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Fence Designs: The Definitive Guide (2018 Update)

Looking for the best fence design ideas? Our definitive guide to fence designs provides the latest information about all of the most popular fencing solutions for you, your home, and your business. We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of different fencing materials, how to maintain your fence, how to find the best installers, and more! For more information about fencing solutions in Southern Ontario, click here to contact the experts at Jay Fencing!

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Fence Design Guide Chapters

Chapter 1: Fencing Materials – Types & Pros and Cons
Chapter 2: Fence Maintenence
Chapter 3: DIY or Professional Install?
Chapter 4: Finding a Reputable Installer
Chapter 5: Fence Customization

Fence Designs: Chapter 1 – Materials

Your new fence can be made from a variety of materials and can come in many different styles. Most fences fall into one of the following categories: wrought iron, chain link, wood, or vinyl. In this section, we’ll look at the pros and cons of each of these fencing styles to help you determine which is best for you and your needs.

Wood Fences

Pros: Beautiful and natural look, great as a privacy fence and for keeping pets and children safe, can be strong and durable, when properly installed can last a long time

Cons: Requires regular maintenance, can be difficult to DIY install, cheaper woods may not last long, can be more expensive for high-quality, durable woods

Wood fences are extremely common. It is likely you have come across wooden fences used for both residential and commercial lots. Wood fences can be crafted in many different ways and styles to create custom, unique fences. When made by a reputable company, they are sturdy and resistant to the elements. Some wood types are also naturally resistant to rot and insects.  There are many different types of wood to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. Some popular choices include:

  • Pressure Treated Pine (Average Cost: $) – A practical, well-priced option. Chemically treated to resist rot, insects, and moisture.
  • Cedar (Average Cost: $$–$$$) –  Beautiful and naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Always a great choice for fence boards.
  • Redwood (Average Cost: $$$) – Naturally resistant to rot, insects, and moisture. Comes in a beautiful red colour, prized for both its aesthetics and strength.

Wooden fences can also be crafted into many different styles. Wooden fences are highly customizable. If you choose a wooden fence, your options are nearly endless when it comes to style. Here are some of the most popular style choices:

  • Solid Board – A decorative and beautiful option. The top can be crafted in a variety of different ways to suit whatever your preference may be. The solid board style also allows privacy.
  • Lattice Top – Lattice top is a very popular choice. It allows some air flow by breaking down strong winds into a gentler breeze. It also provides privacy while still allowing some visibility through the boards.
  • Board-on-Board – One of the top choices for privacy fences. It looks attractive from both sides of the fence and allows a breeze to come through between the boards.
  • Post and Rail – With a classic, welcoming look, the post and rail style is definitely not a privacy fence. Often used as a decorative fence, though it can actually be customized with mesh to protect children or pets from getting out.

Vinyl Fencing

Pros: Aesthetically pleasing (often mimics wood designs), requires virtually no maintenance, comes in many colours and relatively easy to customize, durable

Cons: Can warp or bend in extreme temperatures, difficult to install, replacement or repair can be costly, costs more upfront

Vinyl fences are a relatively new fencing option. Vinyl fence boards are usually made to look almost identical to wooden fence boards. They also come in a variety of styles; many of these styles are identical to their wooden counterparts as listed above. However, unlike wooden fences, vinyl fences require almost zero maintenance. You also won’t have to worry about rot, rust, and insect infestations.

Though vinyl fences are easy to maintain and come in many attractive styles, they also have some downsides. The biggest difference between wood and vinyl is the price tag. Vinyl fences are often more expensive, and repair can be much more complicated. Vinyl is durable but not as durable as most types of wood. Bending, warping, and even expanding can occur due to harsh weather or violent winds – which may be a problem in many Ontario climates.

Chain Link Fencing

Pros: Easy to maintain, cost-effective fencing solution, provides a secure property for increased safety, good at containing children and pets

Cons: Not easily customizable, doesn’t provide privacy, not aesthetically pleasing, can rust if not properly maintained

Chain link fences are the most cost-effective fencing solution on this list. They are relatively quick and easy to install and require minimal maintenance. Many people choose chain link fences due to the following:

  • Practical: Chain link fencing is versatile and practical for both commercial and residential fencing. Chain link is often the most cost-effective solution as it is reasonably priced and has a very long life expectancy when properly installed.
  • Cost-Effective: Because of their low prices and high life-expectancy, chain link fences are an overall cost-effective solution to your fencing needs. Feel free to contact us for an estimate or if you would like to learn more about commercial fencing in Toronto.
  • Secure: Chain link fences and commercial gates are strong and secure. For your commercial needs, our gates are made from quality materials and are installed with your unique property in mind. Chain link is extremely durable and, when properly installed, you won’t have to worry about pets breaking through or wind knocking it down.

Iron Fencing

Pros: Beautiful option, comes in many styles and decorative designs, strong and durable, good for security fencing

Cons: Expensive fencing option, can show damage over time, doesn’t provide privacy

Wrought iron fencing is one of the most attractive fencing options. Wrought iron fences come in a wide variety of styles, and are commonly used as ornamental or decorative fencing around gardens and homes. Wrought iron fences can be quite expensive, but are extremely durable and can hold up in the most extreme weather and climate conditions.

Often, iron fencing is mixed in with other fencing materials and used as an accent piece. For example, there are many wooden fences that have an iron gate, or iron pillars along with the wooden components. Like chain link fences, iron fencing does not provide much privacy. It can be a good fencing solution to keep children and pets safe, but it is important to ensure the posts are close enough together so that small children or pets cannot slip through.

Looking for iron fence inspiration? Check out our 25 amazing iron fence designs gallery!

Chapter 2: Fence Maintenance

Even vinyl fences that are typically “maintenance-free” do require some maintenance. It is nearly impossible to find a product that doesn’t require even minimal maintenance. The amount of maintenance your fence requires may help you determine which fence is right for you.

  • Wood Fence Maintenance Tips: Unfortunately, wooden fences, even the highest quality wooden fences, eventually begin to rot and show their age. Keep climbing plants away from your fence, as extra weight can cause damage over time. Avoid constantly wetting your fence with sprinklers. Paint your fence and spray with insect repellents if necessary to keep pests from making your fence their home (or meal!) Check out more tips from HGTV here!
  • Vinyl Fence Maintenance Tips: With a vinyl fence, you never have to paint or stain it. They require almost no maintenance at all. However, if you notice bending or warping, it’s best to call on an expert immediately before the problem becomes more severe. You should also wash it every so often to keep it free of dirt and debris. Learn more about vinyl fencing here!
  • Chain Link Fence Maintenance Tips: Chain link fences require little maintenance, but can rust if not properly care for. Try to remove any debris from around your fence or anything that has become stuck in your fence. You can also paint your chain link fence as a preventative measure before rust occurs. See more tips for maintaining your chain link fence here!
  • Wrought Iron Fence Maintenance Tips: Wrought iron fences can also rust and eventually show weather damage over time. Apply an oil-based primer to help prevent rust. If you notice rust, use a fine wire brush to remove it. Grease the hinges of your iron gate to ensure it continues working properly. Replace any missing parts as soon as possible. Learn more about wrought iron fence maintenance here!

Chapter 3: DIY or Professional Install?

Do-it-yourself installation is often appealing, as you don’t have to pay for labour fees. You can also get the job done in your own time on your own schedule. However, there are many downsides to a DIY installation, especially for the inexperienced handyman. Most areas have strict fencing bylaws. If you do not know the bylaws or do not fully understand them, you could have an expensive fix on your hands – or worst case scenario, an expensive legal situation.

Aside from potential legal problems, you may also run into ergonomic issues. One of the hardest parts of fence installation is post hole digging. Post hole digging is strenuous, and can even be dangerous if you use improper digging materials. Some homeowners try to post hole dig by hand. Digging by hand is an inefficient way to get such a big job done. Others opt to make their own post hole diggers. Homemade diggers can be a feasible option for those that have the know-how and access to the proper materials. However, an improperly made post hole digger can fail and even lead to serious injuries.

Even digging without the use of heavy machinery can lead to injury. When proper techniques are not used, potential injuries include muscle strain or soreness, overexertion or fatigue, and even twisting your back or leg.

Post hole digging also requires precision. A hole dug in the wrong spot will need to be filled and re-dug. This can leave a lasting mark on your yard. A shallow hole will not be sturdy. Proper planning and precise marking will prevent mistakes.

Another issue many do-it-yourselfers encounter is one they have no control over – the soil and landscape itself. You can run into extra rocky soil that may stop your post hole digger from working. Or you could find clay, or other difficult-t0-dig-through materials. Experienced installation professionals know how to work through these problems, while the average homeowner may have no idea how to solve these issues.

Chapter 4: Finding a Reputable Installer

If you’ve already decided on the type of fence material and design, you may be wondering how to find a professional and reputable installation company. Finding a reputable company is the first step to actually getting the job done correctly. An unprofessional installer may overcharge, provide poor service, and may not even finish your installation. Here are some ways you can avoid poor installers and find a great, reputable installer in your area:

  • Read Online Reviews – Online reviews are becoming more popular and accessible. Google Reviews, HomeStars, and Facebook reviews are great online review platforms. Reading what others in your community or city have to say about a company is one step to help you determine how reputable a company is. Remember though, there will always be negative reviews, no matter how great or reputable a company is.
  • Talk To Your Neighbours – Talking to those around you and asking what companies they have used is a great way to find a reputable, local installer. If you see a great fence on your street, talk to your neighbours and ask who the installer was. Ask for a brief review and then look the company up online to see if your neighbours’ experience was the norm.
  • Ask For A Portfolio – A professional installer will be willing and excited to show you past work they’ve done. If they are hesitant, reluctant, or show you only one or two pictures, you may want to work with someone else. If you are looking at a company’s website, you should be able to find lots of pictures or galleries of previous work. The pictures should be obviously taken by the company and not stock photos.

Finding a reputable installer will help ensure that your new fence is properly installed and built to last. When you work with a professional installer, they have the experience to help guide you when it comes to which style of fence best suits your needs and your property.

Chapter 5: Fence Customization

Though wooden fences are the easiest to customize, with enough creativity, you can customize any type of fence. Even chain link fences can come in a variety of colours! There are many simple ways you can customize your fence at home. See the list below for some great ideas!

  • Add lights to your fence – you can add lights to any kind of fence, though the type of lights you add will differ depending on your specific fence style
  • Add plants or hanging baskets to or around your fence – Adding some beautiful foliage is a great way to liven up your fence. It can also help add privacy to picket fences, chain link fences, iron fences, and other styles that don’t naturally provide privacy
  • Choose a stylish fence top – Most fences provide many different fence top options. For example, picket fences can come in a gothic style, diamond style, dog-eared style, and more! Talk to your fence provider about the options available for your new fence.
  • Paint your fence – Most fences can either be painted or the panels can be purchased in different colours. If you are looking for a way to make your fence stand out from the rest, consider a unique or bright colour.

Expertly Install Your New Fence With Jay Fencing!

Jay Fencing team

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.

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!

 

“The installers were very dedicated to come to install our new chain link fence on a Sunday, in the rain, no less.
We appreciate the excellent work and the safety we now have again since the fence enclosed
one end of our pool. Thanks for a great job!”

-Marjolein Hicks, A Jay Fencing Customer – Read More Testimonials Here!

Anatomy Of A Perfectly Installed Chain Link Fence

Anatomy Of A Perfectly Installed Chain Link Fence

A chain link fence is a practical, cost-effective fencing solution for both homeowners and business owners alike. Chain link is one of the most affordable fencing options. It’s strong, durable, and when installed correctly, it can last many years. In this article, we’ll look at the steps to building a perfectly installed chain link fence and we’ll break down each major part of a chain link fence so you can have a better understanding about why chain link is such a great fencing solution! For expert installation and home and commercial fencing solutions, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

Chain Link Fence: Building Infographic

Ever wondered what it takes to build a perfectly installed chain link fence? This infographic provides a brief summary of every step needed when installing a chain link fence. Keep in mind that DIY guides may vary, as there are different methods for DIY fence installation.

Interested in learning about fence installation in detail? Here are some handy how-to DIY guides that can help:

DIY installation often seems appealing as homeowners can save money on installation costs. However, if you are not experienced with DIY home projects, do-it-yourself fencing may actually cost you more in the long-run, as repair fees for an improperly installed fence can add up! DIY post hole digging is also a strenuous activity. For an inexperienced handyman, DIY post hole digging can cause serious ergonomic issues such as muscle strain, fatigue, and heat exhaustion. You may also run into technical issues such as rocky soil or sloped ground that you are not equipped to deal with. Post hole digging is also difficult, or nearly impossible, to do properly in the cold winter months. Even some experts will not dig post holes in frozen ground and suggest clients wait until spring or summer to ensure the job is done correctly.

If you want to ensure you end up with a perfectly installed chain link fence that will last, stay strong, and not sag over time, the best thing to do is call on experienced professionals. An experienced fencing installation company will know how to deal with technical issues that may arise, and know all of the local fencing bylaws that the average homeowner may not be aware of.

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Chain Link Fence: Anatomy Of A Perfectly Installed Fence

In this section, we’ll go over each major component of a chain link fence to show you the “anatomy” of a fence.

Fence Fabric

The actual chain link part of your fence is generally referred to as the fence fabric or mesh. The fence fabric is added after the posts and rails are already installed. The fence fabric is, of course, what helps keep your property safe and secure. Though chain link fences do not provide much privacy, you can plant bushes or trees around your fence, or even invest in a chain link fence cover or screen to add more privacy to your property.

Fence Posts

Fence posts are an extremely important part of your chain link fence. Without properly installed fence posts, your fence will not last. There is more to a fence post than the eye can see – part of the post is buried firmly underground. You can think of fence posts like you think of the foundation of your house. That is why proper post hole digging and installation is so important. For chain link fences, there are two types of fence posts – the terminal posts and the line posts. The terminal posts are thicker and sturdier, while the line posts are thinner and help hold up the mesh along the majority of your fence.

Fence Rails

Fence rails are the metal parts of your chain link fence that run horizontally. Many chain link fences will have just one rail at the top of the fence, like pictured above. Some chain link fences will add another rail at the bottom of the fence for added security, and to help ensure animals are not able to dig under. With very tall commercial chain link fences, there is sometimes a rail added to the middle of the fence. Rails are an important part of your fence because the rails help keep everything together. Without rails, your fence could very well fall apart! Rails are often unnoticed but play an important role in maintaining the integrity of your fence.

Fence Gate

The gate is an important part of your fence, for both looks and functionality. Most chain link fence gates are made of the same material as the rest of your fence to give everything a unified look. However, the gate you choose is up to you! If you want to add a bit of flair to your fence, you can install a decorative gate instead. Your gate will generally be a few inches shorter than the terminal posts, and should be raised slightly above the ground (generally 2 inches) so it does not drag across concrete or grass, which would damage your gate (or your grass) over time.

Expertly Install Your Perfect Chain Link Fence With Jay Fencing!

Jay Fencing team

One of the best ways to figure out which type of fence is best for you, your family, and your property is by choosing a reputable installation company to help you.

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 make the price go up.

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

“The installers were very dedicated to come to install our new chain link fence on a Sunday, in the rain, no less.
We appreciate the excellent work and the safety we now have again since the fence enclosed
one end of our pool. Thanks for a great job!”

-Marjolein Hicks, A Jay Fencing Customer – Read More Testimonials Here!

Deck Shade – How To Get Shade On Your Deck

Deck Shade - How To Get Shade On Your Deck

Wondering how to get shade on your deck? Most deck owners will tell you that having a deck is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy your backyard…except on hot, humid summer days when the sun just won’t set! In Southern Ontario, the summer heat can rise into the high-20s and even mid-30s and feel even hotter with humidity. Though it’s important to pay attention to potential heat warnings and stay indoors when necessary, the average summer sun shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your backyard. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best ways to add shade to your deck, the pros and cons of each option, and their average price – so you can find shade no matter what your budget is! For more information on making the most out of your backyard and your deck, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

How To Get Shade On Your Deck – What’s The Best Method?

What is the best way to enjoy your deck, even on hot summer days? When it comes to overall best protection from all of the elements, including harsh sunlight, rain, wind, and even insects, as well as best value added to your home, a gazebo is an excellent choice. Though you can find many standalone gazebos, others can be built directly onto your deck, maximizing your deck’s usability and creating the perfect amount of shade and shelter!

With a gazebo, the possibilities are nearly endless, which makes it perfect for your new backyard shelter solution. Though open gazebos do offer a good amount of protection from the sun, an enclosed gazebo will provide more protection from the rain and sun as it is closed on all sides. Depending on the climate of your area, either an enclosed or open gazebo may suit your needs.

Gazebos are an investment. Though they can increase the value of your home, they do cost more upfront. To ensure your gazebo stands the test of time, it’s best to ensure a professional installation company builds your gazebo right from the best materials.

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If you are unsure if a gazebo is the best choice for your home and your budget, consider some of the other sun-blocking options outlined in this article. Though a gazebo is an excellent choice, it may not be ideal for your current living situation (for those that rent instead of own a home, for example) or for those with lower budgets. See the comparison below for other great methods!

How To Get Shade On Your Deck: Methods Comparison

Adding shade to your deck can be as simple as buying a large patio umbrella, or it can be a home renovation project, such as adding a roof to your deck. In the graphic below, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of six popular deck shelter solutions, as well as their average cost and overall durability.

Common Deck Shelters – Options Overview

Before choosing the right deck shelter solution for you, it’s important to know all of your options first so you can make an informed decision and feel good about your final choice. Whether you choose to simply buy an umbrella, or plan for a bigger renovation, preparation and planning are key for all home additions!

Deck Roofs

Source: anotheramazingdeck.com, retrieved from pinterest.com

Sun Protection Rating: ★★★★☆
Protection From The Elements: ★★★☆☆
Ideal For: Homeowners

Building a roof to your deck can be a great permanent shelter solution. A well-built deck roof can last a very long time without requiring significant maintenance. Depending on the materials used to build your deck roof, you will likely never need to replace it or repair it, unless an unforeseen accident occurs.

When built by a professional, your deck roof will be durable and provide a great deal of protection from the sun and other elements like rain. However, as with any structure that lacks walls, depending on the location of the sun, some parts beneath the roof may be exposed to sunlight at different points in the day.

A high-quality, attractive roof added to your deck can also add value to your room. Adding a roof to your deck makes it easier to screen in your deck if you choose to do so in the future, which can help keep moisture and bugs away.

Unlike other options listed here, building a deck roof is a major construction project and will likely require a big budget and lots of patience. It may cost more or less depending on the current layout of your home and yard, and depending on how much of your deck you would like the roof to be built over. It is important to work with professionals. An inexperienced installer could build a roof that does not stand up to the winds and rain, becomes easily damaged, or even collapses. Because it is a small addition to your home, it’s important to know the bylaws of your area – you may need a building permit to add a deck roof.

Gazebos

Sun Protection Rating: ★★★★☆ / Protection From The Elements: ★★★☆☆ (open gazebos)
Sun Protection Rating: ★★★★★/ Protection From The Elements: ★★★★★ (enclosed gazebos)
Ideal For: Homeowners

When you choose a gazebo, you will have nearly endless options to choose from. Gazebos come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and designs. It’s easy to find or build a gazebo that fits all your wants, needs, and your budget.

Gazebos have posts that surround the structure, which makes it easy to add temporary mesh or screen to help minimize the amount of sun let in through the sides. Adding mesh or screen can also reduce rain and insects! Of course, this is not a necessary addition, but it can help control the elements. An enclosed gazebo is essentially a room of its own, keeping out wind, rain, sun, and bugs!

Gazebos do require a higher budget. Though they can add value to your home, you will have to pay more upfront. If you choose to build an enclosed gazebo, the style that will provide maximum protection from sunlight, you will typically need an even bigger budget. Enclosed gazebos are often the most expensive option due to increased labour and materials. If you are looking for a DIY project, a gazebo is not a great choice for you.

Deck Umbrellas

Source: lowes.com, retrieved from pinterest.com

Sun Protection Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Protection From The Elements: ★☆☆☆☆
Ideal For: Homeowners or renters

Adding a large patio umbrella or two is one of the most traditional ways to add some shade to your deck. Deck umbrellas are cost-effective and generally aesthetically pleasing too! Though deck umbrellas are often used to provide shade, they can also help protect from light rain as well. Deck umbrellas are the easiest option to install on our list – set-up generally takes less than 10 minutes!

Although deck umbrellas are generally effective at providing shade on your deck, they, unfortunately, provide limited protection from other elements and lack durability. If you forget to close your umbrella during a heavy rainstorm or an extra windy day, you may find yourself with a flying umbrella headed towards your neighbour’s yard! Deck umbrellas are generally smaller than most other options listed here. That, and the fact that they do not offer any protection from the sides, means that you may have to frequently adjust them to deal with sunlight coming in from different angles depending on the time of day.

Hanging Canopies

Source: familyleisure.com, Retrieved from: pinterest.com

 

Sun Protection Rating: ★★★★☆
Protection From The Elements: ★★☆☆☆
Ideal For: Homeowners, possibly renters – Ask landlord before installing

There are many different types of canopies, each with their own pros and cons. Even within each type of canopy, there are subtypes that all come in various sizes. Some popular types of canopies include:

  • Awnings
  • Large retractable canopies
  • Sectioned retractable canopies

A hanging canopy, or awning, can provide a good amount of protection from the sun. It is a structure built right on to your house’s wall. Some hanging canopies are retractable, meaning you can “put them away” when you want to sit out in the natural sunlight. If your deck is placed away from your home, a hanging canopy may not be ideal as it will not have a wall to be built on.

If you enjoy DIY projects, hanging canopies are relatively easy to build, though they may be a bit difficult to build for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. They are also easy to use and generally easy to install. When built with high-quality materials, hanging canopies can last for many years without needing repairs or replacement. They provide a moderate amount of shelter and protection from the rain, depending on the style, but little protection from the wind.

Some hanging canopies cannot retract, and therefore do not allow you to choose when you want sunlight and when you want shelter. This may be problematic on cooler days when you may want the warmth from the sun.  Canopy columns may also get in the way of other parts of your deck, or may not blend in well with your existing structures. Though they do provide a good amount of shelter, it is unlikely you will be sheltered on very windy or rainy days.

Portable Canopies

Sun Protection Rating: ★★★★☆
Protection From The Elements: ★★★☆☆
Ideal For: Homeowners and renters

With a portable canopy, you can choose to buy one for your long-term needs or to add temporary shelter to your yard when you need it. Portable canopies are generally large and take up more space, making them ideal for larger backyards or decks. With a portable canopy, you can move your shelter from place to place wherever you currently need protection from the sun!

If you are looking for extra protection, some portable canopies even come with fabric ‘walls’ or mesh coverings to provide extra protection. They are generally affordable and come in different styles and sizes for different budgets. Though portable canopies do come in different sizes, the majority of them are quite large. This means that if you have a very small deck, a portable canopy may not fit properly, or it may take up your entire deck.

They are not easy to customize, most come as-is. Though some portable canopies are made with durable materials, they are not the most durable option for heavy storms or windy days.

Removable Tarps

Image source: Pinterest.com

Sun Protection Rating: ★★★☆☆
Protection From The Elements: ★★☆☆☆
Ideal For: Homeowners, possibly renters – Ask landlord before installing

Removable tarps are a good way to temporarily or more permanently protect you and your deck from sunlight. Because they are removable, you can add them whenever needed. They can be made from many different materials, and are generally a cost-effective shelter option for your deck. Most tarps are made from water-resistant materials, which means you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Tarps are flexible and can be placed in many different ways, including as a temporary roof, or temporary walls, depending on your deck layout and where you need protection from the sun.

Tarps are usually easy to find for any budget, but they are not generally aesthetically pleasing. If you are looking for an option that adds beauty and value to your yard, you are unlikely to find that with removable tarps. Though you can choose when to put up your tarp, this may eventually become tedious, especially if there are many sunny-then-rainy-then sunny days in a row.

Other Sun Blocking Methods

Though we have outlined the most popular ways to get shade on your deck above, here are some other methods that may require a bit more creativity or an open mind! Check out these ideas below.

Pergolas

Pergola by Jay Fencing

Pergolas on their own provide very little protection from the sun or the elements. That is because they have no walls, no floor, and an open-style roof. However, there are many creative ways to turn your pergola into the perfect sun-blocking option! Though pergolas are not typically built onto decks, they definitely can be – and with a bit of love, they can be effective sun-blockers for you and your deck. Adding climbing vines to your pergola or other plants can help add extra shade. You can also choose to buy a tarp or mesh to enclose the top of your pergola or create a DIY retractable roof shade.

Hanging Gardens

If you don’t have a pergola or another existing structure that would allow the addition of climbing vines, but love the idea of a floating garden, then consider building your own hanging garden! It may take a bit of work and a green thumb, but with some wood, rope, and a lot of hanging flowers, you can create your own hanging garden on its own or above your deck! Over time, the hanging flowers will grow and provide more and more shade, creating a natural way to stay out of the sun.

SkyLift

The SkyLift is a brand of built-on patio covers made to be different. Using their unique design, they ensure that the deck and patio cover is elevated more than the average cover. This ensures that debris does not pile up on the top, and that moisture build-up and leaks are less likely to happen. Because of this great design, the SkyLift does allow more sunlight under the cover – which may or may not be ideal depending on your preferences. You can learn more about the innovative SkyLift here!

Shield Your Deck From The Sun With Jay Fencing!

There are many online guides and YouTube videos on how to build DIY deck shelters. However, building most of these structures from scratch or even from a kit can be a challenge. Ergonomic issues such as strained muscles, heat exhaustion, or fatigue can halt the process and result in serious injury.

DIY can also end up costing more due to improper installation – repairs and even replacements down the road can result in many unexpected costs.

One of the best ways to avoid unexpected costs and DIY frustrations is by choosing a reputable installation company. An experienced installer will help you know what’s best for you and your property, will know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid pitfalls and skip right to the beautifully installed deck shelter or gazebo of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

“We are very pleased with our new deck with gazebo. I was very impressed by the
city inspector’s comment that whoever built the deck takes great pride in their
work. Again many thanks.”

– Bob – Read more testimonials here!

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 make the price go up. We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

Sources:

familyhandyman.com / todayshomeowner.com / heavydutytarps.ca / lowes.com / skylifthardware.com

 

Deck Shelter – The Best Way To Shield Your Deck From The Rain

Looking for the right deck shelter to help keep away the rain? Adding a deck shelter to your deck is a great way to ensure you can enjoy your deck even on those wet, rainy summer days. However, how do you know which shelter is right for you? There are many options ranging in price, durability, and amount of shelter provided. If you’re looking for ways to improve the usability of your yard and deck, contact the experts at Jay Fencing today, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!

What Is The Best Deck Shelter To Shield You From The Rain?

Your deck should be a place of relaxation and retreat. When it comes to overall best protection from the elements, including rain, wind, harsh sunlight, and even insects, as well as best value added to your home, a gazebo is an excellent choice. Gazebos are the most versatile option on our list of different deck shelters. You can install a small gazebo or a larger gazebo; an elaborate, decorative gazebo or a simple gazebo; an open gazebo or an enclosed gazebo.

With a gazebo, the possibilities are nearly endless, which makes it perfect for your new backyard shelter solution. If your area sees little rain, you can choose an open gazebo, or purchase removable tarps or mesh for extra rainy days. If your location is prone to windy, rainy days, an enclosed gazebo may be the best way for you to enjoy your backyard no matter the weather.

However, gazebos are an investment. Though they can increase the value of your home, they do cost more upfront. To ensure your gazebo stands the test of time, it’s best to ensure a professional installation company builds your gazebo from the best materials.

Interested In Your Own Beautiful Gazebo?

If you are unsure if a gazebo is the best choice for you and your budget, consider some of the other options listed below. Check out our deck shelter comparison that lists the pros, cons, average price, and durability for each option. For more detailed explanations of each option, continue reading below!

Deck Shelter Options – Comparison Chart

Deck Shelters – Options Overview

Adding a deck shelter can be a big decision – or it may be as simple as buying an outdoor umbrella or two. Whatever you choose for your yard, it’s important to know all of your options first so you can make an informed decision and feel good about your final choice!

Deck Roofs

Available To: Homeowners

Adding a roof to your deck is a permanent deck shelter solution that can last a very long time. Depending on the materials used to build your deck roof, you will likely never need to replace it or repair it, unless an unforeseen accident occurs.

When built by a professional, your deck roof will be durable and provide a great deal of protection from the rain and other elements. Like a gazebo, a well-built deck roof can also add value to your room. Adding a roof to your deck makes it easier to screen in your deck if you choose to do so in the future.

Building a deck roof is a major construction project and will take a bigger budget than some other projects. It may cost more or less depending on the current layout of your home and yard. It is important to work with professionals.

An inexperienced installer could build a roof that does not stand up to the winds and rain, becoming easily damaged or even collapsing. Because it is a small addition to your home, it’s important to know the bylaws of your area – you may need a building permit to add a deck roof.

Gazebos

Available To: Homeowners

Gazebo By Jay Fencing

As mentioned above, gazebos are a versatile option that come in nearly endless sizes, styles, and designs. It’s easy to find or build a gazebo that fits all your wants, needs, and your budget.

Because gazebos have posts that surround the structure, it’s easy to attach a permanent or temporary screen or mesh to help keep the rain away. You can also choose to enclose your gazebo. An enclosed gazebo is essentially a room of its own, keeping out wind, rain, sun, and bugs!

Gazebos do require a higher budget. Though they can add value to your home, you will have to pay more upfront. Building an enclosed gazebo, the style that will provide maximum protection, is typically the most expensive option. If you are looking for a DIY project, a gazebo is not a great choice for you.

Deck Umbrellas

Available To: Homeowners and renters

If you need a quick, cheap, and simple backyard shelter solution, a large deck umbrella or two can help provide some shelter for your deck. Deck umbrellas are often used to provide shade, but can protect from light rain as well. Deck umbrellas come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, so you can pick a beautiful option that works well with your yard and existing outdoor furniture!

Unfortunately, deck umbrellas provide limited protection and lack durability. A heavy rainstorm or an extra windy day could send your umbrella off your deck and into your neighbour’s yard!

Deck umbrellas only protect from rain falling straight down and provide no shelter on the sides. If it is raining on an angle, a deck umbrella won’t do much to protect you and your guests.

Hanging Canopies

Available To: Homeowners, Possibly renters – check with landlord before installing

A hanging canopy is a structure built on to your house’s wall. Some hanging canopies are retractable, meaning you can “put them away” when you want to sit out in the natural sunlight.

They are easy to use and can even be built the DIY way, though they may be a bit difficult to build for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers.

When built with high-quality materials, hanging canopies can last years without needing repairs or replacement. They provide a moderate amount of shelter and protection from the rain, depending on the style.

Some hanging canopies cannot retract, and therefore do not allow you to choose when you want sunlight and when you want shelter.

Canopy columns may also get in the way of other parts of your deck, or may not blend in well with your existing structures. Though they do provide a good amount of shelter, it is unlikely you will be sheltered on very windy or rainy days.

Portable Canopies

Available To: Homeowners and renters

Portable canopies are a great way to add temporary shelter to your yard when you need it. They are also ideal for larger backyards or larger decks, as you can move your canopy from place to place wherever you currently want shelter.

Some portable canopies even come with fabric ‘walls’ or mesh coverings to provide extra protection from the elements. They are generally affordable and come in a variety of styles and sizes for many different budgets.

Though portable canopies do come in different sizes, the majority of them are quite large. This means that if you have a very small deck, a portable canopy may not fit properly, or it may take up your entire deck.

They are not easy to customize; most come as-is. Though some portable canopies are made with durable materials, they are not the most durable option for heavy storms or windy days.

Removable Tarps

Available To: Homeowners, Possibly renters – check with landlord before installing

Removable tarps allow you to add shelter where and whenever needed. They are made from many different materials, and are generally a cost-effective shelter option for your deck. Most tarps are made from water-resistant materials, which means you won’t have to worry about maintenance.

Tarps are flexible and can be placed in many different ways, including as a temporary roof, or temporary walls, depending on your deck layout.

Though tarps are a great water-resistant solution, they are not generally aesthetically pleasing. If you are looking for an option that adds beauty to your yard, you are unlikely to find that with removable tarps.

Though you can choose when to put up your tarp, this may eventually become tedious, especially if there are many sunny-then-rainy-then sunny days in a row.

Shield Your Deck From The Rain With Jay Fencing!

There are many online guides and YouTube videos on how to build DIY deck shelters. However, building most of these structures from scratch or even from a kit can be a challenge. Ergonomic issues such as strained muscles, heat exhaustion, or fatigue can halt the process and result in serious injury.

DIY can also end up costing more due to improper installation – repairs and even replacements down the road can result in many unexpected costs.

One of the best ways to avoid unexpected costs and DIY frustrations is by choosing a reputable installation company. An experienced installer will help you know what’s best for you and your property, will know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid pitfalls and skip right to the beautifully installed deck shelter or gazebo of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

“We are very pleased with our new deck with gazebo. I was very impressed by the
city inspector’s comment that whoever built the deck takes great pride in their
work. Again many thanks.”

– Bob – Read more testimonials here!

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 make the price go up. We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

Sources:

familyhandyman.com / todayshomeowner.com / heavydutytarps.ca / lowes.com

 

Gazebo vs Pergola

pergola vs gazebo

Considering adding a gazebo or a pergola to your backyard? Both structures can add shelter, shade, and aesthetic appeal to your home – but they have some big differences. In this article, we’ll look at the main differences between these structures including price, usability, and their unique pros and cons. Depending on your specific wants, needs, and the current layout of your backyard, one structure may be better suited for you than the other. To learn more about building a unique pergola or gazebo that will fit all your needs and preferences, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!

Ready For Your Own Beautiful Gazebo Or Pergola?

Gazebo vs Pergola Comparison Chart

See the chart below to learn more about the differences between gazebos and pergolas. This brief chart will help you gain a better understanding of each structure before we move on to more detailed summaries.

What Is A Gazebo And A Pergola Anyway?

Both pergolas and gazebos are outdoor structures that provide a clear relaxation space and enhance the beauty of your property. There are many different uses for both gazebos and pergolas. Some gazebos and pergolas are built exclusively for aesthetic appeal (they are not usable but instead add to the scenery of your property). Others are temporary, built only for large parties and gatherings such as weddings. However, most gazebos and pergolas are permanent structures built as a designated space for you and your family to enjoy in your own backyard.

Summary

Pergolas are a structure with posts that support cross-beams and an open top. They are typically rectangular. Pergolas are often used as a walkway or designated seating area. Though they have an open top, some homeowners choose to cover the top in a variety of ways to add more shade and shelter to their structure. Some even use pergolas to grow climbing vines and plants – a gardener’s dream!

Though you can add a fabric roof or plants to buffer the elements, a pergola is still a mostly open structure and provides little protection against insects, wind, and rain. Pergolas are not built with a floor, but can be built over grass, a deck, a patio, or wherever you may choose.

A pergola is sometimes used as a sheltered walkway that connects to two buildings. Pergolas take up less space in your yard and because they have no floor, still allowing you many landscaping options beneath it.

Gazebos are a structure that are traditionally built in an octogonal shape, though some modern gazebos are also round. Gazebos have a roof and built floor, and sometimes have half-walls, full walls (an enclosed gazebo), or are screened in. Because there is more material to work with, gazebos often come in a wider variety of shapes, styles, and designs to suit many different preferences.

Due to the layout of a gazebo and the fact that they have a floor and are more enclosed, gazebos take up more room in your yard. However, if you are worried about your gazebo taking up too much free space, you can choose to build a gazebo right on your deck! Because gazebos offer varying levels of protection from the elements (depending on the style), they are a great place to gather, eat, and spend time outdoors even during windy or sunny days.

A gazebo can even act as an additional room for your home, especially if you choose an enclosed gazebo.

When To Choose A Gazebo Or A Pergola

Whether you choose a gazebo or a pergola will depend on your personal preferences and budget. If you love the way both structures look and just can’t make a decision, see below for more details about which structure fits which lifestyle, preferences, and budget best.

Who Should Buy A Pergola: If you are looking for the most cost-effective option, a pergola is your best choice. Because it requires fewer materials and the structure itself is less complex, there are simple pergolas that can fit within most price ranges. If you also enjoy the do-it-yourself building method, a pergola is much easier and cheaper to build yourself. If your backyard lacks space, a pergola is a better option than a gazebo, as pergolas take up less significantly space. Pergolas are a great choice if you simply want an aesthetically pleasing defined space in your backyard.

Who Should Buy A Gazebo: If you need a structure in your yard that will provide protection from bugs, wind, sun, and rain, a gazebo is the better choice. Gazebos come in a wide variety of styles, meaning you can choose the type and style that works best with your budget, your preferences, and looks great with your existing structures (such as your home). Gazebos are great as a stand-alone structure and can be used to host parties, eat meals, or for just relaxing in a shaded space for an extended period of time. If you have a bigger budget, don’t mind a bit of extra maintenance, and want a sheltered structure that can last a long time, a gazebo is the way to go.

Great Gazebo Ideas

Check out the gallery below to get some great gazebo inspiration!

Awesome Pergola Ideas

Check out the gallery below to get some awesome pergola inspiration!

Pergola by Jay Fencing
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Pergola by Jay Fencing
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Pergola by Jay Fencing
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Install Your Perfect Pergola Or Gazebo With Jay Fencing!

There are many online guides and YouTube videos on how to build a DIY gazebo and pergola. However, building either of these structures from scratch or even from a kit can be a challenge. Ergonomic issues such as strained muscles, heat exhaustion, or fatigue can halt the process and result in serious injury.

DIY can also end up costing more due to improper installation – repairs and even replacements down the road can result in many unexpected costs.

One of the best ways to avoid unexpected costs and DIY frustrations is by choosing a reputable installation company. An experienced installer will help you know what’s best for you and your property, will know and understand fair pricing, and will only do the highest quality work. Avoid pitfalls and skip right to the beautifully installed gazebo of your dreams with Jay Fencing! 

“We are very pleased with our new deck with gazebo. I was very impressed by the
city inspector’s comment that whoever built the deck takes great pride in their
work. Again many thanks.”

– Bob – Read more testimonials here!

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 make the price go up. We offer free onsite consultations for all the jobs we quote on!

Sources:

doityourself.com / www.fixr.com