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.
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Advantages of Installing a Fence.

A frame completes any work of art or picture. Similar to how a garden will appear with a fence. A garden fence not only adds to the overall beauty of the garden but also gives the entire landscape a more complete look. A fence can be erected around the front yard, backyard or around the entirety of the property. Adequate fencing adds to the security of your house and property as well.

The different styles of fence that you can choose from include picket fences, privacy fences and post and rail fences. You should take into consideration the average cost of popular fence types which include wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel and chain link. A drive through Michigan makes it clear that the vinyl and wood fence is the fence of choice for most of the residents.

Unlike wood, vinyl fence never weathers, rots or grows mold and moss. Vinyl fence also requires little to no maintenance. The most maintenance a vinyl fence may need is an occasional hosing down due to mud or dirt. Vinyl fence also comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose which color best suits your yard. This type of material also blocks out road noise and comes in 6 foot tall privacy styles which can also help with security and give privacy in your own backyard or front yard.

Western red cedar is the most popular type of wood material used throughout Michigan. This type of fencing offers natural insulation for the property by blocking the cold winds. It also acts as a sound blocker and is great for keeping down the noise from loud neighbors.

Cedar also acts as a natural insect repellent. The cedar oil acts as a deterrent to mosquitoes, termites and other bugs, which in turn protects itself as well as the surrounding property. Cedar wood contains natural thujaplicin, this makes it one of the most durable woods. It delays the wood from rotting away due to decay causing fungi and damage. Therefore, this type of fence will have a long lifespan if it is properly cared for. If you want to give your property an elegant look, steel or aluminum fencing is your best bet.

After you have made up your mind of the style and type of fence you want to build around your garden you can go about designing it. Depending on your needs choose a proper height for the fence. However make sure that it adheres to the local regulations for residential fence heights. The state of Michigan requires you to acquire a building permit in some cities. It is always a good idea to research your local laws and regulations before selecting a style and height of a new fence.

Begin your assignment by determining the location of the fence you need. Find out if there are any obstructions on the fence line such as shrubs or trees that need to be removed. If you have your installation by Anchor Fence, we will pull the permit for you. All you would need is a mortgage survey and signature approval from your neighbors, if this is needed in your city. Anchor Fence will also call Miss Dig to locate any underground power or gas lines in your yard before we dig. Be sure to let Anchor Fence know of any private lines or sprinkler lines before we start the installation process as Miss Dig will not mark these.

If you want your fence to be professionally installed, or just need the material to install, please give Anchor Fence a call (313)937-0101. If you are unsure of what type of material you want or if you have the measurements of the fence you desire in linear feet available visit our website to view the different types of material and style offered also have an online quote emailed to you. http://www.anchorfenceonline.com/

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Fence or Fence Quote

Below is a list of 6 questions to ask yourself to better prepare for a fence.
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Certagrain Vinyl Fence in Brazilian Blend color.

1. Why do I need a fence? To keep in the dog? To keep in the kids? Nosy neighbors? This question will help you select what kind of material is best for your situation. For example, if you need to keep in your small dog and want to have a decorative aluminum or steel fence it is best to get puppy pickets, so your dog will not be able to slide through and defeat the purpose of the fence. If you are trying to keep your nosy neighbors from peeping into your yard, you would probably want a privacy wood or vinyl fence.

 

2. How long does my fence have to be in linear feet? Do I need any walk through or drive through gates?¬† If you aren’t sure of the exact measurements even a guess is good. In a typical backyard, one side of the property is 50 feet. Any kind of approximate measurement can help an Anchor Fence representative give you a quote. Or you can even use our online form¬†and have an approximate quote emailed to you.

 

3. Is there a particular style of fence you have in mind? Or are you not sure of what style? On our webpage, you can pick out a style if you are not sure of what you want or not sure of what it is called. If you still do not know the name of a style of fence, but can find a picture you can email us and we will be more than happy to help you out.

 

4. What city are you in? First off, make sure we service the area you are in. Cities around Michigan have different codes when it comes to fence, some may not allow the type of fence and height that you want.

 

5. What is your budget? Let us know what your budget is, this way we can steer you toward the options that would fit in your budget and that can also solve the problem in which you were looking to get a fence in the first place.

 

6. Lastly, what is my landscape like? Think about where your sprinklers are located and any underground wires. Let your estimator know so they can accurately draw up an estimate and save the nightmare of having to go through repairs. Miss Digg locates underground utilities, but does not locate private lines and sprinkler lines. Another question about landscaping, is the intended fence line within a sprinkler’s spray pattern? Constant watering can shorten the life of a wood fence, you may want to go with a different material such as metal or vinyl. Another option would be to move the fence line away from the sprinkler spray.