do it than with a beautiful new fence. Before you can have a new fence installed, you’ll have to remove your old one. While it sounds simple enough, there are some tips you’ll want to follow to make sure you do it properly and as painlessly as possible.

Determine Ownership

Hopefully you know just who’s side of the property line your fence resides, but if there is any doubt at all it’s worth double checking who is responsible for the fence. Sometimes, fences are shared between properties (especially if it was put up right down the property line). Avoid an uncomfortable conversation, or worse, litigation, by talking to your neighbor or having a surveyor come mark the property line.

Check Utilities

Another crucial tip to follow before actually starting any fence removal is to check with your utility companies to make sure you’re not going to accidentally come across any gas lines, electric cables, etc. Simply call your utility companies and they can have someone come out and mark any areas that will cause you trouble. Some cities also offer this service free of charge!

Have a plan

To remove the panels on your fence, you’ll most likely have to do them one at a time. Hammer the board toward the rail so the nail exposed, then remove the nail and the board.
Fences that are properly installed are done so in concrete or gravel to anchor the posts. Instead of digging them out by hand, you can try breaking them up before removing them. It’ll be less intrusive for your lawn and mean less digging for you! If you’d rather keep the concrete in one piece, you can try staking two, 2×4’s on top of each other and nailing them to the fence post. (First, saw your fence post down to the concrete). Then, use another board as a lever and use it to pop the fence post and footing out of the ground.

Be Patient

When you are removing your fence, it is important to work slowly and carefully. When you go too fast you’ll damage the wood or lose nails in your lawn. This will require more cleanup effort, so it’s worth it to be patient!

Clean Up

Just because your fence is out of the ground doesn’t mean your job is done. You’ll want to dispose of your old fence to make room for your new one, and get any debris cleaned up out of your hard. Contact your local dump to see if they can pick up your old fence or find out where you can drop it off. You can save the wood for future projects or let someone else use it for theirs by giving it away.

Call Outback Fencing

Once your fence is removed, it’s time to call Outback Fencing to begin the process of installing your brand-new fence! There are many options to choose from so give them a call today to begin planning your dream fence.

How to Transform your Spring Garden with Fencing

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many gardening enthusiasts are anxious to get their green thumb back in action! But it can be difficult to narrow down just how many vegetables and fruits you want to plant. Then, there is lots of planning to be done to be sure each plant has enough space to grow properly. And don’t even get started on all the beautiful flowers and greenery the nurseries have to choose from! But one thing you may have forgotten to include in your spring garden is new fencing. Installing new fencing will transform your spring garden in more ways than one. Here’s how…

Choose Vinyl Fencing

If you’re unsure what type of fencing to choose, why not go with vinyl? Sure, you can’t go wrong with wood or wrought iron fencing; it will look beautiful! But vinyl offers versatility that makes it perfect for your garden. It is cost-effective and study (thanks to advanced plastic technology), and it is very attractive. How can vinyl transform your spring garden? In many ways!

Color and Design

When you think of vinyl you probably think of the standard white plastic. While this is the most common and a gorgeous choice, your options don’t end there. You may not know it, but vinyl comes in many different colors and designs. Want the look of wood with the functionality of vinyl? You can choose fencing that actually mimics wood!

You’ll also get to choose what type of design will best suit your garden and yard. You can choose a solid fence for optimal privacy. But you don’t have to sacrifice style despite a solid fence; add a lattice or pickets to the top of your fence to tie it in with the rest of your style. You can choose a traditional picket fence design, or you can make it a little more unique with either a concave or convex sloping picket fence.

Easy Maintenance

Besides many options in color and design, your vinyl fence is very easy to clean. While you’re watering your lush garden, take a moment to simply spray down your fencing to remove any dust or debris. You won’t have worry about your fence splitting, cracking or getting infested with bugs. It’ll stand up to any kind of weather without having to ever be repainted or finished. Vinyl fencing is also fire-and UV-resistant!

If you’re looking for a way to transform your spring garden, look no further than vinyl fencing. Choose someone you trust to install a quality fence that will last for years to come.  Outback Fencing can help you with your fence installation in Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming. Not sure vinyl is for you? You can chat with the experts at Outback Fencing to decide which fencing is right for you. Besides vinyl, they also offer wood, chain link and ornamental metal fencing. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll get a quality fence from Outback Fencing to compliment any yard.

What Type of Fencing Should You Choose?

Deciding to install a fence around your home seem simple enough. Whether you are installing a fence for more privacy or for added safety, one of the first things you’ll have to decide is which type of fencing you should choose. Knowing a little bit more about wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental iron fencing will help you choose which one is best for you and your home.

Wood Fencing
Arguably the most classic choice, wood fences are easy to dress up or down with many different style options and paint options. If you’re looking for that classic picket fence look, wood fencing may be the perfect fit for you. Wood fencing is natural and sustainable making it a beautiful and functional choice.

Vinyl Fencing
While wood is a classic choice, vinyl is a tough competitor with popularity only increasing. It is versatile in style, durable, and easy on the wallet. Like wood, there are many different styling options that make it easy to pair with any home or structure. And unlike wood, vinyl requires almost no maintenance. Because it is made of PVC or compost fencing, it will stand up to whatever weather comes its way.

Chain Link Fencing
Chain link is an easy choice if you’re looking for something strong and long-lasting. When it comes to being secure and cost-effective, look no further than chain link. And if you think chain link only has one purpose or style, you’ll be happily surprised with the versatility of this type of fence.

Ornamental Iron Fencing
Just as the name implies, ornamental iron fencing is very ornate and decorative; you may also know it by its other name, wrought iron. Ornamental iron fencing can come in both aluminum or steel and offers a timeless, classic look. You’ll typically see this fencing on decks or porches for a railing, swimming pools surrounds, or decorative lot enclosures.

Now that you’ve got a better idea about what each type of fence offers, you can ask yourself a few questions to help narrow down your decision. What will be the primary function of your fence, decorative or functional? If you are looking for something more functional, are you looking for more privacy or more security? Of course, you’ll want to consider which type of fence will work with your budget and how much maintenance will be required with time. If you live in certain areas, you may have to consult your neighbors or HOA before installing any type of fencing.

And lastly, it’s important to ask yourself who will be installing your fence. No matter what type of fencing you choose, having it installed correctly will make the fencing look great and last as long as possible. If you’re a Utah, Wyoming, or Idaho resident, choose Outback Fencing; a locally-owned and operated fencing contractor has decades of experience. No matter what type of fencing you’ve decided to install, Outback Fencing offers quality fencing and exceptional service.

5 Ways to Take Your Wood Fence to a New Level

When you chose a wood fence for your home, you probably had some practical purposes in mind. You may have selected this material to provide security for your home, for privacy or to keep your pets and kids safely contained in the yard.

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Wood fencing has the unique ability to meet all these needs without busting the budget.

Wood fencing is also uniquely – and naturally – beautiful. But, if you want a more unique design statement for your home, consider one of these creative ideas for transforming your wood fencing from basic to amazing.

Paint a Mural on Your Wood Fence

Wood fencing can be painted in any color you choose. So, why settle for a neutral backdrop when you can create extra visual interest with a mural?

With a few colors of paint and a little inspiration, you can turn your fence into something special. If you’re not confident of your skills, hire a local artist to create a mural that fits with your backyard design aesthetic. Or, if you want to create a family memory, gather the kids and turn them loose with the paints and brushes.

Adding a mural is ideal because it doesn’t have to be permanent. You can always paint over it whenever you’re ready for a fresh look.

Create a Wooden Fence Vertical Garden

If you prefer a nature-inspired design, consider using your wood fence as the framework for a vertical garden.

You can attach small pots or window planter boxes directly to the fence panels. Shadow boxes are another option for vertical gardens, as they have space for outdoor plants and other decorative accents.

Use your vertical garden to grow herbs, colorful flowers or cacti and succulents. Your creativity is the only limit.

Decorate the Fence with Country Accents

If you favor farmhouse décor for the interior of your home, why not extend the look to your outdoor living spaces?

By adding salvaged wood window frames, shutters, wagon wheels, bird houses and other country accents, you can turn your backyard into a casual and comfortable outdoor haven with farmhouse flair.

Hang Artwork for an Urban Twist to Your Wood Fence

Think metal wall sculptures, repurposed movie posters or oil paintings found at the thrift store. Use wire to hang them at varying heights from fence posts and pickets, grouping them to create an interesting focal point for your backyard wood fencing.

Whether you prefer abstract designs, a more contemporary look or folk art pieces, outdoor artwork lets you express your style in the outdoor version of a gallery wall. And you can change out your display whenever the mood strikes.

Use Marbles or Sea Glass to Add Interest to the Wood Fence

Maybe you would like to make your fence more visually interesting, but subtle beauty is more your style. If so, marbles or sea glass may be an attractive option.

Simply drill holes in the wood fencing panels, then fill them with colorful marbles and bits of sea glass. When the light shines through, your backyard will be filled with tiny colorful highlights. Choose a variety of colors for a rainbow display, or stick with a family of colors that enhance your outdoor décor.

If adding decorative accents doesn’t mesh with your desire to improve the look of your yard, it may be time for new fencing. The professional team at Outback Fencing, serving homeowners throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming for over 20 years, can help. Contact our West Jordan office today to schedule a wood fence consultation and cost estimate.

Replace or Repair Broken Fencing? Which Is Right for You?

If you have broken fencing that has seen better days, repair may be an option. In some cases, however, a new fence may be a wiser investment.

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Damaged or broken fencing is an eyesore and it doesn’t provide you with the security and privacy you need. Many times, repairs will work to provide you with a few more years of functionality. In other cases, however, paying to repair your broken fencing can be a waste of your hard-earned money.

When Should Wood Fencing Be Replaced?

Has your wood fence started to splinter, warp or rot? If so, how extensive is the damage?

If you have only a few damaged areas, repair is likely a valid option. Damaged slats, pickets and posts can be replaced with new components that match the existing wood. It’s important to realize, however that the color may not be an exact match, particularly if the original wood fencing panels have weathered over time.

Replacement wood fence may be necessary if a large portion of the fencing deteriorated. When you weigh the long-term costs and benefits of a new fence against a large-scale repair job, replacement often makes better financial sense.

When to Replace Chain Link and Wrought Iron Fencing

Rust is the primary concern for chain link and wrought iron fencing. These materials are generally strong and durable but they are vulnerable to corrosion. To determine whether repair or replacement is preferable, you must determine how pervasive the rust damage is.

If you catch rust early, fence repair is a simple job. With a little elbow grease and a coat of oil-based, rust-resistant primer, your wrought iron or chain link fence can look as good as new and last for many more years.

The problem is that rust and corrosion spread aggressively. If a rust problem goes undetected or unrepaired until it has compromised the integrity of your fencing, you will likely need to replace the fence.

Repair and Replacement of Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fences are especially difficult to damage. This fencing material is sturdy enough to withstand the elements for decades, and it doesn’t age or fade.

That said, vinyl fencing can develop problems if you don’t keep an eye on it. Fence post caps and gates can become loose over time. Frost heave in the soil can cause push the posts up and out of the ground. Fortunately, most of these problems can be repaired.

However, if part of your vinyl fencing has been cracked by a falling branch or stray baseball, you may need to replace the damaged or broken fencing section. A small crack might be repairable but a badly cracked vinyl fence panel should be replaced to protect its structural integrity.

Outback Fencing offers free estimates to homeowners and businesses throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. To find out whether your broken fencing can be repaired or if you should consider a new fence, contact us to schedule a consultation today.

3 Easy Steps to Restore & Protect Your Iron Fence

An ornamental or wrought iron fence brings timeless beauty to any property. And, for strength, security and longevity, iron fencing is an ideal choice for residential as well as commercial applications.

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However, like any outdoor structure made of metal, iron fencing can rust when exposed to moisture. Even though most wrought iron is protected by a rust-resistant finish, rain, snow and increased humidity can still lead to corrosion and damage.

Fortunately, you can restore and protect your ornamental iron fence in three simple steps.

Step No. 1: Remove All Existing Rust from Your Iron Fence

Periodically, walk the length of your fencing and assess its condition. If you spot any rust, it’s important to remove it quickly so that the corrosion doesn’t spread.

To clean those areas with a light amount of rust, rub the area lightly with sandpaper or steel wool. More stubborn corrosion may require a powered disc sander or a stiff metal brush. And, for heavy rust, you may need to apply a commercial rust cleaner or dissolver, such as Naval Jelly.

Regardless of the method you use, always wear appropriate protective gear. Work gloves, safety goggles and a face mask will help keep you safe when removing rust.

Step No. 2: Clean and Dry Your Iron Fence

Once the corrosion is gone, clean away any remaining dirt and loose rust particles on the wrought iron. Wipe the area thoroughly with a cloth dampened mineral spirits or a mixture of warm water and dish detergent. Use an old toothbrush for crevices and other hard-to-reach areas.

Next, rinse the fencing with clean water. Use a clean, dry microfiber towel to dry all surfaces completely. This is the most important step for preventing future rust. If the weather is humid, you can even use a blow dryer or a portable fan to ensure that no moisture remains. Don’t delay in moving on to the next step, however, because new rust can form in a matter of hours if the weather is right.

Step No. 3: Apply a Rust-Proof Iron Fence Coating and Paint

To prevent your wrought iron fence from corroding in the future, apply a coat of oil-based rust-resistant primer. Use smooth strokes with a paintbrush for even coverage. Or, to make the job easier, try a spray-on metal primer. If you suspect that some rust may remain on the iron fencing surface rust converter in place of primer (or beneath it).

Once the primer has thoroughly dried, it’s time to paint your wrought iron fencing with an oil-based metal paint. Paint adds a barrier that helps minimize the risk of rust developing in the future. You can use a small paintbrush; however, many DIYers paint mitts.

Let the paint dry completely, then apply a second coat. If you opt to use a spray-on paint, you may need up to four coats to provide full coverage for the wrought iron.

By following these simple steps, your fencing will remain strong and beautiful for many years to come. If you aren’t interested in the do-it-yourself approach, contact Outback Fencing for professional assistance. We can install maintenance-free new fencing or recommend the best approach for repairing and maintaining your current fence. Outback Fencing serves residential and commercial customers in Utah and Wyoming. Contact us today with any questions you may have about chainlink, wood or vinyl fencing, or ornamental iron fence.