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Postsaver Post Sleeves

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Forest Service, rot in hardwoods is extremely common and found in all hardwood types in Florida. Rot is caused by fungi, bacteria, or a combination of the two often found naturally occurring in Florida’s soil. This post rot is them amplified when paired with setting a post in concrete.

These microorganisms can move throughout whatever host they have chosen and can cause damage anywhere if given the chance to infect.

A tree infected with rot poses a liability for homeowners; if a limb were to rot off and cause any type of damage or harm, the homeowner would be liable for those damaged. Rotting limbs also pose a threat to a residential structure, can damage roofs and knock down fences. Rot is best protected against at the ground level using a Postsaver so that the microorganisms never have the chance to infect the host, to begin with.

Normal top soil conditions include microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria that eat away at wood, specifically rotting wood. These pests exist normally within the top 5 inches of soil, but not often deeper due to lack of sunlight/oxygen. When applied correctly, Postsavers protect wooden posts from these microorganisms, thus preventing rot and extending your posts height up to 20 years. Postsavers can be used in many construction applications, most notably fencing and decking posts. Postsavers may also be used for wooden telephone posts and even for trees to prevent rot.

 

Fence Posts: Postsavers can be used on residential and commercial fence installations, as well as agricultural. Postsavers can be used on farm fencing, field fencing, horse fencing, yard fencing, garden fencing, and any other wooden fence installation.

 

Gate Posts: Postsavers used on gate posts protect the largest posts from rot. Gate posts are a fundamental piece of any fencing project and provide strength and stability. A gate with a damaged or weak gate post is subject to damage itself or will not function properly.

 

Wooden Decking: Postsavers applied to wooden deck posts protect against rot and help deck posts remain strong and standing. Rotting posts can make decks non-secure and unsafe. Post replacements on decks are strenuous and expensive, as decks need to be unassembled to access and replace rotting posts.

 

Trees: Postsavers can be applied to saplings or young trees to protect trunk rot. Many young trees are susceptible to truck damage caused by the naturally occurring bacteria and fungi in the soil. Postsavers protect trees from these microorganisms, minimizing the amount of trunk breakage. Postsavers protect in any weather conditions.

 

Utility Poles: Polesavers are also available to protect wooden utility poles from rot. In many areas, including Florida, wooden utility poles are still made use of. Many of these utility poles can be seen downed after hurricanes or even Florida’s afternoon storms, causing damages to property and power outages. Utility poles equipped with Polesavers are protected from rot and are less likely to topple during inclement weather.

Why Postsavers?

Would you like to not worry about rotting fence posts?  Postsavers come with a 20 year guarantee, ensuring that your fence posts will no experience premature post rot. In the event of post damage during the 20 year coverage window, Postsavers will cover the repair or replacement cost.

 

Do you like to save money?  Calling a fence contractor out to repair or replace a broken post can cost as much as $600.00 once the service fee/mobilization fee and materials are accounted for. Requesting the use of Postsavers on wooden fence posts protects posts against premature rot. Post damage is one of the most common failure points on wood fences. Posts needing replacement can cause entire fence sections, and sometimes full stretches, to be taken down and re-installed. Homeowners should expect to pay up to $25.00 a linear foot for these re-installations, as well as a trip ticket fee if the work requested does not meet the minimum footage standard.

 

Do you want your fence protected against inclement weather?   Florida’s storm and hurricane seasons often see many fence fatalities. Wood fences protected against rot with Postsavers are less likely to fall or experience damage due to high winds.

 

Are Postsavers expensive? No! Postsavers start at less than $10.00 per pole, making them a cost-effective alternative to future post replacements.

Interested in Trying Postsavers?

Head on over to The Shop. Paramount Fencing provides Postsavers for post sizes 4" x 4", 6" x 6", and 4" x 6"

Ranch Rail Fencing

Ranch Rail Fence Options

Thinking of fencing in your property? This becomes a daunting task when working with multiple acres of land. Traditional fencing systems can be pricey, or may not fit your land's needs.

This is where Paramount Fencing comes in. With 17 years of experience, Paramount Fencing provides many ranch rail and field fence options in the Central Florida market.

We at Custom Fence Oviedo have done extensive research on the different ranch rail systems in hopes that it will help aid homeowners and landowners in making the most informed decision when it comes to fencing in their land.

Standard 3 Ranch Rail

Pro:  Traditional ranch rail wood fence is an economical way to define the perimeter or a property line.  It is structurally sound when the posts are spaced four and eight feet apart: however, when using a one-inch board, posts spaced four feet apart will assist in preventing warping, bowing, and sagging as age and time takes its toll.

 Con:  Wood requires a high level of maintenance.  As a result, additional budgeting for preservation will be necessary.

5 Ranch Rail with Shelf Top

Pro:  Five ranch rail wood fence is a bold and substantial way to define the perimeter or a property line.  It is structurally sound when the posts are spaced four and eight feet apart: however, when using a one-inch board, posts spaced four feet apart will assist in preventing warping, bowing, and sagging as age as time takes its toll.

Con:  Wood requires a high level of maintenance.  As a result, additional budgeting for preservation will be necessary.

3 Ranch Rail with Wandering Edge

Pro:  The Wandering Edge Series of ranch rail wood fence is a statement.  When placed on a perimeter or a property line, that old-world Florida feel flares and creates a sense of modest eloquence.  It is structurally sound when the posts are spaced six feet apart and the 2” thick boards will assist in preventing warping, bowing, and sagging as age and time takes its toll.

Con:  Wood requires a high level of maintenance.  As a result, additional budgeting for preservation will be necessary.

Vinyl 3 Ranch Rail

Pro:  This is a traditional ranch rail fencing system that uses 1 ½” x 5 ½” horizontal rails.    CertainTeed vinyl features a 2” x 6” rail which is thicker and more substantial 

Con: The manufacturer is located up north.  As a result, production time is approximately 10 - 12 weeks from the point of order.

CertainTeed Color Blends

CertainTeed 3 Ranch Rail

Pro:  This is not a traditional ranch rail fencing system that uses 1 ½” x 5 ½” horizontal rails.    CertainTeed vinyl features a 2” x 6” rail which is thicker and more substantial CertainTeed products also come in multiple unique color blends, and feature a wood-grain texture with the strength and durability of vinyl. CertainTeed Projects also come with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty.

Con: The manufacturer is located up north.  As a result, production time is approximately 10 - 12 from the point of order.

CertainTeed 4 Ranch Rail

Pro:  This is not a traditional ranch rail fencing system that uses 1 ½” x 5 ½” horizontal rails.    CertainTeed vinyl features a 2” x 6” rail which is thicker and more substantial CertainTeed products also come in multiple unique color blends, and feature a wood-grain texture with the strength and durability of vinyl. CertainTeed Projects also come with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty.

Con: The manufacturer is located up north.  As a result, production time is approximately 10 - 12 from the point of order.

Still having a hard time deciding which ranch rail fence would work best for you? Give us a call! Our experienced estimators would love to meet with you and help you make an informed decision.

And don't forget- when choosing any wood fence, be sure to protect your fence posts with PostSavers!

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Does Oviedo Require a Permit to Build a Fence?

Does Oviedo require a permit to build a fence?

Yes. Yes! Yes!!  When building a fence within the city limits of Oviedo, or any Central Florida municipality,  that fence must be permitted. Don’t let anyone or any company in Oviedo convince you otherwise.  In fact, if a fence company tells you that you don’t need a permit, run fast and don’t look back. Chances are the fence company or individual is not licensed and insured, and the fence they install for you will not meet local building codes.

 

What happens if you build a fence without a permit?

 

  1. First, permits are a great way to ensure that the work completed was done correctly, and is completed to building code. Think of it as a form of consumer protection. Permits will need to pass an inspection with code enforcement in order to be closed.
  2. Secondly, unpermitted work can affect your homeowner’s insurance coverage in addition to causing very costly issues if you decide to sell your home.
  3. Last, you can be fined by the city, then have to purchase a permit and pass an inspection. Your inspection may fail, resulting in you needing to complete the project again.

 

If you are still thinking that you don’t need a fence permit, think twice. When you try to pull that fence permit, a city permit technician will utter words such as:

 

  • Historic District
  • Special District
  • Signed and Stamped Architectural Drawing
  • Planned Develop Agreement
  • Pool Code
  • Double Frontage Lot
  • Front Yard Set Back
  • Reverse Corner
  • Right-A-Way
  • Maximize Height Limits
  • Urban Design
  • Department of Transportation
  • Visibility Triangle
  • Corner Clip
  • Administrative Modification
  • Variance and much more…..

 

This is why it’s important to hire professionals who understand permitting and your municipality’s building codes.

 

So yes!!! You do need a fence permit!  Visit the City of Oviedo website and find out more:  https://www.cityofoviedo.net/478/Building-Permits   When in doubt call Paramount Fencing or visit them on the web at www.paramountfencing1.com 

 

ALL MUNICIPALITIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA REQUIRE FENCE PERMITS, EVEN IF YOU ARE ONLY REPLACING A FENCE. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS ARE CITY OF ORLANDO AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT HAVE A POOL, AND UNINCORPORATED LAKE COUNTY WHO DO NOT REQUIRE FENCE PERMITS FOR CHAIN LINK OR FIELD FENCE.

Fence Question of The Month

Question:  Help Please!!!  One of the larger fence companies here in Central Florida Installed my vinyl fence.  A tree destroyed a few sections of my fence during the past hurricane.  I called several fence companies for estimates and was told by one company that the manufacturer no longer sold fence in Florida.  One company said that is not true.  The other company even suggested I needed to start over because 1 ½ x 5 ½ rail was the industry standard.   The best I can tell, my fence rails measure 1 3/4 thick x 5 ½ deep.  What is going on?? – Kathy C.

Answer:   First and foremost, great question.  The 1 ¾” x 5 ½” is a distinct premium-grade Vinyl rail system produced by Homeland Vinyl Products, who is a major manufacturer of PVC Fence, Deck, and Rail products which are widely distributed throughout North America.  As a result, their manufacturing and distribution footprints are massive, especially here in Florida.

There is a reason for that. Homeland Vinyl is an innovative and research-based company that understands the unique geographical challenges of the U.S. climate, region by region.  As a result, Homeland Vinyl has branded itself as an industry leader.  They are responsible for vinyl breakthroughs and technologies such as the ACCU-Shield.  They are endorsed as a Tier 1 manufacturer by the Vinyl Manufacture Association and are highly sought after by fence companies and distributors alike. Simply put: Were they go, people grow.

So Why Are You Having Trouble Finding 1 ¾” x 5 ½”  Vinyl Rail?  

It sounds like the company who installed your fence and Homeland Vinyl Products parted ways after a multi-year relationship.  This particular fence company/retailer sold to both homeowners and small fence contractors across the State of Florida.  So chances are that vinyl fence you see while driving down the street is a Homeland Vinyl Fence.

This breakup, or what we in the industry call the shuffling of manufactures, has created a lot of incorrect information within our market. Regardless, it is business and there is nothing wrong with manufactures partnering with fence companies to bring fences to the market.  These type of agreements do a great service in helping homeowners find cost-effective fencing solutions.  The good news is these breakups create lots of new opportunities.

We did reach out to Homeland Vinyl Products at the American Fence Association National Conference in Phoenix Arizona.  They have assured Custom Fence Oviedo that Homeland Vinyl Products is absolutely committed to the Florida Market.  So much so, they have already begun the process of opening another extrusion facility right here in Orlando.  They are hopeful that extrusion plant should be up and operational by late this year.

We would like to thank Homeland Vinyl Products for sharing their distributor list and fence companies who carry and sell their products.  So if you are a homeowner looking for a replacement 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ vinyl rail, a homeowner needing a vinyl fence, or a fence contractor needing materials, several distributors and fence companies are still selling Homeland Vinyl Product right here in Florida.  See the list below:

Distributors:                        Person To Ask For:                     Location:               
Merchant Metals                    Danny Gall                            Jacksonville, Miami                      813.980.0938
Paramount Fencing               Kip Hudakoz                          Orlando, Tampa                                    407.341.2720

On a final note, several manufacturers and extruders are starting to enter into the Florida marketplace.  Heads up and word to the wise.  Not all vinyl is created equal, nor are manufacturers who extrude vinyl.  Understand, the process of extruding vinyl is technical and requires years and years of industry knowledge.  As always, purchase responsibly.  Make sure that the manufacturer is VMA certified. New extruders pop up every day. Very few will last.

Update:
Homeowners are also having more difficulty finding the Nexus 2″ x 7″. It is distinct. If need one, call Paramount Fencing. 407.341.2720

We hope this helps and now you know more then your neighbor knows.

If you sell Homeland Vinyl and would like to be added to the list, contact Kip@paramountfencing.com

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