Why Not DIY

DIY (Do It Yourself) has become very popular over the last few years and with the help of websites like Pinterest, instructions can be found with just a few clicks of a button. The biggest reason most people consider DIY when upgrading or updating something on their property is MONEY. Yes, if you buy the products yourself and do the work yourself, you will save money. What you may not realize is that more times than not, even though your heart is in the right place, you haven’t considered how much time, money, blood, sweat, and tears are fixing to go into this major undertaking.

I can’t begin to tell you how many customers we’ve had who started a DIY fence project and quit before they even got the first section done. It’s hard work. Another thing most people don’t consider is the overall appearance of the final product. Drive around your neighborhood and take a good long look at the fence quality. I bet if you’re honest with yourself, you will spot the DIY jobs right away. Most of the time these fences are constructed using treated lumber, which has a tendency to warp and bow. You may also notice the inconsistency in spacing between the pickets, uneven picket tops, or leaning pickets. I’m not saying that every DIYer is incapable of creating a beautiful fence; there are the rarities out there. But are YOU capable of pulling off the fence you’re considering? Let’s face it, I can make a pretty delicious cake using a box mix and a few ingredients but I’m not going to offer to make my sister’s 4-teir wedding cake. You get what you pay for and I’m NOT a professional cake baker.

Here is just one example of a DIY fence. Notice the warped pickets and uneven top. DIY Fence

Something else to consider is your long-term plans. Are you going to be living in your home for the next 15-20 years or will you be selling in the upcoming years? Having a professional fence installed may up your curb appeal and your property value. Fencing done by a professional also comes with a limited warranty incase something structural needs to be fixed before a buyer signs a contract. Additionally, you will be reaching a larger buying market if you can insure that children and dogs will be safely contained while playing in the yard.

If you are still considering a DIY fence, I truly wish you the best of luck…you’re going to need it and we’ll be here if you need someone to step in and take the project over. If you are now reconsidering a DIY fence project I encourage you to give Barrier Fence Systems a call and get a free estimate . It never hurts to have all of the facts and numbers so you can make an informed decision.

Considering Treated Lumber?

There are many decisions to make when considering new fence installation . One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing your picket material. This decision is important because it directly affects not only your budget, but your warranty and fence life as well.

While treated lumber is the most budget friendly option, there are some things to consider if you are leaning towards using treated lumber for your project. While a cheaper option, you may want to note the warrantee policy for such materials. Between 1970 and 2003, treated wood was a top choice in residential projects , but due to the use of arsenic in the chemical process in which the wood was treated, the EPA phased out the process in residential materials because of exposure and prolonged health concerns. Changing the chemical process in which this lumber was treated has resulted in an inevitable tendency for said materials to warp and bow. Due to this issue, treated lumber projects will NOT come with a material warrantee.

Untreated Lumber

Although life expectancy for treated lumber is estimated at 15-17 years, it is known to shrink and expand more than other available materials on the market and this occurrence causes major unforeseen issues. For instance, gates will become difficult and sometimes impossible to operate, pickets will have larger than usual gaps, and the bottoms of the pickets will warp and bend leaving large openings for small pets to easily escape. While problematic, it is important to note that none of these issues are covered under warrantee.

If budget is the most important factor in your project, treated lumber may present as the best option for you, especially if you are planning to sell your property in the near future. However, if you are planning to retain ownership of your home for the next 8-10 years, you may want to consider going with a material option that will not only render fewer long term issues, but will also maintain it’s aesthetic qualities. Either way, Barrier Fence is here to help you come up with the options that work best for your time frame, budget, and project needs.