How Close Can I Put a Fence to My Property Line?

Adding a fence to your property will not only keep your children and pets safely near home, but it will also boost the curb appeal, and add value to your home. However, when it comes time to install your fence, you may be worried about decreasing the size of your property slightly by losing space on the outskirts of your fence. You’ve probably asked yourself, “How close can I put a fence to my property line?” Here are a few pointers to help you answer that question!

Get a Survey
Before you determine just how close you can put a fence to your property line, you need to know exactly where your property line is! You may have a pretty good idea, but without having a survey done you won’t know for sure. Being off just an inch or two can really make a huge difference when it comes to adding a fence to your yard. The first step is to check with your assessor’s office to see if a survey has already been done (no need to do it twice!). If not, you’ll want to hire a professional surveyor to come assess the property. This is not considered the cheapest service, but in the long run it is worth it. Getting a survey can help you avoid some awkward and even legal conversations with neighbors, and having to move your fence once it’s been installed.

Do your Homework
Depending on where you live, your city or county regulations will have different requirements when it comes to building fences. They may even have a specific rule about where your fence needs to be in relation to your property line, which will make answering your question much easier. You may also find that you’ll have a few different options to choose from — right up to the property line, two, four, six, or eight inches from it. Regardless of where you choose to put your fence, make sure you are playing by the rules. If you live somewhere with an HOA, you’ll want to check their regulations as well.

If your fence is going to be very close to the property line, or you want it to sit on the property line, it’s a good idea to be cooperative and talk with your neighbors first. If the fence is on the property line, you may be able to split responsibility and costs. If they have an existing fence, you may want to consider asking your neighbor if you can tie into it rather than having two fences right on top of each other, or dead space between them. Whatever kind of fence and spacing you choose, open communication and cooperation will make for happy neighborhood relationships for years to come.

Once you’ve decided how close you can put a fence to your property line, it’s time to get it installed! Whether you’re looking for a wood, vinyl, ornamental iron, or chain link fence, let Outback Fencing be the contractor to make your fencing dreams a reality.

How Summer Weather May Affect Your Fence

Having a fence in the summer comes with lots of perks. For one, you can enjoy smores as a family in the comfort of your backyard and almost feel like you’re alone in the woods! Summer is a time of relaxation and leisure, but summer can be hard on your fence. Here’s how summer weather may affect your fence.

Wood Fencing:
While it is a classic choice, wood fencing may be affected the most by weather. That’s because wood expands and contracts when it comes in contact with cold or heat. And the summertime heat and light are actually some of the most damaging elements for your wood fence. But this doesn’t mean you should avoid the beauty and traditionalism of a wood fence; just make sure you choose a durable type of wood that is less likely to crack or warp. As you properly maintain your wood fence, you can avoid many of the negative affects the summer weather may have on it as well. For one, staining or painting your wood fence will help keep the elements off of your fence.

Vinyl Fencing:
One of the great benefits of having a vinyl fence is the fact that it is very durable when it comes to both cold or heat, and can withstand the most extreme of temperatures. Vinyl fencing is also very easy to clean, which is a huge benefit after those summer rainstorms. Vinyl won’t fade or crack, peel or chip like other fences making it a great choice to stand resilient during the summer.

Chain Link Fencing:
Like vinyl fencing, chain link is a durable and resilient fencing option, especially during the summer months. They are strong and can withstand just about any type of weather, including sun and sun damage. However, if you’re looking for privacy, chain link fencing may not be what you’re looking for. They are see-through which means you won’t have the privacy, but you’ll still get access to all that summer sunshine as well as a cool summer breeze.

Wrought Iron Fencing:
A very attractive fencing option, wrought iron is durable even during the summer months, but only as it is properly maintained. When kept protected and clean, the coating on your iron fence will protect it from the elements, including sun damage. But if there are nicks or scratches, your wrought iron fence may be subject to rust! So be careful when mowing or trimming around your iron fence this summer, and clean it regularly to catch any damage early. Summer rainstorms or humidity are the biggest threat to your iron fence, so be sure to take care of any rust spots early and seal your fence for added protection.

If the summer weather has taken its toll on your fence, and you are in need of fence repairs or replacements, make sure you contact Outback Fencing. With value, quality, and satisfaction guaranteed, you will be happy with any fencing choice from Outback Fencing.

How To Clean and Maintain Iron Fencing

A gorgeous, ornamental iron fence can really take the curb appeal of your home up a notch. Unless, of course, it is dirty.  Cleaning your iron fencing will not only keep your home looking beautiful and well-kept, but will help prolong the life of your fence. Iron fences can last for many years, as long as you’re maintaining it properly. This means cleaning and maintaining your iron fence at least twice a year, especially if you live in a humid environment. Here’s how to clean and maintain your ornamental iron fence.

#1. Prevent Damage
One way to make your fence last as long as possible is to protect the metal. Your iron fence can rust if the outer layer is compromised, which is why it is important to prevent damage to your fence. Something as simple as a thorn from a rosebush may be enough to scratch the metal, making way for rust to take hold. Prevent damage by keeping plants (especially prickly ones) away from your fence. Be sure to weed around your fence too, which will both protect it and keep it looking crisp and clean. Be careful when using an edger or mowing the lawn near your fence. You can protect your fence by painting it, or using a water repellent spray to keep the elements at bay.

#2. Clean
Clean your ornamental fence with warm soapy water. Make sure you clean in those hard to reach spots with a toothbrush! After you’ve wiped away all dirt and debris, rinse the fence thoroughly and let it dry. The cleaning process is also a great time to inspect your fence for any cracks, spots, damage, or rust.

#3. Remove Rust
If during your cleaning, you find any rust on your fence, you’ll want to remove it. First, cover any vegetation around your fence with a tarp, and then use a fine wire brush or sandpaper to remove the rust. Use a non ionic detergent and water to rinse your fence. Then, apply a rust converter to those areas that had rust.

#4. Touch-up
If you needed to remove rust, you’ll want to do some touching up so that you don’t get rust again. You’ll want to apply a thin coat of primer, and then paint over the rust spot.

#5. Maintain
Continue to maintain your fence by inspecting and cleaning it at least twice a year. Check the hinges to make sure they are well greased, and replace any missing fasteners or hardware if they are missing or as soon as they need to be replaced.

If you have an older iron fence that is beyond repair, let Outback Fencing help you with a new decorative metal fence. Whether you choose aluminum or steel, Outback Fencing offers powder-coated and sealed fencing with UV-inhibitors. With a baked-on finish, you can expect a beautiful fence that will last for years. For all your ornamental iron fencing needs, or other fencing options, choose Outback Fencing.

How to Clean Your Wood Fence

Wood fences are a beautiful addition to any home. They allow you to achieve that iconic American picket fence, or to go with something more ornate. Whether you go for a natural or painted look, over time your wooden fence will need some maintenance. Part of the maintenance process is keeping your wood fence clean. Wood fences can develop many different kinds of build-up over time; mold, mildew, mud, and algae can begin to coat your fence if you don’t maintain it properly. Wood fences can also become cracked, warped or cupped without regular care. Because wood fences need to be taken care of properly, you may be unsure of how to go about cleaning one. But not to worry! Here is your guide to cleaning your wood fence.

  1. Protect Your Plants
    If you have flowers, bushes, lawn, or anything else growing near your wood fence that you want to protect, make sure you cover them with plastic. Whether or not you use chemicals to clean your wood fence, it’s best to keep the debris you remove off of your plants.
  1. Remove Debris
    If you have a lot of debris on your fence, your next step will be to remove as much as possible with a wire brush. While you want to get rid of any buildup, you want to be sure you’re not scrubbing so hard that you are leaving marks in your fence. You may also want to follow up with a hose to remove some of the larger bits of debris.
    If you have mold or algae on your fence, use a mixture of two parts water, one part bleach and one teaspoon of dish soap to scrub your fence. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  1. Use a Power Washer
    Once you’ve removed most of the debris, it’s time to get the nitty-gritty with a power washer. Some pressure is good, but too much will warp or indent the wood. Choose 1500 to 2000 psi, stand about two feet away from your fence, and spray it down in long, even strokes. A 25-degree tip works great for cleaning wood fences.
  1. Dry and Repair
    Once you’ve cleaned your wood fence, you’ll want to let it dry and then sand any rough patches, or sink any nails. If it needs it, now is an ideal time to add a fresh coat of paint or stain. This will help protect your fence from algae or mold growth, as well as protecting it from the sun’s rays.

Now that you know how to clean your wood fence, you can sit back and enjoy the view! If you’ve done all you can to clean and repair your wood fence but it still seems a bit lackluster, contact Outback Fencing. It may be time to start fresh with a new wood fence, and if you live in Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming Outback can help. With Outback, you’re guaranteed professional installation and comprehensive workmanship. For a free estimate on your new genuine wood fence, contact them today!

Rebuild Your Fence Before Selling Your Home

If you’ve decided to sell your home, you want to put your best foot forward. Not only will this attract buyers, but it’ll ensure that you get the best price possible. Often times, doing a few quick fixes before selling your home means avoiding costly repairs for a buyer before closing. And with more and more houses hitting the market, you want to do everything possible to make your home stand out above the crowd.

Besides touching up some paint, taking care of pressing maintenance issues (roof repairs for example), and replacing a few fixtures, you’ll want to up the curb appeal of your home. This means keeping your lawn mowed, keeping your sidewalk and driveway clear, and maybe planting a few flowers. If you have a fence, honestly assess its condition. Rebuilding your fence before selling your home will attract more buyers and improve your property value.

As you assess the condition of your fence, take note of a few different things. If you have a wooden fence, is the paint faded or peeling? Is the wood worn and gray? Are there any missing posts, crooked posts, or broken pieces? Are there any other signs of wear, damage, or unsightly characteristics? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to rebuild some or all of your fence before listing your home for sale.

When it comes to the amount that your home’s value will increase vs the amount it will cost to repair or rebuild your fence, it is almost always worth it to go for the added property value.

The fact is, fences are very attractive to buyers. They provide added privacy and protection for the homeowners. This is especially important if the buyers have children or pets. If the market is very competitive, some buyers may not even want to walk-through your home if they see a fence that they know they’re going to have to rebuild. The inside of your home may be updated and in excellent condition, but if buyers walk up to a home that is in disarray from the curb, their first impression will be very damaging to your potential selling price.

Rebuilding your fence will cost money. But rest assured the cost of fixing your house before your list your home will come back as added value in many ways. Your home will increase in value, it will attract more buyers, and buyers will have no reason to ask for your to take care of the repairs later or ask for a lower selling price. Be proactive and make any changes you can to your fence to save you a headache later!

If your fence needs some serious help or you’re too busy with other home maintenance items, be sure to contact Outback Fencing. Whether your fence is wood, iron, chain-link, or something else, Outback can help you get it looking pristine before selling your home. Don’t hesitate to call Outback Fencing so that you can attract buyers early and sell your home for what it’s worth!

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.

When Planning for Fence Removal, Do Your Homework First​

Fence removal may indeed be in your future, if a significant portion of your fencing is in bad shape or falling down. Tearing down aging, worn-out fencing will eliminate the eyesore on your property and, if you plan to install replacement fencing, the old one must be removed.

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Before making any changes to your property, however, it’s important to do your homework. Getting rid of your old fencing may not be as simple as it sounds.

Determine Whether Your Fence Removal Is Feasible

Are you the sole owner of the broken-down fencing? If you are unfamiliar with the history of your property, it’s important to verify that the fencing is yours to remove before beginning your demolition.

If you moved into your home after the fencing installation was completed, you may discover that your fencing – or at least a portion of it – belongs to your neighbor(s). In that case, you’ll need their approval for removal. If you share fencing with multiple neighbors, you must coordinate with each one.

What if your neighbors don’t agree with your plan to remove the old fencing? Realistically speaking, if negotiations with your neighbors fail, your only option will be to install new fencing on the inside of your property line.

Verify the Details Before Planning Fence Removal

Once you’ve determined that you can indeed remove your old fencing, the next step is to locate all nearby utility lines.

Fence posts are typically set in concrete several feet deep into the ground, and they’ll have to be dug out. But, with fencing that’s been in place for a long time, the local utility companies may have installed underground lines near the posts. Digging close to underground electrical, gas or water service lines can be dangerous.

Most areas have a designated utility locating service that provides their services free of charge. In Utah, for example, this service is provided by Blue Stakes. Simply call and request service, and the company will dispatch a technician to identify and mark the utility lines.

Finally, you’ll need to contact your local building department. Most cities require homeowners to obtain a demolition permit for fence removal projects.

Completing Your Fence Removal Project

Assuming you have all the required approvals, you can certainly remove your own fencing, but the work won’t be easy.

Digging out fence posts and their concrete bases requires the use of specialized equipment, along with a lot of elbow grease. You’ll also have to haul away the materials once demolition is complete. Check with your local landfill to verify if they will accept your materials and, if so, what the costs will be. If you don’t have a truck or trailer large enough to transport the debris, you can contract with a local hauling company to handle the disposal.

If all this sounds like more trouble than you bargained for, you may not have to go through the hassle. If you plan to install a new fence once the old one is gone, your fencing contractor can handle the demo for you. At Outback Fencing, serving homeowners throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, our new fence installation pricing typically includes the cost of fence removal. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.