5 Mistakes Houston Homeowners Make When Ordering a New Fence 

Adding a fence to your property can add up to $4,000 to the total value of your home, but only if you do it right. 

If you make certain mistakes, your new fence can become an expensive problem. 

Here are five mistakes some Houston companies make. 

#1) Failing to research the property line.

If you don’t know exactly where your property line is, you could end up in real trouble. If you accidentally build over the line, your neighbor can demand that you rip out the fence. 

It’s best to build the fence just inside the legal line to avoid problems. You can also build right on the boundary, but in either case, having evidence of the legal property line can save you a world of trouble.

#2) Failing to understand permit requirements.

Different townships have different requirements. For example, Houston only requires you to get a permit if your fence is going to be higher than 8 feet tall or if you live within the flood plain. Houston also has certain requirements for fences that are going to be adjacent to intersections.

Sugar Land, Pearland, Friendswood, Galveston, and League City, Texas may have their own requirements. Don’t forget that your HOA may have special requirements, too.

Of course, when you work with a qualified professional like the team at Lone Star Fence, we help you pull the necessary permits and stay within the boundaries of the local regulations. 

#3) Failing to talk to the neighbor. 

Houston residents are, by and large, independent people with strong opinions about property rights. You may be forgiven for feeling like your property is your property, and you should be able to do whatever you want with it.

Unfortunately, an unhappy neighbor can still create a lot of problems. They can take passive-aggressive actions to damage your fence. They can cost money by challenging your fence legally, even if you’re within your rights.

Discussing your fence with your neighbor ensures that good feelings will abound and ensures you can enjoy your fence peacefully. 

#4) Buying the wrong fence.

If you want the maximum amount of privacy, you want a wood or a masonry fence; a wrought iron or chain link fence won’t meet your needs.

Consider why you want the fence, and make the choice based on your needs rather than on the price of materials or any other factor.

#5) Attempting a DIY installation.

If you want a long-lasting, durable, sturdy fence, then attempting a DIY installation will lead you in the wrong direction. If you’re not already a carpenter or contractor, there’s a good chance that the fence will be unattractive. Plus, the cheap materials that come in standard fence kits get damaged quite easily.

You don’t save much money in the long run if you have to replace that fence in two years. Get a long-lasting fence from a fence contractor, and you’ll get to enjoy the results for many years. 

Get Help Today 

Ready to place a fence on your property? Reach out to Lone Star Fence & Construction to schedule a free quote today!

Annual Care Tips for Your Wooden Fence

Wooden fences need TLC if they’re going to continue to look amazing. At a minimum, they need annual care in the summers.

Wood is wood—even the best wood is prone to rot, mold, mildew, and grime. Protecting wood from moisture damage and mold is the goal of most of our summer care.

Here are the steps you should take as soon as the weather gets warm.

Annual Inspection

Summer is the ideal time to check the entire fence. You should check for sagging fence posts, leaning fence posts, and general damage. 

If you need a repair, it’s a good time to contact us. Depending on how the fence was built, we may be able to replace a panel or a post without replacing the entire fence.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing can help your fence look brand new. You’ll be removing peeling paint or old stain. You’ll be blasting grime, mold, and mildew away. The entire process will seem like it ought to come straight out of an episode of Oddly Satisfying. 

Start by creating a cleaning solution. Add ¼ cup of bleach and ¼ cup of laundry detergent to your pressure washer tank for every gallon of water in the tank. 

Choose a 25-degree tip to avoid damaging your fence. Smaller tips can cut the wood, and larger tips won’t be very effective. 

Now you can spray, working in long lines from top to bottom. You want to be careful to follow the grain of the wood. Once you’ve sprayed every plank, sweep the bottom of the fence to catch any lingering debris. 

If you find particularly stubborn stains, add the brush attachment to your fence to scrub them away. 

Staining or Painting

Either staining or painting can protect your fence, but we don’t recommend painting. Paint tends to peel over time, and it doesn’t hold up as well in Houston’s wet, humid, hot weather. 

A good oil-based stain will help your fence remain moisture-resistant. You’ll still get to choose from a wide variety of stain colors, and you’ll bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

Finish your stain with a good sealant to add an extra layer of protection. 

Is it time to replace your fence?

Wooden fences really only last 7 to 10 years, even if you have the best-built fence in the world. If your fence is getting old, it may be time to replace the fence entirely.

If so, reach out to Lone Star Fence. Our team will help you custom-build a gorgeous new wooden fence for your property.

Either way, contact us! We’ll be happy to go over your options and to give you a quote.