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7 Of The Most Beautiful Fence Designs That Will Inspire Your Own Fence Project

7 Of The Most Beautiful Fence Designs That Will Inspire Your Own Fence Project

Many homeowners add a fence to their property for more than just functionality. With so many different fence designs, a new fence can be a beautiful landscaping addition to your home and yard! In 2018, there are so many different styles, designs, and materials to choose from – there really is something for everyone. If you are looking to add a fence to your home and property, you won’t want to miss out on these beautiful fence designs that will help inspire your own fencing project. To learn more about purchasing and installing a fence the right way, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

 

7 Beautiful Fence Designs

Whether you’re looking for a modern wooden fence, a classic metal fence, a simple vinyl fence, or something completely different, these amazing fence designs will help you narrow down your search!

 

#1 – Classic White Picket Fence

Image source: bhg.com

 

Ideas For This Style: Traditional homes, homeowners with children and pets

There is a reason the picket fence continues to be such a popular choice. It is practical, perfect for keeping children and pets safe and contained, but it is also beautiful! The picket fence can help make any home look warmer and more inviting. Though it is traditionally white, we’ve seen a wide variety of picket fence colours over the last few years, such as black and navy blue, as well as bright colours. If you are looking for an attractive yet functional fencing solution, the picket fence may be the best choice.

 

#2 – Modern Horizontal Boards

Image source: boredomtherapy.com via Zillow

 

Ideas For This Style: Perfect as a privacy fence, great for larger backyards

In contrast to our first traditional fencing option, we have the ultra-modern horizontal wooden fence. This gorgeous fence is the perfect privacy fence for a yard of any size. As you can see, it is also more than just a fence! It has built-in shelves, perfect for adding outdoor decor or showing off your potted plants. It also comes with built-in lights, adding to the overall look of this fence and making use of all that space. This fence looks a bit more like a wall than a fence, but if you love the modern style and need the privacy, this fence may be the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

#3 – An Iron Garden

Image source: homestratosphere.com

 

Ideas For This Style: Ideal as decorative fencing, great around gardens or front yards

Wrought iron fences are known for being one of the most attractive fencing options available. This design takes an already beautiful, decorative iron fence and makes it even better by planting a garden around it. Iron fences may be beautiful, but they do lack colour. Bright orange, yellow, and red flowers can help bring out the decorative design in any style of iron fence. Of course, this particular design may take some extra work, so it’s best for those with a love of gardening and a green thumb!

 

#4 – Poolside Vinyl

Image source: Jay Fencing

 

Ideas For This Style: Perfect as a privacy fence, great for homeowners with children and pets

Vinyl fencing has grown in popularity over the last few years, as homeowners are realizing how attractive and easy to maintain it is! This poolside vinyl fence is not just a practical way to add privacy to this homeowner’s yard, but also acts as a landscaping piece. The red and black outdoor furniture contrasts perfectly with the bright white fence. It also matches the deck railing and helps complete this backyard oasis.

 

#5 – Corrugated Metal

Image source: Pinterest.com

 

Ideas For This Style: Ideal for homeowners looking for environemntally friendly fencing options

Wrought iron isn’t your only option when it comes to beautiful metal fences. Corrugated metal fences are great for the environment, because they are mostly made from recycled materials, and can also add a unique, modern look to your yard. Like most fence designs on this list, the surrounding landscape has a big impact on design. This simple, black metal fence may not be much to look at by itself. However, it is a beautiful addition to this yard with lots of greenery surrounding it, matching furniture, and light, contrasting wooden floor.

 

#6 – Wood & Iron Combination

Image source: Renoguide.com.au

 

Ideas For This Style: Homeowners who need a privacy and/or security fence, those with children or pets

Another popular choice for fencing solutions we continue to see is combination material fences. Do you love both iron and wood? What about metal and stone? With combination fences, you don’t have to pick between your favourite styles – you can have it all! This absolutely beautiful wood & iron fence shows just how good combo fences can look. Iron fences lack privacy, while wooden fences often lack the decorative gothic style found with iron. This fence doesn’t sacrifice privacy while keeping the classic wrought iron fence look!

 

#7 – Slatted Privacy Screen

 

Ideas For This Style: Perfect for homeowners looking for an attractive landscaping addition to their yard or deck

If you aren’t looking for a full fence and just need a privacy screen, this beautiful slatted privacy screen looks almost like a basketweave style fence, and even contains elements of a pergola at the top! If you love this style, it can also be converted into an entire fence around your yard, though would likely work best for smaller yards or for just a section of your fencing. This is also the perfect choice if you do not have room for a full-sized pergola or gazebo, but would still like some shelter and a place to hang your flowers, baskets, and other outdoor decor!

 

Other Inspirational Fence Designs By Jay Fencing

Scroll through the gallery below to see lots of different fence designs by Jay Fencing to help you find inspiration for your own upcoming fencing project. To learn more about all the different options you have, check out our fencing page or reach out to us now!

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Expertly Install Your New Fence With Jay Fencing!

 

So Happy with our new fence. Both crews that came out were very hard working, and friendly. They made sure to have us come out and check the progress at a few different checkpoints to make sure we were happy. We are extremely pleased with the end results! 
– A Jay Fencing Customer – Read more testimonials here!

 

Jay Fencing team

Call on Jay Fencing to install your new fence now! When you work with a professional fencing company, they can help you decide on the right fence style for you and all of your unique preferences and needs.

Jay Fencing has over 30 years of experience and has completed over 100,000 projects!

They also know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid confusion and skip right to the beautifully installed fence of your dreams with Jay Fencing!

At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will increase the price.

We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

 

Deck Design – 7 Of The Best Tools You Can Use to Design Your Own Deck

Deck Design - 7 Of The Best Tools You Can Use to Design Your Own Deck

Thinking about building your own deck, but aren’t sure where to start? There are many different deck design tools and software programs that actually help you create your design! These handy tools let you create and visualize decks and other landscaping projects right on your computer. In this article, we’ll check out 7 of these tools, how each one works, and where you can get it from. If you have any questions about decks or would like to skip right to the final project, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

 

Ready To Add A Beautiful Deck To Your Yard?

7 Of The Best Deck Design Tools

These 7 awesome tools will help you not only plan and design your deck, but also your entire landscaping project including gardens, trees, pathways, and more! Please keep in mind that these tools are not ranked or listed in any particular order. They each have their pros and cons and may be more or less suitable for you depending on your experience level, computer skill, and budget.

 

1. Plan-A-Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Source: bhg.com

 

Cost: Free but must sign-up or login with social media

Plan-A-Garden by Better Homes & Gardens is a beautiful software that allows you to plan out your entire front or backyard. It offers a wide selection of trees and plants (over 150!) as well as tons of different structures like sheds, ponds, and yes, of course, even decks! The software is easy to use. You simply drag the items you want to place onto the page and drop them right where you want them to go! There are also many different ‘home scenarios’ you can choose from to help you pick a home and yard layout closest to your own.

 

 

2. Garden Visualiser – Marshalls

 

Cost: Free

The awesome Garden Visualiser by Marshalls allows you to upload a picture of your own property and begin working right on your own image. Or you can create 3D landscapes choosing from a variety of different materials and textures. This tool can be used to add in plants and foliage, but is ideal for those planning structures such as fences, decks, and other structures.

 

 

3. Deck Designer – Lowe’s

Source: lowes.com

 

Cost: Free but you must set the location of your local Lowe’s to download

The Deck Designer tool by Lowe’s is specifically made for designing your future deck. It may not have the most attractive graphics, but it is highly functional if you’re looking to build your own deck from scratch. This design software helps homeowners create a deck within their budget, and includes a wide variety of materials to build from. You can finish off the project by printing it out and bringing it to your local Lowe’s to have them help you get the right materials for your custom-made design.

 

 

4. Architect 2018 – Idea Spectrum

 

Cost: $399.99 – however, there is a free trial

Architect 2018 by Idea Spectrum is a professional landscape software – and it is actually used by the landscaping pros! If you love landscaping projects and plan on using building software on a regular basis, it may be worth it to invest in this professional software. Of course, unlike the previous tools, this one is not free. However, you often get what you pay for, and this software provides the user with realistic graphics and high-tech options and capabilities. If you’re looking to design your deck on something that can do a lot more than the basics, Architect 2018 may be right for you.

 

 

5. AZEK Deck Designer – CPG Building Products

 

Cost: Free but must register to save your designs

The AZEK Deck Designer is actually an app you can download on your iPad or your computer to help you create beautiful decks in your own backyard or over whatever landscape you choose. There are over 140 product options to choose from, allowing you to create your perfect deck with ease. The tool allows 3D design, so you can view your deck from different angles and customize it in the easiest ways possible.

 

 

6. VizTerra by Structure Studios

 

Cost: $95.00 per month – however, there is a free trial

VizTerra by Structure Studios is a professional hardscaping and landscaping design tool used by the professionals. You can download the free trial, but if you want to continue using the program, you will have to pay $95.00 per month (or you can pay a  yearly fee instead.) This program is unique in that it allows you to design 2D blueprints and instantly transform them into 3D models! If you have a love for all things deck and outdoor design, you may want to consider using a professional program to create and customize your next backyard project.

 

 

7. Home Depot / Big Hammer Designer

 

Cost: Free but you can pay for a pro plan

The Home Depot / Big Hammer Do-It-Yourself designer allows you to build a variety of projects, including your own deck. Though this program is free, it is still pretty powerful and allows the average homeowner to create great designs. There is also an option specifically for the Home Depot Canada, which may be useful for Canadians who do not have access to some items or materials found on the US website.

 

 

Do It Yourself VS Working With The Pros

Decks by Jay Fencing

 

Considering doing it yourself for your new deck? DIY projects are becoming more and more popular, especially among new homeowners to save money. However, it is a good idea to look at the pros and cons of DIY vs professional installation. With DIY, you have full control over your project – you can finish it as quickly as you like, or choose to take your time.

It will also cost you less up front. Some homeowners get great joy out of DIY projects. Many homeowners also enjoy using planning programs and software like the ones listed above; it can be a fun way to get the whole family involved in your landscaping project!

However, DIY deck installation can create a lot of problems. Post hole digging is not just for fences! Your deck needs posts too. One of the most difficult parts of both fence and deck installation is post hole digging. This is because it not only requires precision, but it also requires physical strength. Doing it yourself can be exhausting, and if done incorrectly or without taking breaks can lead to muscle pulls, strains, and even heat exhaustion. Many homeowners don’t know what the deck building process actually looks like. Watch the video below to learn more about DIY decking!

 

 

Most people choose to do a DIY installation because it costs less upfront. However, if you do end up making a mistake, fixing it can end up costing you more in the long-run. On top of that, if you don’t build with high-quality materials or materials that are ideal for your climate, you may end up with costly repairs sooner than later!

The average homeowner also does not have all of the tools and materials required to properly build a deck. Most homeowners do not have the know-how or experience and must rely on books or online guides and videos. Though guides can be helpful, they can only teach you so much. Without a professional, you may find yourself stuck without anyone to help you navigate unforeseen problems.

When you work with deck installers, you can have the peace of mind knowing the entire project, including the tiring post hole digging, will get done – even if you know virtually nothing about deck installation! It also ensures the job is done on time, and that all the proper, high-quality tools and materials will be used in your deck project. Professionals can also help you customize your deck so you get the most shade or shelter. Here are other some reasons why working with an installer is beneficial:

  • Helps You Choose The Right Deck – As mentioned above, there are so many options when trying to choose a deck! Fence installers will help you narrow down your choice, from style to materials, and provide you with deck information you may not otherwise have known.
  • Knows Weather/Soil Conditions – A professional installer knows when is the best time to dig your holes and begin the construction process. They will also know about any soil conditions or other potential problems that could pop up, such as uneven land.
  • Knows Local Bylaws – Yes, that’s right! Some municipalities have bylaws that govern deck building. For example, the town of Milton has a bylaw that requires a permit for decks over a certain size.
  • Saves You Time And Money – Installing a deck yourself can take a significant amount of time, especially if you are not an experienced handyman. Working with professional installers not only saves you time, but it can also save you money in the long-term! Though it will cost more upfront, when you work with professional installers, you won’t have to worry about costly repair fees or extra maintenance due to poor installation.

 

Expertly Install Your New Deck With Jay Fencing!

Jay Fencing team

Call on Jay Fencing to install your new deck now! When you work with a professional installation company, they can help you decide on the right deck style for you and all of your unique preferences and needs.

Jay Fencing has over 30 years of experience and has completed over 100,000 projects!

They also know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid confusion and skip right to the beautifully installed fence of your dreams with Jay Fencing!

At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will increase the price.

We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

 

“We can’t say enough about Jay Fencing. Everyone, and I mean everyone that we have been in touch with, has been absolutely wonderful. We are so excited to have our deck completed this fall and will look forward to next spring and summer to enjoy it!”

– Janis, A Jay Fencing Customer – Read more testimonials here!

 

 

Sources: 

theselfsufficientliving.com / deckmagazine.com / saga.co.uk

Post Hole Digging: 9 Steps to Getting Ready for Your Fence

Post hole digging is one of the most important parts of fence installation. With properly dug post holes, your fence will be aligned, stable, and secure. Without them, your fence could easily fail. If you are curious about the post hole digging process or plan to do some DIY post hole digging, check out our step-by-step post hole digging guide. If you aren’t up for all that extra work, contact the fencing experts at Jay Fencing to get the professionals to do it for you!

 

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Post Hole Digging: 9 Steps

Not sure how to prepare for your new fence? The first step before installing a fence is to dig your post holes. We’ll provide an in-depth guide for post hole digging below. But first, let’s take a look at some materials you may need:

  • A post hole digger (can buy one from many hardware stores or online)
  • String or thin rope
  • Water (can use a bucket or ideally, a hose)
  • Concrete
  • Wheelbarrow

Keep in mind these are just some of the materials you may need. There are many different methods for post hole digging. Some people choose to dig by hand with just the help of shovels. There are also a wide variety of post hole diggers available, all varying in level of experience required to use. In our guide, we will be looking at how to dig post holes using the type of post hole digger seen in image #1 below.

This guide uses information from: WikiHow, Family Handyman, Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltc, and Lowes.

 

Step 1: Get A Post Hole Digger

 

 

 

 

Post Hole Digger – Source: Amazon.com

Post Hole Digging Machine – Source: Digga.com

 

Before you can do any work, you’ll need to get your hands on a pair of post hole diggers! You will be faced with a variety of options. Some heavy-duty post hole digging machines are available to rent from hardware stores or fencing companies. However, these can be difficult to use and, if used incorrectly, can result in serious injury. For the inexperienced handyman, it is best to use a pair of handheld diggers, like the one seen in image #1 above. You can buy diggers online from sites such as Amazon, or right at your local hardware store.

 

Step 2 – Lay Out Your Post Locations

If you want your fence to be aligned properly, you’ll have to do the work ahead of time. Using your string or thin rope as well as stakes, you can lay out the exact location you plan to have your fence and your post holes. You will want to drive your stakes into the ground with a sledgehammer, and then tie from stake to stake. This will reduce the risk of making a mistake. If you dig a hole in the wrong spot, it can completely throw off your entire project! Plus, then you’ll have a hole in the middle of your lawn. To reduce unnecessary work and damage, ensure you take the time to lay out your post locations before you dig.

 

Step 3 – Check For Utilities

Image source: Barrie.ca 

Before you dig, it is very important that you check for any underground utilities before you do ANY digging. Residential properties usually have many underground pipes and wires you may not be aware of at all.

This image from Barrie.ca shows a great example of how many utilities could be buried underground at your home without you even knowing it! When you decide to dig your own post holes, you will have to call your city or town and find out your utilities and locate information.

However, if you work with a professional fencing company, they will do all that work for you. It is also important to know that in some areas, digging without checking for your utilities beforehand could actually be illegal or may break a local bylaw. Don’t take a chance – call your town or city first.

If you aren’t sure how to find locates on your property, you can do a quick google search of your area +” locates”

If you aren’t sure about DIY fencing, contact the professionals at Jay Fencing to learn more about working with the pros!

 

Step 4 – Begin To Dig Your Post Holes

Now that you have done all that preparation, you can finally begin digging your post holes! As seen in the image above by Twist and Turn Digger, hold your post hole digger with both hands and stand with good posture. The handles should be held close together. You will then have to apply force and push your digger into the ground, where you previously had your lined out stake.

You should do your research ahead of time to determine how deep you must dig for the type of fence you will be installing. However, keep in mind your fence holes will have to be very deep! According to WikiHow, “There is only one hard-and-fast rule when you’re digging a fence posthole: Dig a hole for the post that is half as deep as the fence is high.”

However, some sites suggest digging a hole that is 25% of the post length. It is up to you to determine what you think is best!

 

Step 5 – Continue The Digging Process

Check out this quick video below to see a regular homeowner and YouTube begin the post hole digging process in her backyard!

 

 

Once your post hole digger is in the ground, you will then spread the handles apart. By doing this, soil and other debris will gather in the “jaws” of the post hole digger. Once you have a secure grip on the soil, you can bring the digger out of the hole and release the soil by closing the handles back together. After that, you will have to repeat the process in the same hole. Every time you put your digger into the post hole, you should go further and further into the ground. You may have to rotate your digger if difficult or obstructive items, such as rocks or roots, get in the way.

 

Step 6 – (Optional) Wet The Soil

Depending on the type of soil in your yard, you may continuously find hard or sandy material within your new hole. This type of material can cause many difficulties while digging, creating even more manual labour for yourself. If you run into this problem, you can use your hose to wet the soil and allow it to soak for a while. By doing this, you will help to break up the materials and help make your job a lot easier!

 

Step 7 – Position Your Posts

Image Source: Buildpedia.com

Once you have repeated steps 4-6 for every marked hole in your yard, you can now begin to install your posts. You will want to ensure you position and plumb your posts very carefully before you move forward. Watch the quick video below to see as two homeowners position their posts. You can see how they use support posts in the process, to help ensure their posts stay in place!

 

After you fill the holes and the concrete hardens, you will not be able to fix mistakes such as a leaning post! You will also want to use a level to ensure the post is not leaning – sometimes it can be difficult to tell by just looking.

 

Step 8 – Prepare Concrete

Image Source: blog.ironfenceshop.com

Once you are 100% sure that your posts are in the correct position, you can begin pouring concrete into the post holes. You may also want to do some research on different concrete techniques and types before you purchase your concrete. There are different techniques you can use – but some are better and more efficient than others. For example, WikiHow outlines the technique that some contractors or DIY-ers. use. They pour pre-bagged concrete into the hole and simply pour on water and move on. Though this is a quick method, it is definitely not the strongest! If you want your new fence to last, avoid cutting corners to save time.

To create stronger concrete, you will want to use a wheelbarrow and bags of concrete mix. You can also create your own concrete mix using a variety of common materials found at almost every hardware store. This can be a good idea if you are digging many post holes. When adding water to your concrete, don’t add too much! Even though you may be tempted to create a more watery, easy-to-use concrete mix, it’s better to have harder concrete. Watery concrete will not be as strong.

 

Step 9 – Pour Concrete

Once your concrete is ready, carefully pour it into the post holes. You may need to reposition your posts a bit, as they could move as you are setting in your concrete unless you have an extremely stable hand! Once you are satisfied with your posts positions, ensure you leave any supports keeping the post in place alone for approximately one hour, or longer to be safe. Though the concrete may look dry, it will only be dry on the surface. It’s important not to touch or move your posts for a few days to ensure they set properly.

 

DIY vs Professional Installation

Considering doing it yourself for post holes and fencing? DIY projects are becoming more and more popular, especially among new homeowners to save money. However, it is a good idea to look at the pros and cons of DIY vs professional installation. With DIY, you have full control over your project – you can finish it as quickly as you like, or choose to take your time. It will also cost you less up front. Some homeowners get great joy out of DIY projects.

However, DIY fence installation can create a lot of problems. Post hole digging is one of the most difficult parts of the fence installation process. Post hole digging not only requires precision, but it also requires physical strength. As seen in the guide above, post hole digging with handheld diggers can be a physically strenuous activity. Even if you choose to work with digging machinery, an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can easily injure themselves while digging or cause serious damage to their property if holes are not dug in the correct place.

Post hole digging Kitchener

The average homeowner also does not have all of the tools and materials required to properly install a fence. Most homeowners do not have the know-how or experience and must rely on books or online guides and videos. Though guides can be helpful, they can only teach you so much. Without a professional, you may find yourself stuck without anyone to help you navigate unforeseen problems.

When you work with fence installers, you can have the peace of mind knowing the entire project, including the tiring post hole digging, will get done – even if you know virtually nothing about fence installation! It also ensures the job is done on time, and that all the proper, high-quality tools and materials will be used in your fencing project. Here are other some reasons why working with an installer is beneficial:

  • Helps You Choose The Right Fence – As mentioned above, there are so many options when trying to choose a fence! Fence installers will help you narrow down your choice and provide you with fencing information you may not otherwise have known.
  • Knows Weather/Soil Conditions – A professional installer knows when is the best time to dig your post holes. For example, in the snowy and wet winters or soggy spring, digging may be nearly impossible or just not ideal. They will also know about soil conditions and how to act if a problem, such as rocky or sandy soil occurs.
  • Knows Local Bylaws – Local fencing bylaws outline the rules and regulations you must follow when installing your fence. If you do not follow these bylaws, you may have to tear your fence down and start all over again! In a worst-case scenario, you may find yourself dealing with legal troubles.
  • Saves You Time And Money – Installing a fence yourself can take a significant amount of time, especially if you are not an experienced handyman. Working with fence installers not only saves you time, but it can also save you money in the long-term! Though it will cost more upfront, when you work with professional installers, you won’t have to worry about costly repair fees or extra maintenance due to poor installation.

 

Expertly Install Your New Fence With Jay Fencing!

Jay Fencing team

Call on Jay Fencing to install your new fence now! When you work with a professional fencing company, they can help you decide on the right fence style for you and all of your unique preferences and needs.

Jay Fencing has over 30 years of experience and has completed over 100,000 projects!

They will also know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid confusion and skip right to the beautifully installed fence of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will increase the price.

We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

“Jay Fencing did a fantastic job on our new fence, it was built with quality products, completed on time
and on budget. They are extremely professional and courteous while on site
and this was our third project with them. Thank you again!

– A Jay Fencing Customer, Read more testimonials here!

Sources: 

WikiHow / Family Handyman / Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltc / Lowes

Fence Designs – The Top 8 Fence Trends in 2018

Fence Designs - The Top 8 Fence Trends in 2018

Are you looking for your perfect fence this year? If so, you will definitely want to see which fence designs are trending now! There are a lot of unique and beautiful designs, perfect for many different needs, preferences, and personal taste. Keep in mind that fencing trends often last a long time, so picking out a popular design now will likely remain trendy for years to come! Check out our list below to see the top 8 trends you should consider before buying your own fence. For more information about high-quality residential and commercial fences, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

Looking for your own beautiful fence?

Fence Designs – The Top 8 Fence Trends in 2018

Just like everything else, popular fence designs come and go. If you’re interested in what’s popular now in 2018, don’t miss out on our list below! You’ll learn about many different trends and find out information that will help you determine if they are right for you, your home, and your family.

 

#1 – Floral Trends

Practicality: ★★★ (Provides privacy but does require maintenance)
Versatility: ★★★ (Lots of control over the look, but plants may die in winter/fall, does not provide additional safety for children or pets)
Ideal Uses: Perfect for adding extra privacy and adding aesthetics to your property, ideal for quiet suburbs or country living

You may have noticed a general trend towards floral – both with patterns on clothes and with real succulents and other flowers around the home. It’s no surprise then that this trend has made its way to fences too! Planting bright flowers or tall green bushes around your fence not only brings more beauty to your property, but also adds privacy – especially if you have a picket fence or iron fence, for example.

 

#2 – Ultra Modern

Ultra Modern Wooden Fence Design

Image source: boredomtherapy.com

Practicality: ★★★★ (Depends on fence, but generally provides privacy & security for children and pets)
Versatility: ★★★ (Different styles to choose from, but all will follow more or less a traditional ‘modern’ look)
Ideal Uses: Great to use in neighbourhoods where others have similar fence styles or on larger properties

Another trend that has finally made its way to the fencing world – ultra modern fences look like they’re here to stay, at least for now. These modern fences come in a wide variety of styles, but many wooden versions have vertical boards instead of the more traditional horizontal style. You will often see shelves, flower boxes, and lights built right into the fence for added functionality. Many modern designs also prioritize privacy.

 

#3 – Rustic Resurgence

Fence Designs - Rustic fence and gate

Image source: Pinterest.com from blog.styleestate.com

Practicality: ★★ (Depends on fence, but generally these styles do not provide significant privacy or security)
Versatility: ★★★★★ (Many different styles and materials to choose from, generally easy to customize)
Ideal Uses: Perfect for county homes, for individuals who enjoy DIY projects, for those who like a nostalgic feel and don’t mind extra maintenance

Along with the rise in modern-style fences, we are also seeing that the rustic revival continues strong into 2018. If you aren’t ready to move to modern, don’t worry, there are still many rustic options for both fences and gates. Many homeowners love the rustic look because it is not only gorgeous and brings a more traditional feel to your home, but it is often the easiest to do-it-yourself (DIY is another trend that many still love. We’ll get to that below!)

 

#4 – Do-It-Yourself Fencing

DIY Fence privacy panel

Image source: thewhoot.com.au

Practicality: ★★ (Will take a lot of extra work to build, if built incorrectly fence may fail. However, easy to customize to make it ideal for privacy or pets/kids)
Versatility: ★★★★★ (Since you are doing it all yourself, DIY fences can become anything you choose!)
Ideal Uses: DIY privacy screens are perfect for smaller spaces, great for experienced DIY-ers

From entire wooden or metal fences to small privacy screens like the one above, people from all different backgrounds and with many different skill levels are trying out DIY fencing. With so many online guides and how-to videos available, it’s no wonder that the DIY fencing trend remains popular! Doing-it-yourself can be a fun project to complete on your own or with friends or family. Many individuals love the hands-on approach and feel accomplished when their project is complete!

 

#5 – Dark Colours

Black Vinyl Fence

Vinyl Fence by Jay Fencing

Practicality: ★★★★★ (Dark colours can be used on any style of fence)
Versatility: ★★★★ (Dark colours can be used on any style of fence, but are not as noticeable on styles such as chain link)
Ideal Uses: Great for those looking to do something a little different with their fence, without any drastic changes

Fences are no longer limited to just white or “wood” – in 2018 and moving forward, you’ll likely see a lot more dark-coloured fences painted black, navy blue, or dark grey. If you choose a vinyl or iron fence, you can pick a fence that already comes in your preferred colour. A dark coloured fence the perfect way to make your home pop, especially if you have light grey or white bricks or stone, or white siding. You may also want to integrate our #1 trend – adding bright and colourful flowers around your fence will create a beautiful contrast all your neighbours will envy!

 

#6 – Fence Gardens

Planters on Fence - DIY Gardens

Image source: alphamom.com from Pinterest.com

Practicality: ★★★ (Great idea for those who want to garden, but fence provides limited space)
Versatility: ★★ (Can be used on most wooden fence, may not work with iron or chain link)
Ideal Uses: Great for those looking to do something a little different with their fence, without any drastic changes

Yes, you read that one right! Not garden fences, but fence gardens! Over the last few years including 2018, we’ve noticed a trend towards going greener where possible. One of the outcomes of this going green trend is many individuals have begun growing their own food! With limited space in smaller backyards, growing your food right on your fence is the perfect way to maximize space. It’s easy and convenient to grow herbs on your fence – plus, the height will help keep animals out of your garden!

 

#7 – Mix and Match

Stone and wrought iron fence

Fence by Jay Fencing

Practicality: ★★★ (Depending on combination, can be great for privacy/security, may cost more up front due to variety of materials)
Versatility: ★★★★★ (Can mix many different types of fences to create a style that works best for you)
Ideal Uses: Perfect for homeowners looking for a unique look, generally ideal for those with a bigger budget

Can’t decide between wrought iron and wood? Stone and metal? Well, with this fencing trend of 2018, you can have both – or more! We are seeing a lot of fencing combinations, but it looks like most of them combine wood with metal. However, as you see in the example above, you can beautifully combine two elements that may create unexpected beauty. This stone and iron fence works perfectly surrounding this bright garden. The stone creates a strong barrier, while the little intricacies of the iron fence provide beauty and character.

 

#8 – Embracing Metal

Corrugated metal fence

Image Source: Pinterest.com

Practicality: ★★★★★ (Metal fences are often very affordable, easy to buy OR DIY, and provide security & privacy)
Versatility: ★★ (Not easy to customize, metal can be difficult to work with)
Ideal Uses: Great for those looking for a greener option, ideal for lower budgets

One previous fencing trend we saw a lot of in the previous years was passing off metal fences as wood. According to Landscaping expert Matt Leacy from this article on Homes To Love – that trend is definitely out. Instead, in 2018 we’re seeing more and more people embrace their metal fences. Corrugated metal fences appear to still be increasing in popularity. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. As we mentioned above, many individuals are becoming more environmentally conscious. Metal fences are often made from recycled materials and of course, do not require the cutting down of trees.

 

Find Your Perfect Fence With Jay Fencing!

Jay Fencing Team

Call on Jay Fencing to install your new fence now! When you work with a professional fencing company, they can help you decide on the right fence style for you, your family, and all of your unique preferences and needs.

They will also know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid confusion and skip right to the beautifully installed fence of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will increase the price.

We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

“We LOVE the fence. It is fabulous, and the dog is in sheer heaven booting around the yard. You guys were so good – they obviously care about doing a great job, and they were polite and pleasant to have around. It is all great – just wanted to say thanks. Please tell the guys I said they did a wonderful job.”

– Leslie Bamford, Read more testimonials here!

Sources:

hgtv.com / Housebeautiful.com / homestolove.com.au

Employee Parking Lot Policy Template & Tips

Looking for employee parking lot policy templates so that you can create your own policy document? A parking lot policy can help create rules and guidelines surrounding parking lot safety, parking spaces, procedures required when allocating parking spaces, and more. In this article, you will see a sample parking lot policy and get tips for creating your own policy. Many parking lots also have access control systems or security gates. It’s important to outline the proper use of this equipment as well. To learn more about keeping your parking lot safe and secure, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

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Employee Parking Lot Policy Template

The following is a sample parking lot policy template to be used as a reference only. Please keep in mind this is just a template and will need to be modified to suit your workplace’s specific needs. It is not a legal document, and this is not legal advice. There may be local or federal legal guidelines and rules regarding parking lots that you will need to take into account when creating your own policy.

This template was created by combining research and information found on various other parking lot policy templates. You can find these resources here:


Employee Parking Lot Policy – Sample Template

Employees of [company name] must follow the parking lot policy at all times. This includes employees who use their own vehicle, a company vehicle, a bicycle, or [list any other relevant vehicle types that fall under your policy]. This policy must be followed by permanent, temporary, and contract employees.

Purpose Of The Policy

[Company name] has created the Parking Lot Policy to ensure workers, visitors, and clients are safe on our property. It is also to ensure that all workers understand where and why they should or should not park in specified spaces.

  • Include any specific challenges regarding your parking lot and why this policy will help resolve them

Permits

You must display your parking permit in a visible location in your vehicle. Parking permits are administered to every employee of [company name]. If you lose your permit, you may have to pay for a new one. Your permit must be registered with your license plate number. Each employee can register up to [2] vehicles.

  • If your company does not provide permits or free parking, include information about pay parking here
  • Include specifically who is eligible for permits

Allocating Parking Spaces

Across our company parking lot, there are various spaces designated for specific uses. Only those who fall under certain criteria may use these spaces. These spaces include: pregnant women’s parking spots, disabled parking spots, spaces for nightshift workers, spaces for company vehicles, and [include any other specified parking spots here].

These spaces shall be reserved for their designated use. Employees should never park in these spaces unless otherwise specified or if they fall into the specific category. During special events, we may also designate special visitor parking. Employees should not use the visitor parking spaces.

  • You may want to go into more detail about where each of these designated parking spaces is located and why (e.g. legal guidelines) employees must follow these rules

Bicycles & Bicycle Racks

Employees are welcome to ride bicycles to work and store them using our bicycle racks. The two bicycle racks are located at the front of Parking Lot B and Parking Lot E. Please ensure you bring your own bicycle lock. Please keep in mind that [Company] will not be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen bicycles while on our company property.

Parking Lot Rules

It is important that employees follow our parking lot rules in order to keep our parking lot safe and clean. We expect that our employees will respect our parking lot and treat it with the same care that they would any other space in our building. Employees shall not: litter, shall not speed and follow the parking lot limit of [20 km/h], shall respect others’ property and vehicles, shall not park overnight unless working a night shift.

  • If there are any specific challenges in your workplace, such as employees walking their dog through the parking lot and leaving a mess, you may want to address those issues in the parking lot rules section as well
  • You may also want to outline rules against certain types of parking, such as ‘diagonal parking,’ when someone parks diagonally in order to take up two spaces and reduce the chance of another vehicle parking beside their car
  • If you have access control systems such as keypads or barrier gates, you may want to include any rules about their use in this section (e.g. ‘Employees are not permitted to share access control codes with anyone outside the workplace’)

Discipline

Failure to follow the rules and regulations outlined in our Parking Lot Policy may result in disciplinary action taken by [company name]. A first offence will result in a warning from management. Continuous disregard for the Parking Lot Policy may result in removal of the employee’s permit.

  • You may choose to include the specific action that will be taken if employees do not follow the policy

Legal Information

  • In this section, you should include any relevant local and/or federal legal information that employees should know, such as information about disabled spaces, etc.
  • You may also want to include legal disclaimers, such as information about what happens if an employee’s vehicle is damaged on company policy
  • You can also include legal information about what happens in a company vehicle is damaged by an employee

Should You Have A Parking Lot Policy?

Is an employee parking lot policy really necessary? Even if you have a small workplace with only five parking spaces, a workplace parking lot policy can help get everyone on the same page, remove any confusion employees may have, and ensure your parking lot – whether big or small – remains a clean and safe place for workers and customers alike.

If you are part of a large workplace or organization with a large parking lot, a policy can provide clarity to questions that many employees may have. If your parking lot has so many spaces and many are designated for various purposes, it can be easy for employees to get confused about where they can or can’t park. A policy will ensure everyone knows the same rules and guidelines, which will make parking in the workplace a less stressful experience!

Creating a Parking Lot Policy – Tips

If you are ready to create your own parking lot policy, here are some simple tips you can follow!

  • Easy To Read – An easy-to-read policy is a good policy! Though you should thoroughly explain the policy out loud to your employees when you first implement it, you still want to ensure that employees can refer to the policy later on. It should be easy to read and understand, with large, obvious headers and bullet points where appropriate.
  • Use A Template – Using a template is a great way to get your policy started, especially if you have never made a parking lot policy before! Read through a variety of templates to get a feel for what policies normally do and do not include.
  • Relevant Information – Using a guide or template is a great way to begin your policy, but you should not copy and paste one directly from the internet and use it as-is. You will want to customize your policy to only include information relevant to your company and specific employee needs and challenges.
  • Explain Why – Implementing any new policy in the workplace can be a challenge, as many people do not initially respond well to change. To ensure your policy is effective, explain why it is needed and why it is beneficial to everyone involved. You can also include this “why” information right in your policy!
  • Accessible – Once you’ve created your policy, ensure it is easily accessible so employees can refer to it if they need to. Send out an email copy, create a poster and stick it to the door, send out monthly reminders, etc. Ensure that employees always have access to the policy.

Other Ways To Keep Your Parking Lot Safe

Ensuring employees follow safety rules such as no littering, no speeding, and no dangerous driving can help keep your parking lot a safer place for everyone who enters your property. Adding additional security features such as automatic gates, access control systems, and security cameras can help create a safer workplace. See the gallery below for some examples! Click each picture to view it full-size.

Keep in mind that if you do add additional safety features to your parking lot, there may be more legal guidelines to follow (such as security camera placement and use). You may have to modify your parking lot policy and put up additional signs, such as security camera notices, around your property.

Call on Jay Fencing For Workplace Solutions!

Call on Jay Fencing to install your new commercial fence, access control system, or barrier gate now! When you work with a professional fencing company, they can help you decide on the right fence style for you, your business, and all of your unique preferences and needs.

They will also know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid confusion and skip right to the beautifully installed fence of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

At Jay Fencing Ltd, you can feel confident that we will only recommend products or services that are best for you and your needs. This means you won’t be buying any unnecessary products or services that will increase the price.

We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

“I just wanted to tell you what a great job was done today by the two gentlemen who finished the installation of my fence. The fence looks great and the cleanup job was superb. They worked very hard and were most professional. Thank you.”

– Jessica W, Read more testimonials here!

Sources

Workable / Chron / SHRM