What Landlords Should Consider When Installing a Fence

What Landlords Should Consider When Installing a Fence

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Altitude Fence and Deck has worked with many landlords throughout Northern Colorado looking for custom Fort Collins fences. Our products stand the test of time and can help improve security and property values.

If you’re a landlord, property decisions are much more complicated than if you were only a private homeowner and resident. You’re not only responsible for your own property; you’re responsible for marketing that property to the right renters and then maintaining that property for your tenants. There is of course no end to the improvements you can do to your property, and there’s no end to the requests for better facilities and repairs, too.

When looking for fencing options for rental properties, there are many options to consider, and many factors that private property owners and residents don’t have to deal with.

Custom Fences for Rental Properties

Landlords are in a unique position. They’re at once maintenance foremen and women, marketers, sales people, and friendly neighbors. They have to collect rent and improve their properties so they can gain more from their rental investments. For all property owners, installing a fence is an investment in their future security and property value. For landlords, they must also impress current and would-be tenants. Even though it’s the landlord’s investment, new custom fences benefit the tenants.

What should you consider before investing in a new fence for your rental property?

Materials

For your own home, wood can be the perfect fencing material. You can use a variety of elegant styles and types of wood to achieve just the perfect look for your outdoor space. However, wooden fences require more maintenance than other fences (read more on fencing material considerations here).

Ornamental aluminum fencing can make any property look more upscale, and it’s easy to maintain. You don’t have to worry about your fence rotting or fading in the hot sun. Aluminum won’t rust or color in the snow and ice of winter, and it won’t warp in summer. Fixing aluminum fences is usually easier than fixing wooden ones.

Another option is PVC fencing. Although this material isn’t as elegant as aluminum, it’s as durable, low-maintenance, and cost-effective as aluminum fencing.

Aluminum and PVC are usually the most cost-effective materials you can rely on to protect your rental property and add value to it. But there are other materials that have their benefits as well. Wrought iron fencing is more expensive, but the security this material provides is unparalleled. Iron fences won’t break down over time, either, and require minimal maintenance.

Vinyl fencing is easy to install, easy to clean and care for, and customizable with many different colors and styles, but it’s also on the more expensive end of the scale.

To read about other fencing materials, click here.

Installation

There are more factors that you don’t control when you’re a landlord trying to make improvements to your property. Notifying your tenants and getting them to keep themselves and their pets away from the installation crews might be a challenge in some cases, although, your tenants might be enthusiastic about the work, especially if they’ve complained to you about the need for a fence.

The main issue with installation, other than the work itself, is the scheduling and safety concerns. Make sure your tenants know when and where the fence will be installed so they know to steer clear. If you’re installing a fence in part because of dogs, make sure your tenants know to keep their pets out of harm’s way, too.

You may find that the best time to install a fence, if possible, is between tenants.

Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Space

Landlords and regular homeowners alike invest in fences because they not only add security, they add a bit of elegance and beauty to your outdoor space. Invite your tenants to put flower planters next to the fence, or to dress up the gate. Add some of your own easily maintainable landscaping touches like flower beds or garlands to the fence after it’s installed to make your property even more attractive to tenants. You could make the gate the grand entrance with some natural décor.

These considerations will get you started on your fencing project for your tenants. If you decide to install a fence, consider Altitude Fence and Deck for top quality services and results.

Why Hiring a Professional Fence Company Is Worth It

Why Hiring a Professional Fence Company Is Worth It

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Do-it-yourself projects around your home are very often rewarding and cost-effective ways to improve your property. However, as Fort Collins residential fences experts can tell you, there’s plenty that can go wrong when installing your own fence that can cause you to go over budget and spend entirely too much time on a less-than-satisfactory product.

This is not to discourage you from attempting home improvement projects around the house or disrespect your DIY prowess. There are certainly numerous projects that could bring about just the end result you want. But as a homeowner, you need to be aware of what could go wrong in a fencing DIY project, and why you should consider hiring professionals to at least help you with the job.

Before you start your next fencing project, with professional help or otherwise, you should consider a few things.

First, know why you want a fence in the first place. Do you value your privacy? Are you near a busy street and want to cut down on traffic noise? Do you have small children or pets who might wander off when playing outside? Determining the reasons behind your fence will help you make other decisions about fencing materials, height, and length.

Check out this article on choosing your fence.

You should also consider the maintenance work you’ll be doing on your fence once it’s completed. The prototypical white picket fence is usually made of wood, which requires more maintenance than other materials because the slats and posts can warp and rot over time if not properly maintained.

After you know what you’re getting yourself into and what you want, consider hiring Fort Collins residential fences experts.

Why Hiring a Fort Collins Residential Fences Professional is Worth it

Cost:

The first reason stems from a common misconception by DIY fencers. Many DIY-ers swear by their obsession with hand tools and paint because they believe it’s cheaper to complete home projects (like installing a fence) themselves than hiring professionals. While it’s certainly possible to build your fence for less than a professional would do it, you almost certainly need experience in this work to complete it will at a cheaper cost.

A professional job is much cheaper and faster than an inexperienced fence install. Have you ever tried to draw perfectly straight lines on a field for a pick-up game? Simply building a consistent and straight fence is difficult, let alone digging the post holes and hammering in the fence planks. The right fence installation company will go over the cost with you and help you make the right decision for your budget.

Correct Installation:

The next reason is a simple concept: you can trust the fence will be installed correctly the first time. This ties into the first reason because an improperly installed fence is a quick way to go over-budget. Do your homework and find a quality fence installation team in your area so you can trust them to build your fence correctly. You’ll save yourself money and the headache of wondering if your fence will last and do its job properly.

Fencing experts also know the best materials for each scenario. So if you tell them why you want to install your fence where you want it, they’ll suggest the materials that will be the easiest to maintain and will stand up to the fierce northern Colorado winter (and fall, and spring, and summer, for that matter). The last thing you want is a fence that starts to rot at the first sign of moisture.

Easy Maintenance:

The final main reason for hiring professionals to install your fence is that you can expect easy maintenance once it’s installed. Reputable professionals make it easy for their customers to keep their fences clean and structurally sound.

If there’s ever an issue with your fence and you need to have it repaired, you can call up your installers for repair work you can count on. Usually, fencing companies will help you out if something unexpected happens to your fence. Also, since your fence installers used the best-possible materials and their expertise the first time around, you won’t have to worry about premature maintenance tasks. Fencing specialists will also usually discuss the best maintenance tips when you choose your fence and materials.

Professional Help Matters

Again, don’t be afraid to try some DIY projects around your home, but fencing is more complicated than it seems. Consider hiring professionals to get a fence guaranteed to last and give you want you want for your property.

Have a few questions for a fence company? Contact Altitude Fence today.

Proper Fence Installation: What You Need to Know

Proper Fence Installation: What You Need to Know

fence installation services in fort collinsInstalling a new fence is tricky for a number of reasons. Before you set out on your fence installation project, there are several factors you must consider. First, consider hiring reputable fence installation services in Fort Collins to help you make the project go as smoothly as possible and to ensure a beautiful final result.  Whether you decide to handle your fence installation project on your own or rely on the services of a skilled, professional fencing company, here are some of the most common factors you should consider before getting started.

Tips for Proper Fence Installation

  • Protect your fence

If you are tackling the project on your own, consider staining your fence or applying clear wood preservatives. Depending on what your fence manufacturer has applied to the fence, you can stain or finish your fence before you put it up. Some fences are treated by the manufacturer, which in some cases can prevent your stain from setting if you try to stain it yourself. No matter what you apply to your fence, make sure to let it dry completely before handling it.

  • Hang your gate on solid hinges

Most people undersize the hinges on which the gate sits when they try to build their own fences. Gate posts must be set deeper in the ground and more cement has to be poured around them. Make sure that your hinges and posts are able to hold the gate properly.

  • Beauty in the front, business in the back

Sometimes nasty-looking fences can cause bad blood between neighbors. Remember that your neighbors and friends will be seeing the outside of the fence, so make sure that it gives off the positive impression you are hoping to give. If your fence has a decidedly more ‘functional’ side that contrasts from the pretty side, be careful to face the pretty side out. From start to finish, make sure you’re paying attention to your fence calculations so that it goes up evenly as you’ve intended.

Regulations to Remember

Most property codes around the United States have stipulations for fence installation and property modifications that you must follow. The city of Fort Collins, for example, has fencing regulations that can be found here.

  • Permits

In Fort Collins and most other jurisdictions in Northern Colorado, you don’t need a building permit to install a fence less than six feet tall. Anything taller than six feet requires a permit, and front, side, and rear yard building setbacks.

  • Check your zoning

Usually, if you live in a residential area, you’re free and clear to build a fence, but there could be zoning requirements in play. It’s better to know for sure from the start instead of having to work things out after your fence is already installed. Check your zoning regulations before you begin.

  • Check your fencing standards

Different jurisdictions may have different overall standards for fences. In Fort Collins, fences can’t be higher than four feet between the front building line and the front property line.

Hire a Fence Installation Service

This is only the start of your fence installation project. Remember that it is key that you fully understand any regulations you must follow so that you don’t have to tear down a fence that’s already been installed and start over.

A professional fencing company can help make your fence installation project as easy as possible. Professionals have the skills and proper tools to complete the job efficiently and beautifully. A local company is usually also going to be quite familiar with the regulations, permits, and standards you will have to meet.

Ready to hire professional fence installation services in Fort Collins? Contact Altitude Fence and Deck today.

5 Things About Fencing You Won’t Learn at the Loveland Home and Garden Show

5 Things About Fencing You Won’t Learn at the Loveland Home and Garden Show

fort collins home garden show 2018When it comes time to install a new fence for your yard for any reason—keeping the dog from running away, privacy, decoration, etc.—you have to be purposeful. Ask yourself why you’re building the fence and the design, materials, and all the other decisions will become much easier. A privacy fence, for example will have to be tall enough to keep peeping eyes out of your property, which means you’ll need a sturdier design than the typical white picket fence for decoration.

The upcoming Northern Colorado Home and Garden Show is a great opportunity to find products and ideas for landscaping and yard maintenance, but you won’t find all the answers there. Let’s take a look at a few things you might not consider at the Home and Garden Show:

Protect Your Posts

Here’s a free tip: all fence posts, if they’re made of wood, will rot at some point. It doesn’t matter how much you stain the surface of the wood or which type of wood you choose.

Cedar fences, for example can be made of several different types of cedar, and not all cedars are created equal. Western red cedar is considered the best of the bunch, and all cedar trees produce a natural acid that helps keep insects and decay away, but if left un-repaired indefinitely, eventually you’ll see some rot. One solution to this is to use galvanized metal fence posts, which can withstand gale force winds and never rust or rot.

Consider Vinyl

vinyl fence cutawayVinyl fences don’t only come in one color. The white vinyl fences you may have seen are not the only option with this material. Vinyl fences can match any decoration and landscaping theme. If you can find vinyl fencing that is specifically designed to handle a Colorado climate, that’s the best option. Vinyl fences require little maintenance if installed correctly and can last for years.

The Mixed Fence

Did you know that you don’t have to commit to the same type of fence all the way around your home and/or yard? Connecting your beautiful white picket fence in the front with a simple chain link fence in the back enables you to do multiple things with your fence: add decoration and provide security, while saving you the trouble of painting the entire perimeter.

You can Always Add Decoration Later

You don’t have to add all the features of your fence to the perimeter at the same time you install the fence. You can add decorative posts, entrances, and finials after you have the fence in the ground. Customize it further by planting some flowers or other plants at the base of the fence.

Keep HOAs in on the Plan

Homeowner Associations can derail landscaping and fencing plans if they’re not considered before the project starts. Sit in on HOA meetings with your contractor if possible, to give the folks in these associations to meet the contractors and fully understand the project before going forward. A little extra communication can’t hurt before undertaking a new fencing project.

Now that Spring has sprung, the time is now to get going on your next outdoor project. If you think that project has a fence in your future, consider these tips and the contractors at Altitude Fence and Deck.

How Much Value Does a Fence Add to Your Home?

How Much Value Does a Fence Add to Your Home?

There are many reasons to buy and install a fence for your Fort Collins home. A front yard fence can be its own decoration, adding a touch of order and elegance, especially the oft-idealized white picket fence. Fences can add a sense of privacy and convenience if you have children or pets, and if done right, they can add significant curbside appeal.

The reasons for adding a fence vary from person to person. Most Fort Collins real estate experts would agree that adding an ‘upgrade’ such as a fence with a gate adds value to any property. The question is how much you can expect to improve your property’s value by adding a fence.

Environmental Factors

Especially in Fort Collins, simply having a physical barrier between you and the many critters that call Northern Colorado home is never a bad thing. While squirrels, rats, mice, and worse can certainly get under, around, through, or over a fence, these animals will also more likely forage, nest, and meander in properties less encumbered by obstacles. It doesn’t require a scientific study to guess that properties with fences—possibly even decorative ones—are less likely to be infested with non-insect pests.

Even low fences can help protect landscaping and property from the elements as well. They can keep blowing snow at bay, impede invading plant life, and serve as windbreaks.

Pets and Children

Moving from an apartment to a house when you have dogs and/or babies on board is a dream come true. No more walking your dog around constantly with a thousand plastic bags in your pocket. No more confining your kids to four walls at every moment. Dogs can do their business in the yard, and children can come and go outdoors as they please…all because of a fence.

Privacy

Privacy means different things to different people. Some don’t want random strangers wandering through their yard. Some don’t want anyone to peer into their backyard, while others simply want a clear boundary between their property and their neighbor’s. You can put in a fence that will give you the level of privacy you desire. Fences, no matter the type, add privacy for houses in the country or the city, and with every type of front and back yard.

Defining a space is a form of privacy—it lets visitors know when they’ve crossed into someone else’s domain. Fences clearly define your property, so there’s no ambiguity.

Fences allow you to better plan your space, too, after you’ve defined it. With clear demarcation of what you have to work with, you can plan landscaping projects—another value addition—more efficiently.

In short, the exact value fences add depend on location and the needs of the buyer. People moving with kids and pets might pay more for the luxury of a fence, for instance. Aesthetic issues—such as whether the fence stands up straight, matches the property, is ornate—matter, too. But, there’s no doubt that installing a fence adds convenience, security, and definition to any property, all of which are extremely valuable.

4 Fresh Fencing Ideas for Your Yard

4 Fresh Fencing Ideas for Your Yard

Popular Styles Of Fence Range From Classic To Modern That Will Undoubtedly Improve Your Property’s Appearance And Value.

Looking for the most effective fencing styles for your Colorado home or property? You’ve come to the right place! See why professional fence installers, experts and homeowners agree that these four fresh fencing ideas provide the most security, asthetic appeal and return on investment in the Greeley, Fort Collins and Denver markets.

Fences can serve a practical purpose in your yard, protecting the border of your property from trespassers and onlookers. They can also serve a cosmetic purpose and give your house a personal touch. Fences come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, which makes it difficult to choose exactly what style you want to go for.

Fresh Fencing Styles Our Experts Love

1. Picket Fencing

This is the All-American classic style of fencing that we often imagine when thinking about buying a new home. The most common type of picket fence is the white picket fence, and it is the go-to standard. However, there are plenty of other options that can be used depending on the style you are going for.

Picket fencing is most often used in the front yard, where it marks the front border of the property and integrates into an Americana setting with lawn ornaments and a full garden. Depending on your lot, you can also use it to surround the whole property. You might even use it solely in the back yard if you have a nice view to look out on, such as a lake.

2. Cedar Fencing

As far as fencing ideas go, this is probably the most modern selection of any type of fence. Cedar fencing is usually made of planks of varying heights that have been treated to withstand the elements. When it is installed, it often has that light brown look that is distinctive of cedar, but over time it darkens to a natural gray color.

Today, cedar is available in many other colors than you might think, with shades of red and brown being the most popular. It is also among the most cost-effective of any type of wood for fencing due to cedar’s excellent growth rate and wide availability. Finally, cedar’s high planks provide privacy and exclusivity for your back yard.

3. Bamboo

This option is available for the environmentally cautious. Because of its rapid growth rate, bamboo is much more renewable than other woods. It is extremely strong, while also being relatively inexpensive, as it grows well in most climates. However, installation can be a hassle when you need to cover a lot of area because bamboo stands tend to have a small width.

4. Metal Fences

These can be a striking or basic solution depending on the style you choose. There is the standard chain link fence that can be cheaply made and installed, and will serve as a deterrent against intruders in our yard. However, a wrought iron fence is striking and looks similar to the picket fence, but with a different stylistic approach.

These are just a few fencing ideas that you can use to establish a border around your property or add in a little bit of extra decoration. Fences are often used to protect the yard, but homeowners should take the cosmetic look into consideration. It’s important to remember that a fence is a structure that you will be looking at for years to come.