Why choose a fence company with a longer waiting list?

The summer months can lead to long and frustrating schedule dates. Logically, it is the height of all fence companys’ season. A good quality company will have a waiting list, sometimes 1-2 weeks booked for the estimate alone. If they do not, it’s smart to question why. Good things come to those who wait is advice that has held true for years. Avoid scheduling frustrations by planning ahead on your fence, railing, or dog run.

At Anchor Fence, a longer wait for an installation in the height of summer is not unusual. There are only a select amount of individuals that are talented enough to install residential and commercial fences and railing for Anchor Fence. In line with the company’s philosophy, our workers take pride in their work, and do not rush or cut corners. This philosophy produces beautiful fences and railings; however, it means we take time to do our installing and do not skim over details, which can be a lengthy process. By planning ahead for summer cook-outs, a new dog or pet, a new pool, or backyard parties, you will avoid scheduling woes.

If a pool is in your future, most city building codes require a fence around the pool. The earlier planning is done, the less painful the experience will be. It is not unusual for Anchor Fence to take preliminary measurements of a yard that will host a pool in the future. This way, site information and other details are on-hand ahead of time.

If you are planning on buying or building a new home, it is also wise to plan well in advanced for a fence or railing. It is not a problem for an estimator from Anchor Fence to meet at the future site well before you are moved in.

Whatever your future plans include, do yourself a favor, and plan ahead on upcoming fence and railing projects. Schedule your estimate in advance, and ask to have an estimate appointment. It will help to progress your summer fence or deck plans at the pace that you want. Anchor Fence Company showroom displays panels of vinyl and aluminum fence and railing, and is located at 26345 Plymouth Rd. An appointment with one of our representatives at Anchor Fence to come to your home may be made by calling 313-937-0101. If the Internet is more convenient, the Company’s Web Site showcases numerous photos of previous work; it can be found at http://www.AnchorFenceOnline.com. If you have approximate measurements of your yard, you can also get a free emailed online quote.

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10 Tips to Add Lighting to Your Fence!

(Just in time for Christmas and the holidays.)

Your outdoor spaces are just as important as your indoor ones when it comes to choosing great lighting.

Use these 10 tips to create a dazzling look on your fence with the right lighting:

  1. Add Solar Caps to Your Vinyl or Aluminum Fence                                                    Anchor Fence does sell, supply and install solar caps for vinyl and aluminum fencing which are available for order! These add lighting to your back or front yard and make your fence pop!                
  2. Use Up-Lighting for a Dramatic Effect.
    Using lighting that’s low to the ground and pointed upward creates a look that shows off your garden without being too harsh. It also shows off the texture of your fence, even at night.
  3. Create Shadows with Low-Placed LightingFence Lighting
    By placing lights low to the ground, you can cast harsh shadows on the fence or house, creating a dramatic look.
  4. Bright Spotlights Add Safety and Charm
    Use spotlights on your fence to illuminate areas for entertaining. The bright lights are helpful for guests when they are walking.
  5. Use String Lights for Decorative Lighting
    String lights are easy to install and offer a wide variety of styles so you can change the look of your fence lighting easily and often. These lights are also festive for the Christmas season!
  6. Use Accent Lighting to Highlight the Best Parts of Your Garden
    Experiment with lighting placed at various heights on your fence to make the area in front of it stand out. This is perfect for highlighting specific spots of the garden.
  7. Make Functional Lighting Fun
    Add lights to the underside of benches placed along your fence. This provides light with a fun look.
  8. Use Spotlights to Make Your Home Stand out
    Spotlights placed on your fence and directed at your house make it look extravagant and inviting.
  9. Use Lamps and Lanterns for Versatility and Function
    Lamps and lanterns, that can be moved as needed, provide an endless variety of lighting possibilities for any garden.
  10. Use Ambient Lighting to Set the Mood
    Lighting on a dimmer can be adjusted as needed to create the perfect look, every time.

Keeping a Dog in the Backyard With Fence, No Matter How Small!

Dogs, especially small ones, can be little escape artists and can find their way out of most backyards. However, yards with the proper fencing will prevent your furry friend from escaping without harming them with electric shocks or tying them with a leash, which may choke them by the collar.
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The least expensive solution is a chain link fence with bottom tension wire or bottom rail. The bottom tension wire or bottom rail will keep any dog from getting under the fence by pushing the wire up. The gaps in chain link are small, even if you have a Yorkie or Chihuahua he/she should not be able to fit through a chain link diamond. If you have a canine that likes to jump over the fence, there is 6 foot tall chain link available which should prevent dogs from jumping over. However, not all cities permit 6 foot tall chain link.

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If your city does not allow 6 foot tall chain link the next best option is 6 foot tall privacy vinyl. Your dog will not be able to get through gaps in the fence pickets because there are no gaps in privacy vinyl pickets. Since the fence will be 6 foot tall, he/she will not be able to clear the fence by jumping. When you have a professional, such as Anchor Fence install, we are able to install vinyl fence so that there are no gaps between the bottom of the fence and the ground for your puppy to get under. Wood fence will work the same, however wood is susceptible to rotting, molding, weathering and would not last as long as a vinyl fence, which is why most companies do not put a warranty on wood. Wood is also at it’s most expensive, currently costing more than vinyl.

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The last option to keep in your hound is steel or aluminum fence. This solution is mostly used for larger dogs because the gaps in these metal fence are large enough for a small dog or puppy to fit through unless puppy picket is added to the aluminum fence. There are also special harnesses and doggy donuts that prevent small dogs from getting through the gaps in aluminum or steel pickets. Aluminum and steel do come in 6 foot tall, so if your hound likes to jump, he/she should not be able to jump over the fence.

Puppy Picket

Puppy pickets are spaced closer together at the bottom so small dogs cannot fit through.

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Custom harness prevents small dogs getting through aluminum or steel fence without puppy picket.

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Special donut pillows for small dogs can also prevent them from going through a aluminum or steel fence.

If you would like any of the fences listed in this article for your puppy or dog and live in the Metro Detroit area, you can call Anchor Fence today for an estimate! 313-937-0101

Tips on Removing Old Fence

If you have an old wood or chain link fence that has been on your property for a while, chances are portions of it are in bad shape, falling down and not salvageable.  You will most likely want to tear down the fence for replacement at some point because it can be an eyesore. But before you get out your hammer and gloves, there are a few things you should do to make sure the project is completed safely and properly. There are several steps you should take before making any changes to your property. Some are legal and others are precautions. When you get started with your tear-out, you will want to take the proper safety procedures to make sure you and no one else gets hurt.

Rusty chain link fence and rotted wood ready to be removed and replaced.

Before any tear-down is performed, it is extremely important to make sure the fence is your property. If you are unfamiliar with the history of your property and you moved in after your neighbors were already there, then that fence you are thinking about removing may not be yours. The other problem, some installation projects are done without city approval and could possibly be on your neighbor’s property line. If you do not own the fence, then you should probably give some thought to installing a fence that is inside your property line. Your other option is to discuss the situation with your neighbor and see if they would be willing to tear down the fence.

Regardless of where you live, you should always contact Miss Dig before you start digging. Your fence posts are installed about 4′ into the ground and may have been there for a very long time. If the utility companies have done any installation of lines near your fence, then you will need to know that before you start digging up fence posts. The last thing you want to do is get fined because you knocked out phone service to half the neighborhood when you took up one of your old fence posts. It is also a good idea to know where your sprinkler lines are and any private underground line that may be on your property, as Miss Dig does not mark these lines.

It is important to have a plan when removing fence posts. If you are unfamiliar with how to do it, then it may be best to hire Anchor Fence. Properly installed fences use concrete and gravel to anchor the fence posts. If you are unsure as to how to remove them, then you could get hurt and cause significant property damage. If you are confident in your ability to remove the fence yourself, then make sure that you have all of the right equipment to get the job done. If you need a professional to get the job done for you and installation after, call Anchor Fence (313) 937-0101. We will be more than happy to help you.

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