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Most popular backyard fencing

Most popular backyard fencing

Fencing trends come and go but some have stuck around longer than others. It all comes down to how much money you want to spend, what styles of fencing you like and the amount of privacy you want your new fence to provide. In this blog post we will dive into the styles and trends that have become the most popular backyard fencing options in 2023 and the reasons why you might choose them for your next fencing project.

Wooden fencing with modern additions

Wooden fences will remain a timeless and beautiful option for homeowners for the foreseeable future. They are affordable, easy to maintain, are sustainable and provide ample privacy. While they have been a favorite for many years, there are many ways you can customize a wooden fence to be more modern and these are some of the most popular ways:

Modern paints or stains

By adding a stain or paint to any wooden fence you can change the entire overall appearance. Modern colors that compliment your home’s exterior is an easy way to make your fence more appealing. It has become more popular for homeowners to opt for a not so traditional color for their fencing in recent years. If your home is light colored, choosing a dark fence such as charcoal or gray can create a striking yet beautiful contrast. Or if you want your fence to remain neutral, adding a nice stain will suffice.

Go horizontal instead of vertical

You can achieve an eye-catching wooden fence by opting for horizontal slat fencing instead of traditionally installed vertical slats. You will recognize this style from farmlands but it is becoming increasingly popular on residential properties to achieve a rustic look. While it isn’t a fencing style used for privacy, if you’re going for more of an open style, horizontal slats are a real winner!

Opt for curved panels

We don’t disagree that simple wooden fence pickets are a lovely choice for homeowners looking for a long lasting, sleek and private fence. However, opting for curved panels instead of straight ones has become very popular. This is a way to make your wooden fence stand out while also maintaining a simple design. The experts at Town & Country Fence can install pickets that curve up or down depending on what style you want.

Add metal elements

Adding metal elements to your wooden fence can help make it more modern and unique looking compared to other fences in your community. Some ideas include metal post caps, metal accents such as medallions, horizontal bars, metal lattice panels and more. If you’ve got a gate, add elements such as metal hinges, handles and latches. These are just a few of the small but eye-catching additions that will compliment the overall look of your fence.

Contemporary iron fencing

If a wooden fence isn’t the look you’re going for, many homeowners will opt for an iron fence. Town & Country Fence is well versed in installing ornamental iron fences in various styles. This is a great option for those wanting to achieve a classic look with minimal privacy. Aside from the aesthetics, iron fences are highly durable so having them installed in high-traffic areas is no problem. Wooden fences can sometimes be susceptible in harsh weather conditions but iron fences can withstand these issues. Because they are made with galvanized steel, maintaining your iron fence is very easy.

If you want to modernize your ornamental iron fence, consider changing the colors of the fence or even just changing the post caps. You can also enhance the look of the fence by incorporating lighting, plants and other decorative elements. However, opting for an iron fence will typically give your property a minimalistic but sleek appearance that many homeowners love.


It seems that most popular backyard fencing trends are low maintenance. Being able to enjoy your backyard without having to worry too much about your fence is something all people want. If privacy is a big concern, your best bet is to go with a wooden fence. If you don’t mind having people be able to see into your backyard, ornamental iron might be the way to go. Like we mentioned, it all comes down to personal preference and what styles you like the most.

Town & Country Fence has been Seattle’s number one fencing provider since 1965. We take pride in being able to provide thoughtful advice on what fencing options are best suited for your project and we are always staying up to date on what trends are coming and going. If you are interested in any of the most popular backyard fencing options we covered in this article, one of our knowledgeable staff members will pay you a complimentary visit to provide you with a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Wood vs. vinyl fencing

Wood vs. vinyl fencing

If you’re in the market for a new fence, it’s important to explore all options before choosing the right material. There are so many different types of fences available today but two options that are on the top of the list would be wood and vinyl. Both options offer different styles and benefits while also having their own drawbacks. The experts here at Town & Country Fence are familiar with both materials and can help you make an informed decision on what fence is best for you. It’s important to factor in cost, style, maintenance and durability before finalizing your decision. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons to both wood and vinyl fences as well as the key differences.

Wooden fences

Wooden fences are arguably the most popular choice when it comes to residential fencing. Available in so many different styles and colours, wood offers a timeless yet simple look. If you’re going for a naturally beautiful and warm style, wood is the way to go.

The pros

Wood can be sustainably sourced making it an eco-friendly fencing option. This can be very important for some homeowners who are looking to be environmentally conscious when picking materials for their new fence.
Wood fences aren’t overly expensive so if cost is a concern, wood might be the best option for you.
Like we mentioned already, wood fences are beautiful options that come in many different shapes and colours. Wood is easily customizable which allows you to have more freedom when picking a style.

The cons

No fencing material is going to be perfect. For wooden fences, it is important to understand that they require regular maintenance in order to guarantee a long lifespan. This includes regular staining, painting and/or sealing.
Wood fences are susceptible to damage from insects, UV rays and harsh climates. This means it is hard to predict how long your wooden fence will last. The wood can rot, warp and crack so staying on top of regular maintenance is imperative.
Depending on the type of wood you go for, maintenance costs can add up although initial installation costs were low.

Vinyl fences

Vinyl fences are clean and modern options for homeowners looking to install a fence that is extremely low maintenance. Vinyl fences are also available in many different styles and colours so customizing your fence is possible.

The pros

The biggest appeal a vinyl fence has is that it is virtually maintenance free. Homeowners who want to install a fence that they don’t need to worry about will often go for vinyl because the most you’ll ever need to do is rinse it off if it becomes dirty.
Vinyl fences are not as susceptible to weather conditions, rot or insects as wooden fences are. This means their lifespan is longer and you won’t have to worry about weather proofing.
Vinyl fences are available in different styles which means if you don’t want the classic white look of a vinyl fence, you can opt for something else. There are even options now on the market that mimic the look of a wooden fence.

The cons

If the environment is something that you want to be conscious of when choosing a fence material, it is important to know that vinyl is not biodegradable. Unfortunately it is produced using chemicals and fossil fuels unlike wood.
Vinyl fencing installation can be costly compared to wood fencing. The upfront cost can deter some people away from it. But remember, maintenance costs are going to be little to none.
If your vinyl is badly damaged, repairing it could be impossible. Usually if a section of your vinyl fence is damaged, it will need to be replaced entirely.


The experts at Town & Country Fence understand that finding the right fence is not always easy. All fencing materials have their benefits and drawbacks so choosing the right one can be difficult. Wooden fences will remain a top choice for the foreseeable future as they are cost effective, sustainable and they offer a beautiful natural look. However be prepared to regularly pay to maintain your fence. If you want a maintenance free fence that has a longer lifespan, go for the vinyl. This is another beautiful option that doesn’t need regular maintenance but it can be more costly during initial installation and is not nearly as environmentally friendly as wood.

If you’re still stuck on what option is best suited for you, let us know what you’re looking for in terms of aesthetics, your budget and willingness to perform maintenance and we will be happy to provide you with a free estimate and recommendations on fencing materials. There are more fences to choose from other than wood and vinyl and we touch on those in our other blog posts.

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Is Chain Link Cheaper than Wood Fencing?

Is Chain Link Cheaper than Wood Fencing?

When deciding on a fence, two of the most common choices are wood and chain link. And while you can pick a handful of other types of fences, cedar, and chain link generally make the most sense from the perspective of cost and practicality. The question then becomes: which is cheaper?

Fence Material

The upfront cost of buying these two materials isn’t the only factor to consider when price shopping for a fence. You must look into installation fees and regular maintenance costs as well.

Chain link fences are often seen as more affordable than wood because of the upfront cost of the materials. But then again, when you factor in installation fees and maintenance required throughout the life of each fence type, wood fences can be more affordable than chain link in the long run.

Fence Installation

Installation for either type of fence does require some labor. DIY installation is doable but typically not recommended due to the time and effort required to install a fence properly. And before you talk about the installation cost, be reminded that a permit may be required depending on the fence’s location, height, and size. The cost for both materials is going to depend on who you hire to install them. Doing “comparison shopping” makes sense here.

Chain link is easier and quicker to install than wood because all of the pieces are uniform and don’t require cutting or nailing into place. In other words, installation costs should be lower than installing a wood fence.

Although wood is easy to procure, it does require more time and effort to build. And since it takes longer to install, the labour costs could be higher than that associated with installing chain link fencing.

The location must likewise be factored in when determining installation costs. Here’s what we mean: if you live in a rural area, there’s a good chance that labour costs will be lower because the crew won’t have to contend with traffic and other distractions. Conversely, city living may lead to higher installation fees.

Moreover, your property’s terrain also matters. If your property is hilly, steep or has other challenges, that will add to the labour costs. A hill or a slope adds to the job’s complexity for chain link fences since you’ll need to cover more ground. The same goes for wood, only that it takes longer for the installers to work around these challenges.


Chain link is also cost-effective because it requires minimal upkeep. Simply hose off the fence every once in a while to keep it clean and rust-free. Wood, however, needs more TLC than chain link: sanding, staining or painting, depending on the type of wood being used. Case in point: cedar fencing will need to be stained every three to five years, while pressure-treated wood will require painting or staining every few years. There’s no denying the aesthetic appeal of wood, but chain link is starting to look attractive, too, due to the various coatings and vinyl options available.

Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

At first glance, it seems chain link is the most cost-effective choice. But that’s not always the case. Since wood fencing requires more labour to install and requires regular maintenance, you must consider your budget carefully when deciding. Both fence types come with distinct attributes, and you’re better off knowing the pros and cons of each material.

Arguments for Chain Link Fence

You expect a chain link fence to last longer than wood. That alone is enough reason for many Seattle property owners to choose it. Also, chain link is safer for kids and pets. The posts, rails and mesh wires are robust enough to keep animals and children inside your property’s boundaries. This fence is effective in preventing unwanted visitors from entering the premises, which means added security for your property.

You shouldn’t go for a chain link fence if you’re looking for privacy. A chain link fence won’t give you complete privacy, so if that’s what you want, go for a wood fencing material instead. Chain link fences aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as wood and other materials like vinyl or aluminum. If appearance matters to you, then you should consider other options.

Arguments for Wood Fencing

Wood fencing is attractive and versatile – no other material can match its aesthetic value. You get to choose from various wood types, i.e., cedar, spruce, redwood, oak, and pine. This fence can also be stained or painted to your preference.

You should avoid wood for fencing if cost is an issue. Wood fences require maintenance. Depending on how old the fence is, you might have to sand, stain or paint it. You don’t have to do any of those things with a chain link fence. Wood fencing also requires more time and effort to install since it has to be cut and nailed into place. It’s also not as robust as chain link when it comes to safety and security.

But then again, if the upkeep isn’t a biggie for you, and you want a fence that can add value to your property’s curb appeal, wood fencing should be a no-brainer.

Final Thoughts

The decision between chain link and wood fencing comes down to cost, longevity, safety, aesthetic appeal and maintenance requirements. With chain link being cheaper upfront and requiring minimal upkeep, it appears to be the sensible choice. But wood fencing is worth considering despite its maintenance needs if you prefer your fence to add beauty to your property, goes well with the landscape, and is safe for kids and pets. Both options make sense because one property owner will have different needs than another.

Whatever you decide, if you are looking either for a chain link or a wood fence, please give Town & Country a call. We provide free estimates and no money down.

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Do We Need a Permit to Get a Fence Installed in Seattle?

Do We Need a Permit to Get a Fence Installed in Seattle?

Are you thinking about building a new fence in the Seattle area? If you are, then it is important to learn about the permit process which, in part, govern how fences are built. While a fence under six feet may not require a permit, it’s still important to know and understand how the permit process works.

For example, the Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is the approving authority for any construction project, including fences, within city limits. But don’t let that bog you down – obtaining a permit is not as complicated or intimidating as it may sound. And remember, there may be rules, but they aren’t impossible to abide by.

Talk to Your Neighbors and HOA First

Don’t be an inconsiderate neighbor. Before applying for a permit, communicate with your neighbors and the Homeowners Association (HOA) to see that everyone agrees about your plan. Violating your HOA’s policy or infringing on a neighbor’s rights could end up costing you more than just a permit fee.
You may not be breaking the law or trespassing, but informing your neighbors of the fence you intend to build is courteous – after all, we all want to be good neighbors. And if they do have a problem with your project, try to work out a compromise between all parties before proceeding any further. The last thing you need is a lawsuit or argument with your neighbors because of a misunderstanding.

Types of Fences That Need a Permit in Seattle

When applying for a permit, specify the fence type you plan to build. Here are the types of fences that typically require a permit in Seattle:
Privacy Fences – These are typically 6′ or higher and limit visibility into a yard.
Retaining Walls – These structures support soil and keep it from eroding.
Pool Enclosures – These are fences that surround public or private swimming pools.
Security Fences and Gates – These are usually heavy-duty fences or gates that provide added security to a property.
Decorative Fencing – These fences, i.e., picket or garden fences, add aesthetic value to a property.
Why do these types of fences require a permit, you ask? It’s because they are considered permanent structures – and, thus, must comply with building codes set by the SDCI. For instance, using concrete or masonry over six feet tall indicates your motive for making the fence a permanent fixture. As such, the local government must ensure it is structurally sound and not dangerous to the public, justifying the need for a permit.

Height Restrictions

Washington state law governs fence height requirements for the backyard in residential properties, while county and city laws are to be followed in determining the correct fence height for front yards. Seattle’s fence regulations are as follows:
A house belonging to a residential neighborhood in Seattle can have a fence without a permit if it doesn’t exceed six feet in height. But the SDCI affords an additional two feet for aesthetic features, i.e., lattice, trellises, etc., as long as they don’t obstruct visibility.

In scenarios where there’s a pressing need to construct a fence on top of a retaining wall, i.e., to offset a steep grade, the total fence height (including the retaining wall) must not exceed nine and a half feet. Fences can also go up to as high as eight feet when dealing with a slope, like a hillside

The SDCI allows for a variance in fence height when you have special needs such as noise insulation. In these cases, however, you must provide evidence to prove that an extended height is absolutely necessary.
All things considered, the rule is that if you exceed the six-foot threshold, you must have a permit and abide by the city’s zoning regulations.
Most cities in Washington, including Seattle, don’t have strict regulations on the front yard fence’s height, although it’s tradition for public authorities to set a limit of four feet. Moreover, if you live in a historic district, the regulations may be stricter than typical residential areas. Preserving the area’s historic ambience is the priority for such districts.

Placement Concerns

You can build a fence wherever you need, so long as it’s within your property. However, the fence should never trespass on your neighbour’s land or restrict their right of way. These two issues have long plagued the construction of fences in residential areas and have driven many to court.

Be mindful of the placement of a privacy fence – try to install it wherever it doesn’t obstruct the view from windows or vehicles. The SDCI may reject your permit application if you don’t follow such regulations.
A fence shouldn’t be placed on or within 25 feet of public streets and sidewalks because it may interfere with traffic visibility, impede any necessary repairs or make it hard for the city to clean up snow.
Building your fence at least one foot from the lot line is required. That said, if you’re building a fence through your shared property line with your neighbor, it’s best to get written consent before you proceed.

Getting a Permit for Your Fence in Seattle

In most instances, building a fence over six feet tall means, you should furnish a construction permit. If it’s a residential fence, you will most likely be required to have a subject-to-field construction permit. It means you must fill out an application form and produce documents for the review process, including, but not limited to, drawings and scaled site plans.
You will also need to provide the fee charged by SDCI and a site plan that contains an accurate survey of your property, all boundaries, and any existing structures within your lot. In some cases, depending on the size of your project, you may be asked to submit other documents, i.e., structural calculations or soil reports.

What Else Should I Know Before Applying for a Fence Permit?

It’s typical for individual neighborhoods in Seattle to have their own set of regulations. Keep in mind that these regulations are agreed upon by the HOA when you move into a particular community. So, it’s not like you can choose not to comply. As such, it makes perfect sense to learn of your area’s rules before setting out to build a fence, or you may face fines or have to take down whatever you’ve built.

For nearly six decades, Town and Country Fence has stood as the premier fencing authority in King and Snohomish Counties in the Seattle area. Our enduring legacy emphasizes our steadfast dedication to our community and to our customers. If you need a new fence, give us a call today at 425-775-0531 and ask for Brian.

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How to Find a Fencing Estimate Online

How to Find a Fencing Estimate Online

Although investment in fence construction isn’t as grandiose as other home improvement projects (we’re talking about you, pool installation!), it’s still a pricey financial venture. Like all property owners, you hope to get the best value for the money. In so doing, you plan on getting estimates online instead of merely relying on what local contractors offer.
But how do you find the best fencing estimates online, considering that the Internet’s a vast sea of information?

The Fence Calculator

Yes, you read that right! There’s a tool available online, and it’s the best way to get a realistic estimate of your fencing project without the usual partiality of a contractor. A fence calculator is a handy program that provides an estimated cost of materials and labour needed to install a particular type of fence, however, it’s just to get a ballpark figure so you can do basic calculations. There is a lot that goes into a fencing estimate including materials and labor that won’t necessarily be calculated correctly in a fence calculator.

When using any fence calculator online, you must first decide on the length of the fence and the space between each post.
• Length – You’ll need to measure the perimeter of your yard and decide how long you want it. In Seattle, there’s no length restriction, but you do have to limit the fence height to eight feet if you don’t plan on getting a permit.
• Post Space – You’ll also have to determine the space between each post. The standard distance is 6-8 feet, although the spacing will depend on your fence type.
You need these two numbers to calculate the number of posts and boards you’ll need to erect the fence. The fencing calculator will provide this information and an estimate of the cost.
Likewise, other details must be filled in, i.e., the number of horizontal rails, picket width, post diameter, etc. Once all details are filled in, your fence calculator will provide an estimated cost for the project. Keep in mind that every fence calculator will have unique requirements, so see that you read the instructions carefully before you start.
The complexity of your fence will also affect the project’s final cost. If you add features like a gate, lighting, etc., the estimate will go up accordingly. Again, remember, you will need a professional estimator to have a look at your fence to get a more accurate quote.

Professional Fencing Estimate

Anyhow, the fence calculator is merely a reference. If you plan on installing the fence professionally, it’s always best to contact at least three contractors for estimates. Ask them whether they’re licensed before you even start talking about price quotations. Only a licensed fencing contractor can provide an accurate estimate and quality service. Remember that each contractor has different construction fees and additional charges. Your location will also affect the cost of materials and labour.
You can also get an estimate from online fencing retailers. They will take your exact measurements, build a custom fence for you, and then ship it directly to your location. This is often less expensive than hiring a professional fencing contractor but doesn’t include installation charges.
Don’t accept the first estimate blindly. Ask them about the materials they plan on using, labour costs, and other relevant details. You should also confirm whether the contractors will remove your existing fence. Accepting an estimate mindlessly means you plan on paying for things you don’t necessarily need. Clarify matters with the contractor and get the agreement in writing.

Four Requisite Steps in Getting an Accurate Estimate Online

Step 1 – Find the contractor’s website.

You can’t start the query without first finding the contractor’s website such as It should have all the necessary details, such as their contact info and license number. If you find one that’s too confusing to navigate, you should keep looking. Put the number of prospects to at least three. Look for a button or link that says “Request a Quote” or “Free Estimate.” But don’t get right to it – first, browse the website to see if the contractor’s fence projects showcased on the pages are within your expectations or standards.

Step 2 – Measure your fence line.

Once you get a hold of at least three contractors and their websites, it’s time to measure your fence line. Measure the length of the entire perimeter and make a note of any potential obstacles, i.e., trees, posts, drains, etc. Slopes are of particular significance, and never forget to mention this. The reason is the slope of the yard or lot will substantially affect the price estimate.

Step 3 – Fill in the contractor’s form.

Fill out all details about your fencing project accurately. Don’t forget to include the measurements and any other information that you deem relevant. Here’s an important detail: you must answer each question honestly if you expect an accurate estimate. Lying or exaggerating the facts won’t get you a better price. You can fill out our form at

Meanwhile, some contractors would want you to sketch your yard or lot. This is a more effective way to communicate the project details more accurately. Don’t bother making a detailed sketch; draw a few lines on paper and add some basic information.

Step 4 – Send the form and wait for an estimate.

Once you’ve filled in all forms and made sketches (if needed), submit them to the contractor. You should receive an estimate within a few days, but it’s always best to call them and ask for the status of your request. However, a better way to get a fencing estimate is to just call us at Town & Country Fencing at 425-775-0531 and we can help you.

Last Thoughts On A Fencing Estimate

Regardless of your method of finding a fencing estimate, it’s always best to do some comparison shopping. Don’t just stick with one contractor; we said to get at least three prospects earlier to give you options. Compare the estimates, check out their portfolios, conduct interviews, and verify their license before signing an agreement. Anyone who gives an outrageously low estimate should be a red flag, so think twice about it.

For nearly six decades, Town and Country Fence has stood as the premier fencing authority in King and Snohomish Counties in the Seattle area. Our enduring legacy emphasizes our steadfast dedication to our community and to our customers. If you need a new fence, then give us a call today.

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What Type of Fence Lasts the Longest?

What Type of Fence Lasts the Longest?

It’s easy to say that wrought iron and steel are the longest-lasting fence materials, yet a common misconception is to focus singularly on the material. Yes, the material plays a major role in determining how long a fence lasts. But it’s by no means the sole determining factor.

Most folks overlook the equally crucial elements of installation, maintenance, and environmental conditions. No matter how sturdy its construction material might be, a poorly installed fence or one neglected in terms of upkeep is unlikely to withstand the tests of time.

Meanwhile, a fence in an area prone to severe weather conditions will most likely have its lifespan significantly reduced, regardless of the robustness of its material. As such, understanding fence longevity is a multi-faceted issue that requires a comprehensive perspective.

That said, there’s no denying that the material used for the fence plays a key role in its longevity. Here’s a look at some of the most commonly used fencing materials and their expected lifespans when well-maintained:

1 – Wood

Wooden fences, depending on the type of wood used, the quality of the installation, and the level of maintenance, have a lifespan that can range from 15 to 40 years.  Cedar is naturally resistant to insect infestations and decay, reducing the amount of maintenance needed. But remember that cedar fences are almost double the price of pine, and installation is usually more expensive.

2 – Chain Link

Chain link fences are often downplayed and underestimated when considering durability and longevity. However, these fences offer a significant advantage in terms of lifespan. With professional installation and religious maintenance, a chain link fence will serve you for over 20 years, sometimes even 30 years. The key factors contributing to this durability are its resistance to the elements and robust structure.

While they may not offer the visual appeal of wooden fences, chain link fences resist rot, pests, and decay, common issues that will shorten the lifespan of wooden fences. They’re a cost-effective choice because of the minimal maintenance requirements. The chain link fences’ longevity, affordability, and functionality make them a compelling alternative, particularly when the focus is on longevity and durability.

3 – Wrought Iron

While wrought iron isn’t a common choice for residential properties, you should never overlook its inherent strength and durability as a fencing material. Wrought iron fences are incredibly resistant to adverse weather conditions and physical damage, boasting a typical lifespan of more than 60 years when properly maintained.

One of the standout attributes of wrought iron is its natural resistance to warping and rotting. Wrought iron is less permeable to moisture than wooden or even metal fences, which corresponds to reduced rusting and decay, which are common issues in other fencing materials. Wrought iron fences remain sturdy and resilient, even in harsh climates, so they’re preferred in commercial and industrial settings.

Wrought iron is less vulnerable to pests and insects, seriously threatening the longevity of many other fences. This, combined with its ability to withstand warping and rotting, makes it an exceptionally low-maintenance fencing option. Of course, it’s not all positive for this fence material, as wrought iron fences require a higher initial investment in the material and the installation process.
And if there’s another reason some property owners would want it, it’s the aesthetic appeal of a wrought iron fence. The classic look will supplement your home’s overall aesthetic without skimping on quality or durability.

4 – Vinyl

Vinyl or PVC fencing is popular among property owners because they’re affordable and maintenance-free.

There’s a chance you’ll pay almost the same amount for a vinyl fence installation as with wood or chain link fences, but its cost-effectiveness becomes apparent over time. There’s no requirement for regular treatments or repairs, making it the more sensible option in the long run. Vinyl fencing is arguably the most versatile in terms of aesthetics, as it’s available in various designs and styles, allowing you to pick an option that suits your taste.

Vinyl fencing offers low to no maintenance requirements. Unlike wood, which will ultimately rot or warp, and metal, which develops rust, vinyl is resistant to these common issues. It retains its appearance and structural integrity over time, requiring only occasional cleaning to remove dirt or dust. This ease of maintenance will eventually save you time and effort, making vinyl fencing a convenient and hassle-free choice.

But longevity-wise, vinyl fencing doesn’t quite compare to the other materials discussed here. A vinyl fence may last a decade or more, but you’ll likely have to replace it sooner than a wooden, chain link, or steel fence. The reason is its susceptibility to cracking in harsh conditions and fluctuating temperatures.

Final Thoughts

Discerning a fencing material’s longevity is integral to the decision-making process. Nonetheless, it’s a subjective approach. The perceived value of longevity may vary considerably among property owners. Some might prioritize design aesthetics, while others may be more concerned about the initial outlay and ongoing maintenance. A fence serves as a boundary marker and an extension of the property’s overall aesthetic and reflects the owner’s style and priorities. Therefore, your choice of material should align with your unique needs and preferences, balancing longevity with other equally important factors.

For nearly six decades, Town and Country Fence has stood as the premier fencing authority in King and Snohomish Counties in the Seattle area. Our enduring legacy emphasizes our steadfast dedication to our community and to our customers. If you need a new fence, then give us a call today at 425-775-0531.

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How to Find a Fence Company Near Me

How to Find a Fence Company Near Me

In this blog, you find how to hire a fence company near me.  So, you made up your mind. You decided to invest in a fence. Considering a fence’s two perks: improving security and upgrading your home’s exterior, it’s a good decision.

The only thing left to do is find someone to install it. Perhaps you’ve tried Googling “fence companies near me” and have seen countless prospects. You never realized finding a name or two in your area is too easy. But wait, finding a prospect and the right contractor are two different things. Sometimes, those who pop up first in the search engine results are not necessarily the best fit for you. The truth is most of them aren’t even headquartered in your local area anyway.

You wish to avoid working with a fence contractor out of the city or state for several reasons. First, they could be unfamiliar with local building codes governing fence installation in your area. Second, you’d prefer a contractor who can provide an in-person estimate and consultation with no extra charges.
So, how do you get the best of both worlds – a nearby company and quality services? Here’s what you should do:

Tip 1 – Search the neighbourhood.

It’s become increasingly common for fence contractors to nail or affix their company badges on their installed fences. As you walk or drive around the neighbourhood, keep an eye out for these badges on fences. These badges don’t just showcase the company’s name, but they’re often seen as a badge of honour, showcasing a neat job that also serves as a sample.
If a certain company’s badge appears on multiple fences in your area, it’s a good indicator that they provide reliable service and have a strong local presence. Remember, homeowners would only allow a badge to be displayed if they were satisfied with the work done.

Tip 2 – Ask around.

If you can’t find any promising prospects through online or offline searches, why not ask friends and family who live nearby about their past experiences with fence contractors? Word-of-mouth recommendations are always more reliable than random online reviews. Suppose an acquaintance or family had previously worked with a fence company and were satisfied with the output. In that case, they’ll likely have the contact details and other information that could help you in the selection process.

Tip 3 – Check local business listing websites.

Don’t forget to check local business listing websites, i.e., Yelp or Yellow Pages. These sites often contain reviews from previous customers, so you get an insight into the quality of services before contacting them. These listings also have contact details and location information that could come in handy if you decide to contact any of the companies.

Tip 4 – Ask the right questions.

Prepare a list of pertinent questions the moment you manage a list of prospective contractors or companies. Find out how many years they’ve been installing fences, whether they can advise on local building regulations and relevant permit requirements, etc. Get an estimate in writing with details about the materials used, labour costs, etc.

The estimate is a critical document when selecting a professional for the job. Carefully compare estimates from different companies; if there are discrepancies, inquire further to guarantee you’re getting value for money. It’s common practice to offer free quotations, but some contractors charge for this. What’s important is to make you feel comfortable with the company you choose based on that estimate.

Finding A Fence Company Near Me

You’re not supposed to go with the first company or individual you come across. It doesn’t make sense from the quality of service and cost perspective. Research all your options, compare their costs and read reviews before hiring someone.

Narrow down your prospects to three or four contractors. The idea is to have enough options to compare and contrast before deciding. Comparison shopping is done not only when you’re buying products or services but also when you’re hiring a professional.

Request for an in-person consultation. It’s imperative that you meet the contractor in person before selecting them. The meeting serves as the avenue to discuss all aspects of the project, i.e., timelines, costs, materials used, warranties, etc., so you know exactly what you are getting into. Remember that some fence contractors aren’t willing to accommodate this request, which alone tells you the kind of service you’ll get from them.

Check for licensing and insurance. This one’s non-negotiable. In other words, don’t even think about hiring a contractor who isn’t licensed and insured. The idea is to ensure the contractor is responsible for any accidents or damages during the project.

Get everything in writing. Once you settle on something, see that all the terms are put down in writing with signatures from both parties to avoid any disputes or misunderstandings in the future. Never rely on verbal agreements. There’ve been countless instances of homeowners being duped by contractors, and they couldn’t do anything about it because they had nothing in writing.
Ultimately, no property owner likes the hassle of replacing or repairing a fence due to shoddy installation work. So, do your homework and take all the necessary steps before hiring someone to install your fence. With that said, we wish you the best of luck in searching for a quality fence company near you.

Last Thoughts On Hiring A Fencing Company Near Me

Hiring a local fencing company offers numerous advantages such as convenience, localized expertise, and quicker project timelines. Not only do you benefit from their familiarity with local building codes and terrain conditions, but choosing a company near you also fosters a sense of community, as your investment directly supports local business.

Given the significant role a fence plays in both the aesthetics and security of your property, it’s crucial to choose a reputable and reliable service provider. By opting for a fencing company in close proximity, you can easily communicate your needs, ensure quicker issue resolution, and establish a long-term relationship for future maintenance or renovation needs. Therefore, taking the time to thoroughly research and engage with a nearby fencing company is a worthwhile endeavor that pays dividends in the quality and longevity of your fence. If you need a fencing company near you, give us a call at 425-775-0531.

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Does a Cedar Fence Need Maintenance?

Does a Cedar Fence Need Maintenance?

In this blog, you’ll learn does a cedar fence need maintenance? Cedar should be on top of your list of materials for building a fence. Thankfully cedar does require minimum maintenance. But the key term here is “low maintenance.” It means it still needs upkeep, but not the responsibility you’d shoulder if your fence is made from wrought iron, or vinyl.

Though, depending on where you live and how much rain or direct sunlight your fence is exposed to can determine how often you will need to maintain the fence. In Seattle, the weather plays a critical role, and you may need to perform more maintenance on your cedar fence than people in a dry climate.

How Rain Affects Cedar

Seattle gets its fair share of rain throughout the year, and cedar fencing is especially susceptible to damage from moisture. To maintain it properly in wet climates like this one, the rule of thumb is to seal it every two years with a weatherproof sealant. It’s the most effective strategy to protect your cedar fence from mould, mildew growth, and other types of rot due to excess moisture.

A cedar fence is still wood, so it doesn’t take well to water. If left untreated against a wet climate, it’ll start developing grey or black spots, which is mould and mildew growth that eats away at the wood. So, if you’re fixated on having a cedar fence, take it upon yourself to regularly inspect your fence for damage caused by excess moisture and treat it with sealant when necessary.

While there are quite a few wood fence options, cedar is the most popular due to their durability. And even with a longer life expectancy, cedar and redwood will still need occasional maintenance to keep them looking good and protect them from the elements.

Let’s say you knowingly neglect your cedar fence in a wet climate, and the wood begins to rot. You may be able to salvage it with some repairs, but at the end of the day, you will be looking at replacing parts of the fence or even rethink your material choice altogether. In other words, it’s never an excuse to choose cedar to construct a fence with an argument that it’s low maintenance.

When to Stain or Paint Your Cedar Fence

Though some opt to paint or stain their cedar fences, it’s not like a law exists for you to do it. There’s a common belief that painting or staining the fence will make it last longer, but there’s no evidence supporting this claim – in fact, some argue that it can hasten the wood’s deterioration.
However, if you intend to keep the cedar fence looking as good as when you just installed it, then consider treating it with a sealant or paint every two to three years. That way, you can bring out the grain of the wood and keep your cedar fence looking fresh.

And then there’s the opposite side of the argument – those who believe that cedar is best left untreated. They point out that cedar is naturally rot-resistant and that painting or staining it can trap moisture in the wood fibres instead of protecting them.

Also, cedar’s natural aesthetics are something that people find attractive, so applying a coat of paint or stain could ruin the whole thing. If you do decide to purchase cedar, see that you choose a reputable supplier. You may pay for a higher grade of cedar to ensure that the wood you get will last longer with proper maintenance. As with every other type of wood meant for building a fence, you get to choose from different grades and prices. Think of how much of a budget you’re willing to allocate and if the added cost is worth it. But in most scenarios, the higher the grade of cedar, the more you expect it to last with minimal maintenance.

Bushes, Vines, and Weeds Are a Big NO

Cedar fences are known for their natural resistance to decay and insect damage but are not immune from encroachment. Weeds, bushes, and vines will take a toll on the wood, causing rot or straining the fence posts. There’s nothing wrong about having some nice flowers or plants near the fence, but keep them at a distance when it comes to invasive species and woody vines. Woody vines are especially notorious because of their added weight on the posts.

Regularly check the fence for visible signs of rot or damage due to the vegetation and trim it occasionally. Even if you can’t see any signs of decay, it’s still wise to do this as a preventive measure against long-term damage. Again, you’ll see that even an extremely resilient fence made from cedar will need some form of maintenance.

Prep Before Treatment

And when you do decide to invest in wood treatment, you must know that it’s not as simple as spraying the sealant and forgetting about it. Cleaning the surface of your cedar fence is a “must” before applying any form of treatment. Otherwise, the sealant won’t adhere properly to the wood and will leave a patchy finish.

You can do the cleaning with a power washer or chemical solution, but apply the right amount of pressure and use mild soap. Saturate a soft-bristle brush with the cleaning solution, scrub away any stubborn dirt or stains, and let it dry before applying the sealant. Be reminded that the smallest details can make all the difference in how your cedar fence will look and last.

Bottom Line of Cedar Fence Maintenance

Cedar is arguably one of the top five most attractive fences, but you can never call it “maintenance-free.” The wood needs protection from moisture and debris in any environment to keep it looking sharp. And although staining or painting isn’t necessary, you must inspect the fence regularly and clean off stubborn dirt or stains. Should you be willing to embrace these simple maintenance practices, then you’re looking at a fence that’ll last up to four decades.

Town and Country Fencing is a premier fencing company that has over 50 years of building cedar fences. If you need a new fence, call us at 425-775-0531. We provide free estimates and don’t require any money down.


Tips on Choosing a Privacy Fence for Your Home

Tips on Choosing a Privacy Fence for Your Home

Homeowners build a fence to mark their property line, protect their families and pets, and add security, especially in a neighbourhood with a lot of foot traffic. But in some situations, the focal point of a fence is privacy. A privacy fence makes sense if you’re looking for a way to create separation and seclusion in your outdoor area.

How does a privacy fence differ from the usual type of fence?

It’s taller than the standard 4-foot fence, usually ranging from 5 to 8 feet tall. It also offers complete coverage, so a passerby can’t peek into your yard or garden. Also, privacy fences often feature design elements such as lattice tops and diagonal boards that create a visual barrier while allowing air and light to pass through.

The material used in building a privacy fence may differ from the conventional fence. Wooden and vinyl fencing are two popular options, both of which offer different advantages in terms of looks, maintenance, cost, and durability. Another popular option is brick, which can be designed with minimal space between the bricks for extra privacy.

When choosing a privacy fence for your home, consider the following tips:

Tip 1 – Check local zoning laws.

Before installing a privacy fence for your house or property, see that you understand all the regulations set by your local planning and zoning boards. It’s not like you can just build a fence and cover your entire yard. You also need to ensure you stay within the legal boundaries when it comes to fence height and width. Some cities and states have specific regulations for these matters.

Tip 2 – Factor in the maintenance needs.

A wooden privacy fence looks attractive and can be durable if properly maintained. However, it requires regular staining or painting to protect it from the elements. On the other hand, a vinyl fence is a very low maintenance and only requires an occasional spray of water to keep it looking good. Metal fencing’s most obvious enemy is rust, so you’ll want to keep it waxed or painted regularly.

Tip 3 – Consider the purpose of the fence other than privacy.

Is it purely for privacy, or do you need something to keep pets in or out? Depending on your needs, you may want a tall fence that completely blocks off view or one with some space between the boards or panels to let air and light through. Again, your local zoning laws may limit the height of the fence you can install.

Tip 4 – Use natural materials when possible.

If you’d like to add privacy without sacrificing the beauty of your outdoor space, consider using natural materials such as cedar. Not only do these materials give off a rustic look and feel, but they also provide a sense of security without completely blocking off the view of your garden.

Tip 5 – Don’t forget about gate installation.

If you plan to install a privacy fence, you must add a gate for entry and exit. Make sure you use heavy-duty hinges and locks for extra security and a latch so the gate will stay closed when needed.

Material Choices of Privacy Fences

Building a fence requires a thorough understanding of your available options. The materials used in a privacy fence range from wood or vinyl to even metal. Many homeowners also opt for composite materials, which combine the attractive look of wood with the durability of plastic and vinyl.

Here’s a rundown of your options:

1 – Wood Fence

Wooden fences can be designed with privacy in mind. For instance, using overlapping planks, spiked tops or lattice panels will create an extra layer of protection from prying eyes. But you must be mindful of its maintenance requirements, including regular staining and painting.

2 – Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fences are the most popular type of privacy fence as they’re easy to install and require very little maintenance. They come in a variety of colours, styles, heights and widths. Vinyl’s main advantage over wood is its moisture resistance, which means it won’t rot or become infested with termites.

3 – Metal Fence

Metal privacy fences can be made from chain link, wrought iron or aluminum. They offer a more contemporary and stylish look than wood or vinyl fences. The downside is that the metal fence requires frequent maintenance to prevent it from rusting.


Last Thoughts On Building a Privacy Fence

Building a privacy fence is a step towards making your outdoor space more private. However, you may have reservations, too. For example, the presence of a fence limits your landscaping and gardening options. If this is the case, you should consider using vegetation instead to create a privacy barrier. Planting shrubs along the perimeter of your yard can provide you with both an attractive and practical solution.

However, building a privacy fence is the way to go for those looking for a more permanent option. Just remember the local zoning laws and regulations and the maintenance requirements of the materials you’re considering. If you are looking for a new fence, please give Town & Country a call. We give free estimates and no money down.


What is the Life Expectancy of a Chain Link Fence?

What is the Life Expectancy of a Chain Link Fence?

In this blog, you’ll learn the life expectancy of a chain link fence. Property owners who choose a chain link fence are primarily motivated to secure their property and all that is held within. It could be because of a bad neighbourhood or to ensure their children’s and pets’ safety.
Although not as aesthetically pleasing as wood and metal, chain link fences have become increasingly popular due to their strength, durability, and affordability. When weighing different fencing materials, chain link usually comes out on top from the perspective of practicality and cost-efficiency.
Despite these attributes, many people still wonder how long a chain link fence is expected to last. Before we answer that question, let’s look at the components of a chain link fence:

1. Fence Posts

Typically made of galvanized steel, these posts are designed to stay in place and support the entire structure. Galvanization adds an extra layer of protection which helps prevent rust and corrosion. No chain link fence these days can last without strong fence posts.

2. Top Rail

The top rail is also made of galvanized steel and helps to keep the chain link fence taut across its length. The design concept here is to keep the fence from sagging over time.

3. Chain Link Mesh

The wire mesh, is likewise created from galvanized steel strands woven in a diamond pattern. Some fences use a vinyl-coated material, which provides additional protection against rust and corrosion. Vinyl also adds some aesthetic appeal to the fence.

4. Tension Bands and Tie Wires

These keep the chain link fabric firmly attached to the posts and rails, respectively. They also help create tension across the entire structure of the fence.

5. Gate

A chain link gate is used as an entrance into a yard or to keep children and pets safely inside. The gate serves as the entrance to the property and should be of good quality since it’s constantly in use.
These components work together to create a sturdy structure that withstands harsh weather conditions. Accordingly, the life expectancy of a well-maintained chain link fence is 20-30 years.
However, some factors will affect the longevity of your fence.

Extreme Temperature

A chain link fence exposed to intense sunlight or extreme temperatures will degrade faster than one with some shade and protection from the elements. The reason is that galvanization will ultimately wear away over time, leaving the metal susceptible to corrosion.


If your chain link fence is close to salt water, it’ll likely corrode faster than one away from a body of saltwater. Saltwater accelerates the oxidation process, leading to rust and corrosion. To remedy this, you can apply an epoxy coating to protect the metal from saltwater damage.

Human Activity

Fences overly exposed to human activity will suffer from more wear and tear than a fence with less foot traffic. Activities such as children playing on the fence or people leaning against it will cause some components to break down sooner. Putting a heavy strain on the fence will cause the metal to break down faster. Climbing is a big NO as it can damage the fence and make it less secure. Unlike a steel or wood fence, a chain link variety is not designed to withstand extra weight.

Natural Occurrences

Natural occurrences, i.e., wind, snow, and rain, will also affect the fence’s components. Because Seattle is especially known for its wet weather, your job is to check your chain link fence annually, repair any broken components, or tighten the wire mesh if needed.

Snow and rain speed up the oxidation process, so a fence in Seattle will need more attention than one in warm and dry climates. And if your fence is located near trees or plants, it’s suggested you trim them back to avoid damage from branches.

Most Fence Common Repairs

The most common repairs for chain link fences include tightening or replacing the wire mesh, patching any holes in the fabric, and replacing corroded posts. If your fence is older, consider coating it with epoxy to preserve its longevity.

The wire mesh is susceptible to loosening because of the way it’s woven together. If you notice any looseness in the fabric, it’s best to re-string it as soon as possible to prevent further damage. It’s not like you’ll need an expert to do this maintenance task. Grab some pliers, and you’re good to go.
Damaged and loosened wire mesh may not appear as an immediate concern, but if you hope to extend the life of your chain link fence, it’s best to fix them as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, a hole in the fabric may appear due to human activity or a rusty post. If the hole is small enough, use galvanized wire mesh to patch it up, but if it’s bigger than two inches in diameter, you’ll want to replace the section with new wire mesh. Again, this job doesn’t require much skill or effort.
Corroded posts must be addressed the soonest as well. If the post is beyond repair, replace it with a new galvanized steel post or one coated in epoxy for protection from saltwater. You probably don’t realize it, but corrosion quickly weakens the integrity of the entire fence. And when that happens, the lifespan of your chain link fence is cut significantly.

Adding Vinyl Is More Than Just Aesthetics

Adding vinyl in chain link fences is becoming a common practice and for good reason. Vinyl-coated fabric provides extra protection against weather and other elements that could cause corrosion. It also adds a little bit of aesthetic appeal to the structure. It allows for additional colour options, thereby addressing the typical downside of having a bland fence.

One downside is that vinyl can get brittle over time. You may need to replace it depending on how often it’s exposed to extreme temperatures or sun. But remember this: an added layer of vinyl doesn’t compromise the fence’s structural integrity in any way. So, if you’re willing to invest a bit more money, it may be worth the added layer of protection.

So, the key to extending the life of your chain link fence is proper maintenance. Keep an eye on the fabric, posts, tie wires, and tension bands occasionally. It means more work in the short term, but your effort will certainly pay off in the long run with a fence lasting up to three decades.

For nearly six decades, Town and Country Fence has stood as the premier fencing authority in King and Snohomish Counties in the Seattle area.  If you are looking either for a chain link, please give Town & Country a call at 425-775-0531. We give free estimates and no money down.