Geo Brothers Fence
The Purpose of a Fence
There are lots of reasons people put up fences and most make practical sense. For many of the same reasons landscaping is installed at homes – privacy is usually the number one reason.
Fences are used as a visual barrier from traffic and from neighbors’ yards. They are used for security – to stop any intruders or trespassers. A fence keeps kids and dogs safe. It can protect others from a pool, Jacuzzi or pond. A fence can help muffle sound as well as break wind, usually in unison with bushes and other landscaping.
A fence can contain blowing leaves, drifting snow, and trash.
A fence delineates your property from your neighbor’s and solves lots of conflict in return. Remember the famous saying “fences make good neighbors”?
A fence can define a property and give it the last piece of curb appeal needed to complete a design.
Fences are used to help sell homes. They can block unsightly neighbors’ yards or secure a dangerous drop-off that may sway a prospective buyer with children to pass on your property.
Why do you need a fence? Give the experts at Geo Brothers fence a call. We have the answers you are looking for and are happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
Spring Fence Repair
With Ice dams, wind storms, blizzards, frost heaves, and compounded snow over 100 inches wreaking havoc on us, what a winter Boston has had! Spring will come inevitably. When it does show up, the light will shed the many problems homeowners have in store.
Areas of concern will be roofing, gutters, down spouts, asphalt, lawns, basement flooding and especially fences. Snow has been shoveled, piled and plowed on any and every fence by Bob your Neighbor and Mother Nature herself. It has not only been snow, but record low temperatures which cause frost heaves that push and pull posts and undermine the fence’s level and stability. And I would bet your gates out of whack just like your back – from all that shoveling.
Most fences will need minor adjustments and gates to be rehung. Repairs can be made so have no fear. After the melt give us a shout – we’ll come right out. Estimate, repair – have no despair! Geo Brothers Fence knows how to repair and we care! Give us a call today! 978-998-0660 http://www.geobrosfence.com/
Extend the life of your wood fence:
The lifespan of a fence depends on you. A typical cedar wood fence is built to last 20-25 years, but there are things homeowners can do to extend the life of your fence. For many of our customers, we know that keeping children and pets safe is the main objective.
But many times, full-fence replacement is not a viable option. Finances may be an obstacle at the moment. Or maybe you’re selling your home soon and your fence isn’t in major disrepair, but could still use a little work. Each customer’s situation is different. Here are three options for repairing and prolonging your wood fence.
Broken fence post? Here’s a simple fix to deter further damage
For a falling fence, the first thing that needs to be done is to brace the fence post to limit additional damage. Make sure you have:
- A level
- A hammer
- Screws or large nails
- Two 4-5’ stakes
If the vertical fence post is broken or askew, level the post by pushing it straight into the ground. Then, measure two feet perpendicular from the fencepost and bang a stake into the ground. Nail the opposite end to the post, forming a 45-degree angle. Repeat this on the opposite side of the fence so that the falling down post is bolstered on both sides. The post is now completely braced and should hold up through any storm. This is a temporary fix, but can be made permanent at another time by simply replacing the broken post, which can be done as long as the fence rails are in good shape.
Prolong your fence’s life – keep it looking new nearly 20 years later!
The tools you’ll need:
- A wallpaper pump sprayer (find one at your local hardware store, these are fairly inexpensive – especially considering the cost for a new fence!)
- Oil repellant spray (i.e. Thompson’s WaterSeal for fences)
Fill the pump sprayer with the oil repellant spray. Then spray and brush the sealer onto your fence posts and rails. Pay particular attention to the rails and dowel ends. This helps reduce the risk of rotted rails. This is a great tip for prolonging the life of your wood fence, and will keep it looking new even up to 18 years after installation.
Keep frost heaves in check
New England winters can wreak havoc on your fence. Frost heaves left unchecked or unrepaired may lead to leaning fence posts or gates no longer working properly. Here’s what you should do:
1) Level each fence post after the winter is over and the ground is no longer frozen
2) Tamp the soil around each post with a bar tamp to firm up the foundation
3) Add sand or stone dust around the past, tamp this down as well
4) Repeat numbers 1-3 periodically to keep your fence straight and strong and in working order for years to come.
Don’t hesitate to call us for help
These tips are meant to be easy enough for any of our customers to complete, but we understand other life demands may take precedent. As always, we would be happy to provide you a free estimate on any fence repair or maintenance services. Just call us at 781-599-6531 to schedule an appointment!
Best Ways To Protect Your Commercial Property
Protecting your commercial property from intruders should be at the top of every business owner’s list. There are several options for you to consider when adding protection to your commercial property. Make sure you have all of the necessary information about each before making an informed decision. Here are some of the best ways for you to protect your property.
Cameras: From simple to sophisticated cameras, there are several options for you that will help you better protect your property. While, cameras are great for protecting your commercial property, this form of protection typically only allows you to record criminal acts that are already taking place. You can then use that footage to try and find the culprit. Sometimes having cameras on the premises will deter a criminal from acting in the first place, but not always.
Cost: When it comes to the cost of this form of protection for your commercial property, it can vary widely. It really depends on how many cameras you plan to install and how high-end those cameras will be. It is best to get a quote from a professional security camera company in order to determine what will work best for you and your business.
Dog: A guard dog can be an affordable form of security for your commercial property, but it does come with some risks. There is always the possibility that even the best dog will attack someone and leave you with a lawsuit.
One advantage of a guard dog is that it isn’t as much of a passive form of security as a camera. Many thieves and vandals won’t want the hassle of dealing with a guard dog. The loud barking and growling can scare them. If not, the dog will usually prevent the crime from happening by acting aggressively toward the culprit.
Cost: The cost for this form of protection is relatively cheap. You will just need to pay for the typical care of a dog, such as veterinary care, food and water.
Fence: A fence can work as a good barrier from outsiders and crime. Depending on the type of fence, it can work well to keep those you don’t want in your business on the outside.
Cost: The initial installation can be costly, but there isn’t typically much upkeep cost with a fence. Some criminals will avoid the hassle of getting around the fence altogether. A high, sturdy fence is the best for protecting commercial property. For more information, please call us at Geo Brother’s Fence for a quote on what will work best for you and your business.
Customized options for even the best escape artists:
Oh, your dog’s an escape artist?
I’ll fix that!
I got a call from a frantic woman who was at her wit’s end. No matter what she did her Husky/Shepherd mix continued to get out of her yard and wreak havoc throughout the neighborhood. I went to her house and told her, “No problem.” I was an expert!
I assessed the situation and saw she had a mismatch of different types of fences at different heights. I met the dog, which was athletic and highly energetic. I told her we needed to install a 6-foot fence and we would make sure there were absolutely no spaces at all for escape! The job cost about $5,000. I told her I will make sure the dog can’t get out. She hired us and we started work immediately.
When we finished we called the homeowner out to look at the impenetrable wall we had built, all of us wearing a smug grin of pride. “Well, let him out! Let’s see if he likes it,” I said.
The dog bounded out like a bull in a china shop. His fur was puffed up, electrified with excitement. He started frantically running up and down the fence, his paws tearing up the ground, realizing he could not get out; his old escape hatches were gone!
His frantic pace back and forth continued. Then, like a shooting star, he sprinted right, shot back to the left, leapt on top of a brick, backyard fireplace and sprung over the fence. Gone!
Immediate shock and horror fell on everyone’s face as we chased the dog down the middle of the street. The customer frantically looked at me: “I just spent $5,000 and he get out in 5 minutes!”
I said, “Sorry, but I think you have to get rid of that built-in barbecue.”
I guess the dog really likes his freedom!
Lesson learned. Here at Geo Brothers Fence, we work with our customers to provide customized fencing that’s right for you. If you have a similar situation, with animals getting out (or in!) give us a call today at 781-599-6531, and we’d be happy to provide you a free estimate.