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Types of Field Fences

Wood Horse Fence

Wood is the most common option for horse fences. It is sturdy, cost efficient, and has the rustic appearance that many land owners look for. It is a good choice for a horse fence material, but make sure to take into consideration all options.

Wood fencing, over time, can shrink, warp, discolor, and need minor routine maintenance.  That does not sound like a huge issue, but having to repair a mile of fencing can be a big job. Wood fencing is recommended to be painted to help horses see it, as they are both far-sighted and may not see well at night. A horse plowing into a fence can damage the fence, and harm the horse. Keeping the paint maintained can also be a task.

Wood is sturdy, but ensure that the correct posts are being used to anchor the fence into the ground. For wood fencing, Custom Fence Oviedo does not recommend anchoring with concrete, as concrete holds moisture and will actually speed up the process of post rot. The key to post installation is to have leverage over the above ground section. For example, a 6' tall fence will use 4" x 4" x 10' line posts to provide the correct leverage ratio.

For a horse fence, it's ideal to use a mesh wiring to help prevent the horse to step through the fence. A 2" x 4" wire is best for horses, as it prevents them from stepping through or getting caught in it. Horses are much more likely to fight in a situation where they're stuck than other livestock, and their thinner skin than livestock can make getting stuck in wire a life-threatening situation for them. It is also recommended to use a "no climb" wire mesh, that has openings that are too small for the horse to step up on.

Regardless of material, it is important to understand the height requirements and number of boards necessary to property house a horse. For young horses, the fence should be a minimum for 4.5 feet tall, and be a 3-rail to help prevent the horse from stepping through. Adult horses will require a height of 5 to 6 feet tall and be a 4 or 5 rail to help discourage the horse from jumping or leaning over. Pairing the correct heights, rail numbers, and wiring will assist in choosing the safest and most efficient fence for your horse.

Aluminum and Vinyl Horse Fence

Other options for horse fencing materials include both aluminum and vinyl.

Aluminum

Aluminum is not often seen, but is ideal if building between concrete columns. It is recommended for use in the fronts of properties for aesthetic purposes, or for businesses such as equestrian centers or stable rentals. Custom Fence Oviedo recommends Alumi-Guard aluminum products. Aluminum horse fences have an expensive upfront cost, but require less maintenance than other materials. They are available in 7 different powder-coated long lasting colors.

Aluminum horse fences are available in 2, 3, and 4-rail options and in 8-foot wide sections.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl horse fence has a moderate upfront cost, and is a great option for both horse fences and decorative field fences. Vinyl fencing is a plastic polymer, which helps give the fence a bit of flexibility if a horse were to lean against it. Custom Fence Oviedo recommends Homeland Vinyl products, which are high quality vinyl products containing titanium dioxide as a UV inhibitor. The pigments used in their colored products also contain UV protectants. This is ideal for land owners who want their white fence to stay white without much work.

Although less work than wood, vinyl horse fences are not as strong. The posts and rails are hollow, meaning they may crack if a horse were to lean too hard, or run into the fence.

Vinyl horse fences are available in 2, 3, 4, and 5-rail options and in 8-foot wide sections.

 

 

Field Fence

Field fence, sometimes called deer fence, is another option.

 

If your goal is to keep something in or out of your property, including both livestock or predators, the most cost effective option for your needs may be field fencing. Field fencing in constructed of wooden line posts and mesh wire (oftentimes "no-climb wire). They may feature a wood top rail, depending on the purpose of the fence.

Field Fence is often used around gardens or fields to keep grazing deer out, or as a simple barrier for grazing livestock such as sheep, goats, and cattle.

Wired Field fence is an affordable and effective way to fence in a property. It is available up to six foot in height and can be customized to fit both you and your property's specific needs.

 

Barbed Wire Fence

Barbed wire fencing was the first fencing type found to be able to restrain cattle, and began being used in the mid-1800's. Today, barbed wire remains the most popular livestock fencing because of its availability and affordability.

Barbed wire is relatively affordable to install yourself or have installed, due to the materials required. Most barbed wire fences consist of only wooden posts with wire ran in between. Standard barbed wire fencing usually has the posts spaced 5 to 6 feet apart, and 3 to 5 strands of wire ran between. The galvanized wire come in three categories: classes I, II, and III. Class I has the thinnest coating and shortest life expectancy. Class I wires will begin to show rust after around 8 to 10 years, while Class III won't until around 15 to 20 years. Aluminum coated wiring is sometimes used and yields a longer life.

 

There are many options to string a barbed wire fence, including:

Hand-Knotting:   Wire is wrapped around corner posts and knotted by hand. This is the most common method.

Crimp Sleeves:   Wire is wrapped around corner posts and bound to incoming wire with metal sleeves, that are then crimped using lock cutters. This method should be avoided because the sleeves tend to slip when under tension. This method is best used for repairs in the middle of the fence line.

Wire Vise:   Wire is passed through a hole drilled into the post, and is anchored onto the far side.

Wire Wrap:   Wire is wrapped around a corner post, and wrapped onto a helical wire, which wraps onto an incoming wire. Friction holds the wire into place.

 

While affordable, barbed wire fencing requires a high amount of upkeep. It is also dangerous to most livestock, including pigs, sheep, goats, horses, and calves. It is only recommended for use with fully-grown cattle, and even then, is seen as a controversial form of fencing. This is due in part to the fact that it is dangerous for wildlife. Low flying birds or bats can have their wings ripped by the top wire, and many are too high or not visible for deer, moose,  or anther animals to clear while jumping. They may get tangled in the wire and give themselves fatal energy, or die a slow death if they can not escape.

How Can I Get Barbed Wire Without Injuring Animals?

If you're dead set on a barbed wire fence, or can't afford another type of agricultural fence, there are a few ways to make your barbed wire fence safer to your livestock and wildlife. You can use small PVC pipes along the top wire of the fence to help aid in the fences visibility, and use smooth wire as the bottom wire so that animals crawling underneath don't become injured.

 

If you're not sure which fence type will be the best option for both your needs and the surrounding environment, visit our Fencing With Wildlife In Mind article.

 

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Fence?

Yes. Yes! Yes!!  If you want to build a fence or custom fence within the city limits of Oviedo, or any Central Florida municipality,  that fence must be permitted. 

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Responsible Oviedo Fence Company Doing Their Part…

Fence, Vegetation, and Visibility Oviedo.

Anyone that commutes on 426 from Oviedo to Geneva or Geneva to Oviedo knows how dangerous that commute can be.   Last Tuesday there was a terrible accident at Walsh and 426 around 7:40 AM.    The road was shut down.   Anyone who passed the aftermath once the road re-opened probably cringed.

The simple fact is this accident was avoidable.   The line of sight for commuters turning off of Walsh on to 426 was blocked by overgrown vegetation which prevented Northbound traffic from knowing someone was turning southbound.   Couple that with the fact the only passing lanes on 426 as you travel Northbound out of Oviedo starts within 500 feet of the intersection of Walsh Street and 426, an impatient motorist, disaster was inevitable.

The vegetation was part of the Problem.   So we at Paramount Fencing solved that part of the problem.   We contacted the property owner, and with their permission and full cooperation, have removed all vegetation which prevents northbound traffic from knowing a car is turning off of Walsh on to 426 at no charge.    If you know of a similar problem on 426, contact us, and we will remove that vegetation free of charge.

In the meantime,  here is where we need your help.   We need the people to contact District Two Seminole County Commissioner and request that the passing lanes on 426 before and after Walsh Street be eliminated.   We know it sucks, but there are no passing lanes on State Road 46 between Geneva and Oviedo on SR 426 with the exceptions of Walsh, Murphy, and Marsh Streets.    All of these passing lanes are within 500 feet of those intersections.  Understand, these once dirt roads are now paved and are popular short cuts.

Contact Information

Please send e-mail to gvenn@seminolecountyfl.gov
Phone: (407) 665-7205
Fax: (407) 665-7958
Board of County Commissioners
Seminole County Services Building
1101 E. First Street
Sanford, FL 32771

We are asking for your help because one of the vehicles has a mom and three kids involved.   Next, the local bus stop for Geneva Elementry is located where the two cars came to rest.   Understand, the buss normally picks those kids up at 7:45 AM.   Just a reminder the accident happened at 7:40 A.M.  This could have been much worse.

Thanks for your help, Oviedo and Geneva.  Lets drive save. Lets Fence Safe..

Kip HudaKoz- President and Founder Paramount Fencing, Inc.

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What to Consider When Selecting a Fence in Oviedo, Winter Springs, or Geneva Florida

From pasture fence to wood fence and aluminum fence to vinyl fence,  Oviedo and Winter Springs Florida possess every fence style.  Some of those fences look great. Others look like they belong in an abandoned ghost town.  The question is, why?  The answer is simple:  Homeowners do not pay attention to the geological or man-made conditions of their property.

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Before You Spend That Tax Refund On A Fence

The new year is coming, and replacing that old fence will be on the forefront of a homeowners to do list…   In most cases, homeowners will use their tax refunds to accomplish that goal.

We at Custom Fence Oviedo are encouraging you to do your homework.    Understand, with the recent hurricanes,  thousands of new fence companies have popped up across the Central Florida Area, most small.    What you may not know is the hurricane work is quickly dwindling, and hundreds of those fences companies are going out of business, so protect yourself.    How do we know? Well according to the Owner of Paramount Fencing, “We are dealing with multiple homeowners who had a previous fence company disappear with their deposits. ”   He further added, “We are assisting several customers who job sites where abandoned by a so-called fence company.”

Our best advice is to do your research and make sure you follow Custom Fence Oviedo’s seven-step approach, especially if you desire a wood, vinyl, or aluminum fence in Oviedo, Winter Springs, or Geneva Florida.

Seven Step Approach to Selecting A Fence Company.

  1. Select a company that will actually show up to look at the scope of the project.
    1. Here is why:    If a company is not willing to show up and meet with you, you are just a number that justifies a means.  That’s right.  The fence company cares more about the exchange than the fact that you will stare at their lack of interest for 8 – 10 – 12 years.
  2. Understand exactly what the company does.
    • Here is why:   With the hurricane, we have seen a lot of non-traditional fence companies trying to install fences.   From landscapers to bug control guys, and from handy-man services to two guys in a truck.  Understand, fence companies do not generally dabble in other industries.   The fencing world is very technical.  If you don’t understand the product or what is being installed,  disaster lurks.  Just ask the homeowner in Seminole Woods who paid their landscaping company to put in their fence, only to find out six months later they just poured 12K down the drain.
  3. Understand the materials and building method being used.
    • Here is why:    The fencing world and manufactured products are very technical.   Don’t use the right parts, and disaster is lurking.  Just ask the Alafaya Woods homeowner whose T&G pickets won’t stay inside the pocket rail because the fence company did not follow manufacturer specifications, and used shorter pickets meant for another fencing system.  Now they are out 6k.
  4. Make sure the fence company is an actual business.
    • Here is why: Too many times we see consumers skipping this step.   Then, when problems occur they have no recourse.   The best way to verify a company really exists is to visit Sunbiz.org.   Understand, all fence companies where forced to incorporate in 2004.  Use the link to search fence is active or inactive corporation:  Sunbiz.org.   You can look them up by company name or by owner’s name. Bottom line, if you do business with an inactive corporation, you have no recourse.
  5. Make sure the company is going to follow all rules, laws and manufacturer specifications.
    • Here is why:  We are receiving a growing number of phone calls about fence companies not pulling, or pulling and not closing out permits.   Understand, any fence with the exception of field fence or chain link fence on agricultural properties must be permitted in Seminole County.  All residential zoned property need permits.
  6. Listen to what the reviews state.
    • Here is why:  Reviews will generally provide you a snapshot of a companies character, but use trusted sources like the BBB, Angieslist, or Google.   Understand, not all review sites possess safeguards to prevent self-reporting.
  7. Ask yourself a very important question.  Did the salesperson or company sell you, or educate you?
    • Here is Why:  It so easy for a consumer to be sold by a likable salesperson or someone that tells you what you want to hear.  That is why it is important to step back and ask yourself the following three questions:
      1. Was the product being used presented as a highlight reel, or full of helpful information?
      2. What information did they provide about the installation process and craftsmanship?
      3. Did they answer or provide information about the aesthetics, structures, and liabilities associated with the project?

Understand the seven steps are essential, a must follow.   It will assist you in avoiding common mistakes that result in the waste of those tax dollars.

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