Custom Deck Design – A List of the Top 5 Free Online Tools

Custom deck design tools are a great way to get started on planning your deck project and even to work out the finer details around what materials you need to buy. Click here to find out how the team at Jay Fencing can help you get your deck going hassle-free and at the best price.

Here is a list of stellar custom deck design tools that often require registration and an email contact. Use this article to see what the tools are like and then sign-up for the one you think is most suited to you.

Top 5 Free Custom Deck Design Tools

Deck design tools allow property owners to see how a deck could look  and what materials would be required for the project. There are many options available and these tools merely simulate the complicated design process. Working with a qualified installer can help you sort out what is truly right for you. Here are the top design tools for commercial and residential deck projects.

#5 Delta Decks 3D Design Tool

Delta’s design tool is an entry solution to helping home or property owners design their first deck along with baseline features that can help you crystallize a concept you have in mind.

Cost: Free

Pros:

  • Straightforward
  • Great for beginners to conceptualize and get a feel for what they’re looking for

Cons:

  • Lack of features for choosing material types and fabrication options below the deck
  • Not as flexible in modelling alongside home or backyard

Rating: 2.5/5

# 4 Lowe’s Deck Design Tool

Lowe’s design tool is  helping in identifying the key components in your next project and provides a great balance of flexibility and pre-defined settings specifically with floor layouts.

Cost: Free 

Pros:

  • Considerable flexibility in defining the shape and dimensions of your deck
  • Features multi-level deck design and stairs placement
  • Features joist spacing and deck materials dimensions options
  • Ability to save project design to share with custom deck designers

Cons:

  • Limited to Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers
  • Supports only 3 types of decking materials: composite, pressure treated, and cedar

Rating: 4.0/5

#3 BigHammer Deck Designer

The following video will help give viewers a tour of BigHammer’s deck design tool offering 70+ design templates to get you started immediately, stay tuned to find out more.

Costs: Free

Pros:

  • Provides extensive deck plan templates so you don’t need to start from scratch
  • Multiple views including 3D and an option to preview what your deck would look like next to your home
  • Features joist spacing and deck materials dimensions options

Cons:

  • Limited to Internet Explorer browser
  • Would benefit from the addition of a tool that can offer lifespan estimates based on design and materials

Rating: 4.5/5

#2 Decks.com Designer Tool

Decks designer offers you many helpful views when planning your next deck project. These views include the top, front, side, and even 3D. Refer to the minute long video below to see how easy it is to design your next deck.

Cost: Free

Pros:

  • Easy to use and navigate between multiple views
  • Quick to get started by choosing from a menu of design parameters (material, type of deck, etc.)
  • Wide compatibility with many browsers

Cons:

  • Options are not as detailed as other offerings
  • Tool does not provide a master list of materials required

Rating: 3.0/5

#1 Smart Draw

Smart Draw seems to be more of a general room layout design, so if you’re looking to not only design your deck and also other rooms on your property feel free to jump in.

Cost: $12.95/ month

Pros:

  • Easy to use and navigate between multiple views
  • Great for mockups and visually designing your backyard and deck
  • Slick User Interface makes it easy to use and integrates with Microsoft Visio

Cons:

  • Lack of detail in materials and deck internal structure
  • Can only use for 7 days trial before purchasing

Rating: 3.0/5


Bonus Option: Consult an Experienced Advisor

Pros:

  • Takes the hassle out of deck designing
  • Knows the ins and outs of local bylaws so you don’t pay more for rework
  • Offer superb workmanship for long lasting and polished decking that stands up to seasonal extremes over time

Rating: click here to offer feedback!

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Jay Fencing Offers the most Convenient and Secure Fencing Services

Jay Fencing has been doing deck design and installation for over 20 years. Count on the experience and detailed planning of the team to help you create a deck that stands the test of time, season after season. Work with Jay Fencing to ensure you walk on a sturdy deck instead of tripping over bylaws.

The fence was completed this afternoon. It is gorgeous. Exactly what we wanted. Thanks so much and pass our gratitude on to your fabulous team. 🙂  
DonnaChain-link & OrnamentalMannheim

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Master level craftsmanship and attention to lifespan augmentation
  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Security Fencing – Top 5 Elements all Security Fences Should Have

Knowing the top 5 elements of a security fence can help you bolster the privacy and protection profile of your property or workplace perimeter. Click here to find out how we can help you install or augment your security fencing project.

To start things off here is what happens when a fence goes up without the right design or installation.  Go with an experienced fencing specialist and avoid setbacks.

Security Fence Analysis

This publication features an analysis of home and institutional perimeter guards. A number of factors were considered, including durability against collisions, projectile resiliency, scaling deterrence, sound protection, and visibility privacy. A design may perform differently based on its environment.  Working with a qualified installer can help choose the right design for your context. Here are the top designs ideas for commercial and residential projects ranging from getting the ideal height to a security fence to deterring fence climbers with best practices from the industry.

 #5 Finding the Right Height

Ensuring maximum allowable fence height will help deter individuals from scaling the fence into your property. It is advised that relevant bylaws are consulted prior to designing the height as industrial, commercial, and residential zones have varying requirements. Typically security fences may need to be anywhere from 5-6 feet tall.

How it works: Having the right height triggers a psychological deterrent for those who are considering forcible entrance. Including this design element increases the risk of injury for perpetrators and should be used in compliance with bylaws.
Source: http://jayfencing.com/products-services/commercial-iron/

 #4 Secondary Layer

Residential Chain Link Fence #20Having a secondary layer can help boost the visibility and audio privacy rating on your security fence. It also provides added protection and increases the difficulty of scaling. Another approach is to actually build a second row of fencing within a perimeter 10-20 feet behind your first line of defense.

How it works: This can be accomplished using a double row approach  where a second interior fence is constructed behind the fence, using chain link or a wooden barrier.

Source: Jay Fencing Products

#3 Entrenched Foundation and Industrial Steel Posts

Entrenching the foundation helps protect your fence from falling over and increases its durability. This will decrease the leverage of force for incoming projectiles or vehicles. Using industrial steel posts helps reinforce its ability to withstand considerable collision impact.

How it works: Typically fencing posts are entrenched with concrete for added stability, but there are cases where the interiors of the fence will also need to be buried to prevent entrance through digging.

Source: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-93297253/stock-photo-metal-fence-part-of-a-metal-grid-fence-with-barbed-wire-at-the-top.html

#2 Removing the Top Rail

Removing the top rail of our fence makes scaling a fence more difficult as one of the primary holdings is absent.  This can be further improved by adding sloping protrusions at the top of the fence.

How it works: The top rail isn’t an important structural element but is commonly used for aesthetics or for additional anchorage. The top rail can be removed and replaced with another element or with pointed security measures as illustrated on the right. These protrusions help reinforce the security profile of the property and can also serve as a design flair for those who are inclined to add their own personal touch.
Sources:
http://jayfencing.com/products-services/commercial-iron/

#1 Hire an Experienced Advisor

wall (27 of 28)Hiring an experienced advisor is the fastest way to setup, maximize life span, and ensure durability of your security fence. Having an experienced advisor to help you see around the corner and anticipate maintenance and security challenges will help you build a lasting security fence solution. An experienced fence professional can also help you design for maximum life span and optimized security and privacy profiles.

How it works: Call Jay Fencing to schedule an appointment or consultation.  The hassle free service is quick and convenient to setup. A 10-minutee conversation can extend the lifespan of your fence by up to 5 years, even in the variable extremes Ontario weather presents.

Source:
http://jayfencing.com/contact-us/

 ontario fencing

Jay Fencing Offers the most Convenient and Secure Fencing Services

Security fencing ensures the safety of your family members and workplaces, helping you stay focused on what is important to you or your team. The expert staff and craftsmanship of Jay fencing has served Southern Ontario for over 28  years. The designers of Jay Fencing knows the ins and outs of security fence design, helping you determine and install the most suitable security solution on the market.

The fence was completed this afternoon. It is gorgeous. Exactly what we wanted. Thanks so much and pass our gratitude on to your fabulous team. 🙂  
DonnaChain-link & OrnamentalMannheim

 

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Fence Installation Hamilton

Fencing is a great way to improve your property’s value, aesthetics, occupant safety, and provide you with the privacy to focus on what is important.  Jay Fencing helps residents and business owners in Hamilton with securing their property with the right fencing solution. Click here to find out how we can help you install or design your best bet against privacy issues and hassles in the Electric City today. This article features the challenges with installing your own fence while surveying the Hamilton fencing by-laws that must be adhered to so that fees and rework are not required.

Here is a quick video of some of the stunning points of interests in Hamilton.

Challenges with Installing your own Fence

For those looking into getting their own fence installed, be sure to account for these challenges:

  • Uncertainty with fabricators : without an understanding of the material and the workmanship behind your fence components, weather and aging may drastically reduce the lifespan of your investment.
  • Bylaws infractions : Hamilton has a number of fencing bylaws, particularly for residents with pools, and lack of compliance will result in rework and fines.
  • Time-consuming projects : a fence project can take 4x as long when a  service provider  is not engaged to help you, not including the time spent on buying materials, researching by-laws, and rework if anything goes wrong.
  • Uncertainty with optimizing fence life span : if you aren’t certain of how to optimize your fence installation for weather, unexpected projectiles, and wildlife incidents, make sure to contact our team today.

The best way to go to avoid these challenges is to let Jay Fencing provide you with our unparalleled focus on your needs and quality workmanship that stands the test of time.

Services offered by the Jay Fencing Team

Our customers know to look for the Jay Fencing experience, featuring quality workmanship, timely installation, undisruptive service, and friendly staff if there are questions or additional requirements. Services and products are selected for your specific needs and tailored to ensure complete satisfaction. Jay Fencing offers the following product categories.  You can let the team know if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Here are just some of the few quality projects we’ve completed across Ontario.

Commercial Iron Fence

Ornamental Fence

Estate Fence

Commercial Wood Fence

Residential Wood Fence

Residential Chain Link

Commercial Chain Link Fence

Vinyl Fence

Feel free to take a look at the other property enhancing products and services Jay Fencing provides.

fence installation hamiltonHamilton Fencing Bylaws Quick Facts

After spending time and money on your property, fence the last thing you want is to get tagged with a fencing by-law infraction. Here are some quick tips on how to stay compliant.  This is by no means a replacement for a full review of the actual Hamilton bylaw.

  1. Maximum height non-industrial: 2.0m  for non-industrial or non-farming zones.
  2. Maximum height industrial/farming: 3.0m.
  3. Parking obstruction: Ensure that the fence does not obstruct parking zones.
  4. Avoid using sheet and corrugated metal: avoid using the aforementioned materials in your fence when you are in a residential area or in the Niagara Escarpment zones.
  5. Avoid using barbed wire fencing: avoid using the aforementioned material for your fence unless you are using it for industrial or farming purposes.
  6. Avoid running electric current in your fence: unless for the purposes of keeping animals penned in on a farming property.  The electric fence must also meet the guidelines set out by Canadian Standards Association.

This highlight will help you get started, but be sure to talk to our qualified team  and review the full bylaw . If a property’s fence is enclosing a pool, other specific regulations will apply.

albion fallsJay Fencing Offers Convenience and Privacy With Its Design Expertise and Installation

Having worked with clients on properties of all shapes and sizes around the Hammer city, we have the understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking fences that are also uncompromising in security and by-law compliance. Hamilton is a growing city and improving the look and feel your home can be less expensive and more convenient than you think. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

Good morning Kelly   Just a note to let you know that the fence looks great. Your crews were very professional and left everything clean and tidy. Thanks again for getting the fence completed on the weekend it is very much appreciated.   Thanks Phil
PhilWoodSt. Clements

 

 

Jay Fencing is the best service providers to determine which fencing option is right for you in Hamilton , reach out to Jay Fencing team day. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and the hassles while you enjoy the coming labour day weekend in Hammer city. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve Hamiltonians:

  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

The only thing Jay Fencing is more passionate about aside from historic landmarks is the quality and workmanship of fences to suit all purposes and needs. We service customers everywhere from Hamilton to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Electric Gates Cambridge Ontario

Electric gates are a great option for homes looking to improve security, accessibility, and aesthetics to their residence.  Below we highlight the benefits of having one, challenges with getting one, top ways to deal with common problems, and how Jay Fencing can help those living in Cambridge. Click here to find out how we can help you install or design your best bet against privacy issues and hassles in the Tri-City today. Here is a quick video to demonstrate the durability of fences when they are constructed with the right design and installation.

Cambridge ontario landmarkBenefits of an Electric Fence: Cambridge Ontario

There are a number of great reasons to get an electric fence, but here are some of the top reasons why home owners or businesses  should consider getting one:

  • Accessibility and convenience: Having an electric fence helps those with accessibility issues and provides added convenience in inclement weather with the addition of a driveway gate.
  • Increases property value: Having an electric gate helps improve the overall property valuation.
  • Protects Individuals: Having an electric fence is a great way to protect your family or staff from unwanted visitors and suspect individuals.
  • Lowers the costs of some insurance policies: Insurance companies offer discounts for properties that have a home security system like electric fences.  See here for an example of one of these discounts.
  • Aesthetically appealing: Having a beautifully designed and professionally installed fence can bolster the look and profile of your property, promote an inviting impression for guests, and enhance the community’s look and feel.

Despite the many benefits of owning an electric fence, there are a number of challenges that make installation and maintenance a hurdle for property owners or managers.

cambridge ontario landmarkChallenges with Choosing and Installing and Electric Fence

Unless one is well versed with electric fencing products, relevant bylaws in Cambridge, and optimization of maintenance, property managers and owners can expect plenty of challenges while looking to get an electric fence installed. These can include:

  • Bylaw compliance: Cambridge bylaws are a set of rules and standards that, if not complied with, will incur penalties to your home or business.  Engaging a trusted installer who knows the ins and outs of Cambridge bylaws can help you avoid costs and wasted time.
  • A flurry of manufacturers to choose from: Without the benefit of prior experience, the time spent on installing an electric fence may be wasted if you end up choosing an inferior product. Having a team of professionals who have extensive product knowledge will help you choose the right manufacturer and product.
  • Positioning for long-life: It is easy to neglect factors that affect the lifespan of your gate like wear and tear, climate, and natural elements. Our team helps you select and install your electric gate correctly to ensure that it protects you for its full lifespan.
  • Hazards of fence installation: There are hazards associated with installing a fence including sharp ends, heavy lifting, and exposure to an electric current. Let our team manage the hazards for you.

Electric Gate Projects by Jay Fencing and Time Frames

When you add a driveway gate to your home, you not only increase the functionality of your property but the appearance as well. When you choose a Jay Fencing driveway gate, your friends, family, and guests will feel welcome when they visit. You will also save time where an electric fence may take days for you to install correctly the Jay Fencing team can take under a day providing materials are provided and approved models are used. Our driveway gates in Cambridge, Kitchener, Toronto, and Waterloo are all constructed to be sturdy, long-lasting, and beautiful. Our gates are manufactured and installed to prevent heaving and sagging in the future. We are CWB Certified which allows us to fabricate our own driveway gates so you get to customize your project with your choice of materials and design. Here is a sampling of gates that our team has completed in the past. For a full gallery,  see here.

Top 5 Tips For Dealing with Common Issues with Electric Gates

Here are some great ways to ensure you get the most out of your electric gate. We have picked the top topics from a helpful guide on most common problems with automatic gates:

  1. Cold climate: Disconnect the cables from the battery and then clean the ends of the cables, as well as the battery terminals. If your battery box is made of metal, then you should take some Styrofoam insulation and apply a thin layer of it onto the bottom and the sides of the box.
  2. Gate won’t move: Ensure that the breaker and switch is functioning properly. Test the outlet using another device to see if it is an issue with the gate opener. The problem might be the remote controller needing new batteries or replacement.
  3. Gate keeps beeping: The quick solution is to add another battery if this is a low battery indicator, otherwise it recommended that customer support is contacted.
  4. Power outage: Set your electric fence to manual release and use the manual release key that was given to you when the opener was installed.
  5. Gate won’t open unless someone is next to it: This could be caused by interference from another transmission source. Lengthen the receiver antenna to its maximum height.

electric gates cambridge ontario bridgeJay Fencing Offers Convenience and Privacy With Its Design Expertise and Installation

Having worked with clients on properties of all shapes and sizes who live around the Bridge, we have the understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking fences that are also uncompromising in security. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

Good morning Kelly   Just a note to let you know that the fence looks great. Your crews were very professional and left everything clean and tidy. Thanks again for getting the fence completed on the weekend it is very much appreciated.   Thanks Phil
PhilWoodSt. Clements

 

The best way to determine which option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd and to call on the trusted fencing provider in Cambridge. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws in Cambridge while also tackling security headaches so you can focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Cambridge to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Security Fence – Analysis of the Security Level of 5 Common Designs

With so many designs and options for security fences,  residential and commercial customers need to know which ones stand above the rest. Jay Fencing has experience working with an extensive line of wrought iron gate and chain fencing designs. Click here to find out how we can help you install your next automated driveway gate. This article highlights security features such as durability against collisions, projectile resiliency, scaling deterrence, damage absorption, sounds protection, and visibility privacy. Read on to see which home and institutional designs stood out above the rest.

security fence comparisonThe Best Designs and the Rest

All other things being equal, the security factors of any fence has pros and cons. Here is a listing of the top security fence designs and how they stack up against one another. Depending on client context, however, it is often difficult to determine the best brand without an expert advisor. Starting with the best and leading into honourable mentions, this guide helps bring you up to speed on the many types of security fence designs.

Security Fence Analysis

This publication features an analysis of home and institutional perimeter guards. A number of factors were considered, including durability from collisions, projectile resiliency, scaling deterrence, damage absorption, sound protection, and visibility privacy. A design may perform differently based on the environment it is installed in.  Working with a qualified installer can help you sort out which is truly right for you. Here are the top designs which offer ideas for commercial and residential projects.

tight meshed fence design#5 Tight Meshed Security Fence

Pros: Due to the tight meshed elements used to construct this fence, this design offers anti-climb features and a strong deterrent to scaling on height alone. The fence also does well to keep out objects of a variety of sizes with it’s tight knit design improving upon typical chain linked constructs. Collisions against this type of fence spread the impact throughout the mesh, giving it impressive resiliency.

Cons: Sound and visibility protection is a vulnerability for this type of fence. An opportunity for improvement would be to increase the size of the posts to provide added security against car collisions.

Source:http://www.darfen.co.uk/zenith-security-mesh-fencing

 

 

staggered home security fence#4 Staggered Pathway Home Security Fence

Pros: Different levels of elevation help ensure that each unit can withstand an impact while minimizing the impact to adjacent blocks. The fence effectively safeguards property assets from vehicle collisions. The pickets at the top offer a rudimentary deterrent against climbing. This fence offers quick setup compared to other designs all things equal. This design offers more strength and durability compared to chain linked fencing.

Cons: The privacy is limited without shrubs or greenery as property belongings are easily seen otherwise.

Source:http://www.riversideironworks.ca/en/fences.html

 

 

home security fence#3 High Profile Home Security Fence

Pros: Providing impact does not damage the exterior frames, the internal modular design provides an opportunity to swap out damaged or worn out planks providing greater life span.  The high design not only deters unwanted climbers, but also provides privacy on the visibility front that improved upon a chain linked fence. This type of fence is also quick to install as foundations are typically set in soil rather than cement.

Cons: Because of its modular design, it may be difficult to contain sounds coming in or emanating from a property. Based on the fabrication of components this fence may require longer periods to

Source: http://www.homestratosphere.com/fence-designs/

 

 

Residential Chain Link Fence #20#2 Versatile Fencing

Pros: A unique mix of comprehensive durability and aesthetics. The chain linked fence offers durability towards collisions or projectiles. The towering height of this fence also makes it difficult to climb. Lastly, the security screen beneath the chain link offers visibility and climbing protection that is uncommon for regular chain linked fences.

Cons: With any integrated perimeter, replacing portions of the fence may cause difficulty, but in terms of security this fence stands tall. This fence would not do well against on-coming vehicles but serves well in a typical residential setting. It will also typically take longer  to install than common chain fences.

Sources:
http://jayfencing.com/products-services/residential-chain-link-fences/

 

Security fence institution / business#1 Commercial /Institutional Fence

Pros: The heavy gauge wiring is difficult to tamper or to circumvent with conventional pliers or cutting instruments. The top of the fence also provides added security to prevent intruders from getting in. The solid heaven gauge post make it resistant to collisions with vehicles and other projectiles. The difference between the security grade of this design compared to chain linked fences are in favour of the former.

Cons: Visibility protection could be improved with a screen behind the meshed metal to ensure sound and institutional operations are kept confidential.

Source:
http://www.norlapfencing.co.uk/fencing/high-security-fences

Jay Fencing Offers Gate Design Expertise and Installation

Having worked with clients on properties of all shapes and sizes, we have the understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking fences that are also uncompromising in security. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

The fence looks great & I’m very happy. Keep up the good work, Louise
Wood FenceWood FenceGuelph

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration of community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.