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Wood Posts or Steel Posts – Which Option is Better for Your Fence?

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Weather, soil and time all take a toll on our fences, with most wood fencing having to be replaced several times during the lifetime of a house. With this in mind, a lot of homeowners’ question whether steel or wood posts are the better choice.

Wood posts do a better job of blending with the fence panel and provide a nicer, more cohesive look. They are more traditional and are able to withstand fairly severe weather. However, they can rot or breakdown as time marches on. As with any wood, sitting water can eat away at the post bottom and cause it to easily bend or break. You will also need to be aware of the acidity of your soil, because this can also erode the bottom of the post. As most wood posts have to be replaced at some point, you can bet that the fence panel is right on par with a replacement as well, since thinner wood planks wear faster.

Steel posts are actually more durable, and the chances of having to replace them every few years (like wood posts) are slim. These type posts are extremely resistant to standing water, and repeated rain. They also help the fence panel itself to stand up straighter, thus allowing you to get a longer lasting life from the panel. Metal posts cost a little more than their wood counterpart, but fortunately, their value return reaches much further.

Fencing is a worthwhile investment for your home, but it is not cheap. Labor makes up most of the cost of a fence, as well as the expense of good, quality materials. So with any home improvement, make sure you do your homework beforehand, and research a reputable fence company to get the most bang for your buck.

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What Season is Best for Installing a Swimming Pool?

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Have you always dreamed of owning your own swimming pool? Available financing options can easily make this a reality for many homeowners and also an added investment to their home. But the big question is: What season is best for installing your pool? Take a look at these pros and cons for each season to help you decide.

Spring

Beautiful spring weather brings a high demand for pool contractors. Prices are at a fairly steady peek during this time of year, reducing any savings you might have anticipated. And since this is typically the rainiest season of all, the installation process can be quite irregular. If your pool is delayed, then you may have to look at a big hole in the ground into early summer. A bummer for you and your family.

Summer

I would avoid summer pool installation like the plague. Prices are at their highest, and not only is your yard out of commission for any summertime play, but staring at your half-built pool while others are swimming in theirs can be discouraging. At this point, you might as well plan ahead, and contract for your pool to be built later in the year. It will save you money and headaches as well.

Fall

Usually in the fall, business is slowing down for pool companies and they will slowly start to lower their prices. Autumn weather is more agreeable than other seasons, leaving the ground soft enough for easy digging. It’s also a great time to spruce up your landscaping by planting flower bulbs and re-seeding damaged grass from the installation process.

Winter

As the winter chill creeps in, swimming pool prices dip to their lowest of the year. This can add up to considerable savings, however, winter weather can present a host of problems. Snow and ice keep the ground hard and difficult for digging, and can also disrupt the installation schedule causing your install time to increase. However, a November/December install gives you plenty of time to re-grow grass and other landscaping that was damaged in the process.

While there is no easy answer for the best season for pool installation, one thing is for certain; swimming pools are well worth the time and investment. Many childhood memories are created from splashing around with friends and family, and who doesn’t love a good game of water Marco Polo?

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Spruce Up Your Outdoors with These Ten Fall Decorating Tips

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

 

Summer has gone and fall is finally here! Time to spruce up your outdoor landscape and help nature put some colorful fun into your world. Check out these Ten Fall Décor Ideas to bring the brilliant colors of autumn to your home.

Pumpkins are the perennial favorite for fall décor and a great way to spruce up your front porch. Vary your pumpkin sizes, add a bale of hay and you’ve already brought the flavor of fall to your home.


Who could forget the rich beauty of chrysanthemums? Dynamic gold, rich wine, and yummy orange are traditional autumn colors and if properly cultivated, will bloom in vibrant intensity, year after year.


Incorporate a little Joanna Gaines into your outdoor décor by bringing the ‘farmhouse’ look to your own home. Pick up an antique ladder or wagon wheel at a local flea market, cluster pumpkins and galvanized steel tins (filled with your favorite fall flower), around it for an old fashioned feel.


Falling leaves epitomize autumn and make great decorative touches. Create a family fun day of raking leaf piles and filling apple crates with the kaleidoscope of colorful leaves.


Arbors are a beautiful outdoor accessory and make a fabulous backdrop for clinging vines and flowering fall bushes. They are also the perfect natural setting for yearly family pictures.


Now is the time to plant an apple tree in your yard so your family can enjoy the delicious ripe, ruby fruit for years to come. And who doesn’t love a juicy caramel apple?


Scarecrows are a cheerful addition to any fall outdoor display and add a lot of character to a large front porch. So grab some straw and denim and have some fun with these friendly little guys.


Gourds are an inexpensive way to decorate and come in different sizes, colors, and textures. Throw in some corn husks and sunflowers and you have a budget friendly front porch display.


Your backyard deck is a great canvas for fall décor. Situate colorful potted plants and miniature light strands around your deck for an inviting outdoor living space


Don’t forget Halloween! Kids love the scary fun of this colorful holiday, so hang a skeleton or two and delight the neighborhood with your Halloween spirit.


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Prime Your Outdoor Deck for Winter’s Unpredictable Weather

justin brotton - Friday, March 10, 2017

by Margo Waldrop

Summer has quickly turned into fall, which means it is time to winterize your outdoor deck. A well-built deck can serve as a great outdoor living space for your family for years and years, but it does take a beating from weather and extended use. Sealing and staining your deck will maintain the integrity of the wood and keep your deck beautiful and ready to stand against harsh weather.

Before you head to Lowe’s for sealant, test your deck with a cup of water. Splatter water on several areas of the deck. If the water beads up then you are safe for the winter, if the water soaks into the board, then it is time to reseal your deck.

Food stains and ground-in dirt can ruin your decks veneer, so you will need to clean your deck before you reseal. A power-washer, or scrub brush and soap will do the trick. Allow it to dry thoroughly before you seal or stain.

If there are damaged boards, sand them down after the deck is dry. If you have peeling or missing stain in large areas, you may want to strip off the current stain and start fresh. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for staining your deck, but keep in mind, it sometimes takes 2 to 3 coats for it to achieve the look you desire. Once the stain has cured properly, then it is time to seal your deck with a water repellent sealer.

A well planned maintenance routine doesn’t have to be time consuming, but it will keep your deck looking almost brand new season after season.

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