The type of fence you choose will not only play a key role in your home’s exterior design, but also provide one of the most important benefits of all homes; security. Privacy and security are two of the most common reasons Americans look to buy homes. A professionally installed fence gives every homeowner that true sense of home we all desire. Fencing, whether it be wood, chain link or wrought iron, will greatly affect your sense of home.
Wood is the most popular fencing type across America. Not only does it give homeowners a sense of privacy with the height wood fencing provides, but they are also one of the more attractive options on the market. They give homeowners a warm and welcoming feeling and without the headache of breaking the bank. Beware that the height and size of your fence will greatly impact the price. The more lumber you need, the more expensive the project will be. On top of that, like all fences, they take awhile to install. Therefore, a smaller fence will clearly be cheaper than a larger one.
On the plus side, wood fences can easily last the lifetime of your home. Just like hardwood floors, the quality of your fence will greatly depend on the type of wood you choose. Needless to say, you have plenty to choose from.
Before we jump into all fencing types, you have to know your options. The most popular types of fences are:
- Wrought Iron
- Chain Link
One of the most basic and attractive fencing types is aluminum. While it does not provide the amount of security many homeowners look for in a fence, it’s relatively maintenance free and can essentially look like any other type discussed in this article. The only maintenance will come during installation when you choose to paint and decorate it. However, along with the security, it’s not as strong as you may think and we do not recommend it for areas with severe weather.
Hands down, the cheapest way to fence in your yard is by using one made of PVC. These fences use PVC to replace wooden stakes and pickets, and although not nearly as sturdy, they can certainly serve their purpose. The posts are PVC sleeves that go on top of wooden posts to add stability to the fence, but also cut down on material costs by using less wood. Sometimes, the PVC stakes are attached with an adhesive to the cross bars and other times, they are fastened with screws. This type of fencing comes in a variety of different heights and colors. Because of its PVC makeup, the fence is very resistant to the elements and can last for years.
Wrought Iron Fencing
When you see homes with funky designs on top of their fences, oftentimes, those homeowners chose a wrought iron fence. While wrought iron fences are both strong and beautiful, they do require constant upkeep. If you want to maintain its beauty, wrought iron fences need to be sanded or repainted every two to three years.
Furthermore, going back to the security portion of the conversation, wrought iron fences are not popular choices for the more conservative homeowner. On top of that, wrought iron fences are custom made and therefore, will not be cheap.
Other than cost, vinyl fencing is elite when it comes to any other category. In fact, according to our friends at HomeAdvisor, some manufacturers claim that vinyl fences are nearly five times stronger and four times more flexible than comparable wood fences.
Vinyl fencing is maintenance free and resists paint, allowing you to easily clean graffiti or any other unwanted stains. All you will need is a hose and soap to make it look as good as new.
Installing a vinyl fence may have a higher upfront cost, but given its low maintenance costs and long lifespan, vinyl fencing is cheaper than many other fencing types.
Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fences do not add much privacy to the home, but perform the other basic functions of a fence quite well. Homeowners, as well as school administrators (very popular), will be delighted to know that they are cheap, durable and need very little maintenance (like many of the other options).
Oftentimes, homeowners add a good amount of shrubbery, flowers, vines or even privacy slates on the outside of chain link fence. Not that this would add any more security to your home, but it would add a pinch of privacy. Any homeowner can cut off their neighbors’ views with a little bit of creativity.
Invisible fences are mainly used to contain dogs through an invisible field of electricity. Typically, the installation involves placing a wire in a trench dug along the boundary the owner wishes to fence off. A wireless transmitter is also set up nearby to activate the wire. The final item in the fencing is a battery-powered collar to receive the signal from the wire. The collar warns the animal when it’s near the boundary with a sound pitched only to the animal’s hearing. If the animal tries to cross the boundary, the collar delivers an electric shock.
Project Cost: $1.1 Million
Scope of Work
Grading & Underground
- 425,000 square feet
- 13 working days
- Install five catch basins and 1,500 feet of 30” diameter pipe
- Establish elevations, grade and compact for drainage, balance of soil on-site
Rock & Pave
- 425,000 square feet
- Seven working days
- 7,340 tons of recycled Class II Aggregate Base, graded and compacted at three inches
- 15 double bottom dumps per day
- 7,340 tons of ¾” Hot Mix Asphalt compacted to an average thickness of three inches
- Striping for truck parking
- Fourth quarter work with weather issues lurking
- Tight window—only two weeks to complete 425,000 square feet of underground, rock, and paving (normally this scope would take four weeks or longer to complete)
- We bailed them out on the underground and grading because they were going to self-perform and could not meet their own schedule
- Job was bid competitively with incredibly tight profit margins. We could not have afforded a single mistake—and we made none.
“We chose DRYCO for this project because of the company’s outstanding reputation and quality pumping equipment. We’ve been really happy with the decision, and Anthony has been awesome to work with. The two concrete pumps have performed flawlessly and have enabled our company the confidence to commit to fast-track scheduling.”
- Four-story mixed-use development (94 housing units, ground-floor restaurant and retail, and underground parking)
- 34,246 sq ft mixed use building between downtown and beachfront Santa Cruz
- Anticipated project completion in early 2018
Scope of Work
- 8,700 cubic yards of concrete for entire building
- 4,000 cubic yards for three large mat pours for underground parking structure
- 150 structural columns
- Concrete for pan decking on each floor
- Power lines surrounding the construction site, which required precise boom placement
- High volume of concrete laid down simultaneously
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time; a holiday filled with food, football and family. But, along with the joys of Turkey Day, there are some drawbacks, namely traveling, traffic and — you guessed it — family. Technology may not have all the answers to crowded airports, honking drivers and nosy in-laws, but it can make life a little easier during the holidays.
With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, here are four new technologies we should all feel very thankful for this holiday season:
Thanksgiving means relatives and, for some of us, that means stress. “Serenity now!” is what Frank Costanza exclaimed several times in an iconic episode of Seinfeld to help him stay calm under stress. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out too well for him, nor would it for us.
Serenita, a new relaxation app developed by Eco-Fusion, accurately measures users’ stress levels, helping them lower their stress throughout the day by following a simple five-minute exercise tailored specifically to them.
The app acquires data from the user’s finger by turning the mobile device’s camera into a biomedical sensor (PPG) and uses it to peer into the user’s bloodstream. It then extracts biomedical markers regarding heart rate, heart rate variability and blood flow and finally processes the data to assess the user’s stress and focus level.
“Although yoga and meditation are both great for stress reduction, most stressed people do not have the time or patience to practice them,” explained Dr. Oren Fuerst, chairman and founder of Eco-Fusion. “Serenita provides ‘bite-size treatment’ that is too easy and too effective to say no to. Because Serenita reads the user’s biometric data in real time, it can provide the most effective stress reduction exercise per minute spent. For users who suffer from stress or lack of focus, five minutes a day with our app could quite literally change their lives.”
Surely, many of us have pleasant childhood memories of piling into the family car on Thanksgiving afternoon to drive to grandpa and grandma’s house for dinner. Back then, “distracted driving” referred to us kids in the back seat making too much noise and dad threatening us with, “Don’t make me pull this car over and come back there!”
Today, distracted driving has taken on a whole new meaning. And it typically involves the use of a cell phone or other electronic device used to text or check social networks. Distracted driving can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (taking your mind off of driving).
WayRay a Swiss innovator in connected cars and holographic navigation, is a startup using cutting-edge technology not to distract drivers, but rather to keep them focused on the road ahead. The company has developed a new way to interface with all the information we need when we drive — without distracting the driver.
Navion, WayRay’s holographic navigation system — set to be released this coming year — is a small device that sits on a car’s dashboard and projects holographic GPS imagery onto the road ahead, as well as providing safety information. Navion responds to simple hand gestures, making it safe for drivers, and also integrates with smartphones to provide access to phones, email and social networks when the car is stopped.