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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"

CertainTeed Fencing Systems

With the prices of lumber sky-rocketing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners find themselves placing their fencing projects on hold. Contractors are feeling the pinch as well as material prices and lead times increase with each day. The wood fence is the most popular fence type in the United States. Wood fencing is a classic, timeless fence type, as well as being the most affordable. But in todays climate, many homeowners find themselves looking into alternate fencing materials.

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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Fencing and Landscaping

Installing a fence in a yard can be a huge project. More often than not, fence installations will require some preparation before the work can begin. This often means clearing the land that the proposed fence will be installed on, as well as trimming back trees and possibly fixing grading.
In Central Florida, large oak trees are very common finds in yards. Removing those trees are extremely laborious, expensive, and subject to city approval if the trees are not deemed to be a safety hazard. Only behind California, Florida is the country’s second most landscaped state, making clearing land that much harder. Many homeowners work diligently on their yards, and want their fence to reflect that.

how can a fence be installed without removing mature trees or damaging existing landscaping?

First, always plan the location of gardens before beginning. Look at the boundary lines of your property and decide if you ever plan on installing or replacing a fence. When planting shrubs, groundcover, or other landscaping plants, plant them about 2 feet from the property line to allow enough room for a fence installation. Keeping plants off of a fence will also help preserve it as well. Keep in mind where sprinkler lines are located, as you don’t want the sprinkler lines damaged during the installation, or the sprinkler itself to constantly spray the fence. It may be beneficial as well to look into plants that don't require as much water if you plan on having them near the fence line, just be sure that the plants chosen aren't invasive species.

Second, do some research on the style of fence you want. Knowing your municipality’s or HOA’s building code will also help, as some do not allow certain materials to be used. Some fencing materials, such as vinyl and aluminum, will hold up better in a moister environment than a wood fence will. Keep in mind that plants along a fence line, especially a wood fence, will hold moisture in the soil and will promote fungal growth. Although most wood used in fencing is pressure treated for ground contact, it’s best to avoid prolonged water exposure.

Last, be sure to choose a reputable contractor when choosing to install or replace any fence. Many handymen or not so trustworthy contractors will install a fence wherever it will fit, or will cost you more in labor in the long run. A reputable fence contractor will be able to evaluate your yard and come up with building solutions that fit you and your yards needs.

It's common for contractors to push for unnecessary vegetation removal to cushion the labor cost. Proper planning and collaborating with professionals can not only result in a beautiful custom fence but also save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. A reputable fencing contractor can find solutions for even the toughest vegetation obstacles, such as trees. Boxing around or even building into a tree can result in a beautiful, unique fencing system.

If you have any worries about the obstacles for your fence installation, call Paramount Fencing. We will work with you to create a custom plan specific to your home's needs.

Free Estimates can be scheduled by calling our office at 407-341-2720

Barbed Wire – Fencing the West

The Homestead Act of 1862 kicked off the expansion of the American West. President Abraham Lincoln signed the law in to place, which provided western settlers 160 acres of land- for a small price and the agreement of living on the land for 5 continuous years before receiving ownership of the land. Hundreds of thousands of people moved west to take advantage of one of the largest stimulus programs that the US has ever provided.

As settlers and ranchers made their way out to the plains, they soon found that they needed a way to protect their land from encroaching neighbors. Traditional walls or fences were made from materials such as wood, stone, or brick. The plains did not provide enough resources for these fences to be feasible. Something new needed to be figured out if landowners were to protect their property and cattle owners were to contain their animals.

19th Century

Before 1865, there were a few new fence ideas proposed, but it wasn’t until 1873 when four innovative men got together to improve fencing ideas. Joseph Glidden, a farmer, was the first to form an idea for a successful and sturdy barbed wire fence, names “The Wooden Strip With Metallic Points”- a wooden block with spiked wires, developed to prevent cows from leaning against the fence.

Another of the four, Jacob Haish, applied for a patent on his own type of wire, the S wire, which he called “The Winner”. Glidden was joined by Isaac L. Ellwood and the two founded The Barb Fence Company.

Barbed wire fence began to be promoted in Texas, but consumers were hesitant. They were concerned that the wire would hard their livestock. After some live demonstrations in San Antonio, barbed wire began to take off. Between 1873 and 1899, up to 150 companies at a single time were manufacturing barbed wire fence. The fence was praised and seen as a great option for the west as “it takes no room, exhausts no soil, shades no vegetation, is proof against high winds, makes no snowdrifts, and is both durable and cheap.”

The mass fencing off of lands began to start range wars between farmers and the open range ranchers. The US government settles these disputes primarily in favor of the farmers. Heavy penalties were put in place for cutting a barbed-wire fence. It became clear that the barbed wire fence could do the job of ranchers, and within 2 years, most of the open range was fenced in and under private ownership, resulting in the death of the American cowboy.

20th Century & Beyond

The barbed fence may have been efficient at discouraging cattle to escape, but it was not the best at keeping humans out. Razor wire began to be utilized to keep people off of private properties or keep them in areas like prisons.

Barbed wire maintained its growth at the turn of the 20th century, and then was used heavily in World War I and World War II.

Today, there are many different fence options- both agricultural and residential. Many livestock owners find themselves using ranch-rail or high tensile wire when fencing in livestock.

There has been a push to move away from using a barbed wire fence, as it has been found to cause many cases of wildlife entanglement. Livestock may also suffer severe injuries due to the barbs. In 2010, Norway banned the installation of  new barbed wire fence when used to limit the migration of animals.

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