Part of being a homeowner is making the exterior of your home as beautiful as possible. Maintaining your yard doesn’t just give your neighbors something nice to look at—it provides you with a strong sense of pride.
- Want to make your yard more private? Get some great suggestions at this page from Better Homes and Gardens.
- Every so often, your deck will need to be cleaned and restained. For help in doing so, take a look at this page from This Old House.
For more information, visit these helpful resources or call Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks at (224) 217-9242. At Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing and Decks, we know how important maintaining the appearance of your home is. We have been Chicagoland’s premier fencing and deck contractor for over 45 years. To see why, and to learn more about our products and services, visit our website.
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Whether you’re looking to keep your pets on your property, give yourself some privacy, or just spruce up your landscape, a fence is generally a pleasant addition. However, putting up a fence involves more work than you might think.
Watch this short video from Kudzu.com to learn all about the process of putting up a fence. To make sure that everything goes smoothly, it’s important that you study your local codes, check with your homeowner’s association, and ask your neighbors. Once you’re cleared to build a fence, you should carefully select a fence style that meets your aesthetic and practical goals.
During the summer, your deck is the perfect place to hang out with family and friends, have a few drinks, and simply relax. Unfortunately, you do not use your deck as much during winter. Still, you want to keep it in good shape so you, your family, and your friends can all enjoy it when the weather warms up again. Here’s a brief guide to winterizing your cedar deck:
The first step in winterization is to give your deck a thorough cleaning, as dirt and debris can decompose on it and do significant damage. Cleaning your cedar deck also improves ventilation between the boards, keeping them dry and healthy. If your deck has any mold or mildew, now would be a good time to have it removed.
2. Removing Planters
Though the deck is a fine place for pots and planters during the summer, leaving them on your deck all winter can cause damage. Before you know it, pots and planters unsightly ring or box-shaped stains can form where the moisture of winter has leeched into the wood. The best solution is to remove planters and store them somewhere safe.
3. Applying Finish and Sealant
Every cedar deck needs a finish in order to stay healthy. If it’s been a while since you last finished your cedar deck, sometime before the dead of winter is a good time to do so. Applying sealant is also important for keeping out the damaging moisture of winter.
4. Covering Your Deck
If you have a big enough tarp, you might choose to simply cover your deck. If you do, it is important that you cover the whole deck, as only covering part of your deck will cause uneven weathering.
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably toyed with the idea of putting up a fence on or around your property. While wood fences are the classic fence option, they require a lot of maintenance; and although chain link fences are durable, they don’t look very good. If you’re looking for an excellent fence option, you’ll have a hard time doing better than aluminum or ornamental steel. Here’s a brief overview of both fencing types so you can determine which one may be best for you:
Since aluminum is a lighter metal, it is generally less expensive and easier to work with. As such, it’s usually a great option if you’re looking to fence off a large section of property. If you choose to have your aluminum fence installed by Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks, you’ll have the option of black, bronze, or white. You’ll also have your choice of ball caps and finials to give your fence a more customized feel. Whichever style you choose, your aluminum fence will beautify your yard for years to come.
Made of more substantial metal, ornamental steel is more expensive and therefore better for smaller areas. Steel from Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks comes exclusively from domestic sources, and is 95% recycled—proof of Bob Jaacks’ dedication to the environment. Bob Jaacks steel comes in black and bronze, and is given a special “E-coat” that protects it from whatever nature may bring. With a 20-year warranty, our steel is guaranteed to add beauty and security to your home for a very long time.
Choosing vinyl and composite materials for your decking and fencing can save you time and money on maintenance, and offer amazing longevity. Some products like Trex decking are also a great way to help the environment by using recycled materials.
- Trex composite decking is a great example of how plastics can be recycled. As this article describes, that’s harder to do than you might think.